Easy mode: Choose the start which grants you the Mosin + Scope and the handgun as a weapon.
Go for loot runs in the big light grey area (much easier enemies then in the dark grey area).
First 3 major investments:
- Better backpack
- Better Armor
- NV Goggles
Especially during night time you can take out the whole lumber yard without a single shot being fired towards you (even if you don’t have NVGs yet, they only make the way to the lumber yard quicker and safer).