Whether from The Walking Dead or Zombieland, we’ve all known about the possibility of a zombie apocalypse for years now. But how much have you really prepared?
Everyone knows that there’s little worse than being caught unprepared in a zombie apocalypse. Just as you need to prepare for natural disasters and doomsday, you need to ready yourself for the dawn of zombies.
Here are a few things that you’ll want to snatch up now so that you’re ready for the zombie apocalypse.
1. The Zombie Survival Guide
The apocalypse is no time to frantically search Google for tips to counter a zombie attack.You need to be ready well ahead of time. For that, nothing’s better than Max Brooks’s The Zombie Survival Guide.
This book will explain how to avoid becoming a zombie. Is a small zombie flesh wound enough to turn you into a zombie? Find out inside.
If you’re preparing to fight back, rest assured; this book has a full 30 pages on weapons and combat techniques alone! Never used .22 caliber rimfire weapons or a flamethrower before? Don’t worry. This guidebook has you covered.
Plus, it’s a great read when you’re on the run— literally!
2. A treadmill
This one might have you asking, How’s a treadmill going to help me combat zombies? Well, the real reason is that you need to be ready to run.
By getting in shape, you’ll (hopefully) increase your speed to the point that you can outrun any zombie, even if they’re faster than you expected. At the very least, you need to be able to outrun other humans, since the slow ones are always the first to go.
To get a feel for the real thing, check out the Zombies, Run! app for your phone. Called a game, the truth is that it helps you to get in shape as you race to outrun virtual zombies. The app sells for $3.99 in both the Apple App Store and Google Play.
3. Proper shelter
Though there aren’t many zombie-proof options, all of the protection that you can get will surely help.
Perhaps the best option is to secure a safety bunker so that you can activate lockdown mode when zombies arrive. If you’re properly stocked with all of the other essentials on this list, then you can probably spend months or years in a secure safety bunker without leaving.
Don’t have a bunker? You should zombie-proof your home as soon as possible. This Old House recommends steel doors, hurricane-proof windows, and good fences to keep the undead out.
4. Food and water
When the apocalypse strikes, don’t think that you’ll be able to run to the supermarket to buy canned goods. Not only will shelves likely be bare, but you’ll risk additional exposure to a zombie attack.
Instead, now’s the time to stock up.
First, make sure that you have plenty of water. Without water, you’ll die of dehydration within days. Plan on allocating about one gallon per day per person in your survival group.
For food, nonperishable items are best. Though Ready.gov doesn’t offer any specific advice for surviving a zombie apocalypse—an outrageous oversight, in my opinion—it does have some pointers on food conservation that will surely come in handy. For example, it recommends stocking up on ready-to-eat canned foods such as granola, peanut butter, nuts, and high-energy foods.
If you’re in a place where safely using a camp stove or other warming device will be possible, then it’s good to have these items on hand as well. Just don’t forget the can opener!
5. Medical supplies
Let’s be realistic. After a zombie attack, there could be little to save you from becoming a zombie yourself. But you never know what kinds of bumps and bruises you’ll get on the run.
Make sure to have proper medical supplies on hand for these cases. I prefer the classic standby: a first-aid kit. For these kits, the usual assortment of bandages and such will likely suffice.
If you want to go above and beyond, Zombie Defense Solutions: 3-Day Survival Kit seems like a good way to go. This kit not only includes first aid but also other food, water, and tools that you might need. For $34.99, it’s a killer deal.
6. Duct tape
Duct tape is so useful in regular life that it only make sense to have some on hand for the zombie apocalypse. A few of its practical uses include:
- Closing off unprotected entrances
- Binding zombie hands and legs (or those of someone recently infected)
- Zombie body armor (No, I didn’t make this up)
There are thousands of other uses that I haven’t even considered. But you and I will both be grateful to have plenty of this stuff on hand when we need it.
Having tools and weapons to combat zombies will be an important part of surviving the impending apocalypse.
There are several creative options, so I’ll leave it up to you.
For readers who don’t like firearms or are liable to run out of ammo, the classic Louisville Slugger works wonderfully for cracking zombie skulls.
But if you really want to go all-out, then the sky’s the limit. There’s the Z.E.R.O. (Zombie Extermination, Research, and Operations) Kit, which includes just about all of the zombie survival gear you’ll need. While the $23,999 price tag might seem high, you surely won’t be disappointed when the time comes to put it into action. If the price scares you off, remember that the Z.E.R.O. Kit qualifies for free shipping!
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