The 10 Essential Things You Need To Survive A Zombie Apocalypse

This morning, I slept through all my alarms.

Running a business is a bit like a zombie apocalypse

Which is somewhat annoying, because I missed parkrun.

But also a sign that perhaps I needed a little more sleep… In which I dreamed. Of zombies.

Because there’s a new episode of The Walking Dead out tomorrow, so I’m getting very excited about watching it – and that got me to thinking about my Zombie Plan.

Everyone needs a Zombie Plan. You have a Zombie Plan, right?


I do hope so.

We’ll have to revise our plan when we move next year, but for now we’re close enough to Warwick Castle to head there. It has high walls, and a trebuchet. And it’s liveable and fortifiable.

Anyway: my Zombie Plan got me to thinking about something else… the 10 essential things you need in the zombie apocalypse. So here they are:

  1. A crossbow. Partly because they’re super cool (Daryl Dixon, anyone?); partly because sometimes you need to dispatch zombies quietly and shotguns are not quiet. Which brings me onto…
  2. A shotgun. For obvious reasons really. And, of course, you need to know how to use it.
  3. A sword. For when you run out of ammo. And because they’re cool. (You’ve seen Michonne in The Walking Dead, yeah?)
  4. Running shoes. And I’d start getting running-fit now, too. You want to be able to outrun zombies (and people) in short bursts.. but you also want to have stamina, in case you have to run for days.
  5. A vehicle. Or a horse. Some way to get from A to B without wearing yourself out, in other words. A tank might be nice…
  6. A crowbar. For breaking into places you need to break into.
  7. A tin opener. Because canned food is going to be a big theme until you can get settled and farming.
  8. A water carrier you can boil water in. Because nobody needs dysentry, particularly when there are zombies around.
  9. Rope. Rope always comes in handy. Just ask Bilbo and Samwise.
  10. Flint. So you can always start a fire when you need one.

Oh, and your bonus item? Duct tape. Because duct tape fixes everything.

You’re welcome 🙂



Vicky Fraser is a copywriter, author, and entrepreneur. She really did run away with the circus… but when she’s not swinging from a trapeze, she’s showing other copywriters and small business owners how to work with better clients, make more money, and stop missing bathtimes, first words, and dinners with angry partners. In fact, she wrote the book on it. Get your copy here.

PS Running a business is a bit like a zombie apocalypse (stay with me): if you don’t have a coherent plan, you end up running around like a headless chicken, you lose your shit, and eventually someone rips out your heart. Don’t succumb to that. Book yourself in to Borrow My Brain, and get focused, get effective, and get results.

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