If you are thinking about joining the more than 80,000 customers that have rented our camping and travel gear, or have already received your camping gear rental package from us, here's where you can learn a bit more about the setup and operation of specific camping or travel equipment before you head out on your big adventure.
The information below provides more details on the structure and how to use the bear canisters we rent, but we encourage you to give us a call or find more resources online if more details are needed. For more information on this rental item including rates, check out the main product page at Rent Bear Canisters - Animal-Resistant Food Containers. There are more how-to pages on nearly all of our most popular rental items; find most at our video and user guide to rentals main page .
We rent 3 different sizes of bear cans. From left to right in the picture of the rental cans, the rated carrying volume is 4,6, and 7 days of food for one person. Note that for most backpackers, getting that much food into a canister is difficult. At a minimum, most food will need to come out of its original packaging to meet that rated capacity. In other words, consider a 7-day canister for 5 or 6 days of food.
The BearVault styles we rent are clear, and come in 2 sizes - 4- and 7-day ratings. There prevention method is something similar to a "child-proof" cap on a medicine bottle. There are 2 snaps on the lid that have to be pushed in to get the lid past a notch on the clear body. Bears can't figure that out!
Here is how it is explained by the manufacturer on top of the lid.
The Garcia Backpacker Cache canisters we rent have been around for many years, and work simply by not having any raised surfaces by which a bear can pry into the canister. There are 2 fasteners on the lid that are flush to the lid surface - use a coin or multi-tool to turn the screws and release he lid to get to your stored food. These canisters are rated at 6 man-days of food, but see warnings about actual capacity above.
Here is an overview video about the different rental bear canisters and other food storage options we offer