Ultimate Guide to Camping for Food Lovers Slideshow
March 19, 2012
What to Bring: Portable Camp Kitchen
The Cabela's Camp Kitchen is an easily portable cooking "center," with compartments for utensils and pantry items (like spices), a work surface, small table to dine at, silverware tray, storage, sink, and a cooking shelf for a two-burner stove. It's even rain-proof, and has room for that corkscrew. Or try the likewise generously outfitted Grub Hub portable camp kitchen.
What to Bring: Aluminum Foil
Aluminum foil may seem like a simple item, but it's pretty crucial for camping. Wrap fish in aluminum before baking it with fresh vegetables and spices for an easy fish dinner, then use foil to wrap up ingredients that didn't get used.
What to Bring: Knives
Knives are important cooking tools in and out of the kitchen, and the campground is no exception. If you plan on cooking fresh fish, the Victorinox serrated paring knife is vital, as is a pocket knife.
What to Make: Simple Spaghetti
One of our favorite camping recipes is this no-chop spaghetti puttanesca for the obvious reasons: it's easy because there's no chopping and it's super delicious. Making this for fellow campers will undoubtedly impress.
What to Make: Baked Fish
Courtesy of Yasmin Fahr
There are two easy ways to bake a whole fish by the campfire — in foil or in newspaper. This recipe for foil-baked flounder has lemon, herbs, and snap beans, though you can substitute for camp-friendly (and seasonal) veggies like broccoli, asparagus, mushrooms, and the like. Or, try this newspaper-wrapped whole fish that needs little more than some sea salt, lemon, and perhaps some herbs.
What to Make: Sausages
Best Apps: Coleman’s Camping Cookbook
Even if equipped with all the necessary tools, every camper knows to expect the unexpected. So arm yourself (and your iPhone) with camping apps like the classic Coleman's Camping Cookbook app.
Best Apps: Camp Recipes!
The Camp Recipes! app has more than 700 easily-searched recipes, including survival and backpacker recipes, wild game recipes (barbecued venison jerky, anyone?) for those campers who double as hunters, and multiple methods for cooking dishes.
Best Apps: Bug Spray App
Yes, you should be skeptical. And no, your phone will not emit sticky, smelly bug spray if you download this Bug Spray app. Instead, it sends out three high-frequency tones known to repel insects. Since it's free, and doesn't need Wi-Fi, you may as well try it out, right?
Best Apps: SAS Survival Guide
You never know when you might need an app that dispenses the same survival lessons that Britain's fiercest fighting force learns, from fire building to creating signals and codes. The SAS Survival Guide Lite does just that, and it's free. Check out our other recommended camping survival apps.
Bonus: This might not be a vital survival tip, but if you forget a corkscrew for that bottle of wine, camping may lose some of its appeal. Here’s how to open a bottle of wine without one.
Go Glamping: Paws Up
Of course, getting outside doesn't have to mean carrying your own grills and burners, or even building your own campfire. The Paws Up resort in Montana offers a gorgeously rustic setting along with creature comforts like spa treatments, heated bathroom floors, and catered meals.
Go Glamping: Treebones
Overlooking the Big Sur coastline, Treebones offers "campers" queen-sized beds in their hardwood floor yurts, heating, French doors that open onto a redwood deck, an outdoor sushi bar, heated pool, and hot tubs.
Go Glamping: Safari West
Safari West is camping meets safari meets not roughing it at all. Luxury safari tents serve as home base for spending days out in the wild searching for zebra, giraffes, and cheetahs, as well as private massages for the camping-weary. The camp also hosts barbecue ranch lunches, dinners, and everything in between. Check out the rest of our recommended glamping spots across the country.