7 Survival Tips From The Walking Dead



I’m sure most of you enjoy watching TV as a way of relaxing and taking your mind off the days concerns. I for one enjoy watching shows that not only entertain but that you can actually learn something useful from and not just some soap opera, Hollywood gossip, or reality TV show.

I'm a big fan of The Walking Dead, the break out TV show on the AMC channel that just wrapped up its 3rd season, in case you are living under a rock, the show depicts the aftermath of a zombie apocalypse.

Now we can probably all agree that this is based entirely on fantasy but if you look closer this is an excellent study on what would happen if there were a major breakdown in society for any reason.  While odds are there will not be a threat of  a viral induced plague of  flesh munching zombies wandering through your neighborhood, this show has actually given me some great survival tips that will work in any crisis.

I've thought it over and broken it down into 7 critical tips.

Take a look below and let me know what you think.

7 Survival Tips that I learned from The Walking Dead:

#7 – Be part of a group –While more people may mean that you need more supplies and resources it also means you got the collective skills of the group to increase you chances at survival.  In the Walking Dead it didn’t hurt that there were a couple of law enforcement guys in the group to help with weapon training and fighting.

#6 – Find place to stay – Shelter is a must in any survival situation.  Early in the series the group were living in tents and an RV.  However later on a farmhouse and prison provided a much-needed respite from not only zombies but the elements as well.

#5 – Have a source of food and water – At the beginning of the series our group of heroes were located in a park that had a reservoir nearby to provide them with all the water they could possibly need.  Later a farm would be an excellent source of food.  There was a well on the farm also but in case you haven’t seen the series let’s just say the zombie apocalypse has its on set of unique problems that need to be taken care of…YUCK!

#4 – Tools/Weapons – This is another easy one… You need to be able to not only protect yourself and loved ones but have the tools to build whatever is needed to get by is a must.

#3 – Be aware of your surroundings – There is much to be said about straight up just paying attention to what is going around you.  After the first few surprise zombie attacks they learn that being constantly vigilant can mean the difference between life and ending up zombie cow.

#2 – Be resourceful with what you have. – The heroes on the show become experts at scavenging.  Making the most of anything that they come across that could help them survive.

#1 – Keep your head straight.  – This is actually a big one.  Survival experts all agree that if you can’t keep your head straight when the SHTF could cost you and your group their lives.  In the series the leader of the group becomes delusional and really puts the entire group in danger.  There are also several other times throughout the series where the mental health of various members of the group that end badly.

While TV shows are designed mainly to entertain keep in mind that it doesn’t mean you can’t learn a thing or two for them.  While the chances of a zombie apocalypse are not likely there is always the possibility that there will be some sort of disaster whether large or small in which you can apply your survival skills to.  Where and how you learn them is not as important as the fact that you learn them.

Whats your take on The Walking Dead?

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  1. Patriot Dave

    April 1, 2013 at 12:04 PM

    8. No matter how safe your location seems, you need to be ready to bug out at a moment’s notice. (ie. farmhouse) A bob at your bol.
    9. Everyone in the group needs to know basic or even advanced medical care. (you never know when the baby will come)
    10. Never patrol or scavenge alone. Need a buddy system.
    11. Have a meet up location in case people get separated.
    12. a determined force can overcome what appears to be solid defenses. (multiple examples of fences overrun by zombies and trucks)

  2. Treadgar

    April 1, 2013 at 12:19 PM

    They just had a marathon on The Walking Dead. There are people watching this other than zombie flick fans. Just a day ago I passed by a public TV and the show was on. One laughed out, “This is so unrealistic!” I told her that wasn’t completely true. She laughed again. I said there are zombies in the real world and I see them everyday. No they aren’t zombies yet, but imagine a SHTF scenario, one where things break down, no food at the super market, little or no gas, no power, everything shuts down and then the zombies come. I told her I didn’t call them zombies but “vertical barbarians.”

    Despite the unrealism she admitted the entertainment value was high. I told her people were fascinated because The Walking Dead is symbolically relevant to the world around us. There is still a lot of realism here. It’s a warning muted by fictional devices mixed with the familiar. That’s why it’s frightening.

    • Nanook

      April 1, 2013 at 4:51 PM

      I’m in agreement. I call them democrats. Really, I do.

      • Chip

        April 4, 2013 at 10:04 PM

        Don’t you mean dumocrats!

  3. Mike in AZ

    April 1, 2013 at 1:24 PM

    The Walking Dead is not entertainment. It is a series of training films on how to deal with liberals/progressives/Democrats/RINO’s/anti-gun nutcases/traitors/mainstream media maggots/etc.

    With no visible reloading equipment or supplies or ammo sources, where do they keep getting enough ammo to continue to survive?

    • Soap Guy

      April 1, 2013 at 2:05 PM

      The endless supply of ammo and other defensive equipment come from the same Prop. Master that provides six shooters that the hero of movies and TV can shoot twenty times without reloading and vehicles that in real life would get about 5 MPG that go across Europe or the U.S without refueling. It is the magic of the movies and TV.

    • Maureen

      April 3, 2013 at 12:00 PM

      They get theirs from the “Prop Dept”. LOL The story line needs to be revamped to show what they would do when they really encounter a shortage. They have been taking rounds from where ever they can find them on raids, etc. But we all know the real world will be depleted quickly, so the show needs to be proactive with that.

      • Anonymous

        February 27, 2018 at 3:13 PM

        Ugeene makes them plenty ,lol.

  4. Dr. Wayne

    April 1, 2013 at 3:43 PM

    Great idea for an essay and highly applicable. Here are some of the principles I’ve observed:
    …Get along, no time to be a prima donna
    …Learn to share–almost everything
    …Don’t get hung up on the details–take action
    …Everyone-whether mentally challenged of very young-can contribute in some way

  5. OneBigDaddy

    April 2, 2013 at 7:06 AM

    The Walking Dead is a pretty good primer for learning Basic human Sociology. Knowing how people think and react under extreme stress is an absolute necessity in a SHTF scenario. You have to learn “tells” (or little signs or hints as to a person’s true intent). You may not be able to “TRUST” even your own neighbor–or family member for that matter–under extreme conditions. You need people for a group, but WHO?
    Pay close attention to people around you now and learn who is sincere and who is faking it just to “appear” nice. I have neighbors who “act” nice and polite when I’m around, but I know some of them are drug addicts and thieves and would cut my throat in a second if they could get what I have.

  6. Sarah Steadman

    April 2, 2013 at 9:42 AM

    Screw walkong dead….best advice came from Zombieland…..

    Personal favorite:
    Double tap

    • hotrod

      August 12, 2018 at 4:02 PM

      two in the chest one in the head
      just to make sure they stay dead.

  7. Craig

    April 3, 2013 at 8:08 PM

    Great tips including 8-12. Would like to see more done with the .22. And there’s no way I’d have left those duce and half trucks on the3 road, they’d be parked in the prison yard. And to the writter’s Hummers have roll flat tires. Holywood is what it is.

  8. Mike

    April 15, 2013 at 11:18 AM

    Everyone keeps complaining about the ammo supplies as though there would be a shortage in the series!?!?!? The virus struck pretty quick…not enough survivors to deplete the ammo supply. Every house, every small town store, etc`, etc would have more zombies (who are shooting) than survivors who could have used up the ammo.

    It happened quick. Most everyone turned = not large numbers of survivors = not many people to use up the ammo.

  9. ron

    April 16, 2013 at 11:32 PM

    I don’t care about an ammo shortage for the show, I care about now, ammo shortages. anyone have trouble getting ammo?

  10. frank

    February 6, 2015 at 7:44 PM

    use common sense same skills needed to fight the dead are the same situation when any natural situation / walk dead can be used as a guide when this world go wrong and the way its going wont be long

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