Bear Canisters

Your best bet is to avoid bears and to make smart decisions about wear to camp, reduce smells that attract bears, and to carry a bear canister in bear territory, especially where one is required. Read our discussion on the topic.

There are a few major personal bear canisters that are approved by most National Parks. Consider the BearKeg, the Garcia, or the BearVault products. We both prefer BearVault products (BV-400/500) because they are lightweight, transparent, and have a large opening on top. While each of our canisters adds a couple of pounds, we never worry about going hungry due to a bear getting into our food supply. Additionally, any of these products help to keep other critters (e.g. "mini bears" a.k.a. chipmunks) from eating your food supply.