Zombie Apocalypse Gear: 25 Essentials for Survival

Dec 4, 2019

Category: Gear

If you are like us, not a day goes by that you stop thinking about the inevitable zombie apocalypse on the horizon – but what are we really doing to prepare ourselves? We know we will need plenty of survival tools and weapons to fight off the undead, but with so much gear on the market, where should you start? We’ve taken all the guess work out of the equation for you, and sorted 25 essential items for the zombie takeover. Combined with a solid strategy and plan of action, these tools could help  you survive the end of the world as we know it.

Gerber Apocalypse Kit

1. Gerber Apocalypse Kit

Knives are quite possibly the most essential item on the list. Not only are they great for killing zombies, but they will also come in handy elsewhere. While we could have listed out a ton of different knives you could pick up, we figured it’s better to bundle things in a canvas constructed package designed specifically for an outbreak. [Purchase]

Tactical Sammich 0

2.  Tactical Sammich

That $5 Footlong from Subway isn’t going to make it past 72 hours. Each individually packaged meal will has a 2 year shelf life, 300 calories,  and comes in your choice of either honey BBQ beef or pepperoni flavored. [Purchase]

Lifesaver Bottle

3. Lifesaver Water Bottle

Fresh water is a must. As humans, we literally can’t survive without it. Chances are that bottled water will be hard to come by, so you need to make do with natural resources. This water bottle will remove any virus, bacteria or fungi from 750ml of water in just 60 seconds. [Purchase]

Coleman Expedition First Aid Kit

4. Coleman Expedition First Aid Kit

The folks at Coleman put together a 200 piece first aid kit designed for the great outdoors, and even comes packed in a semi-hard protective case. [Purchase]

M4 Tactical Crossbow

5. M4 Tactical Crossbow

Zombies are drawn to sound, which makes guns a last resort when being attacked. Anyone that watches The Walking Dead knows just how badass a crossbow can be in a post-apocalyptic world – thanks to Darryl Dixon of course. This one comes equipped with a red dot sight, LED flashlight, Wolf’s Eye Blue Light gun attachments, and is backed by 180 pounds of draw weight to accurately shoot 8mm steel ball bearings. [Purchase]

Dead On Annihilator Superhammer 1

6. Dead On Annihilator Superhammer

This heavy duty hammer was created specifically for a zombie outbreak equipped with a bottle opener, multi-purpose wrench, nail puller, chisel, and demolition axe. Perfect for skull crushing. [Purchase]

Blackhawk SOLAG HD Kevlar Gloves

7.  Blackhawk S.O.L.A.G. HD Kevlar Gloves

Sometimes you will have to punch a zombie in the face, and you want to make sure you are well protected. These Blackhawk gloves are the best in the business, constructed from DuPont Kevlar and high quality treated leathers. The hard shell plates will protect the back of your hands without affecting dexterity. [Purchase]

511 Tactical Field Ops Watch

8. 5.11 Tactical Field Ops Watch

More than just a watch, this device comes equipped with a SureShot calculator and digital compass. Waterproof up to 30 meters, and constructed from a high density polycarbonate frame, this thing was built for toughness. [Purchase]


9.  Fox Titan Sport Jacket Upper Body Armor

Riot gear is just too heavy and bulky, but this Fox body armor fits the bill nicely. The lightweight, flexible hard plastic will provide protection while still keeping you mobile. [Purchase]

Thermal-Eye X-50 Thermal Imaging Camera

10. Thermal-Eye X-50 Thermal Imaging Camera

Zombie killing is a 24-7 job. If you think the undead will stop coming through the early morning hours, you have another thing coming. Make sure you see them coming in pure darkness with this device.  Lightweight, waterproof and shock resistant, this is the perfect set of eyes for the night. [Purchase]

Leatherman MUT EOD Multi-Tool

11. Leatherman MUT EOD Multi-Tool

Multi-tools are a given in any survival situation. This multi-tool comes complete with stainless steel handles, wire cutters, serrated knife, needle nose and regular pliers, saw, hammer, and a whole lot more. While you may not be equipped with an assault rifle when the world ends, you are sure to acquire one at some point during your journeys on post-apocalyptic Earth. Which is exactly why the firearm disassembly punch, cleaning rod and brush adapters are great additions to an already solid multi-tool.  It even comes in a black sheathe for easy transport. [Purchase]

Personal Locator Beacon

12. Personal Locator Beacon

There’s a good chance there are other survivors out there, and the ACR Aqualink personal locator beacon is the perfect way to help them find you. The beacon comes equipped with internal GPS, 5 year battery life, and will send a distress call for anyone looking for survivors. [Purchase]

Wolverine Steel Toe Boots

13. Wolverine Steel Toe Boots

A good pair of steel toe boots is a must. We love Wolverine because the brand always delivers high quality work boots at prices that don’t break the bank. This particular model features a full grain leather upper paired with a manmade sole, and of course that steel safety toe. [Purchase]

Vanguard Endeavor ED Binocular

14. Vanguard Endeavor ED Binocular

These top of the line binoculars will help you identify friend and foes far beyond what your eyes can see. The binoculars are completely waterproof, feature 8.5x magnification, 45mm objective lens, and the fact that they have a lifetime warranty tells us they were built to last. [Purchase]

M48 Kommando Ranger Hawk Axe Spike

15. United Cutlery M48 Kommando Ranger Hawk Axe

This lightweight axe features a stainless steel blade that is perfect for silent kills. This thing also comes wrapped with 14 feet of removable paracord, carabiner, and military style compass. [Purchase]

The Friendly Swede Paracord Survival Bracelet

16.  The Friendly Swede Paracord Survival Bracelet

Constructed from extra beefy paracord held together by a stainless steel D shackle, this thing is worth its weight in gold. Originally used for US parachute lines during WWII, the lightweight nylon rope has proven to be useful in literally hundreds of survival applications in the wild.  [Purchase]

UltraFire Tactical LED Flashlight

17. UltraFire Tactical LED Flashlight

There’s no questions about it, you will need a flashlight. While you could spend an arm and a leg on a good flashlight, this UltraFire tactical flashlight is perfect for job, and won’t set you back too much. Features include 1000 Lumen output, 3 separate modes, water resistant aluminum alloy design, and of course can be mounted to a tactical rail. [Purchase]

Maxpedition Falcon-II Backpack 1

18. Maxpedition Falcon-II Backpack

It would be impossible to carry all of this gear without a good backpack. The team at Maxpedition have designed a durable bag built specifically for outdoor adventures. The built-in hydration pack is a nice bonus feature. [Purchase]


19. Mossberg 500 Pump-Action Shotgun

While we don’t think guns should be the weapon of choice, there will certainly be situations where one is needed. From the extensive research we’ve done (watching every zombie movie and television show out there) shotguns seem to be the most practical gun when it comes to killing zombies – and who better than Mossberg? [Purchase]

Mountain Hardwear Phantom Down Sleeping Bag

20.  Mountain Hardwear Phantom Down Sleeping Bag

Whether you’re sleeping in an abandoned house, or a cave in the woods, you will need a good sleeping bag. With an EN rating of 29 degrees, this sleeping bag will help keep you warm during those cold nights. [Purchase]

Zippo Emergency Fire Starter Kit

21. Zippo Emergency Fire Starter Kit

While there are better fire starter kits out there, we know that many of you are not being trained by Bear Grylls the day before the zombie apocalypse. With that being said, we need products that are easy to operate. We’re sure that after years of lasting in Hell on Earth, you’re sure to adapt. In the meantime, this will help you easily start a fire thanks to the built in flint wheel lighter. The orange metal safety case is also water resistant, so it should last you a while. [Purchase]

HK P2000 Pistol

 22. Heckler & Koch P2000 Pistol

Again, guns are not the first choice of defense against zombies, but you do need one for emergency situations. Really any 9 mm should do the trick, but we like the HK P2000. [Purchase]

Eye Tactical Helmet with Mask and Drape

23. Eye Tactical Helmet with Mask and Drape

When the going gets tough, you’re going to need to keep your face protected from the flesh eating monsters with a solid facemask/helmet combo. Developed specifically for military training programs, this setup is ideal for any zombie fighting occasion. [Purchase]

18 Key Professional Bump Key Set

24. 18 Key Professional Bump Key Set

Sure you’ll have no problem kicking down those flimsy doors on those dilapidated buildings, but you will definitely need keys to get to the good stuff. This professional bump key set comes with 18 keys, ensuring you will have the right tool for every job. [Purchase]

Cold Steel Brooklyn Smasher Unbreakable Baseball Bat

25. Cold Steel Brooklyn Smasher Unbreakable Baseball Bat

There’s something about cracking a zombie over the head with a baseball bat that has us feeling like kids on Christmas. If you’re going to go this route, make sure your equipped with one of these bad boys. Made from a durable polypropylene, this baseball bat is nearly indestructible. [Purchase]

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