Watch how to open your BearVault®

BearVaults are meant to keep animals out so only you have access to your food throughout an adventure. Keeping wildlife out of your bear canister requires clever engineering due to the curious, tenacious and intelligent nature of wild animals. At times, we’ve seen this engineering be a challenge for not only animals, but our users as well. If your BearVault® takes practice to get into, it’s doing its job.

If your BearVault® still feels hard or is giving you trouble please contact us directly so we can make sure your BearVault is working correctly to keep your adventure going!

To Open

  • Unscrew the lid counterclockwise until the black nub bumps up against the blue stopper.
  • Use your finger or thumb, whatever is more comfortable, to press the nubs in towards the can and under the stopper.
  • Wedging the BearVault® between your knees can provide extra leverage if needed.

To Close

  • Screw the lid until both nubs have clicked past the stopper.
  • There is no need to twist it tight, in fact, that can make it hard to open the next time.

Cold Stiff Plastic or Weak Hands

  • Simply wedge a card between the black nub and the blue stopper and leverage the card to slide the nub past the stopper.


  • Do not over tighten your lid.
  • The material of the lid and the can are two different plastics. Moisture and temperature can at times cause them to contract or expand creating a tighter seal that is harder to open.
  • If the lid is sticky or difficult to open or has become harder to open over time, try cleaning the threads of both the canister and the lid with a mild soap and a toothbrush, and then apply a food-grade silicon lubricant.
  • Mindfully keep rim and lid threads clean.
  • Sea salt, grime, and sand can impact function.
  • BearVaults® are water resistant versus water proof. Dry bag near lakes and oceans.
  • Harsh chemicals will break down and compromise plastic and threads.
  • DEET, fishing adhesives, bug sprays, paint, and any harsh chemicals need to be double bagged and kept clear of the canister plastics entirely. Avoid spraying near the canister as well.