9. Critical Papers/Numbers
Schaffer has learned to keep several things on his person at all times, including his passport, and a piece of paper containing all critical contact numbers for his outfitter, float plane service, and more. Paired with his sat phone, this can quickly troubleshoot most travel foibles, even common weather-related delays that might force Schaffer to be re-routed home, possibly leaving gear behind at a float plane base or base camp that can be shipped home later. "I like to have every possible line of communication with me for my guide, the outfitter's office phone, cell phone, and e-mail—anything I might have. I need to ensure I can make contact if, say, my plane gets delayed, or I'm having trouble meeting up at a predetermined rendezvous point, so the outfitter doesn't think you flaked out on him. A lot of guys think you can just Google this info, but you can't rely on that. And if you get re-routed home and your passport is back in camp, you won't be leaving any time soon."