A Zombie Survival Kit To Stay Safe From the Undead

A Zombie Survival Kit To Stay Safe From the Undead


Warning: What you’re about to read may disturb you. Stay calm and locate your Zombie Survival Kit.


An eerily-toned photo of two trees with human hands grabbing them.

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You’ve heard the sirens from the emergency vehicles bleating and wailing in the distance for hours. Your dog is acting strangely and the smell of smoke on the breeze nags at you to stay focused: you must make it out of this city alive. The din of low, guttural moans is rising and starting to coalesce into an ear-splitting, panic-inducing hum. Think. Think! You’ve got to get out of here. And though you’ve prepared for this day over and over, nothing could prepare you for what you’re about to witness, because you can never unsee the undead. Now where in the hell is your Zombie Survival Kit? Because you know in the pit of your stomach that you’re not going to survive this without it…


A Zest for Human Offal


Why do zombies need to feed on living animals and humans? Your guess is as good as ours, but we can tell you one thing for certain—we’re not sticking around to find out what happens at the end of the above narrative. Here at DECKED, we firmly believe in being ready for anything life throws at you, even if it’s awful—whoops, we meant offal.


With proper preparation and the right gear, it's possible that you can outlast, outsmart, outrun, and outperform anything—even a zombie invasion, and we, along with the CDC, believe you should absolutely prepare for it.


So, how exactly, does one do that…?


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Zombie Survival Kit


Every good bug out vehicle needs a Zombie Apocalypse Survival Kit. It can take many different forms, and if you’re new here, a great place to start is the CDC Zombie Survival Kit list. Yes— that’s a real thing.


In case you missed it, sometime around 2011, the CDC ran an emergency preparedness campaign that was themed around a zombie invasion. They created a fictional comic about what a “zombie pandemic,” (their words—not ours) would look like and used a lot of language that has become all too familiar in our real lives like, “quarantine, spread of the virus, …recommending that people distance themselves,” and other whoppers like, “In other news, several people have been hospitalized after a strange virus began spreading rapidly throughout the southeast…”


Too soon? Yeah, us too. But, regardless, the comic is funny, and it’s meant to inform in a captivating, pop-culturist way. It doesn’t miss the mark and was well-received for exactly what it was: a brilliant and engaging way to connect with Americans on a very important topic: how to best get your shit together to survive in case of an emergency.


Rear-view of two trucks parked inside a warehouse. They are loaded with a bunch of camping and survival gear.


The CDC recommends you assemble the following items to create a kit for your home, office, school, or vehicle. It’s a great start—but, in reality, you should probably assemble a few different kits in different locations for a seamless bug out.


You will need:


  • Water—one gallon per person per day
  • Food—minimum three-day supply of nonperishable, easy to prepare items
  • Flashlight
  • Battery-powered or hand-crank radio (NOAA weather radio if possible)
  • Extra batteries
  • First aid kit (whistle, antibiotic ointment, bandages, face masks, gloves, and reference book)
  • Medications—seven-day supply
  • Multipurpose supplies (wrench, pliers, plastic sheet, duct tape, scissors, matches)
  • Sanitation/personal hygiene items, and bleach
  • Copies of personal documents (medication list and info, proof of address, deed/lease to home, passports, birth certificates, insurance policies)
  • Cell phone and charger
  • Family Disaster Plan (family and emergency contact info)
  • Extra cash
  • Emergency blanket, extra clothes, sleeping bag (one for each person)
  • Map(s) of the area


Those are the basics, but the document goes on to remind you that you also need to consider the needs of all family members and then add those supplies to your kit as well. Their suggested additional items are:


  • Specific medical supplies (hearing aids/extra batteries, glasses, contact lenses, syringes, cane)
  • Baby supplies (bottles, formula, baby food, diapers)
  • Games and activities for children
  • Pet supplies (collar, leash, I.D., food, carrier, bowl)
  • Two-way radios
  • Extra set of car keys and house keys


Two men stand on either side of drawers that extend from a truck bed and are petting a puppy.


Seasoned preppers will quickly see this as an incomplete list, (where are the weapons?) and the elephant in the room is “Now that I have all of this, what the hell am I supposed to do with it?”


That’s where we come in. Gear-organizing professionals who know a thing or two about how to keep your assets safe from serious threats like thieves, rain, and of course—zombies.


We’ve been making purpose-built truck bed organizational accessories since the moment we read the CDC document. Just kidding. It was from the moment we started our business on a lunch-counter napkin in rural Idaho. Not kidding.


Although we wouldn’t classify ourselves as the hardcore prepper variety, our DECKED Drawer System gets used repeatedly by folks who are and are making sure that if a zombie pandemic does happen, they will no doubt be faster, stronger, and better equipped than their neighbors. (Pro tip: make friends with these types of people.)


At DECKED, we’re low-key obsessed with truck bed gear and tool organization, and when we’re not completely consumed with the business of making people’s lives better; one truck bed, one job site, one adventure rig at a time; we’re loosely considering the prospects of what would we do if something bad happens, and what do people most want/need for their ultimate zombie survival kit?


A rear-view of a truck with a DECKED Drawer System and DECKED Tool Box installed.


We have a couple of products that are complete no-brainers (pun intended) when it comes to zombie-preparedness, and we’ve also done a few collaborations with professional survivalists to make our tactical offerings even more robust. Add the following to your Zombie Survival Kit Checklist:



The main thing to keep in mind is that yes, zombies are slow, but they are doggedly determined to eat your face off. So, as long as you have all of your gear packed, or you at least know where it is AND it’s easy to grab, you may be able to maintain a pace that’s just fast enough to stay ahead of them.


For those who don’t want to take chances—we have a plan…


A gray-scale photo of a female zombie who is missing part of her face.

Photo by Yohann LIBOT on Unsplash


The DECKED Drawer System

This is the ultimate when it comes to infallible organization of your zombie survival kit, weapons, and the rest of your bug out supplies. We’ve written about this before in our Best Tactical Truck Gear Accessories post, but to recap, the Drawer System protects your gear like a boss—no matter where you end up.


When you install full truck bed-length drawers, it doesn’t have to mean you’re giving up the space you need to haul additional cargo like the massive PA system you built as the world’s first Zombie Early Warning System, or the ridiculous stack of pallets you insist on bringing along because firstly, they make great roadblocks, and secondly, you can light them on fire because you read that they only thing zombies fear is fire.


Either way—load it up, Prepper, because with the Drawer System you’ve got the room.


The Drawer System fits smartly into your truck bed, creating a new floor a foot above the base. Since it fits over your wheel wells, the Drawer System actually increases your truck bed loading capacity and with its megalith-worthy payload of 2,000 pounds, can, depending on the vehicle, often hold more weight than the truck bed itself.  


The drawers beneath the deck utilize the entire truck bed for weatherproof, secure, lockable storage, and each one can support a weight of 200 pounds.


A set of two custom Drawer Dividers are included for supreme compartmentalization, and a Drawerganizer, a Crossbox, and a D-Box are also included with purchase too.


An add-on, yet one of the most highly-recommended items by seasoned preppers to add to your zombie apocalypse survival kit list is our Piecekeepers. These firearm holders are custom-made for the Drawer System and securely transport your firearms from wherever you are, to your bug out destination or bunker. They are designed for traditional rifles and shotguns, but due to the wide variety of pieces available, we cannot guarantee a particular fit. You can see exact measurements and check out the technical specs here.


A rear-view of a truck with a DECKED Drawer System installed. Camping gear is inside and on top of the drawers.


If you have an eight-foot truck bed, then you will be in the best shape during the zombie shakedown, because an eight-foot bed can fit not only the Drawer System, but a DECKED Tool Box too.


The Tool Box is tougher than a mother and is a complete re-tooling of the truck bed toolbox. Toolbox designs and materials haven’t changed much in the past 50 years, so at DECKED we decided to do something about it.


We’re making the easiest to access, with our optional, integrated ladder, and the hardest-to-break-into toolbox on the market today. You can practice your zombie beatdowns on it without even a dent, ding, or scratch, (on the toolbox that is) because it’s made from recycled high-density polyethylene and high-impact polymer resin.


Our Tool Box is 100% waterproof and with a steel-armored locking mechanism and driver’s side lock, forced entry is nearly impossible. Not to mention, you could fit the entirety of the CDC Zombie Survival Kit list inside.


A man stands smiling next to a stack of DECKED Tool Boxes

This is Dr. DECKED. Calm down! He’s not a zombie—he’s our engineer. (And contrary to popular belief, those two types of folks are not mutually exclusive. Wink, wink.)


Our D-Bag, the only one you’re ever gonna like, is perfect for a bug out bag. For the uninitiated, a bug out bag is kept loaded up and ready to grab in the event that evacuation becomes your only option.


Whether you’re on foot or crushing through the undead with your tactical vehicle, the D-Bag’s got your back because it’s on your back—literally. Great for solo use or designed to enmesh within other DECKED products, this versatile, military-grade hybrid bag has a hard shell and soft sides. It’s designed to be used in the DECKED Drawer System, and also fits well within the Tool Box too, and can be worn like a backpack or carried like a briefcase. See its full specs here.


Though we didn’t need to make a great product even better, you can now get the D-Bag in a collaboration between us and Uncharted Supply Co. which means the bag comes pre-loaded with everything you need to keep two people alive for the first 72 hours of an emergency.


If this was the one preparatory thing you did for yourself, you’d have a fighting chance against zombie pandemics, alien invasions, and that time that I-95 got shut down for days with you on it in a snowstorm.


We’ve got other goodies too, like the D-Rito Tool Roll that snaps right into the D-Bag, and getting something like this to bring along a larger tool kit is a wise idea because after reviewing the CDC list, we’re pretty sure that it was made for urbanites who wouldn’t actually know what to do with the tools they brought along anyway.


The moral of the story: bring more tools.


A flat-lay photo of a DECKED D-Bag with all of the contents that Uncharted Supply Co. curated to turn the D-Bag into a survival bag for two people for three days.


The Face-Eaters Face-Off


So, here’s the deal: the zombies are coming. That’s inevitable. (We think.) Our DECKED folks are going to be ready though, and everyone else who laughs last is gonna regret it.


We applaud the CDC for shining a light on and adding a little humor to a non-sexy topic like emergency preparedness. In our opinion, you can prepare; and then you can prepare for flesh-eating zombies. We can help you with both.


But what we can’t prepare you for are the smartphone zombies. Or cultural zombification. Or the zombie bats, zombie wasps, and zombie fungus.


Prepper, you’re on your own with those. So good luck.