Camping food storage – How to prevent your animals from stealing food

Birds, squirrels, chipmunks, raccoons, deer and more. They look cute, but when your back is turned, beware. They will easily take the opportunity to get used to food. Although many of these animals are small, they cut a strong bite and their sharp teeth can cut just about anything, their sharp claws can open most boxes and containers.

I lost the wool jacket to the squirrel, leaving it on our picnic table in the afternoon with a few bites in a pocket of nuts. This squirrel ran its way through my zipper to get into my pocket and eat a bit of nuts.

We also had what we thought was hacked containers. The lids were ripped off and cracked, and the food inside became one of the raccoon family’s buffets one night.

Even some types of food coolers easily break down in bears. With masterful claws, sharp teeth and a desire to stop throwing food, the only way for animals to protect their food and containers is to hang food or, better still, to camp in the home with their family. vehicles when you are not at your campsite.

Even dry food stuck in dishes or zippers can attract wildlife. Their sense of smell is much greater than that of a human and even closed food can become an easy prey for them.

Do not store food in your tent. You risk losing your tent to the wild if they really want a sample. These animals can slip through the fabric, slip through the zippers and stop at just about anything to get into your perfectly fragrant food.

Our best advice is to store food in large containers and coolers that you bring with you to camping. Discard food only for eating and snacks. When leaving your campsite for an extended period of time, place food containers in your vehicle. And never leave open food or food on your picnic table, dining table, inside a tent or just lying around your campsite unless you want it to disappear. Doing so will attract more animals as they will see your site as an easy prey.

Some coolers are more resilient than others, and if your cooler is very large and heavy, you can drop it and leave it at night. It also depends on how friendly your campsite is. If there are bears in the area, I wouldn’t leave your cooler by chance.

Protect food, food containers and keep animals at a safe distance from your campsite. They look cute but don’t mind stealing food. Do not leave any food after eating, keep all food in containers and keep it away from your campsite for a long time.

Happy camping!

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