Little creatures like squirrels and chipmunks tend to be more of a nuisance than a problem. Notoriously persistent, they’ll leap, swoop or scurry at any opportunity to grab a bite of your food.
Here’s how to keep them away:
- More than anything, vigilance is key. Stick near the table while you’re prepping food, and put everything away when you’re not.
- Use plastic bins for storage. They’re more critter-proof than grocery bags or cardboard boxes.
- Raccoons are remarkably good with their paws and can easily open a simple latch or a lid. Discourage them by putting something heavy on the lids of any bins, jamming a thin branch through a hooking latch, and stashing items in the car (or bear box) before you leave the campsite or go to bed.
- Bring some steel wool to stuff into any big cracks or holes in the site’s food box to make it even more critter-proof.