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Outside Online: How do I keep animals out of my camping food?

From the bloggers at Outside Online.

Store your camping food incorrectly—while car camping or deep in the backcountry—and wild animals will eat it. A stolen package of bacon sucks for you, but it’s potentially deadly for the animals because they become accustomed to handouts and familiar with humans. Follow these five simple tips to keep your food, and the critters, safe.

1. Bring a Bear Canister

Sure, bear canisters are expensive (from $60 to $80) and heavy (up to four pounds), but they’re damn effective. Lock your food in the airtight, durable container to protect it from critters during the day, then move it at least 100 feet away from your tent at night—just in case.

2. Use Established Storage Solutions

Many national park campsites feature permanent bear canisters. Call ahead and reserve one if you don’t have your own portable canister.

To read the full story by Outside Online, click here.

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