Words and photos: David Zartman
There is one straightforward reason we asked Bill Burke to be an editor at 4WD Toyota Owner magazine, and that’s because he’s one of the world’s premier experts at off-road driving. But Bill doesn’t just focus solely on mud, ruts, throttle control and the like. He understands—and teaches—that being prepared is a huge part of going into the wild. He means both your vehicle and your emergency supplies. He never goes wheeling without a full bag of items that can help him survive an unforeseen disaster, assist an injured person or possibly even “bug out” of the bush. Now he’s teamed up with a dedicated manufacturer of emergency and disaster preparedness bags to offer the package of items that he himself brings on every single outing.
BUG OUT BAGZ
The company is called Bug Out Bagz (www.bugoutbagz.com, 480-288- 1160) based out of Tempe, Arizona. Their focus is on quality emergency preparedness products. Their various Bug Out Bagz backpack options (starting at $99) are designed to meet different needs and budgets. These bagz can function both in a truck/ offroad setting, and at home in case of a natural disaster such as after a flood or tornado.
This is the top-of-the-line Bill Burke Edition bag ($364), and opening up the 19.5 x 11.5 x 6.4 high-quality Stahlsac backpack is kind of like stockings at Christmas—the goodies just keep coming! Here is what comes with the Bill
Highly recommended. Inch for inch and ounce for ounce, it’s an incredibly compact package with dozens of items. Brands such as Pelican, Esbit, Victorinox, Stahlsac, and Superwinch all are high quality—you’re getting what you pay for. You may never need this bag, but if you should, it could save your life or that of a friend. Best of all, it can (and should) be used at home when not out wheeling. Be prepared!