#12 - Protection Mask
Most people believe that the government will use gas to attempt to stop an outbreak when it happens. For this reason, it is a good idea to include a gas mask in your apocalypse gear to be safe. You may not need it in the beginning, but at about 3 lbs. I would rather carry it just in case.
#11 Tactical Vest
#10 Fire Starter
Look for one that is going to last you for a long time. You don’t want a fire starter that is going to be useless after about a month. Without this piece of apocalypse gear, you are going to have a hard time staying fed and warm.
#9 Lock Picks
Being able to pick a lock will give you the upper hand because you will be able to collect supplies along the way. Other survivors are going to be pillaging all the supplies they can find in order to survive. If you can get into areas that were locked and haven’t been ransacked, then you will have an advantage.
Even if you don’t know how to use the lock picks at the moment, you will have PLENTY of time to learn. Considering the amount of space and the weight of them, it is well worth the risk.
The only reason guns are so high on this list is because they’re loud. Considering that most of the time you will want to be stealthy it makes guns a bad weapon choice, though very powerful. If possible, avoid using guns as your primary weapons.
Guns are great weapons against Zombies, but you need to keep in mind that bullets are going to run out. Your shotgun it only as good as the bullets you have to shoot out of it. Once they are gone, then you are carrying around dead weight. Bring as much ammunition as you can bear to carry and make sure you have a backup plan.
A hatchet is another great multi-task piece of apocalypse gear that is good to have. If can be a great weapon that can deliver deadly and accurate blows extremely quickly. Make sure that you find a small hatchet, because a full axe is too heavy and slow to be worth carrying.
Your hatchet will also serve as a great tool for cutting down trees and branches. It will also be used to split wood and give you a source of firewood (warmth). You can also learn to throw your hatchet with deadly accuracy so it can be used for long range fighting.
#6 Bows and Crossbows
These are both great pieces of apocalypse gear because they can fire long distances with great accuracy. They are one of the best hunting weapons you could have and will also make a great weapon for defense.
They do not take as much maintenance as a gun, and arrows can be reused or made from branches. They are also better for hunting because they are much quieter than guns.
#4 Non Perishable Foods
Most MRE’s have up to 3,000 calories worth of energy in them which makes them one of the best survival items you will need in an apocalypse. One MRE can last a normal person a full day.
Find a good knife that can be used as a weapon and a tool at the same time. This piece of apocalypse gear serves two purposes, making it that much most valuable to you. A good knife can mean the difference between life and death during your initial travel.
Find a good knife that is going to stay sharp and stay together for a long time. Make sure that it is a good length for hunting, skinning, and cutting at the same time. A sheath to protect you is also vital because a cut with a knife can prove deadly during the apocalypse. Check out this page if you need to find a good survival knife.
#2 First Aid Kit
A first aid kit is one of the most important pieces of apocalypse gear you are going to need. A simple infection could easily take you out with no hospitals around to fix your problems. Without a first aid kit, you will have to rummage or trade for one in order to survive.
Make sure that your first aid kit is packed with bandages and antibiotics. You may also want to pack it with some pain and anti-inflammatory medicines as well to keep you happy and healthy.
Make sure that you rucksack is weather proof and is comfortable to hike long distances with. You will need to carry all of your belongings in that rucksack, you don’t want it to be painful.