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Keep Smellables Out of Your Tent


Whether you’re camping in bear country or in an area with smaller curious critters (even if they might be harmless), take special care of your smellables.

A smellable is any object that might attract an animal with a strong sense of smell. Just because you can’t smell it doesn’t mean it isn’t a smellable.

In bear country, pitch your tent for sleeping at least 200 feet from the area where you’ll be cooking and eating meals. If you spill some food on your clothes, don’t bring those clothes in your tent. They are now officially smellables.


What about a sealed candy bar. That’s a smellable. Don’t keep it in your tent. What about deoderant or toothpaste. Those are smellables, too. Lip balm? Bug spray? Sunscreen? All smellables. Keep them beyond the reach of wildlife and away from your tent.

Even in you aren’t in bear territory, squirrels, mice, raccoons and other animals can wreak havoc on unprotected smellables.

2 Comments on Keep Smellables Out of Your Tent

  1. I charge for sleeping // December 18, 2017 at 8:00 am // Reply

    Your shoes?

  2. Thundarbunnie // December 16, 2017 at 3:07 pm // Reply

    Medications you must keep close i.e. in the tent with you can be hidden inside your boot where the foot stench will overpower and mask the smell of the medicine.

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