Method 2: The alternate method
The alternate method is quite simple and recommended for larger groups only. This method is not focused on stealth and planning, it is focused on speed. It is recommend that you have some sort of strong motorized transport for this. Basically, if you are driving around an area with a group of people and you need supplies, this is for you. I wouldn't use this "technique" if you are on foot or if you are trying to make your way to a safe location because it draws a lot more attention than the first method.
Step 1: How about this place?
Find a suitable location and park in front of it.
Step 2: Go!
Everyone except the driver get the hell out of the vehicle. At this point you should have some kind of blunt instrument in your hand. Quickly make your way to the building and if not previously done proceed to smash your way through any door or window to gain quick access. If you're confident your transportation can handle it, feel free to just use that to make an entrance.
Step 3: This looks nice
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As quickly as you can, run around and instinctively grab everything that you think may be of some use. A backpack is still helpful for this, but you can pretty much use anything you want. If you can, use some discretion while looting. Some items are definitely more useful than others. Also, if possible, one person should be designated as the lookout. They are tasked with basically guarding the others while they loot. A lookout is not necessary, however adds a nice element of safety to the situation.
Step 4: A Speedy Departure
Once you're loaded up with goodies, it's time to hastily get back outside and into your getaway vehicle. Once you are all back in the vehicle (seatbelts on!), you can go ahead and plow over the zombies who by this time have almost surely made it across the street, and to you.
Types of location
Let's start with different types of locations that are ideal for gathering everything you may need at once.
The Shopping Center
Walmart, Costco, Target, BJ's Wholesale, Sam's Club
Places such as these are beneficial because they carry such a vast range of goods in their stores. You will be able to find anything from everyday groceries to firearms and ammunition. They also tend to not be depleted of supplies as quickly, as they have very large stock. If you need to use them there are also a ton of emergency exits and secondary escape routes.
One of the negative things, though, is the sheer size of the stores. It is very difficult to check the entirety of the store for any threats. The size of the store will also greatly increase the time it takes to find and gather everything. There is also the possibility that when the outbreak occurred, the store was full of hundreds of customers now turned zombie. An inconvenience like that would virtually render the place useless unless you had a very well thought out distraction plan.
What do I take?
As I mentioned briefly, these types of stores would carry almost everything you could ever need in a survival situation. Here is a quick rundown of some ideas for what could be useful in a store like Walmart or a wholesale store. First, they carry a lot of hardware and tools. Depending upon your state, your local Walmart may have firearms and ammunition which would be one of the first things to get taken by other people so stock up when you can. There is a whole camping section for things like tents, flashlights, and machetes. Find some new clothes for the season, some automotive supplies, and food.