Deconstructing My Zombie Apocalypse Bug-Out Bag. Just. In. Case.

IMG_7088You may have seen or heard me mention my zombie apocalypse bug-out bag and think, “Yeah, right. Whatever. You don’t really have a bag.”

In which case, you would be wrong. I travel a lot for my day job and while a zombie apocalypse may seem unlikely, other catastrophes and scenarios are entirely probable. Has The Walking Dead and Jericho taught you nothing? If disaster should strike while I’m a hundred miles from home, rendering normal modes of travel impossible? My plan is to get home, one way or another.

With that in mind, I keep a bag in my trunk. Not kidding.

Let’s take a look inside, shall we?


First off, not shown here is a spare pair of running shoes. Every day when you leave your house you should ask yourself, “Do I want to run from zombies in these shoes?” If the answer is no, then you should probably add a pair of shoes to your trunk. In winter I trade out the tennies for boots. Same reason.

These are basic survival gear items in addition to a few luxury items. I’m sure you’ll think of some that should be added. Feel free to comment at the end of the post and let me know what I left out.

Reading Material: Being an author, I can’t live without some sort of reading material. For this endeavor, what better than the US ARMY SURVIVAL MANUAL? Interesting AND informative in case that trek home gets longer and hairier than anticipated.

Water: I have two plans for water. First off a small emergency ration in the foil packet to get me by until I come across a stream. From that point forward, I have iodine tablets. While they might not taste the best, the tablets make water potable , killing bacteria, viruses and giardia. I also have a water bottle just waiting to be filled.

Food: I have two dehydrated meals, which become delicious with water added. Of course I can’t boil water but in a pinch, a cold meal is better than nothing at all. You add the water to the pouch, seal it up and wait for it to rehydrate. Two meals isn’t much, but it’s better than nothing. I even remembered a spork!

Light: Making one’s way across the countryside in the event of a disaster will likely require some stealth and a flashlight since most of the travel would likely be at night to avoid discovery.  I have a small flashlight and glow sticks. Extra batteries not shown. I have a crank flashlight I should also add.

First Aid Kit: In case of brambles, briars or other perilous baddies lurking in the woods.

Rope/Twine: Can be used for all sorts of things. See US ARMY SURVIVAL MANUAL.

Emergency Thermal Blanket: In case of a thermal emergency. Duh.

Clothing: Rain gear, fleece jacket, hat, bandana, socks and a clean pair of underwear because…you’re mother told you to.

Fire: waterproof matches, and flint. Yes, I know how to start a fire.

Compass: I have two. It will at least point me in the general direction of home. Frankly, I plan to stay off of but keep the major highways within view and follow them home.

Weapons: My weapon of choice is a machete. Why? Have you been in the Missouri woods? And because you don’t need to reload a machete.

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So what’s in your zombie apocalypse bug-out bag? What luxury item do you or would you need? Comment below 😀

While there are no zombies in Reap & Repent, the reapers do carry backpacks filled with supplies. Just. In. Case.

See why….

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Reap & Repent blurb  


They see death. Can they share a life?

Ruth Scott can read the energy of every person she meets. Then she meets Deacon Walker. She can see his ice-blue eyes, his black hair, and his gorgeous face. But this beautiful stranger has no aura.

Deacon is just as unsettled by Ruth—and, having spent more than two hundred years ushering souls to Purgatory, Deacon is seldom shocked by anything. As he helps Ruth to understand her true nature, she awakens desires that he decided long ago a Reaper can’t afford.

A demon invasion forces Deacon to confront the darkness in his own past even as he fights to save the human souls he’s charged to protect. When he’s taken captive, his first concern is for Ruth. But Ruth just might be able to save herself—and the Reaper she can’t live without—if she can learn to wield her newfound powers.

2 Responses to Deconstructing My Zombie Apocalypse Bug-Out Bag. Just. In. Case.

  1. I’d add a small pkg of wet wipes and maybe toilet paper. You could use the TP and then reuse to help with the fire making. I know, kinda gross but that would leave no evidence for the zombies to see. They also have wet wipes with bug repellent in them. All this wouldn’t weigh much but would help out for a longer time frame.