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How to protect food from animals when camping

5 STEPS

When camping in the great outdoors, it's important to keep yourself safe by protecting your food from animals. Here are a few tricks to stay safe on your next camping trip.

WHAT YOU'LL NEED

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Overnight, empty your backpack with all compartments unzipped

This way if animals are attracted to your backpack, they won’t gnaw or shred the material in search for food.

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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.

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If you have extra food, use a spare pack and rope and toss it over a high tree branch

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Pull your sacks up and tie it off to the trunk of the tree

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Hoist your food high enough to be out of reach of bears