Introduction: How to Build the Perfect Zombie Survival Kit...

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So you want to learn how to build an excellent zombie survival kit, and honestly your best bet would be to read zombie survival guide by max brooks. However if you lack time, funds or are just lazy I'll cut to the chase and give you a quick, light and excellent kit to survival the undead nightmare...

Step 1: What You Need...

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Here's what your Kit should have...
- Rifle,Shotgun or Assault Rifle. I'd prefer a good reliable sks carbine. semi auto, 7.62x39 mm ammo (same as the ak) and a five round clip. Good all around package...and it's a relatively cheap to get.

- 300-600 rounds of ammo. Because you never know.

- Good comfy backpack. You'll need a lot of storage for you gear.

- Sleeping bag. You will have to sleep sooner or later.

- Ear plugs. To drown out the moaning of the undead.

- Red glow sticks. Good light source.

- Hachet or machete. Both make great close quarters weapons and both are excellent survival tools.

- Folding shovel. Another good close quarters weapon... also good for digging latrines.

- Local map. Preferably a state or provincial map with roads/backroads and bodies of water.

- Compass. To work with your map and help you navigate.

- Self powered flashlight and radio. You need to see and keep up with current events.

- Rope. You'll need a lot, say a few hundred feet. And make sure it's of good quality.

- 8' x 10' tarp. Makes a good, quick tent.

- First Aid Kit. Make sure its not a cheap one, and put it in a waterproof bag that gause won't do any good wet.

- 12 big thick garbage bags. Good for everything from waterproofing your pack to making a poncho, to making a shower.

- 2 Rolls Paper towels. Good for toilet paper and snot rags.

- 2 or 3 sets of spare clothing. Obvious reasons...

- Dehydrated/Non perishable Food. MREs, Ramen noodles, canned food, granola, beef jerky it's all good.

- 2 Litres of Clean Drinking water and a means of getting more. Meaning either have a filter kit, or purification tablets or a stove to boil water.

- Deck of Cards and a novel. You will get bored.

- 2 pocket knives. The uses are endless.

- Multitool. again they can do anything from opening cans to cutting wire.

- Credit Card. Who knows when you'll need plastic...and it can jimmy locks.

- 4 Burlap sacks. If you'd like to make a quick foxhole/barricade.

- Waterproof matches/ flint and steel. You'll need fire.

Step 2: What to Wear...

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Here's what to wear in a zombie apocalypse....

- Under Armor. It's light and will either keep you cool or keep you warm.

- Motocross/Paintball jersey. They are both a good long sleeve top that can breathe, or have room to add layers underneathe (depends on your climate)

- Soft elbow and knee pads. They dont hamper mobility and keep you comfy. Plus TRY biting through them.

- A solid pair of cargos. Light and have lots of storage space.

- A good headband. To keep the sweat out of your eyes.

- Waterproof hiking boots (broken in). You'll be on your feet a lot.

- Set of goggles that won't fog. Either snowboard, paintball or motocross will do.

- Bandana. to cover your nose and mouth. Things will get messy.

- Good set of gloves. Again motocross or paintball will do.

And keep in mind if it's cold out you'll need to dress/pack accordingly. Just keep in mind to cover up.

Step 3: Thanks for Reading.

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Thanks for reading.


alpitob (author)2016-10-08

You will always need a multi-tool. Leatherman Wave is a great choice. Also, consider traveling light since all of the guns and ammo will slow you down. Get a good 9mm pistol with some ammo, a machete or hatchet, a flashlight, a Zippo or any other windproof ligther and a backpack with bottles of water, canned food, a blanket and a medical kit. You should find a motorbike or a car in the streets that actually run so you can use them for transportation. A normal mountain bike would help too. Try finding water purifiers, batteries and also a rifle just in case. As for clothing, get cargo pants, some quality hiking boots, a comfortable t-shirt, a shirt and a jacket. These stuff would help a lot and actually won't weigh too much.

BluXn (author)alpitob2017-11-14

your better off foot or a bike nothing using gas, and mostly (for me) melee

SethN11 (author)2016-10-23

You wouldn't want to bring or wear ear plugs because if you cant hear a walker(, zombie, or however you want to call the undead) they could walk up to you and bite you getting you infected. You could use them while you sleep but only if you know your going to be fine while you sleep.

BluXn (author)SethN112017-11-14

aka make a hamic up high

ManfredM9 (author)2017-07-06

Better kit

RustyShack (author)2017-02-14

here's a good article on zombie preparedness:

Rafael18 (author)2017-01-24

I've got a 15$ Paracord bracelet for free HERE.

Abarilla123 (author)2016-08-15

So i have a 320 savage 20 gauge, an ar-15, and a tac 22. I have a military backpack that can hold 2 and i coukd carry 1 in my hands or with a sling... good idea or no?

ReyzorrR (author)Abarilla1232017-01-10

well like they said have a melee weapon and a gun

Leongzw (author)2016-11-08

Everyone will likes you if zombie do exits....

ReyzorrR (author)Leongzw2017-01-10


DaxGhost (author)2016-06-11

(3-5) Bottles of alcohol - Easy to burn with fire, and a great way to keep your mind off of the zombie apocalypse

(1-2) Windless lighter - A lighter can start fires and provide heat, grab a windless lighter so no matter how windy it is, you have a trusty lighter

(1) Think Winter jacket - You never know what will happen...

(1) Pair of Boots - Army boots, steel boots, it doesn't matter

(1-2) Water purifier - I don't really need to explain

PeterC206 (author)2016-05-16

Nice Survival guide... I live in Halifax, NS and I'm a zombie prepper myself... However, as I analyzed things, I realized Z-Day may be harder than TV leads on... Their are bigger enemies than just the Z's in this scenario.... To learn more, check out my blog post <a href="">here</a>

tincanz (author)2011-12-27

How about no gun, but a recurve bow and 15 arrows? Ditch shovel, add mountain bike with some patches, and head for the mountains.

Optional: plenty of carrot, bean, corn, spinach, tomato seeds, provided that you live somewhere warm.

DevinH15 (author)tincanz2016-04-30

I think a bow and a gun are both good options but I would say a hatchet or a long knife. What if your bow string breaks or your gun jams you will be dead before you can fix it. If I had to pick between a bow or gun I would say a gun. They are faster to reload and they are stronger. A bow is slower to reload and what if you run out of arrows and there are zombies following you, you won't have enough time to make more arrows before your dead.

Gcamper (author)tincanz2012-06-04

Aiming a bow is so much harder than aiming a gun. And just try to get a headshot with one. Ammo is heavier, it is less accurate, less powerful, has a shorter range, it wears out your arm...
Use a gun

tincanz (author)Gcamper2012-06-05

All true, but do bullets grow on trees? Arrows do. So do bows. Bows are also quieter and lighter than most guns. When zombies come, society will basically be starting over. That means that anything you use you should know how to synthesize. If you can make gunpowder from its basic constituents, power to you. That sure is a lot of effort for each shot, including bullet creation. Considering the rarity of the required materials, an arrow is probably faster to make. You also get many shots per arrow.

Headshots, while hard to achieve with a bow, are doable. I have an average of 4:7 human brain shots (between nose and top of head, full head width) at 20m. My bow shoots about 250 fps with 30 inch arrows for the first 20m. One of those arrows weighs about 300 grains, which makes their kinetic energy about 41 foot/pounds. According to ChaCha, around 33 ft/lbs are needed to crack the human skull (where I know not). That means that a pointed arrow would easily have enough power to make it into the brain. Lastly, an archer's arm doesn't get very tired. Mostly its the pulling fingers, but with a glove that pain is minimal.

Gcamper (author)tincanz2012-06-06

Also true... I think that a crossbow is a decent compromise. They use arrows now, not bolts. They are more accurate and have a longer range than a bow.

However, one can EASILY carry 1000 rounds for a carbine. It is not that heavy to carry or hard to pack. It will take up maybe as much space as a quiver, but probably less. Also, if you have a gun, the rate of fire is greatly increased, and you can kill 30 zombies before reloading. If you are good and have trained with this gun, you could probably get about 30 kills in a minute or two.

All in all, i believe a bow is crossbow is good defensively, but the carbine is so much better if you are on the run.

tincanz (author)Gcamper2012-06-06

Ok, I agree, but I will stick t the bow for the sustainability issue.

Thrasym (author)tincanz2012-10-10

You bow and crossbow people make me chuckle. You think your amazing arm strength you built up with all your conditioning is going to hold up when you're starving and cold and dehydrated? You think shooting an arrow through a stationary target is the same as hitting a moving, walking, running, trying to eat you zombie? You think your awesome Legolas skills are going to hold up while you're crapping your pants out of fear? Bows and crossbows are not silent, the twang of the bow string can be pretty loud.

Get a gun or become a zombies snack. Sure, ammo isn't something you can make on your own with a knife in the woods, but, you can also carry enough that you live long enough to find more. There's no risking infection reclaiming spent arrows covered in zombie brains. Sure, hitting a moving target while malnourished, scared out of your mind and starving is more difficult, even with a gun, but that's why a clip holds so many bullets, retries are expected. Also, double taps, if you learned anything from Zombieland...why they never use silencers in movies, I'll never understand, they may not make firearms silent but they sure reduce the sound, at least the whole town doesn't head your way. But I digress...

tincanz (author)Thrasym2012-10-10

I don't understand where you think you will be able to "find" ammunition. All structures will have been ransacked in the first few months, and after decades such things as we now call bullets will no longer exist. It is feasible to make bullets and powder, but materials are scarce and procedure is difficult. Making bullets fit for modern firearms is very difficult; it is possible that no one alive will have the know-how and access to the materials. The best one can hope for after decades and centuries is flintlock or matchlock guns, and loose black powder with simple rounds.

Anyway, gun strategy cannot really be compared to bow strategy because a big part of bow strategy is that you don't actually let zombies locate you in the first place. Then none of that fear or inaccuracy will crop up.

(there are materials that can be added to a bowstring to take the vibrational energy and disperse it, further reducing the "twang" while only reducing the arrow velocity a tiny amount i.e. fine down)

Gcamper (author)tincanz2012-10-10

Both of you have brought up very good points.
Guns do run out of ammo, and it wont last forever. Making firearms is a lost art, and there is no way that you will learn to make ammo for modern guns. However, with a good carbine or accurate rifle, you can take out multiple zombie in the time it takes for someone to take out one with a bow. Rifles are much more accurate and way more powerful than bows. If a zombie grabs you, you cannot kill it with a bow. You can, however, kill it with a pistol.
Bows and crossbows have their downsides and benefits too. They are slow, not nearly as accurate as rifles, and they take a lot of arm strength to use. A good bow with a forty or fifty pound pull takes a lot out of people, especially when you haven't eaten much. Whereas you can break a zombie's skull with the butt of a gun at close quarters, you can't do that with a bow. I you have ever tried to make a bow and arrows, you will find that it isn't easy. The bow needs to have a certain amount of curve, it needs to be flexible while snapping back tot shape quickly. The arrows need to be perfectly straight if you want them to fly in the general direction that you are pointing. Making arrowheads is very hard, while fire hardened wood tips might not be able to punch through a skull. Skulls are really hard, and you wont be able to get a clean shot through the eye. However, crossbows are much more accurate than bows, and if you can make arrows you have almost infinite ammo.
Bow and gun strategies are really not that different. The point is to survive. Just because someone uses a bow doesn't mean that they have infinite wisdom and therefore will not get eaten. You cannot assume that you will find food, or water, or shelter, or not encounter a horde of fifty zombies. In either situation, you need to get the hell out of there.
In the long run, having and using a crossbow is probably better. However, when trying to escape or kill a lot of zombies quickly, a gun is so much better.

tincanz (author)Gcamper2012-10-10

Well said.

Thrasym (author)tincanz2012-10-10

"I don't understand where you think you will be able to "find" ammunition. All structures will have been ransacked in the first few months, and after decades such things as we now call bullets will no longer exist."

Where do you live? Almost every country has an immense stockpile of munitions. If zombies wipe out the human race in short order (like in just about every zombie story ever written) then there will not be that many people left to loot and plunder. Leaving years and decades worth of bad arse bullets to fuel my gun toting rage, bringing the hurt to the zombie hordes. If the military is still around you'll be hiding in the army base with them defending you, if they're not around, you're free to loot. It really depends how the whole infection goes down, but most versions of the mythology have the human race wiped out rather quickly. Aside from that, your biggest threat in dire times is not the zombies or the economy or whatever is causing the hardship, your biggest threat is other humans in the same dire straits as yourself. And well, if you take a bow to a gun fight...see 'The Untouchables" to find out how that will end up. Keeping in mind, it's way easier for a guy with a gun to avoid being seen due to the increased range and lethality. Having a gun doesn't mean you can't hide from zombies...they have silencers too.

It's actually really hard to get an arrow through a skull, much like a .22 cal, glances off the side will happen most often. There's really only a small area in the center skull (from whichever angle you fire from) that will have the force of the shot focused THROUGH the skull, it's like a 2" circle shooting straight from the front or back, maybe 3" from the sides. If you go lower it's under the brain, if you hit the left or right sides, or the top, the shot will most likely be deflected. Most people can't make that shot at any distance...there might be a handful of people on the planet that could do it with a bow or a xbow, even if they used a nice compound bow, I'd doubt there's even a handful who could do it reliably to a moving target.

At any rate, if you make it past the "first few months" and especially "decades" you're pretty much set. I mean you can't get that far without some skills and resources. Also, bows don't last forever. Especially bow strings. They wear out, string wear out fast. Replacements may or may not be easy to come by, depends on how things play out, but after "decades" you're out of luck too. Bullets and twinkies DO have a shelf life, so, we're all going to have to be self sustaining after a while.

Crystals999 (author)Thrasym2015-12-05

And IF you do run out of ammo with a gun,you can always use it to hit zombies in the head.HELL YEAH!

(very old account where I was very stupid online above ^^)

tincanz (author)Thrasym2012-10-11

We seem to be of accord that after some time "we're all going to have to be self sustaining." Shouldn't it follow, then, because bows will definitely be effective after the zombie threat is over, that people should preserve and develop further techniques involved in their creation and use? Bows are much easier to make than guns, so after zombies they will likely be the preferred choice. you may be right that having guns during zombies is a good idea. Then again, with only a bow, I will likely see only very few zombies, whereas with a gun, even suppressed, you will likely encounter quite a few. In the case of a bow being ineffective against a few zombies, I can resort to melee weapons without having very many to kill. A gun user will not have to resort to melee as long as his equipments stay in order, but he will have more zombies to face due to the increased noise generated.

amcmorris1 (author)tincanz2012-10-28

I'm a bow fan, but TBH guns do have silencers and if you can't find one you can make them out of pretty simple stuff

souleaterVS (author)tincanz2015-04-11

I dont think youll find a hot enough working furnace to melt ore, and you cant make everytying

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tincanz (author)souleaterVS2015-04-11

Charcoal fire with bellows in a clay/earth bloomery can melt the slag but not the iron; it's a distillation process by which the slag trickles out and the iron stays. It is still plenty hot to soften the iron, though.

theodore.sloat (author)tincanz2015-05-28

the Japanese can make steel, both high carbon and low carbon using charcoal and bellows in a clay/earth bloomery. The Romans and Vikings did as much aswell.

BloodDeathOfB (author)Gcamper2016-04-14

But,if a zombie grabs you,you can beat it to death with your gun,or your arrows. :3

BloodDeathOfB (author)tincanz2016-04-14

So,get a bow,especially if you're British.

souleaterVS (author)tincanz2015-07-01

Making arrows would be a pain, besides you wil need someone for the wings and the tip

Do wings and arrow tips grow on trees? Nope

I would personally stick with something like a sword or mallet. They are somewhat easier to carry, and I'm very good with close range combat, but crossbows and guns r even better.

Have fun getting eaten alive with your sword!

I have to agree with you

JehúH (author)tincanz2016-01-02

Why don't all of you just agree on carrying both a Bow and a Carbine Rifle? It's much easier to use a rifle once the outbreak begins, then after you've got experience, you can practise with the bow so you can rely on that once you've wasted all the rifle ammo or are just looking to conserve it until you really need it!

Hmm... Depends on the bow, and the archer. If its a newer bow model, and a very talented archer, it would be easy to penetrate a zombie skull

lukeyj15 (author)Gcamper2012-07-01

Arms don't "wear out". Guns do. Arms don't jam. Guns do. Arms don't need firing pins. Guns do. Arms don't need stripping and cleaning. Guns do.

When you very first start your arm will get sore. But once your muscles build up, no more soreness, just deadliness.

craige.goad (author)lukeyj152014-08-27

Arms do wear out, arms can jam, & Arms do need cleaning.

souleaterVS (author)craige.goad2015-07-01

Great XD

danielp8 (author)Gcamper2014-10-23

how about a crossbow

JohnK11 (author)danielp82015-01-04

crossbows are just as heavy as guns and need as much if not more maintenance. melee is really the way to go.

shadowman0064. (author)Gcamper2014-09-24

guns are loud they will bring you more zombies than you can handle unless you have a suppresser witch are illeagle in most state then go ahead and use a gun

Gcamper (author)Gcamper2012-06-04

sorry, arrows are heavier

jonno488 (author)tincanz2012-04-09

a bows ok... but its slow and difficult to use unless your jesus...

tincanz (author)jonno4882012-04-12

A bow works great in a rural/ forest environment, and an experienced archer can get a brain-shot from 15m semi-reliably. Also arrows can be retrieved and can be created with much more ease than bullets. If a person has to go for the rest of their life with an amount of bullets, they will be wishing they could make gunpowder and cast bullets as easily as arrows. Plus, a bow itself is much easier to make than a gun.

origamidude99 (author)tincanz2012-04-17

the problem is that not everyone can shoot a bow.

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