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. Ashley Moses
    September 20, 2013 #

    I think access to a boat would be key. And a fishing pole so while on the water you could eat.

  2. Jennifer Dorris
    September 20, 2013 #

    Fix a Flat and water! But definitely fix a flat. :)

  3. Kathleen Crowley
    September 20, 2013 #

    water purification tablets and jugs that you can refill.

  4. rick s.
    September 20, 2013 #

    Flashlight is a must. U can always find jumper cables or water and food. U need the flashlight to start a fire, in the dark. Or to find the candle and matches.

  5. Adin Feaster
    September 20, 2013 #

    Cell phone, blanket and a flashlight

  6. dan reiley
    September 20, 2013 #

    a communication device to ask for help

  7. MCP
    September 20, 2013 #

    Lighters. I want to say water, but there are plenty of ways to find water in most emergency situations, but heat, that is a whole nother story, plus it can create a signal for searches to spot!

  8. Gino Andreozzi
    September 20, 2013 #

    Out here Its probably best to have a lot of extra water, and a good compass to get you out of the desert.

  9. Tyler Duncan
    September 20, 2013 #

    Food is DEFINITELY up there. I am quick on my feet and resourceful, but food is always the kicker and I don't wish to have to become one of them so I can eat!

  10. Daniel Ornelas
    September 20, 2013 #

    Water, phone, jack, and tool to replace tires.

  11. Chris Davis
    September 20, 2013 #

    Blankets, flashlight, phone,

  12. shareen richards
    September 20, 2013 #

    always keep calm, have a 2 day suppply of water and easy to carry snacks such as protein bars or granola bars, always inform someone of your whereabouts if you are travelling out of range of a phone (friend, bank, neighbor, family, employer etc) blanket or jacket,flashlight and extra batteries, extra pair of clothes and shoes (if you can), check your tires, oil, vehicle everyday to make sure nothing needs attention or repair, map of where you are going, pen and paper, and Neosporin or other tube of antibiotic.

  13. Rebecca Lauder
    September 20, 2013 #

    I would want my dog… She makes everything okay.

  14. Denny Waller
    September 20, 2013 #

    matches, lighter, or road flares

  15. Zach L
    September 20, 2013 #

    Water purification tablets, a blanket, a fire steel fire starter, hunting knife and one of those really strong rope bracelets

  16. A.V. Camarda
    September 20, 2013 #

    The most important item would be a Time Machine – a device that you could use to travel away from the immediacy of the apocalyptic event.

    This may seem like a fantasy. It is not, however.
    Time travel is, in fact, a possibility.

    Barring access to time travel, the obvious but correct answer to the question of 'what ONE item' is definitely duct tape.

    Not the cheap kind, either.
    This is the end of times, folks, you need to flex the $13 and get the good stuff.

  17. Madison
    September 20, 2013 #

    Emergency blanket, knife, gas and flashlight

  18. TJ Johnson
    September 20, 2013 #

    A lighter

  19. matthew baker
    September 20, 2013 #

    Water, knife, gun. Everything else can be collected

  20. Rebecca Adams
    September 20, 2013 #

    Spare tire

  21. Justin B
    September 20, 2013 #

    A auto glass hammer just in case you are trapped in the car after an accident. An LED flashlight for longer use. Extra batteries, a solar cell phone recharger. Of course the essentials such as water a few of MRE's for sustenance, and everything in your travel first aid kit that I'm going to win.

  22. Woof
    September 20, 2013 #

    Shotgun. Duh!

  23. Samantha Reszler
    September 20, 2013 #

    Flash light, utility knife, blanket, cell phone, air charger for phone, and a good book because its often about the wait and keeping a cool head is key.

  24. Owen Christy
    September 20, 2013 #

    Flashlight, water, and a cool head

  25. Jerry Witt
    September 20, 2013 #

    water, multi-tool, flashlight

  26. Greg Webb
    September 20, 2013 #


  27. MattConns
    September 20, 2013 #

    A soundtrack! It would be boring without some sweet tunes!

  28. Travis
    September 20, 2013 #

    My cell phone. If it doesn't work during the apocalypse, at least I have a small brick I can fend off one zombie at a time with.

  29. Chris
    September 20, 2013 #

    Lots and lots of food

  30. Terri Needham
    September 20, 2013 #

    Dog food for my dogs because they are always with me!!!

  31. James Dennis
    September 20, 2013 #

    Lighter, blankets, utility knife, WATER PURIFIER!!!

  32. Sigitas Rimkus
    September 20, 2013 #

    A box set of The Walking Dead. Maybe the zombies and I could have a movie night together?

  33. Melanie Swager
    September 20, 2013 #

    Blanket for each passenger, or at least a few of thought aluminum foil heat blankets they don't take up much space and a real blanket, Fold up shovel a must, A handy tool Knife like a craftsman with screwdriver,pliers, Knife blade ect…. Hand warmers. I live in Colorado and know what it is like to be stuck in the snow. Extra gloves, extra coat, and emergency flairs.

  34. Sara Thompto
    September 20, 2013 #

    Water… than a Pocket Tool.

  35. Matthew
    September 20, 2013 #

    My wife to be there with me!!

  36. Justin Rohde
    September 20, 2013 #

    Food, water, and a few good people!

  37. troy stapleton
    September 20, 2013 #

    Water and thermal blanket prepaid cellfone

  38. GGraves (@tvGGraves)
    September 20, 2013 #

    A cell phone would be the most important besides the obvious stuff!

  39. Bryan Trimas
    September 20, 2013 #

    duct tape

  40. Mary Thumm
    September 20, 2013 #

    A lighter, canned food, a can opener, water, blanket, flares & a package of Double Stuffed Oreos! Make that "two" packages of Double Stuffed Oreos!

  41. Christine Dowling
    September 20, 2013 #

    Water, knife, a little spare cash, granola bars and a flashlight for sure.

  42. Danielle johnston
    September 20, 2013 #

    Water, blanket, lighter, snacks, formula, phone, snow boots, and a pot. That's what was in last years. It was our first winter with a newborn. People keep asking what I want for birthday and Christmas. I tell them an emergency kit for my car. They always just laugh. But I really want one.

  43. stileskatie
    September 20, 2013 #

    Besides water and shelter, a radio! Just in case there are emergency alerts.

  44. Dave
    September 20, 2013 #

    Machete — never runs out of ammo!

  45. Garrett Moore
    September 20, 2013 #

    Mountain Dew. If they don't need to sleep, then you can't either!

  46. May
    September 20, 2013 #

    Swiss army knife

  47. Jeffrey Miller
    September 20, 2013 #

    Maps….definitely Maps!

  48. Eric LS
    September 20, 2013 #

    Have a property to where you can build a moat around it and then pick off zombies while they try to swim…..if they can haha

  49. Amanda Hollandsworth
    September 20, 2013 #

    A way to make fire; flint, a lighter, lighter fluid, paper. Also, a way to purify water- chlorine tabs, filters, and especially a container for water.

  50. Joe
    September 20, 2013 #

    Water, canned foods, lighter.