The list author says: "After watching many, many, many zombie, and zombie-type (28 Days Later) movies I have come to the conclusion that most of the protagonists are ill equipped to deal with a world full of the living dead...yet are still somehow able to overcome the masses. This gives a disturbingly false sense of ability to a lot of fat slobs out there who believe that if the waves of zombies began tomorrow that they could survive with a single machine gun (waste of ammo)and an SUV. What about a year after the apocalypse? What about five years down the road? How will you make it that long? By arming yourself and making sure that you have the materials to overcome the many problems you will encounter along the way."
"First thing's first, we need a backpack that will hold all your stuff. This backpack has the space needed for extra ammo, clothes, food, and medical supplies. Lots of inside space, but it also has a lot places on the outside to attach things. It also has adjustable straps so that you can wear a tactical vest with it comfortably."
"Speaking of tactical vests...you'll need this one. This vest has a variety of pockets and clips to hold and hang most of the things you will need in the everyday world. It also comes with a cross-draw holster for a gun. I suggest a Walther P22 here for your "everyday" pistol because rounds are small and plentiful in most burned out Walmarts."
"So...you're thinking that one pistol is not going to be enough? Correct! I suggest these leg holsters which you can strap on over a machete or large knife sheath and have the freedom to run. YouÂ’ll need two, one for each leg, and I suggest Browning Hi-Power 9mm pistols with spare clips on your belt. You can also smaller blades strapped to them."
"This is the machete I would have strapped to my leg under one of my leg holsters. If it happens to come to close quarters fighting with zombies I want a good, solid full-tang blade capable of hacking off some heads. When exploring a building for food you might want to have this in one hand and a pistol on the other in case you round a corner and don't have the room to aim a gun."
"This is the machete that I want strapped to my other leg. In any survival situation you can never have enough knives, and especially in a zombie situation you want to make sure that you have two large blades in case one of them is lost in battle. Not only will a heavy, full-tang machete come in handy to chop any zombies but also to hack your way through rubble or to chop wood for fire."
"Here is a great tool to hang from your backpack in case you need to cut things for a quick barricade, make a shelter, or create a campfire. This axe is more a tool than a weapon (but it can be used as one in a pinch) and will be useful when needing to make temporary camps."
"Another great tool to hang from your backpack that can be used as a weapon. How many times have you seen an "end of days" movie where you thought 'If they only had a shovel...'? Now you never have to worry about a zombie attacking your shelter at night simply because you couldn't dig a trench to trip them up with, or not being able to dig up some useful artifact that might save your life."
"Following the line of things to attach to your backpack we come to rope. This multi-purpose rope will help you along the way when you need to scale something, rig a warning system, or even trap a stalking zombie to dispatch it. I advise two 100ft lengths that you can attach to the backpack with carabiners."
"The inside only has so much room and the best way to securely attach your belongings to yourself is with carabiners. You really don't want to skimp on the quality for a lower cost because nothing is worse than losing something (like rope) that you thought safely attached and ending up zombie food. I recommend about 15 of these beauties. Spare ones can be clipped somewhere for use in the future."
"You'll need this for attaching large guns to the backpack when on the move at a quick pace. I recommend one shotgun and one rifle. Use this strap for the shotgun for which I suggest a Mossberg Silver Reserve Over/Under 12 gauge. The barrel can be sawed off to make it more travel friendly, and since two shells (three at most) are all you can load in a typical pump action anywayÂ…go for portability."
"What happens when you need to fix one of your guns? Maybe you come to a locked door that promises to hold lifesaving food, medicine, or ammo (or even a temporary shelter) and need to take a door knob off. Hanging by a carabiner from your backpack or belt will be these next three multi-tools that you will most certainly need at some point in this post-apocalyptic world."
"Maybe you need to grab a vehicle in a pinch and make a fast getaway, or maybe you are trying to fix and armor a bus to make a transport to less zombie infested areas? The last thing you want is to carry around the extra weight of a tool set, so try keping this clipped to your Li'l Guppie and Zilla (next item on list)."
"A good little multi-tool to keep clipped together with your other tools. Sure, a multi-tool with more stuff on it would mean less to carry, but when there are fresh hungry zombies after you do you really want to stop to try and open the right tool from over a dozen choices?"
"Another thing that you may want to clip inside your pack is this utensil set. You will be thanking me when, after a hard day of evading zombies, you sit down to enjoy that can of beans you scavenged from the local convenience store and you donÂ’t have to use your hands that are covered in dirt and grime and, possibly, zombie blood. Small traces of civilization will help to keep the insanity at bay."
"OkayÂ…so you have set yourself up a camp and you have stockpiled a fair amount of food to help sustain you through the coming weeks. Now is the time to be grateful that you have this cooking set to help prepare your daily meals, boil water for drinking, or to make a stew so that you can stretch your rations. It stores great in your backpack and rations can be locked inside to maximize space."
"Now we get to some things that are needed in your backpack. This little jewel will save your life plenty of times by starting a fire with just about any steel blade. Whether you are starting a campfire or burning down a building full of the living dead, this little baby will create the sparks needed to get your flames going."
"These will come in handy when you need to illuminate a room to check for Zeds. Always keep one in your tactical vest so that if you are running from zombies in the dark you can snap one and throw it to divert their attention."
"Here is your primary source of hydration on a daily basis. If you have a bolt hole set up where you store bottled water then I suggest that you fill this up as you can. This will need to be outside your backpack where you can easily reach it."
"That can of beans you procured isnÂ’t going to open itself. DonÂ’t mess with an army field opener when you can keep this in your backpack. Your new life has enough headaches without getting frustrated at your dinner."
"This small guy can be tucked into your tactical vest or pocket for emergency uses like entering a dark building/room looking for food or checking that noise to your right to make sure you're not the food."
"This is your everyday flashlight because you donÂ’t have to worry about draining the batteries. The only bad thing about this light is the noise it makes while cranking it. I recommend charging it while it is still light out, and before you have reached your camp for the night so that you donÂ’t give away your position."
"Now we get to the knife section of the list, the section that will save your life in Zed World more times than you realize. This is one of the best, most reliable knives you will ever own, and should be used as your personal knife (to cut food and such) for tasks that require a clean blade."
"Full-tang knives are the way to go when thinking about walking around in the world of zombies. You donÂ’t want your knife handle breaking while you are using it to lever open a door or trying to pull it out of zombie skull. This knife is a good all-around knife to use for whatever situation you might find yourself in. Great to hang from a belt."
"Sporting another full tang this blade is the one that you might find yourself using on a daily basis to cut rope, fabric, or zombie hides. The skinner hook will also come in handy incase you ever need to prepare a meal from a deer or some other woodland creature. Strap it the other side of your belt."
"A wise man once said, Â“Knives never run out of bullets.Â” You can never have enough knives because if there is no time to reload then these guys stuck in the eye socket of a Zed will do just as well. Or maybe you have used all of your bullets and your guns are currently large paperweights. These smaller knives are better than nothing. I recommend two of these that can be worn as boot knives."
"These little puppies are great to have on you not only as fighting knives but also to get you through fences to safety. Each solid, full-tang knife comes with a wire breaker at the end to make short work of that chain link fence standing between you and freedom. I recommend two of these that you can wear strapped on your belt, vest, or around your biceps."
"The ultimate survivor knife. If this was your last knife, it would be the only one you would need. Full-tang design with a sandblasted finish makes this a hard working knife with no frills. The sheath holds a compound compass in case you need to know if that brief run away from the zombie pack put you off you direction. Just a great knife if you are trying to stay alive in the wild."
"Roll over Rambo, this is knife that has everything you need. The inside of the knife and the pockets on its sheath youÂ’ll find most of what youÂ’ll need to survive in the wild; including matches, a fishing kit, a snakebite kit, and a pretty good animal snare. You can also remove the contents from the inside of the handle, insert a stick, wrap with string/rope and have a handy spear."