Tips and Tricks:
Playing on European servers at night contributes to likely daylight conditions,
or playing on U.S. servers during local daylight hours has the same effect.
Always go for supplies first. You need food and water, especially water. Find it
first and you can avoid dehydration, which is a threat if you have to move long
distances in search of a big city, for instance.
Small towns aren't worth your trouble and could leave you dehydrated, so check
the map and find the bigger cities. Of course, bigger cities also mean more
zombies, but it's better to run that risk while earning great rewards than it is
to lose everything scavenging some tiny hamlet that yields nothing of interest.
Although zombies can run as fast as you can, they often won't chase you for
long. You can also lose them by running around a corner and hiding in a shed or
building, or just dropping to the ground (which also works great as an offensive
measure of sorts, if you're carrying an ax and want to launch a surprise attack
on a pursuing zombie).
Guns are by far the most effective weapon. You can shoot a zombie in the head to
kill it quickly. With a melee weapon, as noted above, you're best off if you lie
prone. That way, you'll take less damage. Finally, do keep in mind that guns
make noise and they could attract unwanted attention from additional zombies, so
take that all into account.