For years, i used to carry a "proper" RE plate, 8 pins, and a sledge hammer, along with a T35 tirfor. I never needed to use them. Not once.
Have space (in a bergen or vehicle) and fill it with unnecessary just in case kit! What winch do you have? do you have a rear winch as well as front winch - is it easier to get out the way you went in rather than to go further forward?