Halloween is almost here and you know what that means. It’s entirely possible that people could get a poisoned batch of candy that turns them into raging, hungry beasts. When that happens, when the zombie apocalypse sweeps the nation, no one will be ready.
We’ll all be too busy stuffing our faces with delicious sweets and treats. And don’t think that a Rick Grimes or Superman costume is going to help you fight off the endless horde of undead any better — it won’t.
The only thing that will save you is good old-fashioned survival instincts; well, that and a variety of gadgets that you prepared in advance for just this situation. Here is a list of gadgets that will help you survive during a zombie apocalypse. Eat your hearts out, doomsday preppers!
1. Adventurer 2 Digital Weather Alert Radio
When most forms of communication are down and there’s no way to stay in touch with the outside world, your best bet is going to be a radio. Except electricity will also be an issue.
The Adventurer 2 Digital Weather Alert Radio from Ambient Weather can be charged via solar energy, or you can use the manual hand crank if the sun isn’t out — or your solar cells aren’t working. It can also be used as a charger to power external devices like music players, smartphones, tablets, and more.
It functions as an AM/FM shortwave radio, and can even receive NOAA weather alerts. In an emergency, you can activate the siren to alert friends and family, and in the dark you can use the built-in LED flashlight.
Plus, while there is still power available, it can be charged six different ways: via USB power, AC and wall outlets, DC and car outlets, AAA batteries (3), or the hand crank and solar chargers. For about $70 you can buy just the radio, or you can opt to pay an extra $30 for the solar bag which will allow you to charge it.
2. Lifesaver Systems Bottle
Water is a basic human necessity. Without it, you’ll die, plain and simple. Sadly, you can’t just go around drinking water from every source you come across because it may be contaminated. With the right filter, though, you have a lot less to worry about.
Queue the Lifesaver Systems Bottle. Each carbon filter can treat up to 4,000 liters of water before they need to be tossed. Up to 750 milliliters of water can be filtered and stored in under a minute. Translation, it can take even contaminated water and make it drinkable in a short period of time.
According to the manufacturers, it will remove any virus, fungi, bacteria, or waterborne pathogen during the filtration process. After the water is filtered, you can either use this bottle to transfer it to another storage unit, or you can drink it directly. The Lifesaver Systems Bottle can be purchased through Amazon for $150.
3. Biolite Campstove
The Biolite Campstove combines two things that will be in incredibly short supply when the poo hits the fan: electricity and a working stove to cook food.
The Biolite is a wood-burning stove that creates a “smokeless” campfire for cooking food or boiling water. Even more interesting is the feature that converts heat energy into usable power that you can charge your mobile devices and electronics with.
Not only will the fire be smokeless, leaving no trace of your presence other than the scent of cooking food and burning wood, but it will also keep your gadgets working long after the power goes out.
No, we’re not naïve enough to suggest you’ll still be able to access the internet in a dead world as most everything is hooked up to the official power grid. However, you should be able to listen to music, watch movies, and browse photos that are locally stored on your devices. Plus, the whole cooking food and boiling water thing will keep you alive for a while too.
The Biolite Campstove is $129.95, which is not bad at all considering the fuel — wood — is free and can be found just about anywhere out in the wilderness.
4. Dead On Annihilator Utility and Wrecking Bar
There are two things you’ll be doing a lot of in a post-apocalyptic world that this next gadget can help out with: building and reinforcing a shelter, and defending yourself.
The Dead On AN18 18-Inch Annihilator Utility and Wrecking Bar is essentially a universal tool. It can function as a demolition hammer — for breaking down hard surfaces like drywall, wood, and shingles – or it can function as the opposite to reinforce or build a shelter of your own. It can also handle ripping out tiles, nails, and other similar building materials.
What you’ll probably need it for most, however, is defending yourself from the undead and the living. It serves as an excellent melee weapon for bashing in some rotting zombie brains. Seeing as it is not expensive, just $30 through Amazon, it is well worth the cost, especially since you can use it to do work before any zombies appear.
5. Zippo Emergency Fire Starter Kit
Any survivalist worth their weight can start a fire using the simplest of tools, be that wood or flint. That said, not everyone is skilled in that department, and it’s certainly not easy if you haven’t practiced before.
That’s where the Zippo Emergency Fire Starter Kit comes in handy. It won’t last forever, so eventually you’ll need to learn how to start your own fire. In the meantime, you can rely on this thing to keep you going, especially if you use it in tandem with the Biolite Campstove we mentioned before this.
Instead of functioning as an actual lighter with fluid, this thing uses a flint mechanism to create sparks. With said sparks, you should be able to light a fire using tinder, dry wood, or optional fire starters — which can be stored inside the lighter-like case. The flint is replaceable if you wear it down, so that’s always a plus.
At $14, these things are a steal, especially since they might save your hide in an emergency situation. You might also want to pick up some extra flint replacements, or tinder sticks to help you start a fire.
Other things to include in your bag:
- You’ll need water to drink, and lots of it, so nab a LifeStraw water filter
- You’ll definitely want a first-aid kit to patch up injuries
- You’ll need some non-perishable foods like canned goods or MREs
- You’ll need a hunting knife to prepare food, cut rope and bandages, and/or defend yourself
- A multi-tool with pliers, blades, scissors, screwdrivers, and more built-in