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. Brooke Bradford
    September 20, 2013 #

    water, trail mix, matches, a book

  2. keith crabtree
    September 20, 2013 #

    It depends on the situation, but I'll go with water.

  3. Michele Bowling
    September 20, 2013 #

    My iphone! Blankets, flashlight, matches, water and my husband ;)

    • Trina
      September 20, 2013 #

      Liquor and WD-40you already have duct tape to build things and make things that need to not move stay put, but WD40 makes things that should move, move and the alcohol for burning, wounds and general enjoyment

  4. Justin
    September 20, 2013 #

    Gotta go with water, but that snow shovel looks like it'd work just fine for the zombies!

  5. Jared Geinosky
    September 20, 2013 #

    The most important thing… Is a crowbar! Break boxes, open stuck doors, use as a striker for a fire, and keep the pesky zombies at bay.

  6. Jonette
    September 20, 2013 #

    I'd want a walkie talkie or some kind of radio wave communication device so if there were any other non-zombie survivors we could join forces and dominate.

  7. Richard
    September 20, 2013 #

    Fire, Water, Shelter, Food. A way to make fire, (Fire starter, lighter, WATERPROOF matches) Clean potable water or a water filtering setup. Shelter (as little as a good tarp and rope) and Food (MRE's, dehydrated food, canned goods) Extra points for a .22 rifle or pistol and a couple bricks of ammo.

  8. Arslaan Khan
    September 20, 2013 #

    water, battery jumper, spare plastic gas container, AAA road side service :D

  9. Denice Patterson
    September 20, 2013 #

    Your kit is pretty good but a fire starter might come in handy for zombies.

  10. Geraldine Thomas
    September 20, 2013 #

    First I'd need calmness & common sense, then the only other thing I'd want with me is a Swiss Army Knife….you can do anything with that item!

  11. Christian Weber
    September 20, 2013 #

    I would suggest flint and steel, a butterfly knife, and some night vision goggles.

  12. Renata
    September 20, 2013 #

    I think the most important thing would be water and a blanket along with a spare tire battery charger etc.

  13. Marta Charles
    September 20, 2013 #

    The most important survival tip is having knowledge. You don’t have to be a survival expert but you should know some basic survival skills. You should know how to handle thing if you don’t have any supplies. You should also have an emergency kit with a basic 72 hour supply of food, water and something for protection but knowing how to use items around you for survival is a great tool also

  14. Lori Lawrence
    September 20, 2013 #

    Living in Colorado it is necessary to have blankets in the car in case you get stranded during the winter.

  15. Michael La Morte
    September 20, 2013 #

    radio and batteries (or if they make a crank powered or solar radio), so you can tell whats going on and if there is a safe place to go.

  16. Derek Morrison
    September 20, 2013 #

    in the event of a Zombie apocalypse, water purification unit, an all weather fire starter, and a sharp axe to cut fire wood and dispatch Zombies, oh and the contents described in the description of the emergency road kit would be helpful to

  17. Sarah
    September 20, 2013 #

    I think a fully charged phone is the most important thing to have, but if your in a place with no signal that wouldn't work, the next important thing for me would be water.

  18. Kelly Hovanec
    September 20, 2013 #

    The most important thing in case of emergency (considering that it works), is absolutely a smart phone!!

  19. Mike ferguson
    September 20, 2013 #

    A portable butane blow torch. You can use it to burn everything from wet wood to zombie faces, even cook food, and it fits in a holster. Plus it makes a great emergency grenade when it it really hits the fan.

  20. Pilot
    September 20, 2013 #

    I would want some containers and some hoses. I could boil/distill water. In a zombie apocalypse, I could refuel my car from abandoned vehicles. Emphasis on abandoned :)
    A small hatchet: cutting branches to become unstuck on a muddy road; kindling, self defense.
    Foil: good for cooking, reflecting heat/light. Stopping mind reading zombies?

  21. Linda Mergenhagen
    September 20, 2013 #

    I live in Florida so I would need flares or flashlights, cell phone, snake boots, mosquito repellent, sunscreen, water, reflectors of all kind and a good sense of humor!!! Florida drivers can be kinda strange at times! Oh Yes bandaides–never know when you need one. The protective blanket is also good to use against all types of Zombies!!!!

  22. Craig Glaser
    September 20, 2013 #

    In the event of an emergency no matter what it is I think I'd have to say my dog!!

    In the event of a winter storm, he'd keep me warm and is great company.
    In the event of a flat tire in extreme heat, again great company.
    In the event of a zombie apocalypse, would be a fantastic alert system, guard dog and again companion.

  23. Joseph Oswald
    September 20, 2013 #

    In the event of a zombie attack, if you have the funds, I would recommend putting treadmills in front of all windows and doors, this would give you time to sit back and assess the situation at hand as ammo and supplies are probably short in supply. In the more realistic event of a roadside emergency; the number one thing i keep in my car is water. both people and cars need it to run. I used to keep a gallon of fuel in my trunk but it didn't see very safe so I nixed it in favor of brake fluid, oil and coolant. It is also important to have something reflective such as a vest or a mirror. A mirror is especially helpful if you need to signal someone far away or a rescue plane/helicopter. So bring water, a mirror and a compass. You can survive three days with these, no problem, in almost any situation.

  24. Pam Barber
    September 20, 2013 #

    Choice 1: Chuck Norris
    Choice 2: Chain Saw

    Dream Choice: Chuck Norris with a Chainsaw

  25. jessica owens
    September 20, 2013 #

    i would want lots of water and a blow torch , would keep me with lot of options to get comfy :)

  26. Sonny
    September 20, 2013 #

    I'm going to go with a hot, one-night stand. This way, in the event of a traditional emergency you'll have someone you can "get to know better". However, in the event of a Zombie attack, someone you don't have enough feelings for that throwing them to the zombies to eat while you make a clean get away wouldn't cause you to lose any sleep!

  27. Mario
    September 20, 2013 #

    Some obvious items would be hammer, duct tape and aspirin. For zombies, a sword, quiet shoes, and raincoat would be dandy.

  28. Patrick O'Neal
    September 20, 2013 #

    I think water is the number one requirement because you need to stay alive. A reflector or flares are great to keep you visible to others if conditions are poor. Duct Tape is a great temporary fix for several issues.

    September 20, 2013 #

    A lasso at the end of a long rigid pole makes a great leash for a newly acquired pet walker, which provides an excellent defense from other walkers… it's win/win really.

  30. Nina Momon
    September 20, 2013 #

    Flash light/plenty of batteries, water, matches, change of clothes, a sharp knife and Carl, of course, from the Walking Dead.

  31. Dawn
    September 20, 2013 #

    We have pets so we would need food and water for the pets also.

  32. amy williams
    September 20, 2013 #


  33. Becky
    September 20, 2013 #

    If I can't have any character from the walking dead I would want my family including in-laws and friends with all kinds of guns and ammo and a supply of water and beer because if the walkers get us we all would want to be drunk.

  34. Martin
    September 20, 2013 #

    Multiple cell phones (if the system still works) connected to different providers. (These can be taken from zombie bodies.) Also boxes of ammo and full cans of gas. (For car – pumps may not work – and zombie hordes.)

  35. Linda Mergenhagen part 2
    September 20, 2013 #

    Now to avoid any contacts with zombies you must be prepared for the unthinkable happenings. You need: mace, tazer, firecrackers to scare them, and yes Darrel from the walking dead would be great–air freshern-the smell ugh! and a lot of ammo and luck.

  36. Michael Kent
    September 20, 2013 #

    All I need to survive is my wife.

  37. Jim R
    September 20, 2013 #

    Multitool, lighter/matches, fishing line and hook, and hand cranked radio.

  38. Terri A. Patron
    September 20, 2013 #

    Everything is so important! But a working cell phone these days to call for help.

  39. veronica simonton
    September 20, 2013 #

    With the recent extreme flooding in Colorado, I think I would want one of those little tools to smash the window in case my care became submerged. The thought of drowning scares me a lot more than zombies!!

  40. Melissa
    September 20, 2013 #

    Hand crank radio and flashlight. Batteries could be scarce so having a hand crank radio and flashlight are essential.

  41. Angela Tarrance
    September 20, 2013 #

    A shovel. Good for knocking off heads, barring doors, and digging a hole to hide in.

  42. Kerri Kowaleski
    September 20, 2013 #

    I definitely would require a Zombie Outbreak Response Team decal so everyone is clear who will save them, rechargeable music source because fighting zombies is much easier to a beat, and a flood light…because they are cool and one can't fight zombies in the dark!

  43. Jim
    September 20, 2013 #

    A propane stove. Have to be able to get clean drinking water if needed

  44. Bob Devine
    September 20, 2013 #

    Plenty of beer!

  45. Shaun Evans
    September 20, 2013 #

    Water. Definitely clean water.

  46. Nicole Gill
    September 20, 2013 #

    A Pull To Inflate Lifeguard Tube….Since Zombies Can't Swim You Can Float ON The Tube.

  47. Emily Grunden
    September 20, 2013 #

    I would want: water, a sharp knife, blow torch, first aid kit,rope, a tarp, a few non perishable food items, and finally a backpack to carry everything.

  48. Tom DeLuna
    September 20, 2013 #

    I would say that a machete is the best thing to have in the zombie survival kit. Unlike a gun, it won't run out of ammo.

  49. Katie Dailing
    September 20, 2013 #

    How about some night vision goggles?! If you run out of batteries for your flashlight you can still see in the dark with no power needed!

  50. Michael Casey
    September 20, 2013 #

    A cell phone is definitely the most important thing…