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I went for a walk in the woods today with my husband as part of my zombie apocalypse preparedness plan.  We had driven to IHOP for breakfast and then had a few hours to kill before my husband was supposed to play soccer.  I decided that instead of going to see a movie or taking a nap at the soccer park, we should go for a walk.  It occurred to me that maybe getting fit isn’t some momentous choice like taking part in a marathon, as much as it is small choices to walk instead of nap.

While we were in the woods, I asked my husband what he would do if there were a zombie apocalypse and we had to bring supplies from our apartment and go somewhere to hide.  He thought we should go to cave, but I pointed out that most caves don’t have a food supply and they only have one entrance, which would make you vulnerable to being trapped and starving, or being overrun by a zombie horde.  I thought it would be smarter to hide somewhere like a mall.  Most malls don’t have a lot of windows, and they have clothes and a food court, so at least as a start you’d be able to fortify a certain section and make small excursions when you need more food.  Eventually most of the food would probably go bad, but I thought it would be a good place to start.

We don’t have much in the way of emergency preparedness supplies.  We’re not the type of people who stocked up for Y2K or keep earthquake kits hanging around.  However, just about everyone should be able to grab these things from where they live:

-a big kitchen knife

-matches

-a first aid kit

-a blanket

-some cans and water bottles

-batteries

-a flashlight

It would be nice if you had  a radio, a machete, maps, or water purifying tablets, but these are just not things I keep on hand.  Frankly if the zombie apocalypse does come I just won’t have those materials.  Also it would probably be very important to learn how to siphone gas off of other vehicles for when the gas stations run out, but eventually even the gas in stranded cars will be used up.

What troubles me most is the notion that in the unlikely event of some terrible dystopian catastrophe, there won’t be any way to take books with me.  I read a few books a week, so there’s just no way there would be enough new reading material to sustain me unless I hole up in library.  Maybe when it’s clear that disaster is imminent I could buy a kindle and download massive amounts of books since credit card debt wouldn’t matter, and then get some kind of generator.

What would you take if you could only bring items you already have that would fit in your car?

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