Once we spring forward for daylight savings time, camping "season" unofficially begins. That means dragging the tent out of the garage, dusting off that camp grill, and stocking up on essentials like marshmallows, chocolate squares, and grahams. The art of stargazing and enjoying the great outdoors is a learned one, particularly for gastronomes. So we put together our secrets, apps, tips, and recommendations to make sure that camping stays fun and food-focused.
There are camping experiences for all types, from the regular do-it-yourselfers to those considering camping for the first time. The experienced likely already have a grill, one-ring burner, and stackable bowls packed and ready to go, but others might prefer the luxe comforts (like plumbing in the yurt and Egyptian cotton sheets) of glamping. Whether the destination is Montana, Colorado, or just the backyard, there are plenty of ways to make sure the camping experience is a gastronomic one.
Camping with friends and family means there are that many hands to help carry equipment and ingredients, from the camp grill and kitchen organizer to the spaghetti, sausages, and oysters. But camping with friends and family can also inspire the want (or need) for someone else to organize things like, say, the glamping experts at places like Paws Up and Treebones who will set you up with queen-sized beds, heated pools, spa treatments, and sometimes even gourmet catered meals.
So read up on some new scary stories (avoid vampire stories, they’re kind of done)… it’s time to go camping. (Yes, there’s even an app for that.)