We are headed to the Smoky Mountains for two weeks in October and will be camping in the national and state parks. I have so much information from the web but not sure what people really do. In the Smokey Mountain campgrounds, there are no bear boxes, you need to have a locked box or cooler and it needs to be kept in your car. They also recommend if you don’t have an enclosed trunk that you cover it because bears recognize food packaging. We have an SUV but with a cover over the back. You can be ticketed if a bear gets into your food and the bear might be killed by the rangers.
I’ve read that you need to remove anything from your camper that has been used to prepare food ever as well as any soaps, toothpaste or anything with scent. Do you do any cooking or eating in there at all? Should I plan on not even using the refrigerator even just for beverages? Is this going to be a week of sandwiches in the car? Do you keep the food etc in the camper when you are there and then transfer it to the car when you leave? I am thinking buy a fancy cooler and borrow one if possible. One a cold box and one a dry? I don’t want to overreact but I also want to keep us and the bears safe. Any tips are appreciated.
I also found this link to help me decide what to buy and to know it is certified.
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