Right, I’ll just write it down for both situations:
- Water purifier, because, well, eventually all the bottled water will run out
- Night vision goggles
- Fire axe
I chose the last three, because I feel against runners you want to avoid confrontation as much as possible. The goggles allow you to go out at night, without revealing your position, while the machete is the best option in case of multiple enemies (large cutting blade and short handle make using it easier). The axe is there for more heavy duty stuff (barricades, trees, or single targets). Most other stuff on the list will either just draw attention to you (like the flashlight and shepard), run out of ammo (all the guns, even more so since I’m not in america and guns are very scarce to begin with), or are just useless to begin with (first aid kit won’t help against a zombie bite, and what would you use a camera for? For your vlogging channel?)
- Body Armour
- Fire axe
- Water purifier (again, same reason as before)
- German Shepard/night vision goggles
Here, while you still want to avoid confrontation, it’s slightly easier to either escape a confrontation again, or to deal with it (given the slower speed of them). Hence, an axe is enough for self defence (the slower speed compared to the machete is offset by the fact you have more time to react).
Body armour is also more useful, because you’re less likely to get swarmed, and as such, you get far more use out of it to warrant an occasional mistake. Besides, because of the slower speed of the zombies, the small hit you take in mobility due to the armour isn’t that big of a deal.
The last point is a hard one. On the one hand, I can see the appeal of the dog; it can be useful for tracking, self defence, and just as a sanity support. Downsides, it needs food too, can cause problems (I am legend anyone?), and you will likely outlive it, which will make the hit to your sanity even worse. The goggles give you even more freedom as to when to scout areas out, or when to traverse areas. If I had to make a choice, I’d go with the goggles, but they only barely win from the Shepard