Especially out here in the west, I always recommend that my couples carry bear spray with them for any kind of hiking. This is not something you can take with you on a plane, even in checked luggage, so you’ll need to purchase these after arriving. Bear spray is not rentable, but it’s the cheapest life insurance you can find and it’s always best to have and not need it than to need it and not have it! You can always recycle these at certain outdoor retailers, or completely make some hiker’s day by giving them a free bear spray so it doesn’t go to waste. You’ll want to carry your spray in a readily accessible location on the front of your body, not in your backpack — a bear won’t wait for you to get it out to use it. And, most importantly, educate yourself on how and when to use the bear spray, how to avoid encounters, and what to do if your spray fails to deter a bear. A great resource, if you don’t have access to a local bear safety class, is the National Park Service Bear Safety Page.