The classic Germanic fairy tale, Hansel and Gretel, tells the story of two young children who leave breadcrumbs as a trail marker to help them find their way home while exploring a deep dark forest. Not surprisingly animals eat the crumbs, leaving the children lost and alone. Though their intention was good, their execution was sorely lacking.
When traveling about in a zombie catastrophe, consider carrying spray paint with you to tag anything important. By using a simple code of dots and stripes, you can subtly label the world around you, making it easy to find your way back home, locate potential safe houses, and avoid possible areas of danger. The clear drawback is that spray paint cans rattle, so paint pens and even a paint brush could be used instead. Survival strategist, David Morris, recommends using some less permanent, but silent options:
“Carrying grease pens and/or chalk with you will allow you to mark points of interest for you or other members of your group.”
Even if you’ve lived in the same town all your life, and believe you know every inch of every building, marking your path is invaluable in a lawless survival situation.
When searching large structures, mark the halls you pass along the way, making note of the quickest way to get out. The last thing you want when encountering a gang of zombies or unfriendly humans deep inside a building is to not know exactly where to find the nearest exit. There’s no time to think at a moment like that, and your tagged path will allow you to focus on speed and nothing else.
Whether serving as a communication device between loved ones, or for navigation and crisis survival, a versitile tagging tool is an essential part of any good zombie preparedness kit.