Kick Zombie A@#. Customize Your TASK

October 31, 2013

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Your heart’s pounding inside your ears and the nagging voice in your head keeps asking if you have enough left in you to keep going. The scattered moans and shuffling of undead feet behind you are ever present and don’t motivate you to keep moving like they did three days ago. You’ve already lost so, so much, couldn’t you just make a stand? See how many you could drop in one place or keep running….always running.

When the dead rise, your survival relies on three factors

  1. Preparedness
  2. Luck
  3. Physical fitness

Luck and Fitness are factors in your court, but if you need to be prepared for the coming Zombie Apocalypse there’s a simple and effective solution: The Lansky Tactical Apocalypse Survival Kit (AKA, The T.A.S.K.). The TASK is a bare bones bug out bag, perfect for storing in your house, car or office as some extra security for when the unthinkable happens. The TASK is a great starting point for preparedness but it is highly suggested that you supplement the TASK with additional items to help you survive. I’ve customized my TASK for the Zombie Apocalypse and I’m going to show you how you can do the same.  

Philosophy of Prep

I have four goals in mind when preparing my bag for the Zombie Apocalypse:

  1. Be silent and stealthy- If zombies don’t know I’m around and can’t find me, I’ll be at my safest. I’ll need gear that blends into the urban landscape. I’ll also need to make sure my gear doesn’t make much noise when I’m moving. Blades don’t run out of bullets and barely make a sound.
  2. Be light weight and super mobile- I may want to bring everything under the sun with me but the fact of the matter is that I’ll need to move, and move fast at a moment’s notice.
  3. Always have a weapon- Never without a means of defense is important. I’ll need access to several stealthy weapons at a moment’s notice if I plan on surviving.
  4. Protect Vital and reduce chance of infection- Protecting myself from infection is a top priority. I’ll need to protect any open skin (especially around my face) and make sure that grasping hands can’t gain purchase.

Prep Items

Weapon & Tool Additions

  • 30-30 Rifle and ammo- This is my rifle at home, if I had access to another gun I’d probably set myself up with something in a smaller caliber (.22) and a lighter weight.
  • Machete- Pictured is the largest well made machete I’ve ever come across. Wielding this thing is like wielding a full sized sword.
  • Fixed Blade Knives- I’ll be carrying two fixed blade knives, my ESEE 4 and my ESEE Izula. Both are sturdy, well made and multifunctional as both last ditch weapons and everyday tools.
  • Grappling Hook, Rope and Carabineer- This is optional. I’m not sure if it will last five minute or five weeks but I like the option of getting out of a tall building quick.
  • Standard Medical Kit- Bandages (large and small), Gauze, Tape, Suture Kit, Quick Clot, assortment of medication, hydrocortisone cream, etc.
  • Survival Essentials- Fish hooks, duct tape, matches, tinder, Mylar blanket
  • Compass
  • Wood Fuel Stove, Steel Cup, Water Bottle and Spork- You’ll still need to eat
  • Rain Cover- Very versatile, can be used as a shelter a dry seat as well as an expedient rain poncho.
  • Monoscope- For scoping out long distance.
  • Headlamp- Always have two light sources so one can back up the other if it fails.
  • Gloves- Zombies are “icky” 
  • 2 Buffs – One for covering your hair, another to cover your mouth and nose. 
  • Mask- For protection from infection. Protects your eyes, mouth and face. 
  • Heavy boots and extra socks- Keeping good care of your feet is essential if you plan on being able to run and survive.
  • Heavy Navy Jacket- From my brother stint in the Navy, this jacket is water resistant, abrasion resistant, breathable and ‘supposedly’ bullet resistant.
  • Work Jeans- Wool would be better, but you’ll need a heavy pant that’s made out of natural fiber (So they don’t make noise when you’re moving).

Medical and Extras

  • Standard Medical Kit- Bandages (large and small), Gauze, Tape, Suture Kit, Quick Clot, assortment of medication, hydrocortisone cream, etc.
  • Survival Essentials- Fish hooks, duct tape, matches, tinder, Mylar blanket
  • Compass
  • Wood Fuel Stove, Steel Cup, Water Bottle and Spork- You’ll still need to eat
  • Rain Cover- Very versatile, can be used as a shelter a dry seat as well as an expedient rain poncho.
  • Monoscope- For scoping out long distance.
  • Headlamp- Always have two light sources so one can back up the other if it fails.
  • Gloves- Zombies are “icky”
  • 2 Buffs – One for covering your hair, another to cover your mouth and nose.
  • Mask- For protection from infection. Protects your eyes, mouth and face.
  • Heavy boots and extra socks- Keeping good care of your feet is essential if you plan on being able to run and survive.
  • Heavy Navy Jacket- From my brother stint in the Navy, this jacket is water resistant, abrasion resistant, breathable and ‘supposedly’ bullet resistant.
  • Work Jeans- Wool would be better, but you’ll need a heavy pant that’s made out of natural fiber (So they don’t make noise when you’re moving).

Clothing

  • Gloves- Zombies are “icky”
  • 2 Buffs – One for covering your hair, another to cover your mouth and nose.
  • Mask- For protection from infection. Protects your eyes, mouth and face.
  • Heavy boots and extra socks- Keeping good care of your feet is essential if you plan on being able to run and survive.
  • Heavy Navy Jacket- From my brother stint in the Navy, this jacket is water resistant, abrasion resistant, breathable and ‘supposedly’ bullet resistant.
  • Work Jeans- Wool would be better, but you’ll need a heavy pant that’s made out of natural fiber (So they don’t make noise when you’re moving).

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Everything fit inside the TASK Bag nicely

My Zombie Apocalypse prep worked out really well. It was light weight, versatile and I always had a weapon in reach. How would you supplement your T.A.S.K. for a zombie invasion? Let us know what we missed or what you would do different in the comments below. Oh, and Happy Halloween!!

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Be Smart, Be Safe and Stay and Edge Above the Rest!

-Billy

 

3 Comments

Griffin H LaFleur
Nov 1st, 2013
This is a great post. I want to start collecting all of these items so that my Apocalypse bug out bag is ready to roll. I hear you on the smaller caliber, I have a 30-30 as well! The undead may think twice when they see you rolling through town!
Max
Nov 1st, 2013
Great content, I can feel the zombies staring at me right now. There is no mention of underwear, and cold weather gear. Zombies organic composition would mean they'll freeze in colder climates, so maybe moving north is the way to go. You won't survive the colder climates with what you've stowed in the TASK bag...do you have room for light base layers, and other cold weather essentials?
Lansky
Nov 1st, 2013
For cold weather gear I'd probably plan on scavenging as I go, supplementing gear for newer better stuff. On of my big goals would to find a zombie police officer and steal his belt (gun, rounds, radio, cuffs, etc). I like the heading North idea, that seems like a reasonable plan.

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