I've used three methods, though per your question, only 2 are suitable for bears
1) put ratsack outside tent, hung from nearby bush. Only good if no bears are possible, protects from mice, squirrels, coons, skunks, etc.
2) hang food from tree out of reach, I use the PCT method of food hanging
3) bear canister - I like the garcia bear canister, it weighs 3 lbs which is substantial but it makes a nice stool and is required in some areas of california, washington, and throughout the rockies.
You can get away with storing food in your tent, I've done that as well, however I've also hand problems with animals, fortunately, never bears, with food in my tent, and I've learned it is altogether easier on the mind to put the food (and deoderant, toothpaste, etc) outside, compared to worrying about an animal or bear ripping into my tent in the middle of the night. I sleep much better.
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