The Bill Burke Edition by Bug Out Bagz – No longer sold

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.


The company is called Bug Out Bagz (, 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!

Bug Out Bag

Someday, you may need to walk out of the wild because your truck broke down or got stuck. Don’t be one of those poor saps who is found later in a T-shirt and shorts. The Bill Burke edition Bug Out Bagz is loaded with critical survival items such as heat blankets, rescue tools, matches, stove, flashlight, first aid kit, rain poncho and much more. Yet it only weighs 9 lbs 14 oz.

Bug Out Bag

The items Bill Burke uses in his personal Bug Out Bagz. They are carefully chosen for maximum utility and a minimum of space and weight.

Bill Burke Edition Bug Out Bag:

• Swiss Army Rescue Tool by Victorinox
• Esbit Pocket Stove with six large fuel cubes
• Personal first aid kit
• Personal amenity kit
• Plastic bag kit
• Pelican MityLite flashlight
• Heatsheet blanket 56″ x 84″
• Yellow lightweight rain poncho
• Heavy duty Superwinch gloves
• Particulate N95 respirator (2 each)
• Sqwincher “Lite” Qwik Stik orange flavor electrolyte drink mix (4 each)
• Diamond 32-ct. strike anywhere matches
• Rapid Cold (5-1/2″ x 10″)
• Rapid Heat (5-1/2″ x 10″)
• MicroNet microfiber towel (10″x 20″)
• MAX ear plugs
• Cactus Juice Sun & Skin Outdoor Protectant (2.5 oz.)
• Ztek Indoor/Outdoor mirror safety glasses
• Pocket Survival Pak (mirror, whistle, etc)
• Netline flexible clothesline & utility cord
• Laerdal CPR barrier pocket mask w/gloves and wipe in hard case
• Dental Medic
• Buck Tilton’s Backcountry First Aid and Extended Care (5th Edition)
• Backpacker’s trowel
• MSR CloudLiner 3-Liter Hydration bag
• Bamboo compressed towelettes (10 pack)