The best thing to carry for bear protection is common sense. I usually hike and backpack with a bear bell so that I do not surprise any bears. On overnights, I carry and use a Bear Vault to store food and other aromatic things that might attract bears. I cook and eat away from my tent. I try to keep a clean campsite. I have seen bears in wilderness areas, national parks, and other areas where I hike and backpack but have never been bothered by them.

aka "Boonerelli"

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