Apr 24, 2013 Taimoor Hafeez
You wake up one morning and find out that it wasn’t the alarm that woke you up but desperate shouting and screaming from outside your room. Soon you realize the noise is coming from all around the house; outside, in fact. You quickly look outside the window and see people running around haphazardly, police sirens in the distance, a glass breaking somewhere close by. Suddenly you hear a loud boom, like you do when fireworks go off, except you know that was no firework, this was too close, too loud, and it actually rocked your house.
You think it’s a nightmare, until you walk outside your room and see nobody’s in the house. The front door is broken in and everything’s a mess. And blood splatter on the wall, and long trails following outside the main door. You slowly creep towards it, well aware of the police sirens closing in and the screaming getting louder. You hear somebody weeping close by, and as you take a careful peak outside, you see…
Now you can do either of two things, run back in while locking the door and call for help, failing and then probably end up being dead, or, remembering the top 5 gadgets Tbreak advised you to have for just such a situation, grab them and then head out for safety. It’s you versus this world of the living dead. You can’t count on anyone, all you need to do is find some safety, and then head out to find your friends and family and hope they’re alive.
On this ruinous journey of yours, you can grab many things that will help keep you alive, like an axe, a gun, a map, all the knowledge you’ve learnt over the years from watching, reading and playing about everything on zombies, and, of course, some common sense. These gadgets, however, will help you on your journey, giving you that edge in survival other people who haven’t seen this article might not have.
So without further dilly dallying, here are the essential thing you need to survive the zombie apocalypse:
The first thing you need to ensure is that you’re keeping up with what’s happening around you. Undoubtedly the government or local emergency services have setup broadcasts to let people know what the hell is actually going on. More importantly where you can find shelter. Of course, as we’ve seen from movies and books, these are exactly the kind of places you should avoid because sooner or later there’s going to be some infected person let in who will turn that safe zone into another mass of roaming dead people. So listen where people are being amassed, and then go in the opposite direction.
The $80 Kaito Voyager Pro has a shortwave AM/ FM/ LW radio with built-in calendar, alarm (don’t use that!) thermometer, and an LED powered lamp and flashlight. Powered by a hand cranking dyno, the Kaito Voyager Pro’s radio alone can be powered by a built-in solar cell. And if you have enough juice in it, you can also charge your smartphone that you happen to bring along with you when you ran out of your house. This all-in-one device will give you light when you most need it, while also keeping you in the loop on what’s happening around you.
Once you’re out and about, you need something to eat. Ain’t no fast food restaurants operating once the zombie outbreak occurs, so you’re left to your own culinary skills. Hopefully you mother taught you a thing or two about fixing yourself a meal.
At $130, the BioLite CampStove is pretty expensive, but given that you can burn any biomass in it, and it converts that energy into charging your aforementioned smartphone, you not only have a small fire to cook and boil water, you also get to keep you phone up and running, getting to use Google Maps for as long as it lasts. Or until your data plan lapses.
Having a small campfire means that it doesn’t attract zombies, or better yet, other stray humans who’d do anything to get their hands on everything you’ve got.
Speaking of water, you’ll often find yourself thirsty in the rotting landscape around you; which means water won’t be freely available. And even when it is, you won’t always have the time to boil it and then drink, sometimes you just need to quench your thirst immediately. Like drinking ice cold Mountain Dew after a short walk in the burning sun (of say, Dubai).
For such intense times the $14 HM Digital TDS-EZ water quality tester will literally be a lifesaver because all you need to do is quickly dip the TDS-EZ meter in your water and within 2 seconds you can read the purity of the water. Obviously your level of desperation determines how willing you are to drink impure water, regardless of the consequences.
I know internet is going to be patchy and WiFi will be pretty much nonexistent, but having a laptop means you can keep video diaries, without having the terrible shaky cam video feel to it. Having a large hard drive means you’re not limited to pathetic SD card storage levels. Furthermore it’s always good to type things out if you don’t want to maintain a video diary. And if, by chance, the world’s governments manage to survive and by some miracle the internet is up, it will be free, so you can be one of the few people around the world who can communicate with other survivors.
Now the Panasonic Toughbook starts at varied prices, but keep in mind modern computer specs, you’re talking about at least a $1600 investment with a 3rd-gen Core i5 processor, 4GB memory and 500GB HDD. You can obviously order a more heavy specced machine, but it’s going to cost you substantially more. At the end of the day, however, nothing beats a magnesium alloy laptop that helps you bash in the head of a zombie, or defending against aggressive humans
You’re probably wondering that having a Panasonic Toughbook is great and all, especially when you can play solitaire on it all day, but what happens when the battery runs out? Well, we’ve got you covered, or rather, the $389 Voltaic’s Solar Array backpack does. Built to be almost as durable as the Panasonic Toughbook, the Voltaic solar array backpack’s 10.2 Watt solar panels can charge up a smartphone in a claimed 1.5 hours of direct sunlight, or give your laptop 30 mins life after being in the sun for an hour.
You’re going to be walking pretty much most of the day, and apart from keeping the above four items in your backpack, the Voltaic will also keep some of your other valuables, mainly multiple packets of skittles and 9mm slugs safe. You need to travel a lot, so you need to travel light, and all of the above items, including the backpack, won’t weigh more than 5 kilos.
So there you have it, the cost of survival in the zombie apocalypse is a little more than $2,200 (AED 8,800). And as the world is burning around you, and humanity tears itself apart, you’ll be confident knowing that you can survive the end of times with the five items Tbreak told you to carry on your back.
After making the jump from auditing to editing, Taimoor loves to burn up hardware in the name of science. When he's not doing that, you'll find him nuking in DOTA 2 or engineering in TF2.
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