From the 1968 classic Night of the Living Dead, to more recent products such as the Resident Evil franchise or The Walking Dead, zombies have had a foothold in mainstream media for quite some time. Through comics, movies, TV shows and video games we have all seen our share of survivors trying to brave the zombie apocalypse, joining together in groups to set up a place to live, some can be more successful than others. These stories always leave us wondering, what is the best way to survive a zombie apocalypse?
With Halloween just around the corner, Toolstation have produced the complete guide to surviving an apocalypse with the help of author and apocalypse expert Lewis Dartnell. The guide details what gear you need, who you should aim to team up with and how to thrive whilst you survive. We’ll give you all the important details right here.
First up, you need to know what equipment is going to make your life easier. Take a look at the Apocalypse Checklist made by Toolstation below:
Clothing- Your clothes need to be rugged and made to last, there’s no awards for fashion in the apocalypse so prioritise warmth and efficiency over everything. You should try to have:
- Rugged shoes/boots
- Waterproof and hardwearing trousers and jacket
- Gloves, hats, and any other winter essentials
- A decent sized backpack
- Super-glue and heavy-duty duct tape
- Power Inverter
- Flood lights
Vehicle Necessities- You are also going to want a vehicle to travel, preferably a tough 4x4, to keep it in working order you should have:
- Emergency puncture repair kit
- 20L jerry can
Natural Leaders- someone who can take charge and make decisions for the good of the group, these leaders can help keep the group on the same page and moving forward as a team.
Carpenters/Metal-Workers- these people can contribute to your establishment, helping to construct homes, sheds, weapons and more.
Electricians- if you want to thrive, you will want working electricity. Recruit an electrician to really get your settlement going, improving everyone’s quality of life.
Doctors/Nurses- a necessary addition to your group, these people can help keep you alive, even if they do not have access to medical equipment, their knowledge will be undoubtedly useful.
Now you know about what to have and who to recruit, it is time for the most important part of the guide, the Step-by-Step Guide to Survival. Follow these steps below to ensure your success:
Step 1- Survive the immediate aftermath: When the world descends into chaos, you should lay low. Have a few days’ worth of food and water to keep you going, stay inside and block up the entrances to your house.
Step 2- Plan your escape: Plan your route out of your town or city, you do not want to be in a crowded place. Try to use the night to cover your escape and stick to your route as much as possible, but be prepared to adapt on the go.
Step 3- Find yourself a good set of wheels:A study off-road vehicle is ideal for this situation, allowing you to travel anywhere and it should have enough space to stock up on supplies.
Step 4- Find a quietspot to settle:Outside of busy areas, in a rural environment so you can live off the land. Try to find somewhere near plenty of wood, fertile land and clear, running water. This should allow you to live a sustainable life.
Step 5- Defence: Construct a wall around your settlement with some floodlights posted to keep an eye on your surroundings, have members of your team take shifts watching the perimeters.
Step 6- Scavenge: To survive, you need to keep supplies up. It is important to go on supply runs to get food, medicine, clothing and more.
Step 7- Re-establish: Home-made wind turbines can produce electricity, and fuel can be made using animal fat. The more supplies you get the more you can build.
That wraps up the guide from Toolstation, follow these tips if you want to have a successful apocalypse, see the full guide here. With Halloween coming up, this advice seemed more appropriate than usual, you can never be too prepared.