Backcountry Mom

The Ultimate Survival Kit for Backcountry Moms

by Shelley

In this post we are going to talk about something very important – a survival kit – but not just any survival kit – the mom's backcountry survival kit. 

We all know that we need to be prepared in case of an emergency and if you do a Google search for “ backcountry survival kits” countless results will pop up.  They all contain slight variations of the same things.  Compass, knife, light, fire starter…you get the picture.

If you search for “mom’s survival kit” you will also get numerous links to kits that contain “fun” mom stuff like, baby wipes, nail files, hair elastics, bandaids, hand sanitizer, etc.

Do you know what happens if you search for “backcountry mom’s survival kit”?  You get nothing.  Zilch.  Zip.  Zippo.

I have decided to remedy this glaring omission.  After 5 kids, 13 years of canoe tripping with kids, and countless hours of research and product testing, I am happy to introduce you to The Ultimate Survival Kit for Backcountry Moms

The Stanley Thermos 
This is a vital component.  Boiling water takes time in the backcountry and it cools down far too quickly.  This thermos will keep water hot enough to make coffee for 24 hours.  If you fill it up when you are making supper in the evening the next morning you will have hot coffee within minutes of getting out of your tent!  Need a cup in the middle of the afternoon?  No problem, just pull out that thermos full of hot water and you’re good to go.  You can see my video review of the Stanley Thermos here.

The Aeropress
This handy little press makes the best coffee ever and is my favourite system for the backcountry (and at home).  Really.  It makes the best coffee ever.  See here and here for more information.

Before we head out on a trip I grind my beans and then package double servings in little Ziploc baggies.  Why double servings?  Because Lisa needs coffee too.  We mom’s have to look out for each other.

Starbucks Via Packs
For those times when you need a hit fast!

Hot Chocolate 
Hot chocolate is a dual-purpose item.  Almost any child in the backcountry can be bribed with a hot chocolate or you might need a café mocha.  Either way, you’re covered.

Insulated Mug 
Because coffee cools down way too fast in the backcountry and backcountry moms often get called away from their coffee.  

Good Chocolate 
No explanation needed.


Sometimes being a backcountry mom is really tough, but it's worth it!