Buy seeds now and you can probably grow your own tobacco. It doesn't need much tending and can be let go while you evade Zeds. Whiskey, not hard to make with an old time still.
Candy bars and TV. Two nice things that have probably led to the downfall of most people's health, along with tobacco.
Water is everywhere, you've just got to find it and purify it. I've got a well at my home so I've just got to power the electric pump or set up a hand pump.
I don't smoke so I believe I'll get the better end of trades when folks like you come along and I have ready rolled cigars and cigarettes.
Yeah Brotha, would ya like a smoke and a cup of shine? Well its gonna cost ya this much. Paper money. Bwahahahahahahahahaha. Dude, we're set up in an old bank. Look in the barrel over there. We're burning hundreds to heat the still. ;)
Papa, I keep the toilet tank clean as a whistle and sanitized with a little beach. I saw a movie on fall-out survival when I was a kid. The tank water can be used as can draining your water heater. There's a cool tool out there called "Bath Buddy" that is basically a big plastic bladder that fills up to the size of your bathtub. So, if you are staying put, there's a few ideas. I also invested in portable water purifiers that use a 2 - 5gallon bucket system and isn't any bigger than a foot ball. Also have the Jeep always loaded with straws that purify as well.
Sweets - in my seed bank are Stevia seeds. I have stocked up on plain unsweetened cocoa powder and raw honey, I have dried fruits My pantry has all the ingredients to bake a cake, make muffins, etc.
There are lots of substances that can be smoked like, um... chicory in addition to tobacco.
Hot Showers, why can't you take a hot shower? I don't have running water where I live, but I take hot showers all the time, either heated from the sun or from a pot on the stove.
Toilet Paper? If you can make cloth diapers, you can make cloth "wipes" too. Wash and reuse. Same goes for sanitary pads, etc.
You really don't have to lack for anything, there may be lots of things available - esp if 80% of the population is wiped out. The key is to start preparing now.
ok ok ya, its easy to find if you know where to look. and that was the question. where do you look? of course scavanging in the city for food water and amo will be slightly different than old farmhouses in hte country. so depending on where you find yourself, and of course in which time frame. for example: 3 years later after everything has been looted and burnt as apposed to 3 months later when there are things still left to be had. its interesting how each one of us has a preconcieved idea (me include) when discussing zombies. again for example: stage one (beggining epidemic), stage two (survival), and then stage three (settling or living). I generally asume most people think post zomipocalypse. I certainly wouldn't want to be near any hot zone in the early stages. that's why its important to be able to read the signs and know what stage your in and what to expect. for example: stage one i would be liquidating assets before its to late, then buying the more expensive resources. ie motor bike, ammunition, boat. By stage two its to late to buy anything, markets have fallen, mass hystaria... looting, killing... zombies. (by this stage I will be hiding out, working a plan to have a few back up safe houses. stage three, if your plan has worked... it should be on to living (as it is), setting in, but being prepared for any contingency. At this stage preparation is all you have left.