I’ve always been worried about the eventual zombie apocalypse; when Max Brooks’ The Zombie Survival Guide was released, I bought nearly two dozen copies and gave them to friends and family…none of which even thought about zombie-anything, let alone a zombie outbreak. Several of them became zombiephiles after reading the guide. The rest were reluctant to accept the inevitable, but they did change some of their habits. For example, they don’t open their garage doors until they are safely locked in their vehicles. My own brother cut his long hair, fearing it would be a hazard in zombie self-defense.
I have always said, “If you’re prepared for a zombie outbreak, you’re prepared for anything.” However, I had to rethink everything when I became a mom. Just as zombie survival strategies are different for the individual versus a group, your strategy must change and adapt to live with children. As it is, I can only speak as a parent of an only-child.
Luckily for me, my son was born safely before any major outbreak. I breastfed for several reasons: you can feed your baby on the run (you just have to keep yourself hydrated), you can nurse your child in order to keep him or her quiet while hiding from a passing mob of the undead, and you don’t have to worry about packing formula in your bug-out bag.
Of course, if your child is not potty-trained, you have to remember to include diapers in your survival equipment. You might think that it won’t matter if your baby gets messy when you are fleeing from a zombie horde, but a dry baby is a lot less likely to cry and give away your position.
My son is 4yrs old, so I no longer have to worry about diapers or unexpected crying. In fact, we’ve already begun his zombie training. For instance, we have a hiding spot for him to go to if mom and dad have to fight any zombies who get through our home defenses. He also knows the difference between living infected and the undead.
Home defense with a child isn’t much of stretch — even fleeing an outbreak area can be managed, if you’ve planned and prepared in advance. But what if an outbreak occurs when you are away from home? That’s when things get tricky.
I recommend turning your diaper/day bag into a temporary bug-out bag:
No one will think twice about a parent carrying a large bag. Consider using a backpack, in case you have to run while holding your child.
If you can’t get somewhere safe within six hours, all the food in the world won’t do you much good anyway.
It can be a Swiss Army knife, a pocket knife or a utility knife — find out what your state laws are concerning concealed weapons. A knife won’t kill a zombie, but it will have its uses. I can’t list them here for legal reasons.
The longer the better. Pens are great for jamming through eye sockets.
It won’t help with major injuries, but it will keep small cuts from getting exposed to the zombie virus.
Not only might you get caught away from home, but you might not be able to use your regular routes. You might also get separated from your vehicle, so consider adding a compass as well.
Glowsticks are much more lightweight and easy to carry than flashlights.
You’ll need to keep your child entertained once you get to a safe spot. Its very important to keep your child as stress-free as possible.
Travel-size bottles will work just fine. Don’t forget sunglasses too.
You’ll want the essentials on your person in case you lose your bag along the way.
In addition to packing for a possible six-hour escape from a zombie outbreak, there are a few other things to keep in mind to ensure the survival of your family:
Put the emphasis on muscle-building. What if your child can’t run fast enough? Are you strong enough to carry your child while running at a top speed? Can you even run fast at all?
Do you want your child growing up in the zombie apocalypse like those idiot kids in Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome?
Parents with their shit together are parents of happy, healthy kids.