Now is a good time to ponder the apocalypse. Iran and North Korea are going nuclear, the wonky weather is a harbinger of catastrophic climate change, and end-of-the-world blockbusters abound. (Tim Burton’s ‘9’ came out last week and ‘2012,’ ‘The Road,’ and ‘Zombieland‘ are all coming up later this fall.)
In that dismal spirit, the Switched team has gathered its first choices for last-chance gadgetry — a collection of 12 must-haves if society is in peril, whether it be by fire or ice, zombies or aliens. Using our handy “What Type of Apocalypse Will It Be?” chart below, you’ll be able to find the right gadgets for the right disaster and the ensuing fallout. We’ve prepared for all possibilities (Needs for speed, power, disease prevention, water sources, and survivalist entertainment, among others, are all accounted for.), but have left out weapons — that’s a whole other enchilada. So as icebergs melt and horsemen ride, gear up and get ready.