A bugout bag is essential to increasing your odds of survival in any emergency, especially in the event of a zombie outbreak. The ability to quickly grab the supplies you will need and get out of the area might be the difference between life and undeath. There are countless places online to find shopping lists, helpful hints, and even kits to put together your bugout bag, or even buy one already put together. I found a very extensive guide at Off Grid Survival.
Along with the standard food, water, and first aid you will want to make sure you have a way to make fire, hunt and prepare food, purify water, and defend yourself. Don’t forget your important papers, money, and possibly trade goods. In the event of a social or economic collapse paper money could become worthless. Things like chocolate, cigarettes, alcohol and medicine will likely be a common currency in a future where survival is key and money is only good for bathroom paper.
Along with your standard bugout bag, in the event of a zombie-like outbreak, you will want your weapons handy as well. Anything like baseball bats, clubs, swords, knives, and axes should be close at hand. Firearms should be kept safe of course, locked away from children and intruders, but make sure you know where the keys are at all times so you aren’t searching in the event you need to move quickly.
Don’t forget to have an escape plan as well, something that everyone in your family knows, and even friends that you trust. Survival may mean numbers as well as preparedness. Have a plan for multiple situations, where to go, where to meet, how long to wait before moving on. For me, I think going north is key in the event of a zombie outbreak. If truth follows legend, they will be walking corpses of some sort, and should therefore be devoid of body heat. With no means to keep warm, they will have no defense against the extreme temperatures in northern Canada. Their bodies should freeze solid after only a few hours, while we are able to adapt with clothing, fire and shelter.
Finally, once your bugout bag is complete, put it somewhere safe and easy to get to. You don’t want it stored in the back of the basement or in the attic. A closet close to the front door, or whatever exit is designated in your escape plan, would be ideal. If they are customized for the needs of specific family members make sure they are labeled as well. Wouldn’t do for your group to get separated with someone carrying the prescription meds of another family member.