Surviving the undead hordes can seem a daunting task in and of itself, let alone the amount of supplies necessary to do so! Here are some tips to help you pack smart and live safely:
- Spread Contents: It may be tempting for those of us that suffer with obsessive compulsive disorder, or even just like to keep things organized, to keep all food in one bag, clothes in another, etc. While this makes one feel secure, it manages quite the opposite. All it takes is one swipe from a zombie-claw or snag from a tree branch to loose all of your groups’ supplies of a certain nature, be it food or ammunition or not. Try to spread your supplies evenly throughout the bags, so that any one loss is not too devastating.
- Roll ‘em up: In my trips through Haiti, a strategy for packing clothing was discovered. Rolling your individual garments tightly, placing a day’s set into a zip-lock bag, and squeezing all of the air out saves TONS of room. Keep your packs with room for emergency pick-ups by pre-wrapping all clothes, and placing them together.
- Keep your cool: A great item to always have at the ready is a polymer water-absorbing cool-neck wrap. You just need to soak it in water (doesn’t even need to be clean!) for 15-30 minutes and you have a constant supply of miraculously cool water for your neck the entire day. Overheating is a dangerous thing, and very possible when making a strenuous escape.
- Stay Smart: Do you really need three flashlights? Four pocket-knives AND three whet-stones? Two large packs of batteries? Remember that every pound counts when packing, and that it’s best to only pack what is essential to survive. Yes it’s great to always be prepared, but we must learn from McGuyver and improvise!