With the premiere of latest season underway, it’s only fitting we give tribute to Rick Grimes and the gang.
Sure, there are some aspects of the show that aren’t all that “realistic” — it’s a television show with zombies, after all. So, let's appreciate it for what it is and maybe take away some essential survival tips.
Here are 6 Walking Dead inspired survival tips:
Tip #1: Be Prepared & Have A Bug Out Bag -- One thing is for sure, if a zombie apocalypse were to happen today you can expect absolute chaos. Being prepared and having a go bag in place with the essentials you need for survival can infinitely increase your chances.
Check out our crisis-tested simple 12 item bug out bag that will ensure your survival in almost any scenario, including a zombie apocalypse. And for the avid fans, here’s how you can build a Walking Dead inspired bug out bag.
Tip #2: Use The Buddy System -- Ever heard the saying, “strength in numbers”? Well, guess what, it’s true. How many times have the Walking Dead crew been in a sticky situation with walkers chomping at their face only to be saved by their buddy? The answer is a lot. Having someone or a small group of people watching your back and pooling your resources and skills can help increase survival.
Tip #3: Find A CLEAN Water Source -- Water is life. We all know that. It’s probably the number one priority when it comes to survival. Your body needs water to survive, not just any water though, it needs clean water.
A zombie apocalypse also presents an entirely different obstacle to consider, disease-ridden water via zombie contamination as seen in the infamous Walking Dead scene where walkers a trapped in a well.
Thankfully, we’ve got an awesome guide on filtering and purifying water.
Tip #4: Find Shelter or Build Your Own -- In any survival situation, whether it’s to protect yourself from the elements or walkers, finding shelter is paramount to survival. Throughout the show, seeking shelter has always been a priority — the farmhouse, the prison, and Alexandria are all great examples.
Pro Zombie Survival Tip: String up empty cans and use them to set up a perimeter alarm for potential walkers. Genius!
Tip #5: Tools & Weapons -- This is an easy one and pretty straightforward. Use various tools (like a hatchet or survival knife) to help you survive and arm yourself with your weapon of choice to protect yourself from Zombies.
Personally, I’m a huge fan of Daryl and his crossbow.
While The Walking Dead series is designed entirely for entertainment, it doesn’t mean you can’t learn a thing or two from it. And although the chances of a zombie apocalypse are highly unlikely, natural disasters are very real and can disrupt your normal way of life for weeks or months until help arrives.
Where and how you learn survival skills isn’t as important as the fact that you actually learn them and can apply them when the time comes.
With that being said, what’s your take on The Walking Dead? Any survival tips of your own?