ZOMBIES ARE COMING – Pack your Bug-Out bag! #AtoZChallenge

Posted by : | April 30, 2014

Create your Zombie-Apocalypse Survival Bug-Out Bag!

It is the last day of the A to Z Challenge. I decided to have a bit of fun. I had a zombiepalooza over at Cabin Goddess one year and we had a challenge and game about who could come up with the best bug-out bag.

This is for your bag, the one that is on your back, or at your side, or whatever. You have ONE hour to pack it and you have to follow the guidelines provided. (It looks like a lot but honestly it is fun, use no more than an hour just like the pack is one hour away and you know you have this time I was explicit as possible in directions)

Detail of a t-shit at iComix in Milan, ItalyYou can only pick one (unless it is noted otherwise such as with clothing and food) of EACH to pack, you have 30 minutes before you leave the house these are all available for you but again, only one from each bullet.)

HINT – Before you quickly decide, remember you have 30 minutes to decide and balance this out, many of these seem like just another choice for the same thing. If you use your 30 minutes right you may actually have a usable pack that can last till you find a safe place to restock.


Cowboy Points Gun at You(Having it either in bag, held or wherever you put it, this will not going to count towards your bag size but you get ONE)

      • Shotgun
      • handgun
      • crossbow 3 bolts
      • traditional bow 10 arrows steel practice tips
      • baseball bat (OK you can have it be a cricket bat but either or on this choice)
      • cross country ski pole


(you are already wearing a shirt, pants, under-clothing, socks, shoes and perhaps a hat or do-rag and over-shirt [flannel shirt, jean shirt, cardigan, wind breaker, hoodie or zipup sweatshirt or BDU top [NOT jacket]) NOW you get ONE EXTRA piece of clothing to grab.

  • survingWool Socks
  • Dust Mask
  • Rain Coat
  • Oilskin duster
  • Long Underwear
  • Down Coat
  • Extra socks
  • Mittens/Gloves (can be whatever you want, army issue, $1 grocery store specials whatever comes to YOUR MIND with this one)
  • Russian Bomber Hat (OK so I play too much S.T.A.L.K.E.R.)
  • combat jacket (US Style M65 Combat with liner zipped in)
  • Gas Mask (Necessity depends on calamity)
  • Boot Laces


(you can pick one MAIN eating, one prep, one cooking/container item – please indicate which part of the choice it is ie: iodine tabs for water purification)


  • Iodine Tablets (standard military issue with fifty tablets)
  • Pump Water Purifier
  • Fire Starters – Matches, Magnifying Glass, Magnesium, Flint and Steel (yes most of us carry all in one handy packet so this is a gimme)
  • 2 – 3 gallon cooking pot with lid (standard camping fair and one set of camping silverware is at the bottom)


  • 2 – 3 gallon cooking pot with lid (standard camping fair no silverware)
  • Military Issue Camelback (this comes with 5 iodine tablets)
  • Can-opener
  • Canteen for Water OR (you have to choose)
  • Canteen for Fuel

FOOD (ONE of these)

  • 5 MREs
  • Box of Protein Bars (24 pack)
  • three cans of beans
  • 2 lbs of rice w/ 1 lb of dried beans
  • 3 bottles of water

(Sure I mentioned the FIVE longest lasting but this is what you get in this quick prep when you don’t have a bug-out bag read!)

Survival toolsTOOLSONE Large or THREE small

  • Screwdriver (tip is magnetic and flips to either Phillips or flathead)
  • Adjustable Wrench
  • Compass
  • Collapsible Saw
  • Crowbar
  • Hunting Knife
  • Crank Flashlight
  • Can-opener
  • Carabiner
  • Needle and Thread
  • Binoculars
  • Letterman
  • Fishing Line and Hooks
  • First Aid Kit (fit in a glove box kind)
  • Magnesium Fire Starter


  • Tarp OR wool blanket
  • Map OR Book on edible plants

What would you add to that, remember it has to be available to grab or be in your closet. It will not be something like a bazooka … nope not happening! This could be a game, if you are interested in playing and want a copy I have made a copy available on Google Docs.

OK SO … it is the final one! WOW… Z we made it! We will be posting once or twice a week from now on. From more fun survival tips, zombie book reviews, horror discussions, flash fiction etc. ENJOY!

One Comment

  1. Posted May 2, 2014 at 2:16 am | Permalink

    Congratulations on finishing the Challenge.

    I hope I’ll never have to contend with making up a zombie apocalypse survival kit, but it sounds like how I used to pack for backpacking trips.

    An A to Z Co-Host

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