What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Stranger

Pre-Zombie Preperation May 21, 2016

What is the one skill you wish you knew in case the zombie apocalypse started tomorrow? I know, I know. Zombies aren’t real (yet), but humor me. What is the one thing you’ll wish you had Googled?

Would it be how to shoot a crossbow, or better yet, how to build one of your own? Building a fire would be a really good thing to know, but I think, and I could be very naïve on this one, that most people can light a decent fire. So what about lighting a fire without matches or a lighter?

There are some things that would be beyond reasonable effort. Like gas. Gasoline does actually go bad. If you’re on your own in the cold, cruel, zombie-ridden world, you’re probably not going to be able to do all the things you would need to make more gas; that would require a new world structure. So car repair skills aren’t actually going to be helpful for long. Bike repair: that might be a great thing to know before the zombies are nipping at your heels.

Making medicine would also be amazingly useful. Like at-home penicillin, which is a real thing you can do; making your own, albeit primitive, antibiotics would be life saving. In fact, all sorts of first aid would be great things to learn before the zombies come knocking at your door. When the emergency rooms are no longer functional, you’ll have to know what to do when you get frostbite or need stitches.

Map reading would also be a super useful tool! You’re trying to bike or walk to the next town. There’s no more Siri to steer you the right way, so you have to read a regular old map. What if you need to cross the wilderness? (more…)