I am looking for a little advice about a trip that I have been planning. This summer I have decided to just take off and do something I have always wanted. The plan is to not reserve any camp sites because I cant plan my schedule that closely and want the added flexibility. I am looking at doing dispersed camping in the nearby national forests and grasslands. It is a free option that will allow me to travel around freely with zero regard for camp site schedules and such. My main concern however is the bears...
Some of the areas I am going have pretty strict rules on food storage. Although the rules are reasonably easy to follow when you stay in a camp site, staying in the middle of the forest does not offer as much simplicity. Basically I can't keep any food in the car overnight, some even recommend to vacuum all the crumbs out of your car.
The question is what do I do at night? Just take them out and tie them to a tree?
How do I handle if one day I decide to go for more than just a day hike?
Finally, Should I be considering getting my car detailed as to remove all the possible little crumbs that have accumulated over the years?
I know this is not a camping forum so I'm not sure how much you guys will know about the topic of dispersed camping but its worth a shot.