If you've ever sat around a campfire after a day of wheeling, then you've likely heard your share of nightmare wheeling trips where this or that broke, leaving a group stranded in the sticks until spare parts arrived. Though most of these stories have a happy ending and are a lesson learned to follow for future wheeling trips (pack spare parts), what happens if spare parts don't arrive? What if you're so deep in the woods that it would take days to hike out or a week for search-and-rescue workers to locate you? How do you survive? Best rule of thumb? Go prepared for anything.
Although many carry spare parts in their 4x4s to avoid vehicle failure, most do not carry life-saving implements to avoid human-life failure. Let me guess - you started the trail with a Subway sandwich, some bottled water, a 12-pack of Dr. Pepper, and a sweatshirt in case it got breezy, so you should be fine. For most, this is the extent of their trail-survival gear, and it simply won't cut it in the event of a true emergency. That's why we decided to address the topic of trail preparedness and take a closer look at the Bug Out Bagz Bill Burke Edition Emergency and Disaster Preparedness Kit.
Bug Out Bagz backpacks are filled with crucial gear for backcountry survival. The company offers three levels of deluxe emergency packs to meet the needs of multiple enthusiast activities. Being that we spend our time wheeling trails, our interest was piqued by the Bill Burke Edition pack, which is filled with all of the emergency provisions suggested by Bill Burke's 4-Wheeling America. The pack features items meant to address most situations that could arise during a wheeling trip and covers everything from basic personal first-aid needs to building an emergency shelter to survive a storm. No proverbial stone was left unturned with this Bug Out Bagz emergency kit - it has it all! In the events of emergencies during wheeling excursions, you'll be everybody's favorite guy on the trail if you have a Bug Out Bagz backpack handy. And that's a campfire story we want hear.
Getting PREpared with Bill Burke DVD
The Getting PREpared with Bill Burke DVD from Bill Burke's 4-Wheeling America is a great way to learn the basics about preparing yourself and your rig for backcountry travel. Bill leads the viewer through each of his personal vehicles, explaining what gear he carries and why, as well as how he keeps the gear securely stowed in the vehicle for easy access and use. There are also suggestions about maps and guidebooks and trail navigation, as well as menu planning for camp meals. Bill also offers tips on not just what gear to carry but also how much of it, such as how much water, gasoline, and food you'll need for extended trail adventures. There are also segments that deal with vehicle selection and vehicle setup, including tire and wheel selection and suspension needs, and tips about recovery gear like winches, Hi-Lift jacks, and onboard welders. Bill also disassembles vital 4WD components, such as a 4WD locking hub, to explain how it works. The final segments cover on-trail driving tips, low-impact methods of setting up camp in the backcountry, backcountry toilet use, emergency and first-aid gear overview, and tips on taking pets on the trail. The DVD also includes a Getting PREpared manual that offers a pre- and post-trip vehicle checklist, driving tips, and a listing of the suggested gear to carry. For more information, contact: Bill Burke's 4-Wheeling America, www.bb4wa.com.