Zombieland: All 33 Of Columbus' Survival Rules

What are Columbus' rules to surviving the zombie apocalypse in Zombieland? Here are all 33 rules that Jesse Eisenberg put together during his journey.

Zombieland Columbus Survival Rules

In Zombieland, Columbus has a set of rules that he put together in order to survive the zombie apocalypse. The movie, directed by Ruben Fleischer (Venom), first went into development in 2005 before the final script was written. Zombieland followed a group of four people who band together for a cross-country road trip during a zombie epidemic (a strain of mad cow disease mutated, resulting in a massive outbreak). Those affected across the United States started to attack and kill the innocent.

Zombieland starred Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone, and Abigail Breslin as the core leads. Harrelson and Eisenberg played Tallahassee and Columbus, two survivors that eventually run into a pair of sisters, Wichita (Stone) and Little Rock (Breslin). Rather than get attached to people, it was best to go by nicknames or in their case, the locations that they identified with.

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From the start of the movie, Columbus is shown to be following a set of rules he's created for living in a zombie-ravaged land. Here are all 33 of Columbus' rules to surviving the apocalypse revealed in Zombieland:

Rule #1: Cardio

Rule #2: The Double Tap

Rule #3: Beware of Bathrooms

Rule #4: Wear Your Seatbelt

Rule #5: No Attachments

Rule #6: Cast Iron Skillet

Rule #7: Travel Light

Rule #8: Get a Kickass Partner

Rule #9: With Your Bare Hands

Rule #10: Don’t Swing Low

Rule #11: Use Your Feet

Rule #12: Bounty Paper Towels

Rule #13: Shake It Off

Rule #14: Always Carry a Change of Underwear

Rule #15: Bowling Ball

Rule #16: Opportunity Knocks

Rule #17: (Don’t) Be a Hero

Rule #18: Limber Up

Rule #19: Break It Up

Rule #20: It’s a Marathon, Not a Sprint

Rule #21: Avoid Strip Clubs

Rule #22: When in Doubt, Know Your Way Out

Rule #23: Ziploc

Rule #24: Use Your Thumbs

Rule #25: Shoot First

Rule #26: A Little Sunscreen Never Hurt Anybody

Rule #27: Incoming!

Rule #28: Double-knot Your Shoes

Rule #29: The Buddy System

Rule #30: Pack Your Stain Stick 

Rule #31: Check the Back Seat 

Rule #32: Enjoy the Little Things 

Rule #33: Swiss Army Knife

ZOmbieland Rule Check The Back Seat

Columbus put the rules together as he went along his journey with Tallahassee. Some of the rules are more self-explanatory than others. For example, the first one, cardio, was included to point out that the faster you are, the better chance you have at running away to safety. It's also important to not be a hero, as suggested with rule #17 as showing off could backfire. Many of the rules aren't just aimed at fighting zombies, some explain the necessities for survival supplies and how to keep up with hygiene.

Arguably the most important rule would be #2, the double tap, which also happened to influence the title of the Zombieland sequel, releasing this October. Columbus instituted the double tap rule as a way to remind himself to never assume a zombie wass dead. A second shot to the zombie's head was always required.

Only a handful of Columbus' rules were displayed in Zombieland, with the others shared through promotional materials and extra content. The young man certainly didn't seem like the type who was capable of living through an invasion of flesh-eating zombies but his rules paved the way to his survival. Columbus will have undoubtedly added a new set of rules to his list since the events of the first movie in Zombieland: Double Tap.

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