Source: Bears!

Couldn’t Have said it better!!

Bears are in their natural habitat, I have never seen a bear while I’ve been hiking and I’m out there all the time, but keeping them away from my stuff though I know that part, Ive heard stories of hikers that never hang their food and then it’s gone the next morning. All they had to do was hang it up, it takes 10 minutes at the most to find a good tree and hang your food.

Its not only hanging your food though, you should hang any smellable, chapstick, soap, trash, gear that has the smells on them, so trail hygiene is important as well, you don’t want to be covered with food residue on your clothing.  Be aware of crumbs and any trash or left over food. Keeping the trail a clean place, makes me enjoy it 2x as much!