Backcountry Preparedness Kit
Backcountry Preparedness Kit

Being far away from civilization (and cell service) means taking extra steps to keep yourself prepared for any situation. When help is a long ways away, self-sufficiency is key.

Water Filtration System
Most of us understand the importance of hydration, but depending on how long you plan to be in the backcountry it might not be feasible to pack enough water. A small filtration system will allow you to acquire clean drinking water without having to lug around a few gallons.

Cooking Pot
This can be used for more purposes than you think. You’ll definitely need it for cooking, but you’ll also need a container to put your freshly filtered water in. And when it starts to get cold you can also heat your water to provide extra warmth.

Leatherman Signal
With implements such as a ferro rod for starting fires, a saw for cutting down branches, and a safety whistle that can be heard from far away, this tool will prove it’s worth when you’re in a rough spot. Keep one in your pocket or clip one on to your backpack.

Leatherman Signal firestarter

Compact Stove (with fuel)
The modern day camp stove is so compact and easy to use that there is almost no excuse to not have one. Cooking meals, providing heat, and even purifying water (if your filtration system fails). Make sure one of these lives in your bag and the fuel is always full.

Trail Mix
Healthy, energy-rich, and no cooking necessary. A small bag of trail mix is a perfect snack for being in the outdoors. Make sure it has a good mix of nuts, dried fruits, bits of dark chocolate and other items to make it tasty.

This may seem a bit old fashioned, but a quality compass is still an incredibly useful tool. When cell service isn’t an option, how will you find your way around? A small compass and an understanding of your surroundings will ensure that you can find your way when all else fails.

Leatherman Signal, compass, map, roap, and emergency blanket.

Even if you don’t plan to be out in the backcountry past dark, pack a flashlight. Things happen and plans change. If you’re in an unfamiliar part of the woods with no lights, things can go bad fast. Don’t like to carry one? Try a headlamp to keep your hands free.

Emergency Blanket
Also known as space-blankets (originally designed by NASA), this compact/light weight item should live in everybody’s bag. The thin mylar sheet works to trap in heat or reflect it making it extremely versatile. It can also double as a make-shift shelter to keep you protected from the elements.

Man setting up emergency blanket in forest.

It’s a given that you’ll need a backpack for going on treks in the outdoors, but this is an area you don’t want to cut corners on. Make sure you do your research to find the pack that has the appropriate features you need for the type of backpacking you’ll be doing.

People backpacking through forest.

While this list could vary depending on the type of outdoor adventure you’re seeking, we hope you’ll walk away a little more prepared for your next backcountry outing. Now get out there.

Disclaimer: This preparedness kit is a suggested guideline compiled by Leatherman Tool Group, Inc. Leatherman does not guarantee users to be safe or free from hazards associated with these activities. Please consult medical personnel in the case of an emergency.