When the zombies strike, there won’t be time to double-check what’s packed in your bugout bag. Don’t forget to include these commonly forgotten but essential items in your pack. It could be the difference between life or death in a zombie apocalypse.
UV-Blocking Clothing: The sunscreen that’s packed in your first aid kit won’t last forever, and it’s important to keep your skin protected from the sun’s harmful UV rays. Choose clothing that offers sun protection. Outfitters like Columbia and Patagonia use special dyes, fibers, and treatments to manufacture clothing with this added protection.
Sunglasses: Just like your skin, your eyes will need to be protected from the sun. It’s important to protect your eyes on cloudy days and in the snow as well. Revant Optics offers a selection of UV-resistant replacement lenses that are compatible with Oakley frames. Pack along a few sets of spare lenses to ensure your eyes stay safe if your current lenses become damaged.
Hats: Wearing a wide-brimmed hat can decrease your chances of getting a sunburn when you’re running from the undead. Hats can help to keep you shaded and cool in extreme heat.
Cold Weather Gear
Long Underwear: Your base layer can be the difference between life or death in an extreme cold situation. Choose a first layer that’s made from wool or high-tech yarns. Some find wool to be itchy and irritating, so choose wisely or risk discomfort.
Waterproof Coat: In addition to keeping you dry in wet conditions, rain coats can also be used as a still to collect drinkable rainwater.
Gloves: Gloves are essential if you want to survive an extreme-cold situation with all of your digits intact. Select a pair of gloves that have waterproof outers and a fleece lining to keep your hands warm. It’s wise to bring multiple pairs, just in case.
Essentials for Any Condition
Wool Socks: Cotton socks are not fit for zombie survival situations, because they absorb sweat and take too long to dry, which leads to blisters that can slow you down. Wool socks that fit snugly can keep your feet warm and dry, and are a must in cold weather.
Extra Boot Laces: Protecting your feet from the extreme cold is essential, but if one of your boot laces snaps you’re at risk of exposure. Ensure that you escape frostbite by packing an extra set of boot laces in your bugout bag. Don’t just use any shoelace—use a military-grade rope. These types of laces will stand up to harsh conditions.
Paracord Bracelet: These bracelets are no fashion statement. The paracord bracelet or “survival bracelet” is made from a lightweight nylon rope material. The American retailer Survival Straps constructs their bracelets from military-grade material, and in an emergency situation, you simply unravel the bracelet—it could help you get out of a jam. These bracelets can be used as fishing line, a tourniquet, a splint, and even to help construct a makeshift shelter.