The weather was so nice when we were camping in California this winter, we were able to camp in Yosemite Valley - with no snow in January! Of course, Yosemite is big bear country, so ALL our food, cooking equipment, & toiletries had to go in a bear box. The only problem was we were packed for a three to four - month camping trip and we were packing a lot of stuff. The park ranger was great and offered us two bear boxes (they were big ones, too). We were able to get it in the two bear boxes; no bear incidents!