Osprey Viper 13 Hydration Pack from Zombie Survival Kit
Zombie Survival Kit
Osprey Viper 13 Hydration Pack
Get out! But as you bolt for safety into the less populated hinterland—after all, fewer people means fewer zombies—you’re going to want to carry your survival gear in a pack that has enough space for the bare essentials, but is light and comfortable enough not to impede you while running to safety. The Viper 13 has (you guessed it) 13 liters of storage and a separate pouch for a 3-liter hydration bladder.
$109 on eBags.com
SteriPEN Adventurer Opti
Those three liters of water in your pack will get you through day one of the zombie apocalypse, but after that you’re not going to be able to rely on the comforts of civilization. Comforts like, you know, clean water. Purification tablets are cheap, but take hours to completely sterilize water. This device, on the other hand, uses UV light to sterilize a pint of water in less than a minute, and even kills viruses—especially important during an outbreak. Be sure to pack a bandana or coffee filters to strain out the chunky stuff prior to sterilizing. Good for 8,000 uses, say the manufacturers.
$73.65 on Amazon
Zippo 4-in-1 Woodsman
Hiding out from undead marauders is a little like camping. In fact, if you manage to escape from your urban hellscape, chances are you’ll be fleeing into the woods and in need of a camp/signal fire. Collecting wood will be no problem with Zippo’s handy camp axe multitool: It has a hatchet, wood saw, mallet for hammering tent stakes and a stake puller—bonus if you’re also fighting off vampires. Just make sure the stakes are made of wood.
$80 on Amazon
Light My Fire FireSteel 2.0 & Esbit Solid Fuel Tablets
Speaking of fire, starting one can be tricky. Zombie outbreaks don’t always happen when the weather’s right, and those stormproof matches aren’t always stormproof. Stow this piece of Swedish fire steel in your pack to spark your survival fire even in the rain or at high altitude. (It also has a bonus signal whistle.) Since kindling can be hard to come by, also pack these solid fuel tablets, which burn for minutes when lit.
FireSteel $15 at REI.com; Fuel Tablets $6 on Amazon
Mountain House Pouches & Clif Bars
Leave the brains to the zombies—just not yours! You want real food while hunkering down. Any non-perishables will do, but Mountain House in particular makes a wide variety of tasty freeze-dried meals that you can cook in the pouch by adding boiling water (about $7 per pouch on REI.com). And when you need a quick boost between meals, it’s hard to go wrong with a Clif Bar, which packs over 200 calories and 8 to 10 grams of protein.
Suunto MC-2 Pro Compass
We’ve got news for ya, buddy: those network outages might last a while. Your iPhone isn’t going to be of much use without a recharge or access to Google Maps, so best acquaint yourself with a topographical map of your area. And while you’re at it, get a reliable compass with a signal mirror so you can flag down rescue helicopters. The Suunto MC-2 Pro is one of the best in its price range.
$56 on REI.com
Princeton Tec Remix Headlamp
Whether you’re trying to spot a lurker in the dark or dig through your bug out bag at night, you need light. A headlamp is always a good option for hands-free illumination around the campsite, and Princeton Tec’s Remix is an affordable option (from $25 on Amazon) that comes with either white, red or green LEDs—the latter two are good for keeping your night vision.
SOL Survival Blanket
Bolting into the wilderness doesn’t always leave a lot of time for packing a tent and sleeping bag. This heat-reflective blanket will conserve 90 percent of your body heat—at least somebody’s still got some—and will keep water and wind at bay. Protecting you from zombies is another matter, but word has it the undead can’t see the bright orange part of the spectrum anyway. Rescuers can, though, so it’s well worth the extra 3 ounces in weight even if you’re just going on a day hike.
$7 on REI.com
Adventure Medical Kit
A good first aid kit is essential for any zombie situation, be it for disinfecting a bite (yikes!), treating a blister or dressing an open wound. Adventure Medical Kits makes several kits for a variety of outdoor situations: If firearms are going to be involved, you may want the Sportsman Whitetail Kit ($41 on Amazon); if you’re hoofing it to the next survivor encampment, maybe you want the Day Tripper ($26.49); or if you’re looking out for your entire family and you’re not sure when you’ll be able to resupply, get the Weekender ($60 on REI.com).
Eton Microlink FR160 Weather Radio
The airwaves might be your last lifeline to civilization when the flesh-eating hordes descend upon your city. Eton’s Microlink FR160 will keep you in the loop even when the grid goes down. It can be powered by either its built-in solar panel or hand crank—90 seconds of cranking will buy you 15 to 20 minutes of radio—and multi-tasks as a flashlight and USB charger for your electronic devices. Tunes in to AM, FM and NOAA weatherband.
$35 on Amazon
You never know when rope’s going to come in handy. Maybe you’re setting a trap for the creeping undead or you’re hanging your food out of reach of bears while in the backcountry (as if zombies weren’t enough to worry about). You can use it to tie a splint or as a guyline for your tarp. Lightweight, reflective nylon utility cord ($5 for 50 feet at REI.com) should be enough for hanging your bear bag and finding it in the dark, but if you’re in full-on bug-out mode—understandable under the circumstances—survivalists out there recommend 550 paracord. You can buy 100 feet of the stuff for $8.49 on Amazon.
Gerber Bear Grylls Scout Knife
Ready for tactical situations—read: lunging at zombies—or for mundane campsite uses like cutting rope or notching wood, this affordable survival knife opens with the flick of a thumb and has an ergonomic rubber grip.
$13.20 on Amazon