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There are several things you "have to have" when you get off the beaten path. If you don't carry these things with you, rethink your plan. You must have water, compass or GPS (and know how to use it), cell phone, signal mirror, toilet paper, food (beef jerky), lighter, whistle, insect repellent, sun screen, ID and a first aid kit. This sounds like alot to carry, but aside from the water, it will weigh about a pound. Don't get stranded without these things.