Even though our pending demise will probably be related to global climate change, it's nice to have a plan just in case. We all learned how to put together an earthquake, tornado, hurricane, or other natural disaster kit in our younger years, but where the American education system failed us was the potential zombie apocalypse situation. When you're ready to build a bunker and wield a fancy weapon to protect your brains from the hungry undead, keep this list in mind for some good old-fashioned apocalypse prep.
At the end of the day, nothing is more comforting than a brewski with your survival boys. Celebrate living through another day of your worst nightmare with a kit that will help you quench your thirst the good old fashioned way.
Just like you shouldn’t leave your pet at home during a natural disaster, you surely shouldn’t leave it alone during a zombie apocalypse. Make your four-legged best friend an asset to your survival game with a tactical vest to carry supplies and protect it from grubby soulless hands.
An homage to our survival staples that could save your life that fit in your purse, this Sardine Can Zombie Apocalypse Kit is a pocket-sized post-humanity essential. This mini kit includes a whistle, compass, razor blade, matches, and first-aid instructions to lead you through the end of the world.
There’s no better way to knowing how long you’ve been surviving Armageddon than a watch that keeps the time and date for you. Forget about keeping tally marks on walls like cavemen and prisoners- you’ve got zombie slaying to do and a watch as tough as you are.
If the dark scares you now, we can’t imagine how scary the things hiding in the darkness will be during an apocalypse. Ensure you’ll never be caught in the dark without a light source with a solar-powered flashlight that doesn’t call for batteries that will eventually need replacing.
An apocalypse kit is the perfect solution for the unmotivated doomsday prepper, as it requires none of the creativity that building your own kit would call for with the same amount of protection.
Chances are you’ll probably lose that water-purifying water bottle when you’re on the run from a couple of brain eaters. Forgive yourself for your recklessness with this LifeStraw to purify water from whatever source you find almost good enough to drink from.
An itsy-bitsy fishing pole is the gift that keeps on giving. This fishing pole gives the opportunity for hundreds of fish dinners after supermarkets are a thing of the past, so as long as you can bait a hook, you’ll never have to worry about starvation.
An equally useful relative of the original, larger chainsaw, a pocket chainsaw is the perfect portable tool to keep in a secret pocket of your backpack. Carrying around a full-size chainsaw might seem like a cool idea, but we think that this pocket chainsaw might save you some space in the long run.
Nobody has room in their backpack for a shovel and certainly nobody wants to keep a shovel as their primary weapon. However, this doesn’t quantify a shovel as “useless,” so try out a handy shovel that folds to fit in your backpack just in case.
Baseball bats are a classic, practical weapon with a Harley Quinn influence that are useful for more than just an impromptu game of baseball. With a baseball bat, you’ll never have to worry about having to stock up on ammo, so this truly is a weapon with no expiration date.
If you played the classic Pokemon game growing up, you know how much faster using a bike to get around can be compared to going everywhere on foot. Zoom past any attackers or the unwelcome undead with a bike that folds for easy transportation when it’s time to get somewhere the old fashioned way.
Paracord bracelets were all the rage when a certain zombie apocalypse-themed show also happened to be mainstream. Maybe viewers were anticipating a zombie apocalypse, maybe not. Whether or not everyone was actually just doomsday prepping, a paracord survival bracelet comes jam-packed with enough cord to unravel in a serious emergency (zombie related or otherwise).
A small household tool box is perfect for a variety of fixes you might need to make for your shelter and could dually be utilized for a weapon if you’re in a pinch. Don’t underestimate the usefulness that comes in this miniature toolbox package.
Whether you happen to pick up an edgy cigarette habit while you fight for your life or are looking for a quicker way to start a fire for the night, lighters are undeniably the unsung hero of disaster situations. Snag this flameless, rechargable, windproof lighter for just under $10.
If you don’t have a green thumb, we suggest that you acquire one ASAP for a prolonged (and naturally tasty) food source that keeps on giving back. This particular emergency seed kit comes with some step-by-step instructions on growing these seeds to save your skin and your brains.
At some point you’ll probably find yourself on foot and ready to wind down for the night. A portable hammock is small, compact, easy to carry, and can be adjusted to a height that’s sure to keep some brain-hungry walkers away from you while you catch some well-deserved z’s.
We imagine that a zombie apocalypse might be slightly more stressful than your day job, so you should probably consider keeping your mental health in check with some stress management tips. Plus, reading this book on a lazy Sunday afternoon definitely counts as “doomsday prep,” and you could always use the pages as tinder for a fire if you were really in a pickle.
If wielding a heavier, more lethal weapon like our ax hybrid isn’t your style, consider a smaller and sneakier handheld device that should do the trick as far as bunker repair and fending off zombies goes.
For all of your new daily activities, from zombie slaying to rebuilding a safe city, these leather gloves are absolutely essential to keeping your hands safe during a time when medical care is limited and exhausting work is at its max.
Another survival kit essential that’s a no brainer—a fire starting kit. We aren’t all fortunate enough to be a Boy or Girl Scout, so a kit like this could literally be the life saver standing between you and a cold demise.
If humanity happens to make a comeback after a zombie invasion, you could be like the next Lewis and Clark if you leave behind a journal recording all of your survival endeavors and strategy. Choose a heavy-duty journal to solidify your impact on history.
Eventually, your secret stash of emergency water will probably run out and you’ll need an alternate water source. Keep a few of these LifeStraw water bottles on hand so you can take a sip from any water source you happen to have near you without the fear of water-borne disease (whether zombie-related or not).
The high-school backpack you used to carry around textbooks probably isn’t gonna cut it when the world’s actually ending (definitely different from when you thought it was ending the night before a big exam). You’ll need something heavy duty, and this pick will even carry a weapon for you.
We imagine that a spontaneous zombie apocalypse could happen at any moment, so ensure that your office is at least medically prepared with this 50-person, 250-piece first aid kit with an incredible variety of products to help clean, treat, and heal wounds (not certified for healing zombie bites).
Dry foods, another emergency staple that your sixth grade teacher ingrained in your brain, are one more essential to stay alive in plenty of emergency situations. This Mountain House dry foods bucket is easy to store and has a variety of meals that reviewers swear have the best taste out of any emergency foods they’ve tried. Bon appetit.
Yet another distinguished weapon in the apocalyptic world. This one’s particularly handy because you won’t have to approach a zombie head on to get a good shot, but you might be considered a Daryl Dixon wannabe.
Nothing says apocalypse survivor like a customized tool or weapon that sets you apart from the other survivors. Make the most of your choice in survival tools with this 3-in-1 that combines an ax, hammer, and pry bar so you can finally achieve that butt-kickin' survivor status and be identified by your weapon (and use it for practical things, of course).
When the world starts to go south, you’ll need a trusty pair of shoes that will survive as long as you plan to. Check out these steel-toed work boots that will probably even outlast your human life into your potential after-death zombie days. What an incredible investment!
A hazmat suit is absolutely essential if you’re tripping about an undead-inducing contagion that can enter your body through your skin. Plus, this might come in handy if you happen to encounter any kind of chemical spill or maybe are looking to paint your bunker without staining your last set of clothes.
Holiday jokes aside, we all know a zombie can pick out the smell of a person from a mile away. Arm yourself with outdoors- and woods-scented items to mask your human scent by using one compatible with the wilderness. Plus, who really knows when you’ll have your next shower? Your survival mates might just appreciate this gesture.
In the unfortunate event that we discover an onset zombie apocalypse spreads from the bites of mosquitoes, you’ll be thankful to have this handy mosquito net to keep those zom-bugs at bay.
Protect yourself from the elements while you leisurely hang from the treetops in your portable hammock far, far away from the hungry hands of your least favorite zombie neighbors.
First of all, duh. Water has always been an essential for disaster kits worldwide, and a zombie apocalypse is absolutely no exception (especially since you’ll be extra thirsty while you’re running from a brain-eater).
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