The backcountry can be a dangerous place, especially if you become stranded or stuck. Here are some important tips to help survive when the worst case scenario strikes.
In addition to the food you carry for your trip, carry enough food for each person for at least one day should you become stranded. The farther out in the backcountry you travel and the more difficult the trail, the more important it is to be prepared, especially if you are not traveling with a group of vehicles.
Carry one gallon of water per person per day of your trip, plus a one day extra supply.
Bring clothes that will keep you comfortable and warm at the lowest night time temperature you may encounter in the area you are traveling. Even desert areas in the summer can be quite chilly at night. You can find weather and temperature information about the area you will be traveling in on the internet. And if you may encounter rain, water crossings or mud, carry a change of clothes should you become soaked. Camping rain ponchos are a good idea to carry as well. Another way to stay warm in the backcountry is with blankets. Survival blankets are inexpensive, light weight and easy to store, so carry one per person, and bring them along if you choose to hike out.
Water and warmth in cold weather are crucial to survival. Make sure you are well prepared. The consequences can be fatal.