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Wilderness Backpacking Suggestions EQUIPMENT Do not be hasty in buying equipment. Talk to experienced backpackers. Try out several packs. Before buying equipment ask yourself:     * Is it light weight and low in bulk?     * Will it be durable?     * Will I use it? Do not make low cost your only criterion. There is no compromise for quality. There are no stores in the wilderness! SURVIVAL Carry a small survival kit. It could save your life. Leave a trip schedule, preferably in writing with a responsible person, giving the following information:     * Who is going where     * When you expect to return     * The type of vehicle you will use     * Location of the trail head and route to be taken     * If you're going deep into the back country, out to sea or on any remote trip       consider taking a Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) Above all, do not decide to stay an extra day. Search parties cost money and time. Water purification: As a minimum boil water or add 1 iodine tablet per instructions on tablet bottle. Let stand for 30 minutes or as directed on the bottle. For cloudy water, double the purifier.
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