Orange Brigade’s Go Bag Essentials

Orange Brigade

Orange Brigade Commander RC Murphy explains the reasons for her choices of essential Go Bag items…

Each Zombie Survival Crew brigade has specific items crew members should stock in their Go Bag so that when a geographical area goes into alert status and crew members meet at assigned gathering points there is a base supply of essential items. In addition to assigned gear, every individual should also add any items they want or need to have at the ready in the event of an emergency.


Go Bag Essentials:

  • Notebook: The Orange Brigade’s bread and butter is information. However, given how fragile the human mind it, sometimes important information is forgotten in the heat of battle… or a race to escape persistent UGA agents.
  • Pens: Yes, plural. Pens are necessary to write down information. They are also small, easy to lose, and sometimes fragile… as the pen I used to initially write this post chose to prove when I pulled it out of the bag to write. Ink Everywhere.
  • Tea: Caffeine is a wondrous thins. What? You don’t think so? Try approaching commander RC after she hasn’t had any caffeine for two days. Yeah, that’s what we thought. Powdered teas (RC prefers green tea) can be added to any temperature water for a quick pick-me-up.
  • Water: The CDC recommends packing a gallon of water per person, per day in your survival kit. Carrying that much water at a time will be difficult, but a dehydrated zombie slayer is a dead zombie slayer. Pack a couple gallons and keep an eye out for potential water sources. Make sure you purify it first!
  • Dried Fruit: Fruit contains essential nutrients. Carrying fresh fruit in your go bag is just begging for trouble (and really gross fruit jam at the bottom of your bag). Instead we suggest picking up some dried fruit. RC’s favorites are pineapple, apricot, raisins, and dried sweetened cranberries.
  • Nuts: Just like dried fruit, nuts contain essential nutrients that as survivors we will be lacking during the Zombiepocalypse. There is no way to guarantee a well-balanced meal, or heck, any meal at all on some days. Keep an emergency stash handy on days when food is scarce.
  • Knee-High or Tube Socks: These aren’t just a fashion statement. We are pretty sure that once the initial zombie attacks are dealt with, transportation will be impossible to find. And if you do, gas supplies won’t last much longer. Pack extra socks. Just when you are certain you cannot walk another step, change your socks. It will give your barking dogs a refresh, buying you more walking time to get to a Safe Haven.
  • Bowie Knife: The Orange Brigade commander actually packs more than one knife on her person at all times. Her all-time favorite is a folding bowie knife. The large blade is very sturdy, great for a multitude of uses, including a lightweight counter weapon to use alongside a sword.
  • Whetstone/Metal File: Take good care of your weaponry. That is something you will hear repeated throughout the ZSC ranks. A sword or knife without a sharp blade is useless. You may as well try decapitating a zombie with a spoon at that point!
  • Small First Aid Kit: Nothing gives away your location while on a covert mission like a blood trail. A small kit with gauze, bandages, antibiotic ointment, and a few other essentials (tweezers!) will keep your tail covered if injured in the line of duty. It will also extend your life expectancy. Hospitals will be obsolete in the Zombiepocalypse. We have to take care of ourselves.
  • Sewing Kit: Clothing, new clothing, will be impossible to find while on the run from the undead. Unless you are crazy enough to hole up in a department store, that is. We encourage brigade members to pack a sewing kit. You can patch up tears, make new clothes out of the scraps of others. And, brigade members can create disguises to trick the UGA. Neat, huh?