Food, and it’s storage bear country, is critical. Yes, we saw a HUGE brown bear and boy was I glad that we weren’t having dinner out of the back if my Jucy!
A cheap cooler like this worked just fine for storing refrigerated items overnight with a bag of ice from the campground store.
At night, you’ll need to store ALL of you food and smellables in the bear box, including your refrigerated items. We bought a small cooler and ice most days. Repurposing a six-pack carrier worked well to easily move condiments back and forth from the van kitchen. During the day, I used the dry sink to hold our crushable picnic supplies. At night, it all went in a bag in the bear box.
My final bear box tip is to put your “smell-ables” in an empty firewood box. People often leave an empty box for the next person using the bear box, maybe even with some newspaper fire starter. We love people who pay it forward! The box is a good way to gather your sunscreen, medications, shower items, etc. and it protects them from exploding food. Yes, you read it right. We brought a 12 pack of pop up to the mountains and one of the seams broke. A minor, but very sticky, mess since we had the woodbox to protect our stuff. We’ve also had mustard explode in the mountains. Lesson learned – cover your stuff!
How do you camp in bear country? Leave a comment with your tips, or questions, and don’t forget to follow my blog. Happy camping!