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You've probably heard me referring to myself as a zombie all over the forums. Of _course_ I'm not a zombie (yet). In all honesty, some of you guys are taking the whole concept way too seriously, and I'm adding some lightheartedness to the discussions in an attempt to foster directing threads more toward general emergency preparedness.
The likelihood of a zombie revolution in our lifetimes is incalculably low. The likelihood of some apocalyptic event happening is higher, but still quite low, realistically.
The odds of an emergency (serious or otherwise) happening to, near or around you or someone you care about at some point during your lifetime, however, are damn near 1:1. As a kid, I was a Boy Scout for seven years, and Baden Powell's motto was always, "Be prepared". I feel the same way. (For the record, my motto is that "there is a place for everything, so put everything in its place".)
I posted earlier (just after joining) about my "Day Kit for the Apocalypse", which is a list of things I would be carrying if travelling on foot after a major disaster. I have one such kit within a mile of me at almost every moment of every day, with redundancies in many places (such as a first aid kit at home, in my car and at work, or the supply of potable water I keep in a storage locker 3km from my home).
What follows is that kit (which, as I have said before, I do have ready), in as much complete accuracy as I can remember from the top of my head as written in that post. Keep in mind that it doesn't include all the things I keep in my trunk that are really handy, but that wouldn't be with me in a disaster scenario, such as a full toolbox and lots of computer equipment.
Day Kit for the Apocalypse (or zombie revolution; whichever you prefer)
Cans of tuna fish, cat food and beef jerky are all among the most efficient and protein-rich sources of nutritious edification to both human and zombie stomachs. Protein is and will continue to be the utmost necessity for both sides of the zombie revolution. Outside of that, hypothetically speaking from a human perspective, you'd want to include a large quantity of iodine crystals and a UV lamp (preferably encased in a non-breakable fiberglass or plastic polymer of some kind) with some very well-protected spare replacement bulbs, as those two things will prove to be effective at providing drinkable water for a _far_ longer time than bringing the much heavier, quickly-consumed bottled water that so many opt for out of ignorance of simple water purification tactics.
Also in my "Day Kit for the Apocalypse":
~ 2 leatherman tools: one w/ pliers & gadgets (like the Wave); another w/ a serrated blade (e33Tx)
~ Multivitamins (dirt cheap & supplants things you normally get in your diet)
~ 50-100m strong & light synthetic rope: any boy scout can tell you it's valuable
~ First aid: gauze, sewing kit, 1L bottle H2O2, .5L bottle IPA (not beer; C3H7OH), 3 cans of spray-on "New Skin"
~ Untearable poncho for clothing, shelter & warmth: versatile, can be used to collect water, easily stored
~ Towel (ever read the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy?)
~ Clothing: 2p jeans, 3x long-sleeve shirts of sturdy fabric, 6p ski socks, bugeye sun goggles, GoreTex hat, & long leather jacket
~ 2-4 guns, same caliber (I prefer .45ACP for availability, but if available, I'd get 4 Desert Eagle .50cal AEs w/ incendiary rounds); 500-2500 bullets (you _never_ want to have ammo you can't use, hence same cal; carry maximum ammo while still capable of moving at a decent speed on foot in bad terrain / weather, never slower than a sustained speed of 6km/h)
~ 2L Canteen, 2x (to carry 4L previously purified water)
~ Internal frame full-body backpack, buckling at chest & waist, w/ many pouches (doubles your carrying capacity)
~ Ball of twine (2-3mm thick) for simpler things (i.e. tying hair back; better to retain heat than cut it)
~ Sturdy belt (pref. military style w/ holes: mount pouches)
~ SwissTech "BodyGard Survivor" (BGCSSV-PS): hand-chargeable radio, motion detector, LED flashlight, compass & more, all-in-one and small enough to fit in the pocket of your pants
~ E-tool (collapsible shovel), Halligan bar & hatchet; each composed of non-wooden materials
~ 250x waterproof matches (or more) & ziplock bag of dryer lint (start a fire in damp conditions)
~ 1 roll aluminum foil
~ REALLY good hiking boots made specifically for hardcore hiking or mountaineering; don't need to bring extra shoelaces if you brought the twine
~ One roll of paper towels (to be used sparingly, for MEDICAL PURPOSES ONLY); take out the cardboard tube to store it in less space than usual
~ 5-10 carabiners (way more useful than you might realize at first)
~ Large bottle of Vitamin C pills (take one each day w/ the multivitamin, even if the vitamin has it in there; improves immune system & boosts energy)
~ A box of pencils (never run outta ink) & a hard-bound journal (not for writing down your tearful memoirs; for tracking & recording _important_ information over time)
~ 5 tubes of superglue (ridiculously useful, considering how little space they take up)
~ A solid knit pair of half-finger gloves with leather palms (I got a pair for $5 four years ago, I've worn them through endless adventures, and they're STILL good)
~ Full-head balaclava (in case it gets REALLY cold; only your eyes should be exposed)
~ Thin, full-hand gloves (again, in case it gets REALLY cold; it's incredibly hard to survive when your fingers have rotted off from frostbite)- should be thin enough to fit the other fingerless gloves OVER them if necessary
~ Either binoculars or a night-vision scope (if you go the latter route, make sure it functions as a regular scope when it runs out of batteries, rather than going black and useless)
~ 5-10 cans portable oxygen: each costs approx. $5USD & contains roughly 4L O2, for noxious environments or underwater navigation-- a healthy person should be able to get at least 5 minutes of breathing time outta each can
~ Extra motion sensors (specifically in cases where you are being hunted, i.e. zombie apocalypse, these $1 devices can warn you of an incoming threat from a quarter mile away or more)
Hope you enjoyed it. Who knows; maybe someone will benefit from it some day.
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