A Kit to Keep You Ready for Anything (Even Zombies)

Check out what’s inside our premium emergency car kit and enter the Esurance Zombie Sweeps for your chance to win one.

This week’s sweeps has ended. Comment on the most recent zombie blog post to be entered in the ongoing sweepstakes.

We’re 2 weeks into the Esurance Zombie Sweeps, and so far, your survival gear suggestions have been fantastic. Many entries have stressed the importance of having a solid plan and a stable group to fend off walkers, while others forgo companionship and suggest stockpiling duct tape, a good pair of running shoes, and plenty of batteries.

To continue our celebration of National Preparedness Month (and to prep for the return of The Walking Dead), we’re giving away 100 emergency car kits stocked with survival essentials, and one grand prize: a trip for 2 to zombie survival camp! Not only will this gear prepare you for roadside emergencies, power outages, and the unpredictable wrath of nature, but it’ll also come in handy in a fight against the undead. Check it out below.


Emergency Kit Must-Haves and Their Zombie Upgrades

You probably already know how useful a few basic items can be in an emergency. But, nonetheless, check out the gallery to see how our emergency car kit can help you be prepared for anything … even a zombie attack.

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Enter the Zombie Sweepstakes*

To enter our sweeps for a chance to win an emergency car kit, all you have to do is comment below and tell us what you think is the most important thing to have in an emergency. Whether you’re preparing for a winter storm, a flat tire in 100-degree heat, or the zombie apocalypse, tell us what you’d want to have (aside from food, water, and some type of weapon … for the zombies, of course).

Your comment will also automatically enter you for a shot at the grand prize — a trip for 2 to zombie survival camp in Portland, Oregon, including a 2-night hotel stay and $2,000 in travel money.

If you don’t win this time, don’t worry. You’ve still got one more week to come back and try again.

Sorry, New Yorkers! You aren’t eligible to win due to regulations in your state. But we encourage you to create your own emergency car kits to be prepared for anything.

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4,827 Responses to “A Kit to Keep You Ready for Anything (Even Zombies)”

  1. Timm Rubel
    September 23, 2013 #

    I would agree with many others above and say that you are missing fire (matches, lighter or fire started). Also a compass would be another recommendation for the survival kit.

  2. Anthony Burke
    September 23, 2013 #

    OKAY, like the post says, all necessary things are already available, the other thing I would bring is my IPOD, nothing is better then listing to some good tunes when your running, fighting, or sneaking your way though a Zombie infested streets!!!

    • Tracey M. Martin
      September 23, 2013 #

      Wouldn't it be nice if iPods had hand cranks?

  3. Chris Brauch
    September 23, 2013 #

    Water and a lighter is a great start to getting through any emergency.

  4. Phil Pattengill
    September 23, 2013 #

    Shotgun and pistol. Both are handy for both zombie situations and for getting home safely during rush hour in the metroplex.

  5. christierunion
    September 23, 2013 #

    Fire/light (matches, flashlight, lighter) and a cell phone/radio of some sort

  6. Karyn
    September 23, 2013 #


  7. Danielle McQueary
    September 23, 2013 #

    Matches to light a fire.

  8. Lisa Pellegrino
    September 23, 2013 #

    Well since you already say food, water and some type of weapon for the zombies, I'm going to offer some less obvious suggestions: zip ties, mini solar battery charger with USB port, pack towel, whistle, compass, crank radio & flashlight, hatchet, road maps, pliers, screw driver, scissors, and water purification tablets.

  9. Charley Nelson
    September 23, 2013 #

    A shovel. It's my most used permanent trunk item.

  10. Cherryssa Cooper
    September 23, 2013 #

    Knowing where to go is key. Always take copies of all important papers: wills, insurance papers, ss cards, bank statement, for example. If you can't get home for whatever reason, you will have the start to recovering your life.

  11. Martin
    September 23, 2013 #

    An air horn (spray can type). Lock it on, toss it, and run. From previous experience, I know many zombies are attracted to noise and will go toward it instead of chasing you. Trust me, it works.

  12. Edwin
    September 23, 2013 #

    A military style hunting knife will get you everthing you need to survive.

  13. Connie Foley
    September 23, 2013 #

    Fire, back-up battery pack, for dead battery, radio, electronic communications etc…

  14. Robert G
    September 23, 2013 #

    Water, cell phone and car charger, crossword puzzle book and a lot of courage and common sense

  15. Lisa
    September 23, 2013 #

    Water, batteries, a battery operated radio, a solar powered phone charger, canned and or dried foods, a gun or bow n arrow, blankets, and a compass

  16. David Tyree
    September 23, 2013 #

    To survive the most common tool is to keep your head (brains), and to have a knowledge of ones surroundings, secure accommodations, food/water, and a friend.

  17. Amy Keddell
    September 23, 2013 #

    In my opinion, the coolest thing in the zombie survival kit is the light stick and the utility knife. If i could add anything to the kit it would be a solar rechargeable cell phone, a water filter and a lighter!

    September 23, 2013 #

    Blanket and a cuddly companion

  19. Wes brown
    September 23, 2013 #

    I would add a steel pipe.Extra leverage for lug nuts and light effective weapon for zombie attacks.

  20. Brenn
    September 23, 2013 #

    A SolarLinkFR360 From Eton. It Includes A Weather Band Radio, NOAA Weather Alerts, LED Light, And Misc Other Things. The Best Thing Is It Is Solar And Hand Crank Powered.

  21. Erica Q.
    September 23, 2013 #

    Binoculars, flares, and some firecrackers for temporary diversions to buy some time to get away or sneak past a hoard of the undead.

  22. Justin parker
    September 23, 2013 #

    you're going to have to be able to catch food or possibly restrain a former comrade. I think the tow cable they're nice but some good old fashioned rope that is a fluorescent might be better for trapping dinner.

  23. Deidre Gray
    September 23, 2013 #

    You would need Clean Drinking water. This is an necessary essential to sustain human life. Some realistic options to have in your kit are several bottles of Spring Water, A Brita Water Filter, and Chemical Purifying Pacs used in third world countries that take polluted water and make it drinkable. Having clean water is important so that you can hydrate yourself no matter where you arrive during the zombie apocolypse!

    September 23, 2013 #

    buckets full of grenades

  25. Paul
    September 23, 2013 #

    socks, nothing more valuable than dry socks.

  26. Brad Tomayko
    September 23, 2013 #

    A lighter or matches and a knife

  27. Ruby
    September 23, 2013 #

    I think the most important thing are flashlights and batteries extras. I can't count how many time a flashlight has gone out and ppl then trip or twist their foot. Then they become zombie food.

  28. Tim Gant
    September 23, 2013 #

    What one must first have in case of a zombie apocalypse is, in order, presence of mind, a small bottle of airline vodka, and a change of underwear. 'Presence of mind' to know WHAT to do and not panic, the 'airline vodka' because, hey – zombies! – you're gonna need a stiff one (drink, not zombie), and finally the 'change of underwear' because you will most likely not use your presence of mind OR the vodka when you sight your first zombie, necessitating a change of underwear. After this I might suggest the following: WD40 – to silence noisy hinges, doors, and companions whose noise might attract zombies. Duct tape to secure doors and windows, as well as taping annoying companions to trees or poles as 'zombie bait' to throw the formerly-living off your trail. Water is necessary, for drinking, cooking, and bathing – one need not need SMELL like a zombie to fight them off. A machete or hatchet would also be good, as a weapon or for campfires and possible kindling for zombie-pyres. Should you have to defend yourself against multiple zombies, I would suggest a telescope or pair of binoculars, the 14-in-1 tool, and a medium sized container with a screw-on top. If attacked, look at the attacking zombie >the wrong way< down the telescope or binoculars: see how small the zombie got? Pick it up with the tool in "needle nose plier" mode and drop said undead creature into the container. Screw the top on tightly and voila! – No more problem. At least until the container gets full. You will also need a good pair of running shoes: don't worry if you didn't run fast in 8th grade P.E. You don't have to out run the zombies (assuming these are 'World War Z' sprinters and not 'Night of the Living Dead' shufflers) – you only have to outrun your slowest companion! See how easy this is?

  29. Rod Roeda
    September 23, 2013 #

    Matches and water is good additions to the list already included.

  30. Whitney
    September 23, 2013 #

    An emergency water supply is one of the most important things you can have incase of an emergency. Zombies need water too, so maybe we can barter :)

  31. Spero
    September 23, 2013 #

    Water, large knife, waterproof matches…and can I get a shotgun

  32. S. Erika A. Valentine
    September 23, 2013 #

    Mylar emergency blankets, a roll of TP and some emergency flares. they'll start wet wood on fire very quickly.