Checklist for Zombie Survival Gear

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Checklist for Zombie Survival Gear
A zombie apocalypse could be the end of the world as we know it. (Christopher Robbins/Digital Vision/Getty Images)

Surviving a zombie apocalypse requires expert planning and a well-stocked survival kit. You'll need to modify the contents of the kit based upon how many people will be using it. There are several types of kits used for different purposes in a zombie apocalypse. Deciding on which type of kit to assemble will depend on individual plans and preferences as well as available financial and time resources for the assemblage of the kit. You'll also need to decide what type of weapons to include in your chosen kit.

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Kit Type 1: Stash

A stash is the most involved kit to assemble and requires the most resources. A stash is a large stockpile of supplies required in a survival situation. It includes food, water and supplies for long-term storage and use, for when you've barricaded yourself into a building that is surrounded by zombies trying to get in. A stash contains enough horded resources to last weeks or months without being replenished.

Kit Type 2: Mini-Kit

A mini-kit contains the basic supplies required for surviving a zombie apocalypse. Mini-kits are too big for transporting in a backpack but are small enough to fit in a vehicle or on the back of a motorcycle. They contain food, water and supplies for one person or several depending on planned deployment variables.

Kit Type 3: Bug-Out Kit

Bug-out kits are the smallest of the kit types. They are portable survival kits for one or two persons that allow mobility and survival for a few days. Bug-out kits are essentially personal emergency relocation kits, because they are designed be portable to allow for a quick escape from a zombie-infested area. Bug-out kits contain limited supplies and food, but usually include tools for gathering resources for prolonged survival after the supplies are consumed.

Required Items for All Kits

All kits require water. You'll need one gallon per person per day, for three days minimum. If you can't include this much, you'll need a water filter. Each kit needs a three day supply of food per person. A radio is required, preferably a hand-cranked one or extra batteries for a battery-powered radio. You'll also need a flashlight and extra batteries, a first-aid kit, a dust mask to filter contaminated air and a whistle. Include moist towelettes and garbage bags for personal sanitation. Include a wrench, a can opener and area maps.

Recommended Additional Items

Consider including a sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person and an additional change of clothes, including sturdy shoes. It is handy to include books such as survival manuals and leisure books for entertainment. Include bleach or iodine for water treatment purposes, dishes and utensils, cookware and personal hygiene items. It's also a good idea to have waterproof matches and a fire extinguisher.


Weapons are needed in survival situations. Different types of weapons have different uses and advantages. A sniper rifle, for example, is a good choice to be able to keep your distance from zombies. A shotgun is great for those of your party who don't have great aim. A compound bow or crossbow is a good choice for keeping quiet and not alerting nearby zombies and has the advantage of being able to reuse the arrows or bolts. A pistol or sidearm should be held by each member of your party. Close-combat or melee weapons such as bats, swords, machetes and daggers are handy for saving ammo and for backup when you run out of ammo.

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