Bear cub climbing a tree.
Avoid Doing These Things That May Be Attracting Bears To Your Campsite
Many campers might not realize the extent to which odors can lure bears to their campsites. Pack your food by locking it away in a vehicle or storage unit.
Improper Food Storage
The scent of human (or pet) waste can also attract bears to your campsite. To keep them away, create a specific area and means of disposal for you and your pets.
Waste Disposal
Bury solid waste in a "cathole" by digging a hole 6 to 8 inches deep and at least 200 feet away from water sources. After use, the cathole should be covered with soil.
Some insect repellents may attract bears, especially those that smell like citronella. Therefore, opt for alternative options such as DEET or picaridin.
Repelling Insects
Unwashed dishes or dirty clothing can attract bears just as much as the smell of food. Dirty clothing should be kept in a separate bag and locked in a vehicle.
Camp Hygiene
Greywater, or the water used for washing dishes or personal hygiene, should be disposed of at least 200 feet away from the campsite.
Items like scented soaps, lotions, perfumes/colognes, and toothpaste can all attract bears. It's best to opt for unscented varieties when camping in bear country.
Scented Toiletries