Using a Bear-Proof Canister May Be Required
Certain designated wilderness areas and national parks make it mandatory to use a bear canister. Visitors are encouraged to contact the administrative offices of the specific places they plan to visit for their individual policies. Even if the park does not have this policy, having a bear safe will provide you with peace of mind that no bear can get into your food.
Packing a Bear-Safe Canister
To minimize handling and maximize convenience, pack your bear canister in the order in which each food item will be used. Be sure to plan meals carefully, and always use resealable food storage bags that do double-duty as trash receptacles.
Other bear canister usage tips include:
- Stash canisters a minimum of 100 feet from your campsite.
- Practice packing before your wilderness trip.