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Tools and stuff for back country riding

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New to ATVing and by the end of the summer I'll probably be heading out into some remote mountain regions for some back country trail riding, and I'm wondering just what kind of stuff/tools etc I should bring along in case of breakdowns/events etc. Short list so far includes a GPS (probably a Garmin Montana 650T), a tire repair kit, and courtesy of my Mom one of those satellite personal locator beacons, probably the ResQLink+ from ACR.

Any other suggestions for stuff that might come in handy?
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Here's what I carry:

small tool set, 3/8 drive
small screwdriver set with multiple bits
side cutters
tire plug and patch kit
air compressor
small survival kit with large spool of dental floss
tire irons
bottle of slime
high protein snacks
zip lock bags
zip ties
insulated underwear
heavy sweater (my old military woolly fully)
rain suit
3-4 different knives, all with their own purpose
small hatchet
my medic kit
water container, full
camera in hard case
4 gallon fuel pack
small flashlight and headlamp, very high output
Tire tubes for front and rear tires
topo map of area and surrounding area if needed
lensatic compass

There's some other stuff I know I'm missing but I'd have to go look to see. All of it fits inside the cargo box or on the front rack with room to spare. Basically I treat every ride like a survival situation and live by the motto: What could happen if?? I stick to established trails and such, but when I do ride sometimes it's just me out there and I need to be prepared....I'm set up to do just about anything I need to do if something happens to either get home or survive, and I'm well trained to do so. That's a big part I think a lot of people overlook, and that's training in survival and field repairs of their stuff. They get the gear, but have no idea how to use it, or have limited skills or abilities, especially in a survival situation. Training is more important than any gear you bring....just my two cents
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Dang, he sounded a bit disgruntled....
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Don't forget a dust mask. If youbhave to be towed you'll be glad to have it.
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