We are certain that by now everyone that’s ever imagined a zombie outbreak scenario has put together a must-have survival kit (in their minds, at least).
And we are also perfectly aware that these sort of post have been done over and over again, but nevertheless here’s ours!
We’ve tried to keep it as realistic as possible and within one afternoon’s worth of shopping.
Having a survival kit or a BOB (Bug Out Bag) is crucial if you’re a human. It would take too long to write about all the possible situations which could occur and a few times during your lifetime definitively will. A zombie apocalypse is a good enough reason as any to get one.
Be it sirens signaling incoming strike aircraft or moaning of your neighbors, you do not want to be listening to that kind of sounds while scraping items in a plastic bag and waiting for that bottle to finally fill with water.
Even though modern day survival kits are rather ill equipped to cope with zeds (read: kill them fast, easy and above else safely), they are crucial for something most zombie enthusiast forget to think about that much: YOUR SURVIVAL!
A world in panic and rampaging entropy is not an easily lootable supermarket. Let the noobs fight over pre-apocalypse luxuries and unnecesary items – and that, my friends, is a certainty; when the shit hits the fan everyone goes mental and runs around grabbing everything they see and think has any kind of value.
For that reason it is only logical to be dependant on what you have in your backpack and inside your head than what’s in the local Wallmart’s sports and outdoors department… which will be crawling with scared hopeless humans being run by their most primitive survival instincts. Did I forget to mention there will be infected people among them? YEP! And we don’t want to face that 30 minutes after we find out Z is among us.
So let’s go! This is what your survival kit HAS to have.
For inspecting and healing small injuries like removing splinters for example. Or even for repairing items and starting a fire.
Much easier to start a fire with a candle than just your matches
You can easily make ‘em yourself by dipping the striking heads of the matches in melted candle wax.
A little harder for one person to use on a tree but you probably won’t be chopping down entire forests by yourself.
Something like this will do but try to get a hold of a few bigger needles and stronger thread as well.
Or a similar emergency fire starter.
Fish is food and food is good
… and learn how to use it. Get a hold of maps of your surrounding area and put a good map in your kit.
Be sure to pack extra batteries with it!
Something like this will do but be more prepared, learn about first aid, learn about YOUR conditions.
There’s more in learning than talent to be a good doctor. Research and prepare wisely.
A good survival knife is not essentially a good zombie knife. (check out our article on the zombie knife). And the best knife is the one you know how to use without hurting yourself (kitchen knives excluded).
With a knife you’ll also need a sharpening stone, nothing special. A small and portable sharpening tool will do.
Kits are small and do not and can not contain everything you need when emergency strikes, they only have the basic. That is why I prefer and advice everyone to have a BOB
Concerning backpacks I find them the most important and vital items you have, right next to the knife, your primary weapon and your brain.
After all, it’s use will be to carry everything you need through thick and thin. And no one want’s to loose their lifeline while running away from zed.
Options are limitless so consider a few factors. For instance; if you’re planing on using a bicycle during the apocalypse then something like this might do DAKINE Shuttle Bike Pack
Do not buy or prepare too large a backpack if you are small in stature; sure, when push comes to shove you can put your gear down and use tactics and outmaneuver the zeds or kill ‘em and return for your backpack… but it’s a risk non the less, a risk you shouldn’t take, unless you’re absolutely confident in your fighting skills.
Something like this could be more of your style
as opposed to this
Imagine what would happen if you tried running with a fully packed backpack like that. I give you half a mile before getting either exhausted or injured.
You do not wanna get pneumonia when hiding or running or fighting with zeds. Most better backpacks and rucksacks have their own inbuilt cover from rain or are made from waterproof material so if you do not have any of that please find some fabric to protect your backpack when you stash it or have to be in the rain.
For obvious reasons
When you can’t get out of a situation you can use them to signal for help or even make a distraction. The good ones tend to be very expensive and the cheap ones are not reliable.
For use with traps, warning systems or when you just need to tie something/someone :D.
Watch a few episodes of Mythbusters concerning duct tape if you’re a non-believer. Everyone needs it!
I personally don’t own such a device cause I don’t actually like electronics that much (yeah, boo me:) ). However, most people have become rather dependent on such devices and a portable solar charger could be an excellent investment for them; with or without an apocalypse. The one listed below can charge USB devices and AA and AAA batteries, which pretty much covers everything.
You can power up your phones, radios… the whole sha-bang.
The duct tape of the zombie apocalypse! If you’re gonna use melee weapons and we all know you’re bound to do that we urge you to get yourself some overgrip tape.
This is the tape that tennis players use to wrap the handle of a tennis racket. Overgrip tape is extremely useful because it will both protect your palms and give you a stronger grip with your weapon making it a lot harder to loose control over the weapon or the weapon itself. It helps you not loose grip when your hands start sweating.
It would be a good idea to both prepare your melee weapons with an overgrip tape and have a few extra rolls if the apocalypse gets all out of control and lasts a long time.
It costs less than a dollar, and can be a difference between spilling food out of a can and eating a nice meal. You can even put it on a string and wear it around your neck,
might come handier than dog-tags when the Z’s come.
A bike repair kit
Even the simplest of transportation devices need maintenance and repair every now and then. It would not be nice to try and outrun a horde with a flat tire now wouldn’t it ;).
I do not have one, but seeing as I’ve been to the dentist a little too much for my taste I am strongly considering buying one.
Consider getting a small pot or two or even a Portable Cooking Kit.
And never leave home without a spoon/fork/knife combo.
Everyone needs water and make sure your BOB has it. If you’re gonna use PET bottles to store it make sure you throw away bottles after 6 months cause then they start letting bad chemicals into your water.
Spare clothing and at least a few pairs of good socks so your feet don’t look like the surface of the moon when you start getting blisters on them.
Duplicates of your personal identification and other essential documents.
Books you ought to read and if possible put in a safe storage somewhere or even take with you in your BOB. I can not even begin to emphasize how reading a few of these books is the best survival kit you can have. SURVIVE BY USING YOUR BRAIN!!When Technology Fails (Revised & Expanded): A Manual for Self-Reliance, Sustainability, and Surviving the Long Emergency
This book is basically a guide to do and make anything you want from scratch. From medicine to basic metallurgy. Excellent reading material and incredibly good and sound advice.SAS Survival Handbook
This is THE BEST emergency survival book on the planet… currently.
A notebook and a pen/pencil to write down any and every information you get while in a survival situation. Not everyone has a photographic memory and sometimes, especially in extreme situations, the mind can play tricks on us. So have a blank piece of paper or two to write shit down!How to Survive the End of the World as We Know It: Tactics, Techniques, and Technologies for Uncertain Times
The definitive guide on how to prepare for any crisis–from global financial collapse to a pandemic.When All Hell Breaks Loose: Stuff You Need To Survive When Disaster Strikes
Entertaining and useful
If you don’t like reading :P, there’s always DVD’s but remember… you won’t be able to haul a DVD player and a TV set just like that!
All books say the best advice is to build your own survival kit and be very careful about every object and tool you put in it. If you lack interest in doing that the internet is full of ready made kits.