Legendary Living Dead film creator passes into the hereafter. His first three Living Dead films set standards for what Hollywood would call the Zombie genre, (dammit they’re ghouls , zombies don’t eat people-see Night’)
These films would forever be ripped off, sometimes to great effect (Zombie Flesh Eaters), sometimes to bad (Zombie Nation) other times hapily parodied (Shawn Of The Dead).
OK sorry to dwell on a light hearted subject, but for some of us its downright fun! Today’s little entry on being a Zombie Apocalypse Survivor is all about bug out bags. For those of you unaware, this is a term given to a backpack in which you keep rations and equipment. A typical bug out bag is the same size as the one this guy is carrying.
Inside it he keeps everything from weapons to camping gear, fishing equipment to the obligatory first aid kit, along with three days of water and rations. That’s got to be a heavy kit.
This got me thinking about how fast the Zombies would be? In Night Of The Living Dead, they shambled along at about 2 miles per hour. (Seriously more horrid, imagine how slow death would be if you was caught).
Resident Evil or The Walking Dead has them strolling along at about normal walking speed, 4 miles per hour.
The remake of Dawn Of The Dead had them running like Usain Bolt with a rocket up his ass. 7 miles per hour. (WTF? They’re dead, they have rigour mortis and rotting muscles and ligaments!!! Get real Hollywood!)
Now I don’t know about you but i think the guy in the PIC above may have a bit of bother if it came to running. Though his pack is ideal for three days of camping after a natural disaster etc or getting otherwise stranded, I think a more ideal Zombie Apocalypse bug out bag would allow you to move around more freely. A sports sized one like in this PIC for example.
They generally have about three or four compartments and are large enough to carry a couple of days of rations, first aid, and various other bits such as tarp and line, and the foil ‘space blanket’ for warmth. However provided its packed carefully you should still be stealthy enough to outrun at least the first two types of Zombie. I’d rather have that chance and scavenge anything else I need as and when needed. The chances of surviving such an event is pretty low, so I need to be as agile and prepared.
I shall endeavour to assemble such a kit and introduce you to it here in a little while. Of course, such is the way of the world the big bug out bag is more appropriate in the reality. The Zombie one is just for shits n giggles.