also, duct tape on your arms, a few layers, but not too tight. basically it’ll stop a zombie taking a chunk out of your arm if you’re reloading or your blade gets jammed in a zombie
wearing a wetsuit underneath your clothing would also be useful. remember; they were human once, humans have blunt teeth! you try biting through duct tape AND a wet suit
never duct tape joints, your movements will be limited, and you want to be fast and danger (gotta go fast)
don’t hole up in small houses either that’s a recipe for disaster, you want somewhere with a secure upstairs, and a way down from the upstairs that is zombie free or can easily be cleared of zombies (avoid fire exits with steps leading up to them though, unless they have gates at the bottom)
sound = attraction, so if you do have guns, use them only in emergencies or for the sake of popping one head you’ll be greeted with many many more
raid your local medical shops, and get there first, nobody is going to stop and share it out equally while they’re panicking. don’t hit out at somebody unless they hit out at you, though, you already have unintelligent corpses pitted against you, you don’t want sentient humans on your case as well (zombies don’t do the revenge thing, humans do!)
try not to piss people off, because as stated before, yes, humans like revenge
don’t try and be clever and use yourself as live bait; yes playing the hero is glorious in movies, but it doesn’t work so glamorously in real life
large numbers isn’t a good idea. you want small groups, even if you just branch out from being in a larger group, because if there’s a lot of you you are a bigger target, but don’t then go off and decide to be in groups that are too small in case you get surrounded (in which case, the duct tape and wet suits will come in handy)
food shouldn’t be that hard to come by, most people would have attempted to flee the area straight from their houses and packed what they had, raiding local shops could still be worth it. but remember, know your way in, your way out, and double check there’s nothing in the shop ready to sneak up behind you while you’re reaching up for that tin of beans
half balaclava masks or something similar to cover your lower face while fighting zombies could also be useful, you don;t want to accidentally ingest flying zombie fluids and end up one of them, that’d be a nasty surprise for your group to wake up to (since going solo possibly isn’t a good idea)
and always, ALWAYS, have a way to start a fire on you
I love my followers so you need to protect yourselves.
even better, defeat Pestilence before he can start the virus
This is relevant cause i’m in a zombie movie…
Axes and crowbars are not only perfect for killing zombies, they are also capable of breaking down secured doors.
And never ever ever travel at night. A zombie’s ability to hunt won’t be hindered by darkness, but yours will.
Forget about raiding shops for food. Chances are someone will have beat you to it, it’s not worth the risk. Learn to live off the land. Common nettles have almost all the nutrients you need on a daily basis, they are easy to prepare the prickly little bastards are everywhere. They might be bland, but they’ll keep you alive. Start learning edible plants now, because if you get the wrong one, it will kill you. On the flip side, knowing what’s good and bad to eat is not only a useful skill, it’s a marketable skill and it’s a weapon.
Learn how to make a sill for water and learn how to further clean and purify that water. A bottle of bleach can give you a lot of clean water and it’s not something people will think to take straight away.
If you’re getting medications, go for the bigger stuff. Strong anti-biotics, any prescription medicine you might need (like anti-seizure meds). The more basic stuff, like to clean out wounds, are something else you can use natural remedies for.
The first 72 hours are the most dangerous. Not because of the zombies but because of the people. Stay away from airports, train stations and bus stations. Stay away from hospitals and police stations. Where there are mass-crowds there are crowds of panicked people willing to do anything to survive whilst society crumbles around them. Shops you can risk but be cautious, because someone might kill you for what you have, even if it’s a packet of biscuits.
After 72 hours, the main chaos will have dissipated, unfortunately, it’s about the same amount of time it’ll take for the power grid to go down. Use those 72 hours, keep away from heavy population areas and start buildings up some natural supplies and weapons.
If you’ve got a gun, the one thing you need to do is throw it away immediately. In America, you’ve got a better chance with a gun, but they are loud, they are dangerous, they are temperamental and they will fail you. Whether it’s a jam, running out of bullets or becoming tired because it’s heavy, they WILL fail you. If you have the choice, choose a bow or a crossbow over a gun. Also, if you have the choice, go with a blunt melee weapon over a bladed melee weapon. Blades become dull and become blunt. They get stuck in the bodies and they also spray a lot of blood back too. The blunter the blade gets, the harder it’ll be to pull out of the zombie and use again. Even though it’ll take less than a second, those miliseconds build up and it only takes a few seconds to be overrun. A metal baseball bat, for instance, is sturdy, not that heavy, won’t get stuck and won’t get blunt. You might not kill as many zombies, but you can beat them to the ground with one swing or even just use it to push them back. Blunt melee weapons are also a LOT more common, especially considering people will immediately go for guns, make a load of noise and get eaten. This also contests 3. It’s easier to beat a zombie down with one blow than it is to cut off their head. If the blade doesn’t make it all the way through, which it won’t if it’s been blunted, you’re without a weapon, surrounded and dead. Also, if you’re going with a blunt melee, don’t use wood, use metal. A crowbar is brilliant, because it combines blunt and sharp, but they’re also heavy, which can make swinging it tiresome. Be mindful of weight. If you get a nice blunt melee weapon, swing it 20 times to see how tired it makes you feel. If you’re exhausted, chances are it’s too heavy.
When they say organise before they rise, it’d be best to get maps of your local area and plan multiple safe routes from your house and any common areas you visit. Go as fast as you can to the least populated area that you can. The countryside, where there’s only a few hourses every few miles is perfect. There will be plenty of natural means to eat and drink, not many people will immediately go that way, you can use the chaos to get out quick and begin defending. Then you wait until the first 72 hours are over and then you keep moving.
If you can get one, a lock-pick gun is great. They allow you to quickly and efficiently pick locks to get in and out of buildings. They’re quieter than breaking down the door and leave the room inside a lot more secure. If you don’t have a lock-pick gun, only pick a lock manually IF you have a team with you.
I also want to contest number 2. You should absolutely feel fear. Don’t feel so much fear that you freeze, but you should always be afraid. Feeling no fear at all makes you complacent. It makes you feel like nothing can stop you, which means something will, because you’ll make a mistake. If you’re worried about that fence, ABSOLUTELY check it again. If you’re worried about the reinforcements on the door, ABSOLUTELY check it again. If you’re worried you’re running low on supplies/ammo/water, ABSOLUTELY take stock of them again. Never stop feeling fear. Fear will keep you safe, it will keep you cautious. It will stop you taking unnecessary risks that will get you killed.
Zombies represent the majority of the threat, but they aren’t the most dangerous thing. Zombies are mindless beasts intent on eating you. Humans are beings of survival instinct, intelligence (said loosely) and the ability to kill you. Without society, which is the only thing that keeps the majority of people in some form of moral code, people will go to any lengths to survive, which means killing you and everyone you know for that packet of biscuits. Don’t trust anyone. You may need to develop a group at some point, but you need to be extremely careful. Some people will take you in and help you, others will put a bullet or a blade between your eyes without a second thought.
Research how to make bows and arrows. You can find the information online and they can be made from simple materials. Bows and arrows will be good for hunting, zombie killing and killing people/defending yourself.
Look up fire-making methods too. You can make fire from a condom filled with water. You can make it from simple materials found in a forest or woods or jungle. You can make fire with a magnifying glass or a bottle of water. If you don’t have a lighter or matches, these things will save your life.
Never judge the strength of a zombie by your own strength. Our strength is limited to our tolerance to pain. We can lift cars if we want to, but the pain in our muscles becomes too much for us to bear. If you’re stronger, the strain is lessened so there’s less pain. Zombies don’t feel pain. They will run headfirst into a wall, destroying their own brain in the process, without ever feeling anything. Their strength may seem super-human, almost, because they have no ability to feel pain. They could go through glass with one hit, pound away at wood until it’s broken and their hands at skinned to the bone, because they feel no pain. NEVER forget that and plan defenses accordingly. A defense that takes intelligence to get through will be far more effective than a trap that takes brute force.