Introduction: The Pocket Sized Zombie Survival Kit!

It's coming. Someday soon, it will happen. The government and media have hushed up the outbreaks, but word has still leaked out. We've heard whispers about strange plagues, random bite attacks, and the restless dead. There have been a few incidents in isolated rural areas, easily contained. A handful of urban incidents, with all of the eye witnesses mysteriously vanished. You have certainly heard about the terrorist attack in a small town in Arizona, where the terrorists detonated a nuclear bomb, but did you know this bomb was actually launched by an Air Force bomber? What could be so dangerous that the government would destroy thousands of it's own citizens as collateral damage?

Some of us have our eyes and ears open to the truth. We know what's really going on, and we know that someday soon, it will come. It has many names. Doomsday. Armageddon. Z-Day. The Zombie Apocalypse.

Are you prepared?

Not everyone has the time and resources to buy a mountaintop fortress stocked with three years worth of canned goods. In this instructable, I will show you how to assemble a small kit that can be carried with you at all times, and make you better prepared to survive the inevitable Zombie War.

***UPDATE 5/4/10:  As of now, if you post a picture of yourself done up in zombie garb and makeup in the comments section, I'll send you a DIY patch!  Make sure you're holding something with your user name on it, so I know it's really you!***

Step 1: Gather Items

Here is the list of items you will need for your Zombie Survival kit:

1 Small multitool
1 Roll of dental floss
3 Sewing needles
1 Mini-Bic Lighter
30 Ibuprofen
14 Multivitamins
1 Tube antibiotic ointment
3 Firecrackers
9 1.5v button cells
12 Inches of sturdy copper wire
1 White Superbright LED
10 Caffeine pills
1 Cyanide capsule
1 List of instructions - more on this later

Put everything except the multitool in an altoids tin. It will just barely close, so tape it up with duct tape to finish the job. The multitool stays out of the tin, since you will certainly find it useful between now and Z-Day.

Step 2: Multitool - the Right Tool for the Right Job

Since you can't carry a toolbox in your pocket, carrying a good quality multitool will give you quick access to many of the tools you might need. The one in the picture below is my current multitool, but I imagine one of those fancy Leatherman Squirts would be better (hint hint!). This tool gives you quick access to a knife, pliers, a small saw, bottle opener (which can be used to pry open things other than bottles) and both flat and phillips screwdrivers.

In a Zombie survival situation, there is no end to what you could use a multitool for, but here is a short list of ideas:

- Opening canned food
- Building other, larger tools
- Cutting branches to use for weapons or tools
- Sharpening things to a point
- Opening electronics equipment to repurpose their components
- Attached to the end of a sturdy stick, it could be a hammer or a club

This is your most important and versatile tool. Make sure you have it with you at all times.

Step 3: Dental Floss

Use floss, not tape. It is made from woven threads and is much more sturdy than the plastic tape. Dental floss is another very useful and versatile item that can be used for a variety of purposes:

- Suture
- Sewing together ripped clothing (this could be important if you're caught outdoors in bad weather)
- Tying a rock to the end of a stick (for a simple hammer or club)
- Tourniquet

Sutures and tourniquets would obviously be for normal wounds, not bite wounds. If you've been bitten by a Zombie, you have a much more serious problem on your hands.

Wrap the dental floss around the lighter, and secure it with a piece of medical tape.

Step 4: Sewing Needles

A needle will mainly be used for sewing clothing and stitches. If you're suturing a wound, make sure you sterilize the needle with fire from your lighter, and use your antibiotic ointment on the wound afterwords.

Step 5: Lighter

I agonized over this one for a while. Matches or lighter? Matches have no moving parts to break, but a lighter will get many more uses. I finally decided on a mini-sized Bic lighter, for better pocket sizedness. Not only will you get more uses, but unlike matches, after a lighter dries off it will still work just fine.

Bic lighters are very sturdy, not just the casing but the hardware as well, and once you run out of fuel you can still extract the flint and the steel roller to make sparks. In most Zombie situations fire is a bad thing. It draws attention to you, and a burning zombie doesn't stop moving, it just lights your shelter on fire. Still there are a number of uses you can put the lighter to:

- Lighting a fire to attract the attention of rescuers
- Sterilizing surgical equipment
- Lighting your firecrackers
- Lighting a fire for warmth or cooking

I cannot stress strongly enough not to ever try and burn a zombie! In the Kansas City zombie outbreak of 1974, a group of soldiers tried to use flamethrowers on the undead. At the end of the day all the zombies were rounded up and killed, but not before they burned down several blocks of suburban housing.

Step 6: Ibuprofen

Chances are that at some point during the undead holocaust, you will be in pain. It could be from a wound, a strained muscle, or simple fatigue. You'll want to reduce the pain to keep yourself moving and keep your head clear. However, you definitely won't want to be taking anything stronger that ibuprofen, as that could numb your wits and make you less wary of the constant threat from the undead horde waiting just outside the door.

Also, ibuprofen doubles as a fever reducer should you or someone in your party end up with a non-zombie related infection or sickness.

Step 7: Multivitamins

In the event of a long term siege, you may not have enough food to hold out for long. Thankfully, the human body can survive for around a month without any food at all. While the multivitamins don't contain much in the way of calories, they will at least provide your body with some nutrients to keep it going and as healthy as possible in such adverse conditions.

Step 8: Antibiotic Ointment

A small first aid kit sized tube of Neosporin or the generic equivalent will help with the healing and prevention of infection in non-bite wounds. The last thing you need after you've successfully fought your way through a horde of ravenous ghouls is to find the cut you got on your leg from scaling a chain link fence has turned gangrenous. Self-amputation won't be easy, and a one-legged man will be an easy target for even the slowest of shambling undead.

Step 9: Firecrackers

Explosions aren't particularly effective against zombies, but they do have one important effect on them: distraction. Zombies are attracted by movement, sound, and the smell of live flesh. You might attach a few extra inches of fuse to the firecrackers to give you some extra time, and then throw one down a different path than the one you're taking, to hopefully distract them for a vital few seconds.

If you find that you need to make a break from your stronghold, you could throw a firecracker out of one side of the building, and when the horde moves off after the sound, escape through the other side. During the so called "Virginia Farmhouse" incident a few years ago, a group of the living escaped from a mob of zombies using this exact tactic.

Step 10: Button Cells

Carrying your own batteries could be very useful. If you find yourself needing to listen to a radio or power a flashlight, while these small batteries won't last as long as full sized batteries, they might give you the few minutes of light or information that mean the difference between life and death.

Step 11: Copper Wire

This is another all-purpose tool that could be very useful in a pinch. It could be used in conjunction with the button cells to connect them to the battery leads of whatever you're trying to power. It could be used to wire shut a latch for a few extra moments of escape time. If it is stiff enough and you have no other options (and very good aim), it could even be driven through the eye of a zombie into its brain.

Step 12: LED

If you need just enough light to read the labels on a can of food or find your way through a pitch black basement, simply grab a couple of the button cells and this LED and pinch them between the leads. It won't make much light, but it might be just enough to see if the pill bottle you're grabbing from the deserted pharmacy contains antibiotics or viagra.

Step 13: Caffeine Pills

When you're running for your life or trying to stay awake on your watch, a little caffeine might just be enough to keep you alert and moving. If you do use these though, keep in mind that too many will make you sick, and if you keep yourself moving on nothing but caffeine, you will eventually crash, and crash hard.

Step 14: The Instructions

This is the most important part. As the old adage goes, knowledge is power, and this simple sheet of paper could be your brain's extra battery. It contains step by step instructions for securing your stronghold against the undead, and surviving in the face of the zombie apocalypse.

Print this sheet out, one page on each side of a piece of paper. If you can, laminate it. Study it, learn it, know it, and keep it close! At the first sign of an outbreak, begin your preparations!

Step 15: Cyanide

This is your weapon of very last resort. When all else fails and you're holed up with no hope of escape or rescue, you will at the very least be able to deprive the ever growing undead horde of another recruit. Where you get a cyanide capsule is beyond me, I don't really have one, or actually recommend carrying one in your pocket next to a lighter, several batteries and some small explosives.

Step 16: Mental Preparedness

No pocket sized packet of tools will help you if you cannot think on your feet and improvise. You cannot fit an effective weapon against the undead such as an AK-47 or a good, solid baseball bat in your pocket. You must also be mentally prepared to deal with the horror of your friends, family, and neighbors rising from the dead, intent on feasting upon your flesh.

You must be conscious and aware of the one most effective weapon against the undead horde, the one thing that you have and they don't--your brain.

With your brain you can turn a lamp into a bludgeon, a couch into a barricade, a rock into a hammer, or a bookshelf into a pile of boards and screws to secure an entrance. The living dead don't have this ability. All they have is superior numbers, a total lack of fatigue, and their insatiable hunger.

When the dead walk, nothing can completely prepare you for the shock of seeing your beloved wife or best friend covered in blood and shambling towards you, arms outstretched, their black and rotting lips pulled back from their teeth as the horrible moan issues from their dead lungs. The only advice I can give you for this situation is to be aware that once they are risen, though they may look like someone you knew, that person is gone and all that remains is a terrible creature that must be stopped! Don't let fond memories sway you. Simply destroy this simulacrum of your loved one and mourn them later, as they are already dead.

Step 17: Final Thoughts

Thank you for your time, and best of luck surviving Z-Day! I would also like to thank Max Brooks for his books, George Romero for his movies, Simon Pegg for being hilarious, www.sci-toys.com for the home made radio idea, and my big brother for letting me watch horror movies when I was little. Extra special thanks to my girlfriend for the last minute zombie makeup!

If you enjoyed my little instructable, please take a moment to leave a comment and a rating. Let me know what you thought about the idea, my writing, etc. What do you think about the items I included? Would you have left anything out, or included something different?


***UPDATE 5/4/10:  As of now, if you post a picture of yourself done up in zombie garb and makeup in the comments section, I'll send you a DIY patch!  Make sure you're holding something with your user name on it, so I know it's really you!***

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crazycraftpro88 made it!(author)2016-11-21

Did that actually happen with the Air Force Bomber dropping a nuke on the small town?

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qeppetto made it!(author)2015-02-10

Zombies aren't real and their will never be a zombie apocalypse

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depotdevoid made it!(author)2015-02-10

Pffft you'll find all the evidence you'll ever need here.

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TheCrafter101 made it!(author)2015-10-11

they are real but the cure is salt

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DrewJ2 made it!(author)2015-06-11

Great idea and I just happen to have a couple of altoid tins sitting around!

http://www.zurvivalleague.com/?refCode=62a5494b

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aflacpyro267 made it!(author)2011-01-03

AWESOME

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depotdevoid made it!(author)2011-01-03

Thanks!

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JTapp09 made it!(author)2014-10-13

awesome now I am prepared

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depotdevoid made it!(author)2014-10-13

Good luck!

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JamesW3 made it!(author)2014-08-16

Have a care for how these are packed as a shorted button cell can EXPOLDE or at the least get hot enough to burn skin.

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TheCommander made it!(author)2014-07-06

great ible and creatively written!

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depotdevoid made it!(author)2014-07-07

Thanks!

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DannytheGreat made it!(author)2011-06-28

its also useful as floss

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depotdevoid made it!(author)2011-06-28

This is a solid point, about the last thing you want in the post Z-day wasteland is a toothache!

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Wyattr55123 made it!(author)2013-07-13

If i want a tooth brush, I could pick up a stick and make a scrubber. Save the floss

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uniicorn made it!(author)2012-09-24

I'm ready for 12/22/12!

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instructable+person+9 made it!(author)2012-08-14

five brains

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effiesque made it!(author)2012-04-21

Its a good idea to keep the pills separate, but you can get small craft baggies at most dollar stores (or even at craft stores) that will at least be much more reusable than foil! Besides, its more likely to be waterproof and you can reseal it..... If you're in a hurry, a pain pill could be a cyanide pill that escaped its foil bindings.... heaven help you, it may make the pain go away but its not what you intended when you scream MAKE IT STOP!

Just my two cents... Would be an epic gift for zombie enthusiasts i know.
5 Stars.

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effiesque made it!(author)2012-04-21

PS...... with plastic baggies, it would save space and more.... shapeable? you can make it conform easier....

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AluminumFoilMaster made it!(author)2012-04-10

Zombies dont exist

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depotdevoid made it!(author)2012-04-10

Oh yeah!? Well I think this link might prove you wrong!

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aerinthaare made it!(author)2009-08-27

on the subject of minor explosive devices, i know how to make dynamite. would that be helpful against zombies?

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depotdevoid made it!(author)2009-08-28

There is some debate about this. If an explosion is forceful enough, it will damage the brain and destroy the zombie. The problem comes if the explosion doesn't damage the zombie's brain, as any body parts still attached to the head will be just as functional as before. The other problem of course is the noise. A loud explosion like that will draw the undead from miles around, so unless you're using it as a localized distraction it may do more harm than good.

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aerinthaare made it!(author)2009-08-28

in small amounts, dynamite could make an affective firecracker. PLUS if you use a LONG fuse you could use it to make a huge distraction for zombies miles away, possibly emptying an entire city of zombies to one point you could also use dynamite to open up a cave for a later shelter

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depotdevoid made it!(author)2009-08-28

Those are all good points. You're definitely on the right track here, as improvisation and the ability think on your feet are more important than any supplies you could prepare.

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Atlas+Portal+2 made it!(author)2012-04-03

I just say carry a little of both

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aerinthaare made it!(author)2009-08-28

if you want the receipe for Z-DAY i'll pm it to you.

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DannytheGreat made it!(author)2011-06-28

dynamite is incredibly unstable, plastic explosives would be much better

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Atlas+Portal+2 made it!(author)2012-03-28

cut a piece of my skin off, tape it on the fire cracker now they smell the flesh!

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depotdevoid made it!(author)2012-03-28

Clever, inventive, outside of the box . . . all good attributes for one to possess in a future hellscape filled with the walking dead!

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Atlas+Portal+2 made it!(author)2012-04-03

yea played enough Zombie games to know thanks for this it is awesome I already feel safer when Z-Day comes

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shabaki made it!(author)2009-12-24

just tell me one thing ..just atleast answer me this   WHERE S O I GET THESE!?!?!?!? ...thank you for your time :D

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depotdevoid made it!(author)2009-12-24

Well, last time I checked you can get them at any pharmacy or truck stop.  Brand names are Vivarin and No-Doze.

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Thrasym made it!(author)2012-03-25

I know this is really late to the party, but, it really depends where you live and who owns the pharmacy/truck stop.

For example, here in Canada they're legal and all that, usually beside the vitamins and what not, but the pharmacy beside my house refuses to carry them because the "head pharmacist" thinks they're too dangerous...but I've gotten them in plenty of other pharmacies of the same name.

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neonbanana made it!(author)2012-01-22

cool! but what a boute a small hand gun?

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Nfulkman made it!(author)2012-01-01

I realize this is really pushing the "pocket-sized" idea of the whole kit, but it's an invaluable resource. A self powered hand crank flashlight radio. I know you took into account a need for light and it would damn near fill your whole pocket, but it is the first thing on the list for my zombie survival guide
http://www.sportsimportsltd.com/hawi5ledflra.html

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16kuokhc1 made it!(author)2011-12-24

Can you fit in a tiny slingshot?

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16kuokhc1 made it!(author)2011-12-23

Reanimating someone can be a dream at first....... UNTIL YOU'VE MADE A ZOMBIE! (their soul should be in heaven)

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DannytheGreat made it!(author)2011-06-28

you should also make a back pack sized one

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16kuokhc1 made it!(author)2011-12-23

So true. Fit in loads of weapons. Very useful

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nikolateslahimself made it!(author)2011-10-08

whats the cyanide for

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16kuokhc1 made it!(author)2011-12-23

making sure after a bite, you or someone else dosen't turn into a zombie (but just dies because zombies ALTER life, not CREATES life. Only G-D can do that.)

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WildWalkerCT made it!(author)2011-12-17

this is my new account, and i thought it was for killing urr self if it got too bad

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Hades+di+Angelo made it!(author)2011-12-15

Last way out if they break defenses

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bajaoffspring made it!(author)2011-11-14

Oh my gosh, this is amazing(:
Thanks(:
I am sooo making one..
But, where do you get a Cyanide pill? o.O

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depotdevoid made it!(author)2011-11-14

Psst--it's not really cyanide, it's a children's benedril!  Don't tell anyone!

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lol+link made it!(author)2011-11-13

pretty epic i think zombie could attack but the us army would destroy the us trying to kill all of the but i think voodoo is the most likly chanse of zombies with radiation (sorry my spelling is bad im 9)

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kraverbaby made it!(author)2011-10-14

This is genius. I am totally making one! Well done sir! You have brightened my day, and potentially saved my life. :D

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depotdevoid made it!(author)2011-10-14

Always glad to assist!

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smurfettesally made it!(author)2011-09-29

What about zombie caterpillars? Just saying there are instances in the greater animal kingdom of zombie afflictions.

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