You should carry your bear spray in a readily accessible location, ideally on your person. The recommended way to carry bear spray is in a dedicated quick-draw holster attached to the front of you – like on your belt, waistband, or chest. This ensures quick and easy access in case of an encounter with a bear. Avoid storing it inside a backpack or in a location that would be difficult to reach in an emergency situation. Remember, the key is to have it readily available so you can deploy it quickly if needed.
If traveling by car, secure your bear spray safely in a glove box or designated storage area and do not pack items on top of it to prevent accidental discharge. Bear spray should be stored at room temperature and not exposed to extreme temperatures. Bear spray should never be left in a car as it is a pressurized canister and can leak if exposed to high temperatures. The Counter Assault Kozee-Tote Bear Spray Carrier is a great option to keep bear spray safe from accidental discharge when traveling in vehicles, boats and non-commercial aircraft. Bear spray is not allowed on commercial flights in either your checked or carry-on luggage. If traveling on a commercial flight, be sure to plan ahead and purchase bear spray at your destination.
Yes, we recommend practicing with our Inert Training Canister. Practicing will allow you to feel confident and prepared should you ever need to deploy Bear Spray in a life-threatening situation. Even if you don’t practice the act of spraying with the Training Canister, you should practice pulling your bear spray out from the holster and removing the safety clip to become familiar and comfortable with that action should a critical situation arise.
All food, trash, toiletries and other scented items should be stored in the bearproof Bear Keg. This includes all sealed food, sunscreen, soap, bug repellent, deodorant, medications, and feminine products.
Remove Bear Keg from any external case and do not hang or attach anything to the canister before storing at camp. The keg is designed to be smooth and offer no means for wildlife to hold or carry off the keg. The Bear Keg should be placed at least 100 feet from camp on flat ground. Do not store it near a cliff or on a hill. Placing pots and pans on top of the Bear Keg can be an option as well to act as an alarm if the Keg is disturbed.
The Counter Assault Bear keg is Grizzly Tough® and has been tested by live captive bears (that are unable to be released into the wild) at an approved IGBC (Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee) facility.