What's the One Device You Need to Survive the Apocalypse?

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The zombie horde is coming. The pandemic is spreading. An EMP just fried the grid. One way or another, you need to get out of this soon-to-be-godforsaken city. You gaze forlornly at your glorious pile of technology, knowing you’ve gotta make a hard choice about what to bring.


All week at Gizmodo, we’ve been exploring survival — how to prepare for the next major earthquake, how humans engineer for disaster, and how to survive the terrible, meaningless accidents that hit us out of nowhere. We’ve also spoken with experts about how to survive the collapse of civilization itself.

But honestly, we’re going to be some pretty woebegone survivors without our precious devices. So, we want to know which of those devices to bring. What piece of technology will shield us from the nuclear fallout, help us evade the cannibalistic road warriors, or simply keep us entertained in a world without Netflix? What’s the one device we should all be bringing into our apocalypse bunkers, no matter what? Doesn’t have to be fancy, but it does have to be damn useful.


Image: The radio tranceiver I’ll use to chat with the International Space Station after the apocalypse, via Shutterstock

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A working electric vehicle with a long range and a fold up solar charger.

Every apocalyptic event conceived puts survival while remaining in a city, at near zero. Impossible to get food, clean water or any of the necessities of life without taking it from someone else, and I would never bank on my alpha-preditor skills.

An electric vehicle, unless the apocalypse was caused by an EMP attack, is the only vehicle that you don’t have to salvage gas for. And salvaging gas is gonna be a deadly activity. It may take a long time to recharge with a solar charger, but you aren’t going to fill a gas tank by just hunkering down and staying put. Which you will with a BEV or plug in hybrid vehicle.