We discuss safety in the backcountry a lot, and for good reason. When your life rides on making the right decision when physical danger is close at hand, you can’t leave anything to chance. For this reason we’ve decided to pick apart several personal safety pieces to help you come up with your own custom kit. Many of the prepackaged kits on the market today have a lot of extraneous pieces. Tailoring a kit to your specific situation is often more desirable to not only ensure you have the right safety materials for the situations you will most likely encounter, but also to save ounces by not packing items that you’ll never use.