Purple Brigade Go Bag Essentials

Purple Brigade

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.

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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.

Lt Blue Brigade Go Bag Essentials

Lt Blue Brigade

Lt Blue Brigade Commander Anthony Guajardo explains the reasons for his 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.

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Go Bag Essentials:

  • Sneakers – If you don’t know why you need sneakers than you shouldn’t be in the Lt. Blue Brigade! No, seriously… as members of the advance attack team, conducting recon in the face of the enemy, we need to be able to move with stealth. Any sound could alert the hordes, and instead of our gathering intelligence to formulate a plan of attack, the zombies are gathering lunch.
  • Camouflage clothing – We have to keep to the shadows In order to cut off heads the right way 😉 We need to pursue every advantage available to us, so blending into our surroundings becomes a key critical factor for our success. The more we can do undetected, the better.
  • Eye black – Just cuz it looks cooooool – well, that and no one wants to be discovered while blending in with their surrounds because the sunlight is glinting off your cheeks. C’mon, now!
  • Rappelling equipment – Of course being in this brigade means being a total badass which of course means you have to pack like one… even though I personally am afraid of heights. But you never know when that equipment will mean the difference between living and becoming one of the undead.
  • Utility knives – Essential all purpose tools. Cutting open supplies, cutting through minor brush — although for that I prefer my machete, and you never know when you might need to hurl one with accuracy to stop an oncoming walker.
  • K-rats – While these rations are not the best tasting in the world, they will allow you to survive in adverse conditions, they are light to carry — which may be essential when retreat and regrouping is necessary. They provide the base nutrition to keep an army on it’s feet, and if you don’t think this is war, you’ve got another thing coming, baby.
  • Beef Jerky – Just in case you run into big foot ;D Jerky is a good source of protein, and let’s face it, we need to keep this brigade a lean, mean, fighting machine.
  • Dog Kibble – Gotta save to pups! Dogs are an essential part of the Lt Blue Brigade. They can smell so much better than we can and will detect the rotting hordes sooner. We must use every advantage. And just as we need to keep our strength up, we need to ensure our furry friends have the proper nutrition as well.
  • Duct Tape – – THE MOST important tool of all, it can fix anything!

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.

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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?

Green Brigade Go Bag Essentials

Green Brigade

Green Brigade Commander IronE Singleton explains the reasons for his 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.

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Go Bag Essentials:

  • Hand sanitizer – Healthy body, healthy mind, healthy spirit. That is what drives most of the choices in the Green Brigade Go Bag. And really, do you want to be eating with zombie-goo on your hands?
  • Surgical mask – Depending on the nature of the virus that erupts, transmission may be as simple as a miniscule particle finding its way into your mouth. And with the other pollutants likely to be floating around a disaster scenario – such as rotting corpses or fuel depot fires – a little extra protection may go a long way.
  • Dried fruit, nuts – Fighting off hordes of zombies and the physical exertion of basic survival will take a toll on the body. Combine this with what is likely to be a less-than-healthy diet for survivors, and a few well-chosen snacks will help maintain strength.
  • Water bottle, water purification tablets – Hailing from the South where the summers are long and hot, I know first-hand the importance of remaining hydrated.
  • Plastic bags for disposal – When normal sanitation and garbage collection systems go down, it won’t take long for a living situation to be overrun by germs…and bugs. Let’s just leave it there, shall we?
  • Safety goggles – Smoke from fires, blood from walker kills or weather-related interference can cut visibility to almost nil. In any disaster situation visual intel is vital to survival.
  • Flashlight – Reliable electricity supply is likely to be one of the first ‘comforts’ to disaster in a disaster situation but that shouldn’t mean you go without light. Solar-powered if you can find it, or consider packing extra batteries.
  • Multi-purpose tool – A Swiss army knife-type tool is a must-have in any survival situation and can help meet food, shelter, defense and first aid needs. Need I say more?
  • Duct tape – As with the multi-purpose tool, a roll of duct tape has potential uses almost too numerous to count. It’s value cannot possibly be overstated.

Yellow Brigade’s Go Bag Essentials

Yellow Brigade

Yellow Brigade Commander Jinxie G 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:

  • We think coffee is pretty self-explanatory. All that caffeine will be needed, especially if one has a night watch. And yes, there will be night watches because zombies are active at night.
  • Twinkies are paramount simply because the movie Zombieland created the link for Jinxie, so now whenever she thinks about zombies, Twinkies come to mind and let the cravings begin.
  • A first aid kit for those minor injuries because, let’s be honest, we don’t want the scent of blood traveling through the air, so bind those wounds, people! And don’t carry blood-stained clothing with you. Have we not learned anything from movies like Jurassic Park: Lost World and The Edge?
  • Jinxie has a thing for knives. While she suggests butterfly knives because they are simple and easy to find, she prefers her daggers. Especially her Isis dagger. Just look at the jagged edges on that baby. What’s not to love about that?
  • A whet stone in order to sharpen the blades is important to have on hand. It’d be kind of difficult to put a knife in something if it has a dull blade and won’t really have the effect one desires.
  • While all nuts are a good source of protein, Jinxie prefers cashews above all others, especially if the honey roasted kind can be found.
  • Jinxie absolutely hates having a dry mouth, so she always has candy on her of some sort, but she prefers Butterscotch discs, and we aren’t talking about that generic crap.
  • Walkie talkies are essential, especially when having to scout city blocks. This way, crew members can cover two to three streets, yet still be within range of one another if needed.
  • Everyone should have MREs in their Go Bags. They are simple planned meals that may or may not taste like crap, but hey, if our soldiers can live off these meals, so can we when the zombies strike. They can give us the nutrition and energy we will need during tough times.
  • Since water will be somewhat limited, baby wipes can offer a quick cleansing because quite frankly, we don’t want to go back to the Dark Ages and have diseases like the Bubonic plague return. *briefly wonders if rat zombies are a possibility and shudders at the thought*
  • Since there will no longer be clothing manufacturers, and we doubt anyone would want to attempt a shopping spree during the Zombiepocalypse—although Jinxie might be up for that with enough cover—a sewing kit is essential to any Go Bag for minor repairs of tears and such made during any fight with the horde. Also? It kind of works for stitches too, in case that’s missing from the first aid kit.
  • Jinxie loves to cook, and to cook without spices is considered sacrilege to her Italian heritage, so all Yellow Brigade members should have some spices from their region within their Go Bags. Just because there’s a Zombiepocalypse, it doesn’t mean we can’t eat good food!
  • Multi-vitamins and Super B-complex vitamins are essential because our diet will become limited once the Zombiepocalypse begins. Besides, those B vitamins give us energy! We’re going to need that to escape the horde.
  • A teapot is needed for multiple reasons: to make coffee, to make tea, and to boil water for many purposes.
  • We may need a frying pan in our Go Bags for cooking and the occasional handy-dandy weapon when none other can be found at our disposal. Besides, not all food can be cooked on a stick over a fire.
  • And the most important item for every Go Bag is . . . No, Sean, it’s not rope . . . duct tape. This wonderful roll of beauty can do anything, be anything, fix damn near anything. And? It works very well in keeping our Commander-in-Chief out of trouble. *snorts* Quick! Hide the duct tape!

 

*note: this is just a mock up of our Go Bags and not what they will look like once designed

 


Blue Brigade’s Go Bag Essentials

Blue Brigade

Blue Brigade Commander Norman Reedus explains the reasons for his 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.

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Go Bag Essentials:

  • Rope: Hey, Charlie Bronson always has rope, so should you. One never knows when you will need to scale down a cliff. Rope also comes in handy in camp. Can’t leave stored food at ground level, bears and wild cats will be drawn to it and eat all your food.
  • Compass: The Blue Brigade are the ZSC’z navigators. They must know which direction they are going in at all times in order to lead crewmembers to the next Safe Haven on the map.
  • Hunting Knife: This slightly larger knife is not only useful for hand-to-hand combat against the undead. A hunting knife can also be used to clean animals killed for food, cut small pieces of wood into kindling, or, really, any multitude of uses. It is a perfect multipurpose tool for the Zombiepocalypse.
  • Energy Drink (liquid or powdered): As much as we hate to admit it, coffee will be a precious commodity come the end of days. To get a jolt of energy without paying the price, we suggest stocking up on energy drinks. Do note that energy powders take up less room in your go bag.
  • Slingshot: Not as effecting as a gun, but a slingshot is a quick alternative. Use this simple device to stun a zombie or small animal for dinner. Ammunition is easy; just search the ground for a few small rocks.
  • Blanket: Warmth will be ahrd to come by when the undead rise. Fires during the night will draw attention to the location of your camp or Safe Haven. A simple blanket isn’t much, however you will be kicking yourself is your go bag is without on cold nights under the stars.
  • Two Shirts: The Blue Brigade isn’t afraid to get down and dirty. However, that doesn’t mean they want to walk around looking no better off than a zombie. Keep a couple of spare shirts handy to change in to until you reach a stream or lake to wash the muck off.
  • Jeans: Same idea as the shirts, only jeans are a tad more durable. Keep a clean pair on hand for after a good fight.
  • Hammer and Nails: Sometimes a Safe Haven isn’t exactly… safe. It is the job of crew members to board up potential weak areas in the building. Wood should be easy enough to come by, so pack a hammer and nails. It will speed up the process of securing your Safe Haven.
  • Lighter/Waterproof Matches: Fire is essential to survival. Not only do you need it to cook, but also, fresh water in the Zombiepocalypse will be virtually non-existent. Water will need to be boiled to ensure it is safe to ingest.
  • Canned Pasta Meals and Oreos: The simple things will keep spirits up during tough times. Comforting foods that remind you of better times will give you the mental kick in the pants you need to rise another day and fight to save humanity from the undead menace.

Red Brigade Go Bag Essentials

Red Brigade

Red Brigade Commander Juliette Terzieff 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.

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Go Bag Essentials:

  • One week supply of coffee – This item is priority number one for Red Brigade. For those who know me, the explanation is probably unnecessary, but for new recruits to the Red Brigade you should be warned. I am forever on the go, always overworked, and absolutely positively never to be found un-caffeinated. Red Brigade leads the charge into any battle – and all members need to be alert and ready.
  • Energy drink (liquid or powder) – This item is a “for use in case of emergency” back-up for a diminishing coffee supply or for those who *shudders* don’t regularly drink coffee.
  • Teapot – The teapot is a triple-use tool that can brew coffee, boil/purify water or be used to clock a zombie over the head if really desperate. Enough said.
  • Small camping stove – The stove is the mechanism Red Brigade members will use to heat the teapot and any other food supplies, including fresh meat procured as a result of hunting.
  • Fuel canisters – A ready-to-light fuel source is easier than rubbing sticks together, though I’m not averse to doing the latter. But in a world gone to hell it will be nice to have something “easy” on those days when the battles with walkers a particularly fierce.
  • A firestarter – This can be a lighter or waterproof matches, and again will save us from having to rub sticks together at every stop.
  • Chocolate – Does this one really need explanation? Everything is just…better with chocolate. Heck, I could be trapped in a small place surrounded by zombies with no hope of escape and chocolate bar (or Reese’s Cup) would still make me smile.
  • Multi-vitamins – Unlike the chocolate, multi-vitamins actually provide real value to the body. When Z-day hits, we’re going to be moving fast and hard, expending energy and lacking a proper diet. The multi-vitamins will help keep our bodies fortified.
  • All-purpose knife tool – Picking a lock, opening a can, freeing a member of Blue Brigade that has gotten tangled in their rope *clears throat*; the possible uses for a multi-purpose tool in a survival situation are too numerous to count.
  • Chapstick – The inclusion of the Chapstick comes from a pet peeve of mine. Not only do I go ballistic when my own lips are cracked, hard and achy, but I just can’t stand to watch someone else chewing bits of dried flesh off their cracked-up lips. Ewww.
  • Hat, leather gloves and wool socks – All three of these items will be worth their weight in gold once winter sets in. The leather gloves can also be used as a protection measure – zombies will have a hard time biting through the leather to nibble on your extremities.
  • Dental Floss – Beyond oral hygiene uses dental floss can be used like rope to tie things together (for example, when erecting an impromptu shelter from inclement weather) or to help procure food on hunting trips (as emergency fishing line or to place bait in a trap). And don’t forget it is thin and not easily detectible, especially in rough terrain, when tied between two objects like trees to act as a trip wire. You never know when that will come in handy.
  • Basic kit of Band-Aids, gauze and tape – There is very little chance that an emergency survival situation is going to unfold without some scrapes and bruises to every crew member. While a band aid won’t do much against a zombie bite, some Neosporin and a well-placed hunk of cotton with a band aid to secure it will bring much needed relief to blistered toes and trigger fingers.
  • Duct tape – Other ZSC Commanders will say the duct tape is to be used on your truly whenever I begin running around in circles screaming – fair enough. But duct tape can also be put to use in a variety of other situations. Really.