Introduction: How to Survive a Zombie Invasion.

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This guide will help you in case there is nuclear warfare and everyone turns into a zombie. I caution you that this information might not help because I have not in fact seen an actual zombie.

Step 1: People

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The first step to survive a zombie attack is to have people with you. This is in my opinion is the number one way to survive. What about weapons and food you say, well calm down and let me explain. Say all you had were people and a zombie starts running at you. What do you do? You push a fellow survivor down so the zombie stops to take care of him and you and your group run to safety. You may think this is mean, but think of it this way. It's either you or him.

Step 2: Weapons

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One of your top priorities is to get weapons. But not just any weapon is good. For a melee weapon, your weapon must be at least four feet long so the zombie can't claw you, light so that you can use it faster, and must be able to take a zombie's head off on the first or second hit. A good example is an axe or chainsaw. For a firearm, it must be able to kill a zombie on the first or second shot. It must also be light weight if you don't have a  shelter, be fast and easy to reload, and have plenty of ammo. If you don't have a shelter, a good gun is a pistol, preferably a desert eagle or a magnum. If you have a shelter, a good weapon would be a shotgun or a rifle of any kind.

Step 3: Food and Water

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To be able to live, you must have food and water. Also the food and water must not be contaminated. A good place to find food and water is in a gas station, store, camping supply store, or a restaurant. If you know that there is going to be nuclear warfare, then keep your food and drink underground in hard, sealed containers or in a sealed cabinet in the basement. Some good foods to keep when nukes fly, are camping foods. Stay away from stuff that will make you use the bathroom a lot as this will make you dehydrate. An example of foods that do this are beans.

Step 4: Shelter

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The key to surviving zombies is to have a good shelter. This will help you rest to restore energy, keep you safe, and have and store everything you need. Some examples or good shelters are sporting goods stores, police stations, military bases (if there aren't infected soldiers in there) and maybe a gas station. All these place have the tools to help you survive. I said maybe to the gas station because it is small, not many exits, and highly explosive. The bright side to being in a gas station is the donuts and propane tanks and gas that will burn zombies and make barriers. An example of a place not to seek shelter is a tree. I say tree because you have no food, no where to store your stuff, and zombies will just wait at the bottom until you die or commit suicide by jumping into them.

Step 5: Movie Smarts

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Another key way to survive a zombie attack is to now what happens in the movies. You need to know where the zombies hide out, how to kill them, and how to avoid them. The problem with being movie smart is that some movies the zombies are slow, and in other the zombies are fast. Prepare for both kinds. Some good movies to begin your preparation with are I Am Legend, Night of the Living Dead, and 28 Days Later (and 28 Weeks Later, the Sequel). After watching these you will have a good idea of what to do.

Step 6: A Plan

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A good way to survive is to have a plan. Good plans consist on where to go, how to get necessities (foo, water, guns, etc.), and how to avoid zombies. My plan is to take a semi-truck with my non-infected friends, go to Dick's and fill the semi with guns, ammunition, food,fishing equipment, and water/other hydrating drinks. Then I will drive the semi to a port that has a cruise ship that doesn't have any infected people on board, fill the cruise ship up with the supplies, and then me and my buddies will cruise off into the middle of the ocean and live there until we die. How will we get clean water you say, we will boil it with a special technique that puts water into a cup and the salt into another.

Step 7: Thank You for Reading

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Thank You. for other instuctables on how to live after on the cruise ship, please check my other instructables.


ZackL1 (author)2015-07-04

1st word group last sentence DUHHHHH

ng-shooter17 (author)2012-06-11

Alright...This entire posting is likely to get anyone killed who tried any of the things the author is mentioning. I think he's on the right track in some places but lets cover a few points.

1. The chances of going to any sporting good store or gun store and actually finding anything is slighlty above 0.001%.

2. Carrying a Desert Eagle or Magnum is probably the worst overall choice for a firearm in this situation. Have you considered the weight of carrying the amuniton here? These weapons have ammunition that isnt common compared to what you would find in the ensuing carnage of police cars, military vehicles etc where 9mm, .45 and .223/7.62 and 22 cal would be abundant - lighter and much easier to use. The weapons recoil alone would impede even the strongest person after so many rounds down range.

3. Trying to post up in a gas station is almost a 100% death sentence. Gas stations are meant to advertise what the goodies are they have inside and how do you tell? Big glass windows and doors. Zambies would be through that in a second. your food stores are atrocious and lighting them on fire with propane? at a gas station? hmm....Side note here. Lighting a zombie on fire is an awful idea. If they are coming towards you then they are more likely to catch your shelter on fire as well which will force you out only to become a zombie cheeburger.

4. The boat. I have often considered this scenario myself but here are your problems.
- you will never make it there with a semi truck - most roads if not all will be clogged with dead vehicles of all sorts. you would have more success on a quad - gator - dirt bike of some sort.
- Can you operate a 300-800ft vessel? I know i couldnt. The complexity is mind blowing. Just getting away from the dock would likely result in disaster.
- Going out to sea for the rest of your lives is really unrealistic. you would eventually run out of fuel, desalizination requires maintanence and you couldnt rely on your skills to handle complex weather.

What i think would be better with the boat idea is to take something smaller, say a 50-80 foot sailboat and limp your way to one of the smaller islands in hawaii that isnt as populated or not at all. If your on the east coast there are tons of little islands dotting up all around Florida. Simply investigate several until you find one that has the resources (water, game of some sort) before disembarking and living the zombie free live.

Good luck!

wolf112 (author)ng-shooter172015-01-23

on number 2 noise possibly as a 2th weapon

You Are my best friend now.

life not live**

gunshow (author)2014-01-21

this wont work at all, because ZOMBIES AREN'T REAL!!! and they never will be.

diy justice (author)2013-01-09

i doubt u would have much luck scavenging .50 cal ammo on the road... A more common but still large pistol round would be the .40 or .45 cal acp. i would reccomend pairing a short range weapon in 9mm or .40 cal. with with a pistol caliber carbine rifle which can take the same mags and ammo. a good example would be the sub-2000 and g-17; or g-22 and sub-2000 chambered for .40 cal, or su-16A. also how are u just going to go to the dock and find a ship with no zombies? U also need to have people in the group with knolegde of guns(how to take apart, clean, put back together etc.) and medical training. Ammunition is just as imporant as the gun itself and that means more than jus t the amount. for pistols and rifles and ur gonna want a one shot kill, and that means incindeiary rounds or hollow pionts. for shotguns u have to consider between buckshot, birdshot, slugs and evreything in between, if its legal where you live and u have the cash on hand to stock up, dragons breath would likely be quite effective at taking out gruops of zombies. hence i would reccomend a remington 870. automatic weapons have legal issues so the m-16 in 3-round burst configuration wuold be a strong alternative and help to conserve ammo. i like the idea of the ship and the semi though. overall not bad

LordSchoenfelder (author)2012-10-16

You don't use a desert eagle you shoot it then it brakes your face becuse of the kick-back it costs $1.45 to shoot so you tell me is this a good idea.
"I am Legend" for a movie refrenc you are stupid zombies don't hide out they wander around looking for prey so I am going on a limb and saying you think it is easy to suvive it's not.

Also 3 zombie types the "28 days Later" is nothing like "I am Legend" zombies

gunman15 (author)2012-10-03

Preppers Paradise... lol.

gunman15 (author)2012-10-03

Preppers Paradise... lol.

Dusk Shadows (author)2012-06-08

Zombie survival haha as if i need it i can KILL 70% of people with my bare hands

ghostrider2 (author)2010-04-12

a chainsaw isnt the best option.  it has limited fuel, and generates too much noise.  you can fend off zombies for a few hours, then it becomes dead weight.  plus, the noise basically advertises you as an all you can eat buffet.

lol link (author)ghostrider22012-03-06


Ragnarocker (author)ghostrider22010-09-02

not only, when attacking the zombie with a chain saw, you can get blood spatter in your eyes, mouth or nose, alll of which can get you infected.

ghostrider2 (author)Ragnarocker2010-09-02

not necessarily. some zombie survival experts believe that the infection is only passed through bites.

RoboTable (author)ghostrider22012-02-24

I don't mean to be rude but there is only one type of zombie, if any zombie tissue, flesh, blood, bones, or fluids come into contact of an open wound or other opening you to will become a zombie!

Ragnarocker (author)ghostrider22010-09-02

if that's true, then the toxin or virus is produced in the salivary glands. Also, how can one be an expert on something that isn't very ..... well common? Is it possible to be an expert on zombies without well...... zombies? And I ask this with all due respect.

ghostrider2 (author)Ragnarocker2010-09-02

its more like experts on the theory. kind of like stephen hawking with black hole theory.

Ragnarocker (author)ghostrider22010-09-04

aaahhhhh, I see now...

netbus (author)Ragnarocker2011-06-19

It's much safer to move around in a face mask or even a gas mask as it will help prevent blood reaching sensitive areas.

Ragnarocker (author)netbus2011-06-25

I agree entirely, however, what of the filter cartriges? Have them on or off? And i ask because not using them now, means you can use them later, but if you've seen the movie 28 days later, the father of the girl who lived in the building with the christmas lights on their balcony, was wearing a full head mask, and was wielding a riot shield and extendable baton.
His face was protected by a face shield, something you'd see surgeons using to avoid blood spatter. Nonetheless, a [german] gas mask is the way to go if you want full head protection, only downsides are: optical field of view is very ristricted, and hearing is impaired. Also, you have to yell for anyone else wearing a gasmask to even notice you are speaking. This can be overcome with two way communication radios with mic and speaker in you mask.

miinecraftfreak44 (author)2011-12-24

And for a base, I think a good base would be a supermarket, like Target. Or maybe a gas staion. Or a gun store. Thx for reading.

miinecraftfreak44 (author)2011-12-24

That's probably a good idea. My preference is an AK47. With a sniper scope on it(I don't know much about guns, so this probably isn't a very helpful comment.).

16kuokhc1 (author)2011-12-23

Did that for science class

black hole (author)2011-12-09

What the heck is up with all this 'zombie' stuff? Sounds like a grimmer version of Harold Camping (aka 'On May 21, 2011, the righteous will be saved from 5 months of hell on earth, before God destroys the universe')

UC FATHER TIME (author)2011-11-13

As a substitute for a standard gas mask, might I offer this as a stop gap measure:

This is not my instructable but, seems like it would help. Also, I plan to head to Home Depot, the one near my house has is a fortress with steel roll-up doors and enough equipment to build anything you need plus a huge plant area with a like 15ft fence, potting soil and, seeds for the long term hold out. I could put expanded steal sheeting around the drivers compartment on the fork lift, and make forays out to pick up other supplies from the surrounding stores. As far as weapons, there will be plenty after the initial event from people who didn't fair as well.

TimmyMiller (author)2011-11-02

and most likely are all out of supplies by the time you get there.

TimmyMiller (author)2011-11-02

are you trying to get everyone who reads this...

EATEN ALIVE?!!!!!!!!


not trying to be mean or anything, just they are REALLY BAD places to go to because they are first stops for zombies....

carlpogi_11 (author)2011-02-15

thank u for the tips by the way i watch some discovery movies and they said that the zombie apocalypes will be start in just few years

arkangel1975 (author)carlpogi_112011-10-12


if we survive 2012

bendog38 (author)2010-06-06

One great place to be is at a Bass Pro Shops store. The one near me has at least 200 fireams and millions of boxes of ammunition. They also have food and water. This place is 2 floors with more that 2 million square feet of equipment.

arkangel1975 (author)bendog382011-10-12

Be careful because that would be you and a lot of other survivors headed there too. In survival situations people would not necessary be as "nice" to each other as we are now. Some (not all) people could be really dangerous. Best be prepared in your own home.

RJ_Cyberboy (author)bendog382011-07-30

Tru dat! Gander Mountain stores are good too.

arkangel1975 (author)2011-10-12

one thing the original ID Software game DOOM has taught us all is that you can take on all the denizens of hell with just a pump action shotgun......

so I would suggest you want damage to zombies go shotgun.....

arkangel1975 (author)2011-10-12


even the CDC (Centers for Disease Control) in the US are on board with this

But seriously do you know how many specifically coordinated nerve impulses it takes to just walk? I wouldn't be that worried.

TheNextWorldLeader (author)2011-09-04

Considering I didn't see this anywhere (here and my research on the web) I'd like to mention toliet paper. It's a good idea, if not, ingenious, to get some toliet paper on and for the journey ahead.

shikaku (author)2010-10-28

i am legend, totally not a zombie movie.

I'm late... But you're totally right. It's a vaampire movie sadly. I think it would've been better with zombies. That way the streets are always packed with infected. Yeah, that's right, make it tough for Neville.

Capt. Kidd (author)2011-04-16

"For a melee weapon, your weapon must be at least four feet long so the zombie can't claw you, light so that you can use it faster, and must be able to take a zombie's head off on the first or second hit. A good example is an axe or chainsaw. "
A chainsaw is light?

netbus (author)Capt. Kidd2011-06-19

~lols hard~
No, a chainsaw isn't light. It's also noisy and fuel consuming. I'd go with a machete, sabre or a kukri. It's rather short but you can cut the zombie in half with it.

Capt. Kidd (author)netbus2011-07-06

Exactly. Thank you.

aleceatsfood (author)2011-03-25

You give me signal, I fire!

Ragnarocker (author)aleceatsfood2011-06-25

you just want to permanently erase any shred of evidence that zombies ever existed dont you? I mean, look at that monster! You are simply spraying death on the exit end of those barrels.

livinlife_77 (author)2011-01-31

Wow All you guys know a lot about the Undead but in the cases and this may be a far reach but are any of you thinking that the virus would effect animals also? Birds, Mice, Rats, creepy crawlers?

Also if a mosquito bit an infected not to sure (OFF or Raid) would work to well....

Just a thought.

netbus (author)livinlife_772011-06-19

If I'm not mistaken, viruses tend to be very specific. For example, a dog virus won't usually effect human beings unless it's mutated - which is the swine flu is all about -- a mutated pig virus.
If you've ever played Dead Frontier(one of my favorite games) you know that the N-3(Nerotonin-3) was supposed to be a cancer curing virus, but then it mutated into the N-4 and caused the zombie outbreak.

I don't completely understand your second questions, do you mean what would happen if a mosquito would bite an infected and then a human being?
First off I highly doubt the mosquito can be infected if that's what you mean as the virus will have to mutate in order to accomplish that.
If the zombies are UNDEAD, which means they died and revived, it means they are cold and don't breath(mosquitoes are attracted by carbon dioxide and heat) the mosquito won't even think of biting them.
If the infected are alive, however(like in 28 Days Later), the mosquito will carry infected blood and thus infect all the other people it bites.

achillies (author)2011-01-28

if any of you have read the zombie surbival guide you would know to go to a island.
oh and by the way superb innstructable i needed some zombie action oh and if you play any zombie games like on black ops or world at war you should check out my instructable although it occurs to me that i dont know what its listed under ah well:)

pbman123 (author)2011-01-02

you are the only other person i know that has even thought about getting away from the mainland on a bout but might i suggest maybe taking a military vessel? it may take some fighting to take but well worth it. besides you can just dump all the zombies overboard

Ragnarocker (author)2010-09-02

its not like you're going to know whether the cruise ship has infected or not. Also, I highly doubt that you and your non-infected friends know how to operate such a massive ship, maintain its onboard controls and use communication systems. I'm betting that by the time you search the ship for undead, 1 month will have passed, and by then, you will be flooded with them. By the way, a cruise ship needs gargantuan amounts of fuel to operate. thus, cruise ship = bad idea unless you bock the entrance, and keep it in the harbour, at which point you don't need to know how to run the ship.

beehard44 (author)Ragnarocker2010-12-27

better start using ship simulator extremes

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