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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*No purchase necessary to enter or win. A purchase will not increase your chances of winning. The “Sweepstakes Period” begins 9/3/13 at 12:00 p.m. PT and ends 9/30/13 at 12:00 p.m. PT. This Sweepstakes consists of four (4) independent weekly sweepstakes (each a “Weekly Sweepstakes”) beginning 9/3, 9/9, 9/16, and 9/23 and ending at the start of the next Weekly Sweepstakes. Subject to full Official Rules. Open to all of the U.S. (excluding New York) 18+. Limited to one (1) entry per person, per email address per Weekly Sweepstakes. Void where prohibited. Sponsored by Esurance Insurance Services, Inc. 650 Davis Street, San Francisco, CA 94111. Odds of winning depend on number of eligible entries received.

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

  1. Scott
    September 20, 2013 #

    compass and a magnifying glass.

  2. Miranda Gonzales
    September 20, 2013 #

    A big dog and a big husband.

  3. Marina Sanchez
    September 20, 2013 #

    In a zombie situation I think a flare gun and some shot gun shells would be nice!

  4. Scott Lefkowitz
    September 20, 2013 #

    A cool, calm and level state of mind… having your wits about you.

  5. Jeremy Kreiser
    September 20, 2013 #

    Food and water!! you absolutely need those things to survive .. and everyone knows that zombies eat brains not regular food and water so they won't be coming after your stash!

  6. Teeya
    September 20, 2013 #

    Portable radio with battery's

  7. jennifer busch
    September 20, 2013 #

    It depends on the emergency, however we have a binder of "important documents" that we can grab on a moments notice. (We learned this in Katrina) It has birth certificates, soc sec cards, at least 1 statement from every bill we have (so we have contact numbers & account numbers), copy of my teaching certificate & hubby's licensing, copies of custody papers, & cover pg of home owners insurance. This binder was a lifesaver more than once!
    Also, we keep an emergency !1st aid kit stocked. That way emergency or daily life all of our supplies are grab & go in one spot.
    Finally, we use daily prescription pill sorters but we keep the bottles of pills all in one small box. That way if we have an emergency we can grab the whole box and we'll have more than a week's meds. (Katrina caught many off guard from this) Plus, if there's an emergency ER trip you can grab the box and go and that way you'll have all drug names, strengths, & frequencies right there.

  8. Randy Catlin
    September 20, 2013 #

    I live in Michigan so a shovel and a bag of kiity litter is essential!

  9. kevin daly
    September 20, 2013 #

    what good are all those other items if you don't have some form of shelter.

  10. Steve
    September 20, 2013 #

    All the good stuff listed above, in a big backpack, ready to go. May need a tent and sleeping bag, medical kit (and the knowledge to use it). Typically I bring enough tools to improvise anything I might need..

  11. Lena
    September 20, 2013 #

    In my car I always try to carry a good spare tire, extra oil, transmission fluid, steering fluid, brake fluid, fix a flat, and water just to cover me if something goes wrong with my car.

  12. Ron Partin
    September 20, 2013 #

    A crossbow or rifle with plenty of ammo. With those items everything else can be obtained & protection of the family covered, life insurance….so to speak.

  13. Lucy Win
    September 20, 2013 #

    For someone like myself who's totally clueless about car trouble, the most important thing I can think of needing in case of an emergency is that my Esurance is active, my mobile is charged so that I can call for help and play candy crush while waiting for help to arrive. : )

  14. Cesar Camacho
    September 20, 2013 #

    Did I win?

  15. Michelle Cubillas
    September 20, 2013 #

    A hand powered latern/radio combo. I have one, it's great! Lasts forever, and no need to worry about having enough batteries on hand.

  16. sandra siders
    September 20, 2013 #

    Flashlight, triangles, space blanket,jumper cables, extra batteries, good cell phone,and any med that you take.

  17. D.Shaw
    September 20, 2013 #

    Most important is a working cellphone, water, blankets, food, …and Jennifer Wood, since she wrote the article.

  18. Stephanie Lore
    September 20, 2013 #

    Well which emergency? I and my children all have fully stocked Bug out bags in our closets. My purse is a daily mini bug out bag and my husband who commutes over 50 miles a day carries a get home bag in his car. All are stocked differently. I agree with Gary though the best thing to have is a plan.

  19. Ken Law
    September 20, 2013 #

    I would want a flashlight and an emergency flare and a gps beacon device hooked up to Esurance headquarters :)

  20. Dale Lipan
    September 20, 2013 #

    A multitool. A means for water purification. And something to start fire with. I would also like plenty of seeds should I survive the first year you would need to plant crops to sustain life.

  21. Lynn White
    September 20, 2013 #

    I know martial arts, so all I need is two machetes, bow and arrows, water purifier, anitbotics, lots of toliet paper and matches, flashlight, batteries, and a can opener. My kids are already prepared to kill zombies if needed, we love walking dead.

  22. Darla Stratton
    September 20, 2013 #

    Cash, water and food.

  23. Bart
    September 20, 2013 #

    A brain full of knowledge is the most important survival tool, everything else is just supplemental.

  24. Kathy Jewell
    September 20, 2013 #

    Backpack filled with camping gear, my cell phone and water.

  25. Steven Ferguson
    September 20, 2013 #

    The most important thing to have are flares, or something relective

  26. David E Schmidt II
    September 20, 2013 #

    Like others have said water and a fire starter. A bottle of water to get you started. Then with fire you can boil your own water from then on, cook, and stay warm. Of course I did see that survival guy online make fire with a water bottle.

  27. eddiegreatdane
    September 20, 2013 #

    Food, lots of zombie food.

  28. CJ
    September 20, 2013 #

    Enter me

  29. Erin
    September 20, 2013 #

    I have books for kid entertainment.

  30. Misti Sanders
    September 20, 2013 #

    don't forget the double tap!

  31. Gunner
    September 20, 2013 #

    I would want a few necessities to have in my disaster tool box. I believe the most important items besides food, water and a weapon would be fuel, first aid kit, water filter, cell phone and crank flashlight/radio. If I had to choose only one item it would have to be a fuel to power up a generator or add to my automobile.

  32. Mike Sessums
    September 20, 2013 #

    Number one is a mobile phone with a solar / crank charger combo for emergency backup power. Your first job is to contact help. This also helps you get the supplies you need.

  33. Jai Waldner
    September 20, 2013 #

    Water, Blankets, Cell Phone, First Aid Kit

  34. Carmen
    September 20, 2013 #

    A plan, laid out ahead of time.

  35. Leah
    September 20, 2013 #

    A prepaid phone with time and a charged battery!

  36. Jess
    September 20, 2013 #

    Water and a working cell phone.

  37. Shana Williams
    September 20, 2013 #

    Other than usual essentials…. I would want a sack full of games! Without power, shooting zombies would eventually get a little old and I would need something to help pass the time. :)

  38. george gauthier
    September 20, 2013 #

    A plan, supplies and hope

  39. Josh
    September 20, 2013 #

    Beer and ramen noodles. Ok throw a knife, matches, and duct tape in there, lots of duct tape

  40. Amy Berger
    September 20, 2013 #

    What about Twinkies!!!!!

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  42. Scott Tran
    September 20, 2013 #

    a cellphone energy pack!

  43. Jeffrey Ramirez
    September 20, 2013 #

    NIght vision goggles would come in handy. Other than that….a costco membership so I can go get everything else.

  44. Ariel Casey
    September 20, 2013 #

    Machetes, machetes, machetes!!! Plus, I guess, water, containers FOR water, food and stuff, and some good running shoes. I've heard zombies hate fast food.

  45. Don Clancy
    September 20, 2013 #

    Antibiotics, atropine, syringes with needles for injection, a knife, a 5 gallon bucket, and warm gear. A few small tarps would be smart as well.

  46. Lisa Kimmel
    September 20, 2013 #

    Water and a blanket are at the top of my list. Charged cell phone is always with me so I can make fast emergency calls for help. A pack of matches is always at the ready too along with a flash light with batteries. Just make sure they're good batteries at all times. Lisa, New Jersey

  47. Chris G
    September 20, 2013 #

    Bug out bag includes (in no particular order): knife + knife sharpening stone/tool, flint striker, electrical tape x2, map and compass, water purifying tabs or straw, pot, machete and/or axe with serated blade, cantene/nalgene, multitool (swiss) and hobo tool (spoon/fork/knife), mirror/magnifying lense for reflection and fire starting, pocket guide to edible plants and a camo emergency blanket, just to name a few.

  48. Owen
    September 20, 2013 #

    I'd want Bear Grylls.

  49. Sebastian
    September 20, 2013 #

    Duck Tape – It can temporarily fix nearly everything..

  50. Howie
    September 20, 2013 #

    First aid kit, flashlight, lighter. Weapons to fend off zombies. Oh yeah, maybe another car.