A Brief Guide to Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse – The Backpack

Prologue (or Why I Became a Zombie Survival-Obsessed Dork)

 I have spent an unhealthy amount of time thinking about this topic, planning and plotting and trying to figure out what equipment I would need in case of an apocalypse. Preferably equipment that is readily available in grocery stores or at least your average wild life store. Preferably equipment that’s (Y) by swedish laws.

Of course, we swedes could always chose to ride to war against the zombies on the back of polarbears, wielding thunder and smörgåstårta.
Of course, we swedes could always chose to ride to war against the zombies on the back of polar bears, wielding thunder and smörgåstårta.

I have read the army’s survival guide and a staggering pile of survival articles on the web so while I’m not an expert in any way, there is real research behind this.

If you are wondering why I bothered, the simple answer is that zombies are scary and I needed a realistic plan to make them less so. There you have it.


In this first installment of three I will deal with The Backpack.

If you are serious about preparing for the apocalypse, invest in a well-made, waterproof backpack. The hard part begins for real though when deciding what to pack. I figure this assortion would hopefully be helpful for a number of scenarios and situations and still not weigh you down too much (gotta keep running).

What he said.

The Must-Haves

* A filled up water bottle. Lack of water will bring you to  your knees long before hunger will.  A thumb rule is that you can survive three weeks without food but only three days without water. So be sure to at least start out topped of.

* A water purifier/ filter. You will need more than that initial litre and water you find outdoors in populated areas will most often need to be purified to rid it of bacteria and dirt that will make you sick. You should load up on water purifying tablets OR make sure you boil the water for at least three minutes to kill all bacteria.

* Some canned and/or dried food. Not more than you can carry comfortably but enough to last you maybe a week, giving you some time to hunt or scavenge for  more. The body needs (on average) a minimum of 500-ish calories a day to keep vital organs functioning, but you will become very weak and tired if that’s all you get for an extended period of time.

* Tools to start a fire. Fire can give warmth, protection, light, help you cook food and purify water. It is essential. And yes, we all know that fire CAN be created with just wooden sticks and friction. But in less than optimal conditions and without proper technique (which at least I don’t have- never even got to the smoke part…) it can be a no-go. Matches are commonplace and do the job, but to have a really reliable source I recommend fire steel and scraper.

At the end of the day, even a clone needs a bit of warmth.

*Rubbing alcohol. For disinfecting wounds and if that fire really does not want to get going.

*A knife. For protection and utility.

* Extra clothing. And with that I mean a few pairs of socks and underwear plus one spare shirt. Let’s face it, the days of choosing an outfit will be over when the undead comes for us. What will be important is staying dry and warm. Feet and… private areas need to be kept dry so as to not develop physical illnesses like fungus and UTI. Just keeping it real folks.


* A sleeping bag. Sure, it takes up a bit of space. But it’s only September at the moment and already below 5 degrees during night-time. Expecting electricity to go within a few weeks of a full-blown apocalypse, if you live in a colder climate you WILL need something like this to not freeze to death.

*Two big, plastic garbage bags (around 160 litres). Place it above you for waterproof shelter or on the ground for catching rain.

*A rope. Because Samwise Gamgi said to never leave home without one and he was right.

*Map and a compass. If you are interested in leaving the heavily populated areas, this could be useful.

Everytime I go somewhere remotely new.
Every time I go somewhere remotely new.

* Fishing line. Since my personal strategy involves getting out of the mess in the cities, I will rely on finding my own food. Fishing line can also be used to mend clothes and even stitch up a wound (just add a needle to the bag and pray you find it later).

*DUCT TAPE. For fixing everything in the entire bloody world.

Well done Seth Rogen. Well done.
Well done Seth Rogen. Well done.

I figure our bag is pretty loaded now. If you got extra space and no problem with the weight, stuff some more dried or canned food in there.

Did I miss something? If so, please let me know what in the comments!

In the next post I will suggest five possible weapon choices vs. the zombies. Stay tuned! 😀


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