. If desolate destinations are your traveling fancy, there are some necessities you will want to put at the top of your packing list. You can and probably should start off the list with a satellite phone. Anyone who has ever inquired about these phones know they are quite pricey and are without doubt a very handy companion to have around, because of their connectivity in any remote setting. Your surrounding can be awe inspiring and pristine, but having a satellite phone within pocket reach for safety; priceless.
Your packing list should equal the length of your trip. If your travels take you through some off road less beaten mountain short cut paths that also show up well on a map, a surprise rain or snow storm can quickly stop your travels at the most inconvenient places. Thank God for satellite phones that make hope and help only a call away, but without adequate provisions, the wait can get cold, wet, wind chilly and miserable very quickly for even seasoned travelers, should they decide to trek without supplies.
Always top off the fuel tank before you embark on your journey. This is often a simple oversight that some travelers fail to realize as important. It it equally good to have fresh water aboard. Most out of the way remote places have a severe wait time once a call for help is made and is just another reason to pack smart when traveling through unfamiliar territory, should as accident or bad weather turn into a situation. Blankets, extra warm dry clothes as well as a GPS are also great additions to any trip into the mountains; street signs are usually few and far between.
It is always exciting to mix up the vacation routine with some pretty wild out of the way places for new adventures. This is definitely not the time to slack off on safety. Use a little pre-trip common sense by having the proper provisions and letting someone know your travel plans and vacation time frame and schedule. Your cell phone will most likely be useless because of the lack of cell towers or mountain blockage in every direction, making a satellite phone a very good option to have in your possession during your mountain trek.
When you include a safety net person in your trip, you can have call times and points that they will be expecting. These can be short informational calls just to assure that everything is proceeding as planned and all is well. Also, be careful of the simple things that can turn tragic in a heartbeat such as the smooth arroyos in New Mexico. These can quickly turn into disastrous flooding nightmares in as instant. Not knowing much about the area you are tracking through can have an abundance of inconveniences and why safety is more important than ever. Always carry and keep a snake bite kit close at hand should you encounter any duel fanged dangerous beauties on their turf.