What Would I Need to Survive a Zombie Apocalypse?

What will you do when the dead rise? That question got me thinking about the things that everyone would need to make it alive out of a zombie apocalypse. Everyone imagine what would be necessary to survive the zombies, but there are other problems. You are in a world in which modern society has fallen. That’s a huge deal.

So, what would I need to survive a zombie apocalypse? The answer isn’t simple but you should start with establishing the rules of 3 when it comes to surviving. You’ll only last 3 hours without shelter. 3 days without water. And 3 weeks without food. Besides those factors, you won’t last 3 seconds without weapons in a zombie apocalypse. So, to say that the answer is simple would be ridiculous.

With that in mind, you can start painting a picture of what would take in order for you to survive. The truth is that is that even though science says now that zombies aren’t possible, we can all remember that one time when science got things wrong. Besides, we never know if some new virus or even alien bacteria may cause something like the zombie apocalypse. If you’re the kind of people that would rather be safe than sorry, keep reading.

So, okay the zombie apocalypse happens and you get the essential things sorted out. You still will need other things. The point is that you need to think about these things first. You don’t want to be on the road and remember that you didn’t pack enough food for the trip.

Also, you have to worry about other things other than zombies. Like humans who didn’t do their homework and prepped and now want to steal all your supplies. That’s when you’re definitely going to need guns to protect what is yours. Besides, you never know if other animals are going to become zombies as well.

If it’s a virus, considering the similar biology only mammals are likely to be affected as well. Now, we never know. The truth is that if insects are also affected, then everyone is screwed since they are everywhere. Now, considering that it’s a fair game and that you have actual chances at survival, you can increase your odds by taking a few steps.

Remember that when you hear on the news about the zombie apocalypse it will be too late to do anything about it. It will be too late for you to get your supplies and get the weapons and basic equipment to survive.

In that uplifting spirit, it’s time to get detailed and specific about how you would survive the zombie apocalypse. If you respect the rule of 3 and get the additional supplies, you have more chances at survival than 99% of every single soul on this planet.

Unfortunately, people don’t prep because they believe the government or some other outside force will come to save them. When you realize that nobody is coming, you’ll be glad that you prepped even for the zombie apocalypse.

Find a Shelter

As we mentioned above, the first thing that you should worry about is a shelter. Without it, you don’t just become exposed to any zombie attack but also weather and wild animals. For those obvious reasons, you should seek shelter first. Only after that, you can worry about other things.

Now, the first step is to turn your house into a shelter for as long as you can. In the case of a zombie apocalypse, you are not likely to last years if you stay in your house. Maybe you can’t even do it in any other place. The point is that you should equip your house to the best of your abilities but knowing that you’ll have to bug out eventually.

So, to prep your house for the zombie apocalypse you’re going to need a few items. First, you have to do all the normal prepping stuff. Then, you have to create a specific security system that the situation demands.

For example, security cameras and alarms are a good start. Then you need fortified entrance barriers to make sure no one comes in that you don’t want to. Then, you’ll also need traps and obstacles. If you can set up any sort of obstacle that will cut off the zombie’s head, it is a great start.

Once you bug out, every new place that you find has to be zombie proof. This means that you’ll need certain equipment to prep every new place to become a shelter for as long as you need. So, take with you all the essential supplies, plus security system, and items to set up the traps.

Store Water

Still following the rule of 3s, you’ll need water to last more than 3 days. Besides, during a zombie apocalypse, you should have your full strength and not worry about having enough water. That’s why you should prep to have enough supplies for at least 30 days. Water is at the top of the list.

Always remember that an average human needs 1 gallon a day per person. That’s the minimum so you may consider storing more. Also, remember that different people have different needs. This means that some people depending on weight, age, and even gender may need more water than that. Still, if you use this number as guidelines you won’t have problems.

Another important part of storing water is to understand that you have to store it correctly, or you risk having undrinkable water. There are a lot of factors to consider when choosing the room and the container that you’re going to use to store the water.

So, here are a few tips. Always mix between plastic bottles and containers. Never put the water under constant sun exposure. Lastly, you should be careful about the water growing algae and other organisms that will make the water undrinkable. You can get sterile containers and other products to reduce the chances of those things happening.

About finding space for the storage, ideally, you should mix big containers and plastic bottles so you can squeeze everything in even if you don’t have a lot of space in your house.

Stockpile Food

The next and final step of the rule of 3s is to have food. Otherwise, you won’t last more than 3 weeks without it. Not only for basic survival of your body, but the food is important because you need everything to be working both your body and your brain to survive. If your brain has to constantly worry about getting your body fed, you won’t be able to concentrate. Worse than that is that you won’t have the complete strength of your body available to fight any threat that comes your way.

So, to nail the stockpiling food thing, you should find out the number of calories that each family member needs for a day. Then, you calculate with the number of days you want to prep for. After that, you start making a list of the foods that you want to have in your stock and create a budget to help you decide what you must have and what it’s not as necessary.

Another thing about stockpiling food that is quite often overlooked is the fact that you should prioritize certain food groups and always give preference to non-perishable food. Canned food is like a symbol of prepping and you should totally have a lot of those in your storage. Also, always check if you have enough proteins since they give the body satiation feelings more than fat and carbs.

Also, get a refrigerator to store the food, especially the ones that do expire but you want to have. Choose a place in your house that is sort of hidden from curious eyes. The place needs enough room to store all the food that you want to buy. It should also have a ventilation system so the food doesn’t get spoiled because of the sun exposure and heat.

If you do these steps, stockpiling food can feel like a breeze. Just do all the math that you need to know how much food you need. Create a list of the items that you’re going to buy, and find a room in your house to store all the food that you bought. There are a variety of food sources that last long-term. Freeze-dried, canned items and dehydrated to name a few. This product is long-term, highly nutritious, compact and lightweight.

Gather a First Aid Kit

Now, you do need shelter, water, and food. But a lot of diseases that are common and treatable nowadays, killed people in the past. The reason that they don’t kill people anymore is that we have medicine that kills off the viruses and bacteria. Whatever minor infection, disease, or problem that modern medicine resolves in these modern days, won’t be readily available during a zombie apocalypse. That’s why you must have a first-aid kit if you really want to make it out of this one alive.

So, to make a really good first-aid kit you’ll need basic medicine and maybe some more. For example, you must have antibiotics. It’d be also interesting to get some painkillers, and medicine to everyday diseases that if left untreated would become a major problem.

Now, just that isn’t enough. You can look for medicinal plants. They can work in direct contact with the skin and also as tea. Whatever is the way that you let it act in your body, medicinal plants are one of the most important things that you can know about during an apocalypse.

For example, most medicines are extracted from plants. Also, eventually people will not have more medicine since this is the apocalypse and no one is going to be developing medication anymore. The best you can do is to have medicinal plants in your first-aid kit as a companion to all the synthetic medication that you’re already carrying. But for those wanting a more traditional top of the line first aid kit, check out this one that is highly recommended. Getting this one and adding alternative medicines will give you a good start in your first aid prepping. Click here for a great source on remedies you can make provided by nature.

Get a Bug Out Vehicle

Another thing that you’re going to need to survive the zombie apocalypse is a bug out vehicle. You need something that is fast but that still has enough space for you to carry out essential supplies with you. A car is vital for when you have to leave your current shelter.

Obviously, when it comes to cars, you will need to have fuel available. So, since gasoline only lasts a year, you should store as much as you can and the law allows you to. The point is to always 2 options of vehicles to escape if you can.

To get the bug out car right, always go for something smaller than the minivan but bigger than a sports car. Unless your family is too big or you have a horde of zombies right behind you. Then, you shouldn’t be reading this. You should be running.

In all seriousness, the point of having 2 cars is that you have more than one option in case plan A doesn’t work. Also, if you are in a place that has more than one entrance, you should consider more than 1 vehicle because this makes escaping that much easier. You’re not forced to leave only through one exit.

So, have as many available vehicles as you can. Maybe even one for each member of the group so you never run out of options. Still, you should also take into consideration that this could consume more fuel, which won’t be available for long after civilization goes down.

Find Electricity Sources

Another thing that people don’t think about is how dependent we are on electricity. Obviously, eventually, you won’t have internet, phones, and working satellites. This is when you may start to run out of electricity. This is crucial to your survival because you have to be able to see zombies in the dark. Besides that, the human lifestyle is completely dependent on that.

Now, when we talk about finding electricity sources there are many. You can start with the easier stuff like batteries, flashlights, and generators. In the case of generators, you also need fuel to make it work so it can be a disadvantage. The point is that, at first, you should worry about finding easy to get sources of electricity and light to help you through the nights.

If you find a place that you intend to stay for a long time or maybe even forever, you should install solar panels. Obviously, this may not be the easiest thing to find during the zombie apocalypse but you can either get it before, find an abandoned store afterward, or settle in a place that already has the installed panels. The point is that it’s one of the best options for the long-term.

The generator and the solar panels are the best options, but they are better not only for the long-term but also for places that you intend to stay longer. If you are still on the road, trying to find a place, you can rely more on batteries. You can even find rechargeable batteries.

Team Up

Finally, no one lives alone. It’s human nature to seek connection to other humans. Not only for your mental health but also to increase your chances at survival, you need to look for a team if you’re alone. Even if you have your family with you, you should seek to build a team or even a small society to help each member survive through these tough times.

So, when it comes to building a team, it means not only finding people that have the skills that you don’t but also finding people who share important values with you. This doesn’t mean that people need to have the same religion, for instance. It means that you should have people who won’t cause problems and put everyone’s lives in danger.

If you find the right people, your team can even become a society. The important thing is that you have a clear and defined authority and that everyone knows their place inside the team. This way, when important decisions need to be made, you don’t need to overthink things and lose valuable time that can mean survival.

The important thing is that not only every team member brings something to the table in terms of skillset but also that they bring resources. Be it food and water, guns, or equipment. Otherwise, why would you team up with people that will decrease your odds at survival instead of increasing them? That’s why you should be careful when selecting your team.

Get Weapons

One of the most important things when it comes to surviving a zombie apocalypse was left out until now; weapons. If you’re serious about surviving the zombie apocalypse, and obviously you are, you should get your weapons right. Now, zombies won’t care about what you think about firearms or not, so you need to have a few to protect yourself. The point is that the ideal situation is to have a few weapon options before the main event actually takes place.

Now, when it comes to getting your weapons, you should diversify. Do not just get firearms. They need ammo and you may not always have access to it. So, obviously, do have your firearm options, but you also need to have knives, axes, and crossbows. Anything that can be used against a zombie that doesn’t require constant reload.  Click here for one machete I highly recommend.

Still, you should worry about your firearms. Thinking about that, you should also think about how much ammo you’re going to need and how to get it. Be it before or after the apocalypse started. As long as you make sure you have a lot available, otherwise you may find yourself short on your supply in the worst of times.

A good strategy is to have long-range weapons so you can kill off the zombies from a long distance not risking yours and anybody else’s lives.  Also, make sure that you can carry all these weapons with you. You should take your weapons into consideration when you’re picking a vehicle to bug out.

Communication is Key

During any SHTF situation, you need to be able to communicate with other people. Be it to ask for help or to locate your other team members. That’s why you should have at least one medium to communicate with other people that you can rely on. It’s crucial to yours and everyone else’s survival. If you can tell people where the danger is or any valuable information it may save lives.

So, when we are talking about communication you can go old school or even cavemen style. The point is that you do have many options, and you should use as many as you know about. For example, you can use a walkie-talkie since it’s safe and reliable. You can also make use of a satellite phone and even burner phones for a while.

The good thing about radio communication is that it’s not only reliable but opposite to phones. You can communicate with people you’ve never heard of by tapping into the same frequency. Ideally, you should get those devices before. Otherwise, why would you be prepping in the first place? So, get your communication devices right. For those not sure which 2 way radios to get, check out this product page.

An interesting and efficient strategy is to have more than one communication option and more than one unit of the device you chose. You never know when you may leave it behind or lose it during an escape. So, have as many communication devices as you can and learn how to use them to the best of your capacities.


Now, it’s time to think about something that you don’t buy but acquire; skills. During a zombie apocalypse, you’re going to need various skills. Especially if you don’t want to rely on other people, or do it as little as you can, you should start making the list of the skills you’re going to need. Here are a few:   Shooting a gun

  • Shooting a gun
  • First-aid
  • Driving
  • Cooking
  • Fighting
  • Using knives in combat
  • Starting a fire
  • Leadership
  • Gardening

You’re going to need those skills and many others. These are just a few examples of what you will need at some point. So, when we talk about skills, you’re going to not only need things that will allow you to kill zombies but also skills that are important to survive in a place where modern society has fallen.

The good news about those skills is that you don’t have to know every single one of them. You can select team members that know them already. The greatest characteristic of a leader is to be humble to admit he doesn’t know and get the right people for the job to do it instead. So, if you can delegate well, you won’t have problems.

Anyway, a good strategy is to make a list of the skills that you already have. Then, you can decide which ones you’re interested in learning that you don’t know yet. Finally, you look for the ones you’re not really interested in learning in other team members.

Create a Survival System

If you want to survive the zombie apocalypse you need a process. You need to create a survival system that gives you the best chances of living another day. When you are in a situation like this one, you have to create a process that not only gives you a routine but everyone else in the group.

You all should know who’s supposed to be on watch duty, who’s going to take care of cooking and supplies on that day, and everything else that involves the everyday life. Obviously, you need something that works for everyone in the group.

The better the system the more efficient it will be. Every society has their own set of rules and systems that ensure that every individual has their chance of thriving. That’s what you’ll need if you start a new society. This ensures that everyone lives peacefully with each other without turning things into chaos.

Exterminate the Zombies

Finally, you should think about not just surviving. The only way to do that is to exterminate the zombies. You can do that either by finding a cure or exploding them all. Whatever way you see it fit, you should devote your time to find a way to get rid of them all. Even if you are having too much fun killing zombies.

So, your options are mainly to find a way to gather as many zombies in one place as you can and then explode them all at the same time. If you are able to destroy them by the masses, you can start making real progress to get rid of them for good.

As you probably remember most zombie stories, people only try to survive. It’s time that someone comes up with a method to kill them all for good. If you face this as an insect infestation, you can get a start on your exterminating zombie plans. The best way, since you are likely to not have access and knowledge to modern science to develop a cure, is to bomb them all. Make sure to trap them in isolated places where you’re able to control the explosion somehow. If you do that, you’ll not only survive the zombie apocalypse, but you’re going to win it.

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