Purple Brigade Commander LK Gardner-Griffie, aka the Oracle, 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:
- Toilet Paper – This one should be readily apparent to everyone who has ever run out of toilet paper on a camping trip. The options available to you are not pretty, and unless you know your flora and fauna cold, you could end up with a hellacious rash, right where you’d rather not discuss. Come the Zombiepocalypse, toilet paper will be the commodity which puts you at the head of the table for bargaining. If you have an ample supply, and others do not, you are in a prime position because they will give anything… repeat anything… to get their hands on some. And the thought of being without toilet paper is nothing short of shudder-making to me. It is the stuff of which nightmares are born. And yes, I am a self-confessed toilet paper hoarder — deal with it.
- Laptop – I recognize that there are situations in which the laptop will be more useless than carrying a big ol’ stone around. BUT I am still going to want to have mine with me for those occasions when I do find a power source, or an internet connection. Or simply for carrying information I’m going to need. The battery will last for a little while, used sparingly. And if it does so happen that electricity and internet access continue uninterrupted, we’ll be able to keep on top of the pulse of the situation via news feeds and Twitter. And the reason I put Twitter in there is that I have found out more information on Twitter before I have seen it in a news feed. All information must be verified, but the faster we get it, the faster it can be verified. So, for the Purple Brigade, the data crunchers, the analysts of the crew, the laptop is an essential piece of equipment. How else will we monitor the check-ins at the resupply stations?
- Glass Pane – Now this might seem like a dangerous item to carry with you. And I’ll admit, it will be the most prone to getting broken, but take care with it, because having a glass pane with you can be beneficial. It’s primary use will be as an intensifier of sunlight and can be used to help heat items, start fires, etc. And if necessary, can be combined with some of our other essentials to MacGyver a type of solar panel. And when you’ve been running through the wild and are approaching civilization and need to freshen up, combined with tin foil you’ll have a rudimentary mirror, so you don’t scare any live people you approach.
- Copper Wire – Excellent conductor of electricity. It can be used in the making of bombs, and for creating electricity (with the use of magnets so you might want to sneak a few of those in as well). Copper wire is strong, non-corrosive — which is important when you don’t know the types of conditions you may be working under — and compatible with other connectors. And if push comes to shove and you find yourself in hand to hand combat with zombies, a good length of copper wire can be used as a garrote – twist it up, maybe have some spikes sticking out, and you’re good to go — sever the neck of that oncoming zombie.
- Tin Foil – While I said tin foil, I really mean aluminum foil. This is a multipurpose item. You can use it for cooking — wrap anything in tin foil and throw it on the fire for a bit. Wrapping food so the smell is contained — this not only applies to zombies identifying your location, but animals, and other people who will kill you for your food. It also can be used as a rudimentary means of storing electricity as long as you have an insulator such as newspaper, wax paper, or mylar (the best insulator for use with foil). Foil can also be formed into a cup or used as a plate, should you need to do so.
- Water – I think this one should be self-explanatory. Without a drinkable water supply, you’re dead.
- Tea – While coffee is generally considered the juice that will keep the crew members moving forward, for me tea is more essential. Depending on the variety it can pep you up, or calm you down. It is full of antioxidants, and keeps my brain ticking along. And the last thing command wants is for my brain to stop ticking.
- Toe Warmers – Depending on conditions, toe warmers may be essential. When my feet are cold, I can’t think, I can’t sleep, I can’t function. Not a good state to be in if you’re trying to outwit zombies. And if my feet are warm, the rest of me is warm too. My feet do get cold easily, so I learned a while ago to keep toe warmers with me — if necessary they can be used to warm up cold fingers as well to help your aim with crossbow, gun, or knife. They’re compact and last for hours.
- Paraffin Wax – Easily melted and has restorative properties for sore muscles. The situation will be anything but normal, and I’m going to guess that sore muscles will abound. It can also be used for making molds of items if needed.
- Tool Kit – This should go without saying. You never know when you’ll need tools to repair something on the fly — and we will be on the fly — so a compact tool kit may be the thing that makes the difference between life and death.
- Mini-car starter – Think of this as a small but mighty power supply. Inexpensive, compact to carry, but can jump a car if necessary. Although I’m not sure I’d recommend jumping a car. Who knows whether there will be gasoline available? Save it for igniting diversionary bombs.
- Protein Powder – Food may be an issue, so carrying a supply of protein with you is a must. Liquid pre-mixed protein drinks are nice, but a luxury when every pound on your back counts. Protein is necessary for strength and without it your body simply will not function well. We need to keep ourselves in tip-top condition — well as much as we can in the circumstances — so protein is a must. A couple of pounds of protein powder can keep you going for a week and a half (worst case scenario), which should give you time to reach one of the ZSC resupply stations.
- Fertilizer – I’m sure that some of you thought I had lost my mind by putting fertilizer as a go bag essential. And I’ll admit it does sound a bit suspect, but read on because you’ll see the value of fertilizer (which will not be used to grow things) in the next point…
- Oil – Take some motor oil, mix it with the fertilizer you brought, pack it tightly into a container, connect the container to the mini-car starter with the copper wire and BOOM!!!!! You have just created an ANFO bomb. Plant a few of these in the path of the oncoming hordes and watch the body parts fly.
- Duct Tape – Essential. Period. Useful for all types of repairs, keeping people securely fastened to chairs, and can be used to secure the aforementioned bomb. Duct tape is the item which will keep the Zombie Survival Crew together.