By Lindsay Craven
Emergency kits might inspire fear at the first mention of their name, but they aren’t necessarily tied to instances of disaster. Thanks to handy sites like Pinterest and Etsy, there’s inspiration for ways to create kits for both real emergencies, or for those little emergencies that life throws at us daily. This column will explore ideas of items that could be essential for various types of emergency kits, so that you can be inspired and start your own. This month we’re going to have fun with an emergency kit that will have you prepared for the zombie apocalypse. With the success of shows like The Walking Dead, this kit is sure to be a fun Halloween party favor or gift for that zombie lover in your life.
You’ll want to get creative. Depending on how thrifty you are, you can use anything from an old shoebox to an Army supply-tin container. Make sure to get in the spirit and add some wear-and-tear-look to it by painting or aging the container. Add the Halloween fun by splattering it with some red paint or fake blood and wrapping it in caution tape, or slapping on some great zombie stickers that are on the market now.
Every zombie apocalypse survivor needs a flashlight or headlamp. When you pack up your kit, you can fill the light with the batteries needed, or you can stock it with candy for a fun party favor or gift for a kid.
The zombie apocalypse is going to get boring from time to time, so you will need something to occupy your down time. Why not pick up some useful reading material now, before it flies off the shelf? The Zombie Survival Guide by Max Brooks is a go-to source for the most essential survival information.
Scrapes and bumps are going to happen when you’re fleeing a horde of zombies, so you have to make sure you’re stocked up on bandages. Watch out for the bites though, no amount of bandages can repair those! You can easily find great zombie Band-aids in most stores now, especially during October.
Your most important zombie kit item is obviously going to be your weapon. Whatever your weapon of choice may be, make sure it’s reliable and that your ammo can go a long way. Nerf makes several zombie toy weapons these days, and you can always pick up inexpensive toy weapons or water guns at your local dollar stores.
You may need to save battery life in your flashlight and not be able to risk giving away your location by burning a campfire, so some glow sticks will come in handy. They’re long-lasting, give off a lot of light and, of course, they’re fun.
Being on the run from brain-hungry zombies day in and day out can be exhausting. You’re definitely going to need to stock up with high-energy snacks and foods to keep your endurance up to stay 10 steps ahead. Depending on your preference, you can stock your kit with your recipients’ favorite candies, or you can go healthier with trail mix and dried fruit. It’s easy to find free printables to wrap your snacks in, if you really want to add to your kit.