The end is nigh! Not the end of the world of course, I’m talking about the end of October, which is obviously everyone’s favourite spooky season, Halloween. On the 31st of October we’ll see millions flood to the streets in costume enjoying the celebrations one way or another. But what if that wasn’t the case and it actually was the end of the world, and all those excited heads ready to party were actually mindless zombies??
Are you prepared? What’s your plan? What’s in your ‘survival kit’ should the worst happen? What would you do if the dead roamed the earth?
Whether you’re a fan of zombies or not, there is a big obsession with them in the world and pop culture today. Just look at the success of The Walking Dead and the recent Army of the Dead. This obsession even stretches so far that the Pentagon actually has a zombie survival plan. Zombies may be a work of fiction, but the fear of the undead is a very real thing.
As experts in the outdoors here at GO Outdoors, survival is something we know a little something about, so we’ve put together a list of items to you’ll need if the dead suddenly rise.
Fans of the outdoors will know, preparation is key to survival, Here’s just a few of the go-to items that we think should be in your zombie survival kit.
Taking what we know about surviving in the mountains and in varying weather on board, here’s what we at GO Outdoors would recommend having available to you if the worst happens; and the outdoor layering system is absolutely key to that.
The outdoor layering system is the process of layering up in the correct way to regulate your body temperature and tackle differing weather conditions. This is a fundemental part of survival. It’s much easier to layer up and layer down if you get too hot/too cold than it is if you’re just wearing thick layers for example.
So how does it work?
Lightweight wicking materials work best. These materials move moisture away from your body to keep your body temperature in check. This means that when you’re running around and sweating, your baselayer will move that sweat outwards. It’s important to avoid cotton as a baselayer, because cotton does not manage your sweat in this way, moisture will gather and cool down and even if you’re sweating, it will make you feel quite cold.
Your midlayer is often your insulation layer in colder conditions. Whether that be a fleece, or a down jacket in extreme cold. This layer is designed to keep you warm.
The protective shell for whatever weather you’re tackling. More often than not a waterproof layer to keep the rain out, but in dry, cold conditions this may be a down jacket as well.
What else should you consider?
If you’re on the run from the undead, you’d probably be forgiven for thinking running shoes may be the best choice of footwear, but we’re here to state the case for walking boots or army boots. Rugged soles for navigating varying terrain, secure ankle to stop you rolling your ankle and slowing down, tough exterior that could come in useful for kicking down doors of potential hiding places.
Get a helmet. Zombies like brains, if a zombie can’t get to your brain, then you’re in with a better chance of survival.
As you can see, there’s a lot to think about when constructing your zombie survival plan, so sit down, get out your notepad and start making plans now. While your friends are running to the local supermarket for the last few loaves of bread, you’ll be heading to the one-stop zombie survival shop.
Hopefully you won’t have to fend off the dead this Halloween but at least you’re prepared if they are! Whatever your plans are this Halloween this year, we hope you make the most of it and have a blast!