The DIY Zombie Survival Kit

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Make the zombie survival kit for fun, as a gift, or for real.   Notice I don’t call it “the zombie apocalypse survival kit.”  The key to surviving the apocalypse is adaptability, so for now, forget trying to take into account a boat load of different apocalyptic scenarios.  Clear your head and take it one or two zombies at a time.

Check out our list of basic zombie survival gear below–with links to some of the stuff and suggestions for gag gift substitutes where applicable (You mean Tina from the office doesn’t want a real machete in her birthday zombie survival kit?  Hard to believe, but possible.)

Duct Tape: the adhesive equivalent of a Swiss Army Knife.
Trip Wire: You can use this to trigger a weapon or a booby trap while you’re safely stowed elsewhere. Or use it to make a simple booby trap. Anywhere you have a single point of entry you can stretch it across at shin-height and hang a couple of empty cans from it. Undead will walk into it and make noise, PLUS they will fall over, which buys you time. .
Machete: The weapon of choice for forced combat with the undead. Pros: lightweight, no assembly or ammo required. Con: you’ve got to get pretty close to use it. Zombie Machete Substitute
First Aid Kit: This is where you can (justifiably) go overboard and weigh yourself down. For the gag gift, just get something simple like what’s pictured here. If you’re serious, go for the professional version and supplement with any meds you could anticipate needing, and put it in a different container, because in an apocalypse that red cross might as well be a bullseye.
Kevlar gloves: Bite-proof. ‘Nuff said. Substitute “Fake Kevlar” Gloves
Water filters or filtration tablets: because surviving the zombie apocalypse is bad enough without cholera.
Rope: the nylon equivalent of a Swiss Army knife.
Earplugs: gunfire, the moaning and gurgling of potentially hordes of undead, the whining and keening of the living…just a few of the sounds you might want to tune out.
Binoculars With Basic Night Vision Capability: four eyes are better than two. Substitute: Folding Binoculars
Solar-Powered Flashlight: Make sure it has a battery backup so you can see what’s trying to eat you no matter what the weather is like.
Self-Powered Radio: your best bet is one that was developed for areas that don’t have power or access to batteries—it’s powered by hand-cranking it before you listen, and it has a solar-power backup.
Glow sticks: red ones will illuminate the way while minimizing the impact on your night vision.
Emergency flares: unless you just want the helicopter to keep going.
Swiss Army knife: the Swiss Army knife equivalent of a Swiss Army knife.
Deck of cards: preferably the type that has photographs, with a theme that is likely to lift the spirits of the players.
The Zombie Survival Guide:Brought to you by the creator of World War Z, this is Max Brooks’ definitive guide to making it through the zombie apocalypse. Get it while you can!

Not pictured: hard liquor, ammunition, firearm, medication that wouldn’t come with the First Aid Kit, sleeping bag, tarp, bar of soap, water, aspirin, a generator, and a tool kit.

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