The Zombease 6-Minute Survivor Challenge

Zombie at the doorMost every disaster or survival situation – including things like earthquakes, fires, tsunamis, flash floods, tropical storms, and even zombie outbreaks occur with little to no warning that they are on the way… and that can quickly spell disaster for the under prepared and uninitiated.

This is where the Zombease 6-minute survival challenge comes in. This exercise is designed to help you better prepare for sudden disasters and potentially life-threatening situations at home, in the wild, on the streets, or in the workplace.

6-minute Survivor Challenge
Survivors need supplies, that’s just the way it is. From fire, food, water, shelter, and so on, there are an endless number of options available for the taking… if we’re given the time to do so.

This challenge gives you 6-minutes (half that of an average tornado warning) to collect as many emergency supplies as possible before disaster strikes (Pre-packed items like Every Day Carry kits and/or Bug Out Bags DO NOT COUNT) and it’s too late to gather supplies.

Grab a grocery bag, pillow case, or similar every day item, start a timer and see what you can get together before time runs out. Be creative and think critically, don’t just randomly grab at gear and supplies until your bag is full, make every piece count… but don’t take too much time thinking things over, after all the clock is ticking and time is running out.

Did you get enough to keep you alive for the next day, week, month, or more? Maybe less? Comment below and send photos of your haul to: zombease at gmail dot com.

By taking the time to challenge yourself now and practice this technique, you may end up saving your life and/or the lives of those you love. Stay active, stay safe, stay alive.

The Zombease 6-minute Survivor Challenge was inspired by our friends and fellow survivors at Zombieteers.


  1. Always keep your b.o.b. ready. Make 2 one for your vehichle and one at home.

  2. i came up with a jar of peanut butter,crackers,pinto beans,2 knives,few boxes of ammo, my glock,walkie talkies with weather band, my xl skinth packed with fire and first aid kit essentials,nvg monacular and a walking stick.,

  3. I got a backpack, weather coat, handgun and shotgun (both same spot) boxes for each, diapers for my baby boy, 2 32 oz. water bottles, 3 knives (1 for me, 1 for wife, 1 for bag), snacks for baby, 10 home made survival bars, 2 head lamps, lighter and time ran out…. hard to prep for this when you already have it all in one spot.

    • That’s a good set of gear, man!
      I know what you mean about having everything in once place, but, as you noticed, there’s plenty of valuable gear in places we often over look!

  4. Box of matches (fire & lighting), small pot (boil water), coffee filters (filter water), some canned and dehydrated food, multi-tool, rope, 1 set appropriate clothing, first aid kit (with limited meds) from the bathroom, paring knife (defense & cutting), broom handle (walking stick & defense) and a small crow bar from my tool chest.
    This was a good drill.

  5. If I were to do it now while at work(resturant) I think id have a unfair advantage. But hey all the more to share with others

    • No such thing as an unfair advantage, it is what it is.
      I was walking around the school store last night before class and came up with a wealth of stuff only accessible to me at the time. – Jake

      • Yeah but in this resturant I’m talking loads of canned goods. Loads of dried foods. 3 large first aid kits. Functional weaponry mounted to the walls. Tons of crawlspace. And the doors are steel and 4 exits. Acess to the roof. A stream right beside. And all the furniture is sturdy oak. And lots of alcohol for barter. But I do agree with your point

    • Ha I wouldnt be grabbing stuff id batten the hatches and secure for aslong as the doors hold :P…. but if I can’t I know what vitals to get, not alot but i should last XD

  6. Jessie (AKA: Dragon)

    I’ve tested myself and even tested my family, (wife and two kids 8 yrs old and 17 yrs old)…Then I tested us all together…Separately, we all didn’t do very well…But when tested together, we seem to work better as a team…The wife was great at collecting the food, while I was more inclined to gather weapons and camping gear while my 17 yrs old was able to grab medical supplies and clothing and my 8 yrs old grabbed more of the entertainment things, such as my Kindle fire, Nintendo DS, a few books and my laptop…
    Though it seemed that we may have stumbled onto something that most people forget about, I have to say that I’ve been prepping now for about a year maybe a little longer, but I’ve also included my family into the prepping for the Z-poc which seemed to help us out a lot during the trial of this new test…
    With us, we keep a lot of things ready to go, but handing everyone a pillow case and telling them this is what you have to fit everything into and be ready to go in 6 minutes, really tested our thinking…
    The wife went straight to the pantry and slapped the canned soups and all the Ramen Noodles and a few of the emergency burners and the many boxes of wooden matches in her case…
    My 17 yrs. old took a try…He went for the noodles, my rifle and several boxes of ammo and a coat…
    Now it was my 8 yrs old turn…I wasn’t expecting much, but I did tell him it was a game and if he did good, I would get him the PS3 version of MineCraft…I think he did pretty good…He grabbed my kindle fire, went for the noodles, my rifle and ammo and a couple pairs of pants, socks, underwear and a coat…
    (Now before anyone has a heartattack because I let my 8 yr old grab my rifle, I left the gun lock on it and I’ve also been teaching my boys how to shoot and how to be safe when handling guns…So don’t panic…)
    To tell you the truth, my 8 yr old did really good in my book…The smart move of grabbing my kindle fire, which has many many survival guides, books and games was very smart…With the many zombie survival guides I have on the kindle, he could really help himself and maybe even others with reading them and when he felt he was safe enough to bed down for the night, he could take his mind off of the situation with a game or two…
    So yes he’ll be getting his MineCraft…(LOL)
    As for me, I did grab my kindle fire, my rifle and ammo, a coat and packed some food and one of my many fire starter kits…
    Granted I didn’t grab much, but what I grabbed was what i could survive on…
    But combining my family into this test, I think we would live a good while before we would have to set out looking for more supplies….Thanks for giving me another game in which to play when training my 8 yr old and his Cub Scout troop in disaster preparedness….

    • This is a fantastic breakdown of your process, and I’m really excited to hear that the whole family worked on it both individually and together as a team.

      You sound like a great group of people and a very smart/loving family.

      Kudos on a job well done!

  7. im gonna make my entire family do this soon. this way they can all think on their feet so we can all grab different stuff if we’re together to maximize effectiveness. sounds like a great prepping tool

  8. I honestly took about twenty extra seconds to make sure I grabbed a backpack, and not just a pillowcase or anything like that. It may take a few more seconds, but if you can strap it to your back, you can carry it longer without thinking about it. If you throw everything into a pillowcase or a trash bag and run, you’ll constantly be switching hands with it, exhausting one arm or the other until such time that you actually need that appendage, and it will fail you due to exertion.
    After that, I snagged two 50 count boxes of 9mm from my bookshelf (ball) and my Beretta. Unfortunately, the box I kept it in only had three magazines, one in the well and two in the foam. So that’s only about 45 shots until a reload. I took the time to throw some extra socks into the bag, unfortunately, just cotton, I guess my good ones are in the wash. That kinda blows. An extra pair of pants and a shirt, along with a bandana. Flashlight, a nice slim 5-11 one that runs off AAA batteries, LED and long lasting. I found an old folder knife in my desk, but no firestriker. Had to settle for a Bic lighter instead. I also found my old camelbak in the bottom of my closet, so watersource.
    Found a good spool of laundry line, I have no idea where my 550 cord is. I thought I had some outside of my BOB, but I guess not. Can’t believe my BOB is off limits for this game, that’s fucked. I did, however, use the last 45 seconds to put on my old army boots and run to the garage and get a tarp. So, overall, while it didn’t suck… I did not get everything I wanted.

    • Sounds like you found a lot of great stuff and learned a lot about what you have readily at hand and don’t.

      To clarify the reasoning for making EDCs and BOBs: This is designed to test critical thinking skills, sudden and extremely limited situational adaptation, and to remind folks that things don’t always go as planned. Sometimes we are caught without our ready-made kits, survival gear, supplies, and such.

      Good work!

  9. Just did the challenge. I stayed away from the room where all my survival gear and guns were just to make it fair. I still managed to grab an older slightly worn 3 day hiking pack from the broom closet, went strait to the entry room and grabbed a half dozen water bottles, to the kitchen and grabbed a bunch of random can food a can opener aluminum foil zip locks garbage bags and a lighter and some trail mix, to the garage and grabbed a crowbar work gloves debris mask and a camp stove, finally I went to the front door where my entrance stand is and grabbed a 3 season coat my camp knife ( about 5″ blade) a headlamp for walking and a hat. I had about 30 seconds left on the clock so I grabbed my bow and arrows and a box of .45 off the shelf. I carry daily so my pistol and a small knife and light as well as 2 spare mags (25 rounds total 8+8+8+1) were on my person. It was a good drill and keeping away from my survival gear made it realistic. I even tried to avoid my camping gear and stuck to items that would be readily available at Walmart (minus my pistol and bow). I actually considered leaving the bow but I live close enough to the woods to make it realistic for bringing down game. I think 6 minutes in a place you know is a fair amount of time, I would be hard pressed to grab all the essentials in an unfamiliar place even one like cabelas or walmart where the gear is there but you have to look and the space is bigger. Good drill all in all though.

    This is similar to the zombease-6-minute-survivor-challenge, but with survival kits allowed.
    I think 1 minute but with no survival kits allowed is a better stress test.

    • Thanks for sharing, Steve. You’ll see that I chose 6-mins but cutting a standard emergency alert warning time in half and that I left the kits out to help build critical thinking skills.

  11. FrozenBrooklynight

    Knife, 200g sealed package of ground coffee, small pot, cheesecloth, 500g of pasta, two apples, zippo, 4m of nylon rope, litre of whiskey, sharpie pen, backup eyeglasses, passports, and guitar strings.

  12. Tried it twice. First time, used my camping/survival gear closet. Kept it to 5 minutes to keep it interesting.
    Backpack, Sleeping Bag, Closed Cell pad, machete , hatchet, folding saw, cook kit, stove, fold down fishing pole and tackle, flashlight and lantern, Tarp and hammock, 100′ paracord, poncho, 2L water bladder and filter and a round dozen cans of food with a bag of instant rice, box of tea and a box of matches. Was a pretty heavy load and packed badly, would have sucked to carry it very far! But was quick!
    Second time, stayed away from my gear closet. 5 minutes and change.
    2 Small backpacks, light blanket, rain jacket, approx. 50′ of clothesline, lighter, flashlight, small tarp, belt knife and multitool, skillet and pot, 2 boxes tea candles, weather radio, metal file, spoon/fork/steak knife, 3 cans of sterno and a handful of metal coat hangers, and last but probably most useful – 2 rolls duck tape and a box of 50 heavy duty garbage bags.

    Was interesting to try it both ways. And stubbed the HELL out of my toe running around the kitchen and basement! :)

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