Be prepared to improvise and pack accordingly
Growing up as a Scout I was always taught to be prepared. For a long time this meant taking every conceivable piece of emergency/repair kit I could think of - I took incredible amounts of kit on my early expeditions. However, the more extreme situations I found myself in, the more I realised I was taking the wrong kit. An accident whilst I was alone in a remote part of the Atacama Desert taught me that surviving or dealing with an emergency is more about improvisation and using what you have than anything else. You can carry the biggest first aid or repair kit, but gaffer tape, zip ties, super glue, paracord and spare clothes can hold you or your kit together just as well at a fraction of the weight. As I found, if the situation can’t be solved with this, you probably need outside help more than you need extra kit. For more about my adventures, including my crossing of the Atacama Desert, see my blog: jonsadventures.wordpress.com.