Video: How to Protect Your Food from Animals

Raccoons, Bears and Moose… Oh My! When camping in the great outdoors keep yourself safe by protecting your food from animals on your upcoming camping trip. Don’t worry – you got this.
 

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How to Protect Your Food from Animals

 

 

Raccoons, Bears and Moose… Oh My! When camping in the great outdoors keep yourself safe by protecting your food from animals on your upcoming camping trip. Don’t worry – you got this.

While it’s okay to store food in your backpack when you’re with it, you should never leave food unattended during the day. 

1. Overnight, your backpack should be left empty with all pouches and compartments unzipped – this way if animals are attracted to your backpack they won’t gnaw or shred the material in search for food. 

2. Pots and eating utensils should be washed and rinsed far from your campsite.

When possible cook food away from where you’ll sleep to avoid leaving leftovers.

Food and anything aromatic - like toothpaste, lotions and bug spray – should be stored 100 to 200 feet away from where you’ll sleep. Store clothing you’ve cooked in with your food.

3. If you have a daypack or spare sacks for your food, use a rope and toss it over a high tree branch.

4. Pull your sacks up and tie it off to the trunk of the tree. Alternatively, you can use your backpack the same way.

5. Just be sure to hoist your food high enough to be out of the reach of bears. 

Sleep safely and with a full stomach – you got this.



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