As part of your "back of beyond" preparation, would you consider taking a first aid course? Not just any course. But one focused on the right skills for the wilderness. Conducted by folks who have years of hands-on, practical experience. A course curriculum backed by the art and science of medicine.
About 17 years ago, we teamed up with NOLS Wilderness Medicine. This was the brainchild of Greg Henington, our owner. He's what we call a "Wild Med Freak" (some of us call him a "Wild Med Geek"). Why? Because the guy eats, sleeps and breathes emergency medicine. He's probably earned it, though. Twenty-five years of backcountry experience, Wilderness Paramedic, Chief of Terlingua Fire & EMS. Paramedic at Yellowstone National Park. Ad nauseum.
The good news is Greg and some of his buddies teach some of the coolest Wilderness Medicine courses this side of Mars. And they're open to anyone! Anyone, of course, who wants to go down the river with a paddle.