How to Prepare Food for Camping

Your camping food options stretch way beyond franks and beans. See pictures of national parks.

Riffing about long waiting lists for camping in national parks, comedian George Carlin said, "When you have to wait a year to sleep next to a tree, something is wrong."

Obviously, not everyone agrees. Each season, countless families look forward to packing their belongings and being at one with nature. To them, there's nothing like roughing it.

We've all watched TV shows depicting folks sitting around a campfire eating beanie weenies out of a can. As "scrumptious" as that may sound, modern day campers take a pass because the taste of food for camping has evolved. Just because you're giving up the comforts of your favorite restaurant for the weekend doesn't mean you have to forgo your favorite foods. Let's face it, somehow food always tastes better outdoors: Hence the crowded cookouts, picnics and fish fries.

But there's more to camping than good-tasting meals. Preparation is the key to making sure you bring the right amount and right kinds of foods to make it through the weekend. Let's look at some ways to prepare meals that don't require refrigeration on the road.