When travelling in the Back-Country, we also recommend you also take at least a 3 day supply of properly sealed dried foodstuffs and a 3 day supply of water/a water filtration device, as well as a whistle, water-proofed matches/fire-starter, self defense measures for predatory animal encounters** (primary and back-up, just like the video-games guys!), first aid kit, 10-20 ft of paracord and an emergency blanket. (strobe-style lights and gps beacons are great, but please avoid any use of flares during the hot, dry Canadian summers! As proud British Columbians we take a tough stance against any unsafe practices regarding fire in our beautiful, burnable back yard!) Always tell 2 or more friends or family before you do any out-tripping(details like where and when you are going as well as when you expect to return)***, even if you plan to be within cell service! You never know what can happen.
**Only regulation compliant firearms should be carried, and only by individuals with the proper licencing. Please take the time to check out these resources for back-country safe practices and proper procedures for encountering a large predatory animal:
***Please remember to give these amazing folks a call when you get back safe and let them know not to call search and rescue! Respect your Safety Net! (*our mothers would throw us to the wolves if we didn't add this little footnote!)