With the Walking Dead Season 7 due to start in October, we decided to take a look at the possibility of an apocalypse actually happening and put together a guide on how to survive with the right equipment. So let's get into it!
Accidents happen all the time and most of the time we're prepared for if they happen. But, what about the Zombie Apocalypse? That's right, what if someone does create a virus that turns the living into the living dead? Before you say, "It's Impossible", you might want to know that a Zombie Apocalypse is actually feasible and here's how!
Nanobots: Nanobots are a tiny microscopic, self-replicating robots engineered by us, that can invisibly build or destroy just about everything and anything. Scientists have already created a nano-cyborg, by fusing tiny silicone chips to a virus. These cyborgs were found to still operate for up to a month after the death of the host. Think about how simple it would be to cause an apocalypse using these little nanobots.
Brain Parasites: Another already existing method of creating an apocalypse. These parasites, known as toxoplasmosa gondii have yet only been seen to affect rats, but they can only breed inside the intestines of a cat, so in order to find it's breeding grounds, the parasite takes over the rat's brain and intentionally programmes the rat's brain to get itself eaten. If this was weaponised, it might spell disaster for the human race.
Rope could be the most versatile supply you carry! During an apocalypse, it's a good idea to bring as much high-quality rope as you can! So, which types of rope are there and are they the type you'll need?
Braided Rope: Braided rope is strong when new, but it rots quickly, stretches and doesn't unbraid very well. This isn't a great rope for your survival.
Climbing Rope: Climbing rope features a cool design called "kernmantke design", this basically mean that the rope features an inner core made of separate strands with an outer layer that is resistant to abrasion and tears, making this rope durable and tear resistant. Climbing rope is used for climbing and so stretches very little under stress and can support large weights without snapping.
Bungee Cord: Bungee cord (or shock cord) is an elastic type rope which consists of multiple elastic strands at the core and woven cotton as an outer layer. Bungee cords are quite useful for lashing things together, as well as strapping things down/shut, so these are a good rope to take with you.
Tow Strap: A tow strap isn't actually rope but works much the same as one, primarily used for towing cars, boats and other vehicles. If you have a vehicle during your search for survivors, then this would be a recommended 'rope' to have.
Paracord: Paracord (Parachute cord) is one of the best ropes you could have on hand while trying to survive against the hordes of mindless living dead. Paracord rope is made using the same fancy, kernmantle technology as climbing rope. It's high strength, resilient and flexible.
So you've chosen your rope but what could you possibly be using it for while trying to survive?- Fishing - Building Traps/Snares - Flossing - Climbing/Hiking - Building Shelter - Tying Things Down - Holding Gear Together - Securing Items - Repairing Items/Gear - Making a Tourniquet - Trip Wires - Pulley Systems for Lifting Heavy Gear - Building Rafts etc - Bedding - Making a Weapon - Building a Stretcher
Food is your second most important supply. You won't last long if you don't have a reasonable supply of food to keep you from dying of hunger. Some foods last years before spoiling and so are great foods to keep you ticking during the apocalypse! But which kind of food is the best for you while taking refuge from the undead?
Honey: Honey has an indefinite shelf-life, while honey might crystallise over time, resulting in a sugary, thick goo at the bottom of the container, but in terms of safety, the special golden liquid is practically immortal. Honey can last years if stored properly. Although it won't have the same nutritional value in terms of vitamins and minerals as other foods. Honey is also great for treating burns and wounds.
Ready to Eat Meals: Usually known as MRE's, these pre-packaged meals have been used by American troops since 1981. Each pouch, which is easily carried, prepared, and eaten contains around 1,200 calories. These ready-made meals are a great source of sustainability during the apocalypse.
Peanut Butter: The delicious treat that is peanut butter is a mainstay for many households. Kept in low humidity the thick spread will last years due to the high amount of Vitamin E.
Canned/Dried Beans: Whichever beans you prefer - Kidney, pinto, black or Lima, they're all preservable. With a shelf life of around 30+ years, beans are the ultimate survival food because they're so high in protein. They're also easy to store and come in so many varieties.
Rice: Rice is another great survival food, it's been one of the main food sources for more than half of the world's population. The grainy food will keep humanity strong and well-fed in the event of a disaster.
Drink is the MOST important thing you will have in your supplies. An average person can go about two weeks without food depending on their activity level but only survive a few days without proper hydration. But what else can drink be used for and what kind of drinks are best?
Hard Liquor: Unopened bottles of hard liquor like vodka, whisky and rum don't really go bad, thought they may lose some of their original "kick" as the years pass. These drinks can also be used for some mild medical procedures, as bad as vodka may be during an apocalypse, it can be used in extreme circumstances as a steriliser.
Bottled Water: Bottled water is a must, get as many as you can before things go south! There's no telling how many zombies have fallen into open bodies of water like lakes, rivers and streams and may have contaminated these drinking resources.
Rain Water: During the apocalypse, you need to stay hydrated if you're spending all your time fighting off zombies. Go to an area that is high up and set up a large tarp that is void of holes. Collect your rainwater frequently so that you can bottle it up and store it away.
Fruit Juice: Squeezing your own juice from collected fruit is a great way of getting your vitamins & energy while keeping you fully hydrated!
During an apocalypse, weapons will be as useful as anything, but don't get carried away collecting weapons! You only need 3/4 weapons and you should be fine! But which weapons are best for fighting off those undead hordes?
AR-15: Obviously guns are going to be the most effective weapon during an apocalypse, some guns are better than others, AR-15 should be your number one choice, mainly because it's accurate, reliable & has nearly unlimited levels of customisation thanks to the modular design. Ammo for an AR-15 is also used for a number of other weapons!
Henry Arms AR-7: The term "survival rifle" was originally designed for the cockpit of military aircraft when a pilot was shot down in enemy territory. The US military adopted the Springfield Armory M6 Scout as their rifle of choice for aircraft pilots. The collapsible gun featured two barrels that shot both .22 LR and .410 shotgun rounds giving it added versatility.
Ruger 10/22:Some apocalypse preppers insist upon arming themselves with the latest and greatest tactical firearms with the most firepower. Other believe it's best to stick to the basics and consider the .22-caliber Long Rifle (LR) to be the best and only rifle you need.
M1 Carbine: Though it hasn't been seen on active duty since combat since Vietnam, the M1 is still a trusted rifle and considered one of the best rifles in the world. The M1 was an incredibly versatile rifle that had a high effect and tremendous accuracy, especially at mid-range.
Machete/Knife: When things get close quaters, you're going to need to find a way to fend of the zombies! When a gun won't work, switch to your second best friend!
Clothing is always a great thing to take. You never know when you're going to get caught in a shower or when you might have to wade through a lake or river. But what else can you use your clothing for?
Raw Denim: Raw denim is tough and lasts longer than most other materials. You're best wearing jeans made of denim and you won't have to change them too often, thus keeping you away from those pesky zombies.
Leather Jacket: Great for avoiding zombie bites, a thick leather jacket will keep the undead's flesh eating jaws at bay. Not only is leather a versatile and tough material but it's also great for keeping you warm and dry if the weather takes a turn for the worst.
Bullet Proof Jacket: When there are only a handful of survivors all fighting for the same territory and their lives, some will be more hostile than others. So a bulletproof bomber jacket is the right way to go! With an interior lining made from a bulletproof material, this should keep you safe from just about everyone!
Boots: Grabbing yourself some lightweight combat boots are the best bet! Leather boots are durable and uncomfortable, whereas a pair of trainers may make you swift, they won't last long. Great job that someone was thinking about this time when they created light-weight combat boots. They're light, meaning you have the mobility and speed that you want but they're also versatile so they won't just fall apart!
Ammo is just as important as your weapon, what use is a weapon without ammo? Be sure to grab only the ammo you need, this way you'll always have the right ammo and plenty of it! Which ammo is the best to take?
.22: The .22 calibre cartridge is commonly considered the best all-around survival ammo. The round is produced by nearly every ammunition manufacturer and is available for most makes and models of both .22 calibre pistols and rifles (This is where your AR-15 comes into play). When you need ammo that will be most useful, this is what you need.
12-Gauge: A large amount of survivalists would tell you that the 12-gauge is the ultimate survival weapon and ammo. The 12 gauge is great for tearing through the hordes!
9mm: The 9mm bullet is easily the most widely used pistol round in the world. If we were looking at availability alone, the 9mm would win that race when it comes to long-term supply in a post-disaster survival situation.
There is an abundance of tools that would probably come in handy while trying to get somewhere safe, but it's best to keep these to a minimum and travel as light as possible, so which tools would be the best to take?
Gas Mask: In the apocalypse, you never know what could happen and you never know what's lurking in the air. A gas mask is the best way to make sure you're always breathing in clean air and aren't going to kill yourself walking through an airborne bacteria.
Multi-Tool: The multi-tool is one of the best things you could have in your back pocket while out surviving. With the ever tool, you could possibly need from screwdrivers to knives, all ready to skin your lunch or build your house!
Water Filtration System: Water is something you're always going to need. Whether it's in a bottle or whether it's from a lake, it needs to be clean and free from bacteria. So getting yourself a water bottle with a UV light within to clean the water in around 80 seconds.
Camping Stove: A portable stove is a cooking stove specially designed to be portable and lightweight, allowing you to cook while on the go in any remote location.
A backpack is essential for carrying all your supplies, from camp to camp until you find the safezone! So try and make sure you look after your backpack! What should you have in your backpack?
Backpack: It'd be impossible to carry all your supplies and resources without a handy backpack! There are tonnes of backpacks out there for surviving the apocalypse, with built-in hydration packs and chargers. You also need to fit everything inside your backpack, from food, drink and sleeping gear to clothes and more.
You're not always going to have a comfy bed or nice warm camp to sleep in, so it's best to take some warm sleeping gear with you, but what makes the best sleeping gear?
Tents: Lightweight shelters designed for use outdoors, in backpacking, climbing, hunting and more. Tents are great when you need a light, easy to assemble when you're setting up camp.
Blankets & Quilts: A blanket is a type of bedding, generally speaking, a large piece of woven cloth, intended to keep you warm. Exactly what is needed when you're trying to survive out in the wilderness.
Tarps: Tarps are made of a special waterproof fibre that creates a great moisture and wind barrier. Tarps take up less space and weight than a tent, but they also require rope to string into a shelter. Tarps are commonly used to keep water from seeping into tents, this will keep you warm and any water off of your tent.
Sleeping Bags: Sleeping bags are insulated fibre sacks that you sleep in, perfect for keeping you warm when you're in the elements trying to make it to your safezone.
Whether you're in a group or by yourself, it's always great to have radios to contact survivors if you find them. If you have rechargeable radios then that's great but if not be sure to take enough batteries to last a while, you never know when you're going to make contact with someone. Which radios are the best to take?
Short-wave Radio: As the world is being overrun, a shortwave radio can be an effective way to stay in touch with others. By using shortwave frequencies, the radios can broadcast transmissions through either skip propagation or skywave and are great for long range communication. Meaning that when you do come across a few survivors you're going to be able to communicate and find others.
GMRS/FRS Radio: Survival radios are ideal fro short-distance communications of around 35 miles over relatively flat lands. So this isn't great if you have family or friends in another part of the country, but you'll be fine finding local survivors!