I Just got back from a few weeks of playing in the interior. I did a few day trips to nearby lakes for a bit of fishing, went on one three day outing to look over an area for possible future trips, and did a bit of backcountry driving – poking around here and there. Regardless of trip length, climate, time of year, or outing intent, there is one piece of gear I always pack.
A detailed, well marked, map should be part of the information you leave with your emergency contact. This map should give a good idea of your route and where you’ll be spending time exploring, camping, etc., should a search become necessary.