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How to Survive a Zombie Apocalypse – 10 Bosslike Survival Items and Tactics

Sometime soon, zombies may begin taking over the planet and you’ll have to fight hard to survive or become one of them. If you don’t want zombies to maul you and eat your brain, then make sure you’re prepared. Only true bosses will remain human during the zombie apocalypse and we know you want to be chillin’ with us when we’re done hacking all the zombies’ heads off.

1. Body Armor

If you watched World War Z, you might remember the scene where Brad Pitt’s character taped magazines around his forearms to protect them from zombie bites. Ideally, you’d want to use a few layers of magazines or phone books and wrap them around your arms and torso using duct tape, but use what you have available to you for armor!

If you’re all fancy and intelligent with extremely solid pre-planning for this impending zombie apocalypse, you probably picked up a sweet piece of body armor like the one below and won’t have to rely on magazines duct taped to your body for protection. You’re one smart cookie, son!

2. Weapons

While having guns would be optimal and knockin’ zombie heads off with a shotgun can be an amazing survival skill in itself, you should also have some weapons to stab the zombies in their heads when you run out of ammo. Everyone knows you have to deactivate the zombie’s brain to stop that sneaky bastard from continuously attacking you. Taping a solid knife to your rifle (or some sort of stick if you screwed up and didn’t get a gun) will allow you to jam that sucker into the zombie’s brain.

Crossbows, axes, hammers, crowbars (or a glow-in-the-dark glowbar like the one below) and baseball bats can all be effective tools for smashing some zombie skulls as well. Plus they’re not as loud as guns! (The same applies for knives and of course swords.)

3. Clean Water

The fresh water supply may not exist anymore or it might be contaminated, so you’ll want to have a LifeStraw or something similar to have access to clean water. This thing is so boss, it even allows you to drink dirty-ass river water without dying.

4. Food

While water is most important, food is a close second when it comes to survival. (And killing zombies will be the exercise portion of your forced fitness regimen.) Canned goods and preserved foods like the US military’s ‘Meal, Ready-to-Eat’ (MRE) packages are your best bets.

5. Sunglasses

You can’t let these zombies outdo you. If they’re going to be wearing sunglasses like the scumbag below, you better be rockin’ some killer shades to top them! No one can look more boss than you during the zombie apocalypse, that’s for sure.

6. First Aid Kit

If a zombie bites you, it’s probably too late and you’ll be part of the living dead army shortly, but for other injuries a first aid kit will be great to have!

7. Steel Toed Tactical Boots

They need to be robust and waterproof, but they also need a good quality sole for stomping on zombie skulls.


8. Bump Keys

Bump keys are great for unlocking various locks. If you can’t kick down a door, these bump keys would come in handy!

9. Zippo Emergency Fire Starter

You should have one of these whenever you go hiking, camping, etc. and especially during a zombie apocalypse. You don’t want to spend a lot of time making a fire, if it can be this easy instead!

10. Acquire Knowledge and Skills

While all the essential survival tools in the world can be great, what you know and how effectively you can use your body is a lot more important. Some things to learn about: Medical skills (take a first aid class at least), morse code, fighting (martial arts combined with strength training), running (sprints to get away from zombies when you need to), growing food, hunting, fishing, carpentry, and climbing. Those are just some boss skills to get you started in your preparation. Things like learning to fly a plane or moving undetected like a ninja could also come in handy!


Now that you’re ready for anything thanks to our 10 bosslike zombie apocalypse survival tips, make sure you actually have all the items on the list and know how to fight!

About Sascha Brian

Sascha Brian
Known around here as "the German", I am indeed German, but have also spent some time traveling the world. With 10 years of my life spent in the United States, rumor has it that I may even know how to grill a great burger. I don't wear socks with sandals any longer, but I still drink beer and eat sauerkraut like a German. When I'm not writing about motivational and inspirational people on Like A Boss, I can usually be found lifting things up and putting them back down in my garage gym (a.k.a. the dungeon).

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