While a good number of campers, trekkers and trampers will be confident and at peace in the outdoors equipped with their tiny celidor handled Swiss Army Knives, the Hunter, Survivalist and of course Zombie Hunters (and Huntresses) would up the ante and carry a Machete of some form either in their rucksacks, bug-out-bags or even safely carried onto their belts.
The machete has played a crucial role in historical events from the rain forests of central America all the way to the isles of Great Britain (or UK for the hip at heart) but it's true value lies not only in its versatility in performing cutting tasks but also the great amount of work that it can accomplish and an even greater amount of destruction it can unleash. I guess that's why the name Spanish term 'machete" literally translates to "little sledgehammer".
I've often han an aversion for carrying more than one multi-tool or a multipurpose knife during my scouting days. I have come to realize that the reason behind this is the fact that the situtations that I have found my self in during those times never called for a need to use workhorse / torture resilient tools. I never even needed to fish back then, nor hunt nor did I ever consider eating insects.
But gone are those days and as the Zombie Outbreak slowly, but surely begins to show signs of actually taking place the need for stronger, more reliable and more resilient tools come into order. Actually, I've started using a machete not because of zombies but because I realized that I cannot fell a small tree nor build improvised shelters with a dinky pocket knife. The machete has served my needs so well over time that I now look at it as an indispensible tool whenever I go out in the wild. I may leave my take-down recurve hunting bow, but you'll have to pry my carbon steel machete from my dead decomposing hands.