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.

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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. Dylan Roberts
    September 20, 2013 #

    liquor to keep warm and cat litter to get unstuck from the snow, or to cover up that unpleasant zombie odor.

  2. Rudy Knight
    September 20, 2013 #

    For me it would be Water, knife, Blanket, flint, rope, flash light & first aid kit. If I am lucky some food as well.
    I actully keep a small emergency kit in both my cars.

  3. Ray
    September 20, 2013 #

    A flashlight so you can find everything else you need.

  4. Tonia Hogan
    September 20, 2013 #

    Definitely water, some good running shoes, easy access snacks and two or three people who I don'tlike so much tthat are slower than me and therefore easier to catch. ;-)

  5. Marcia Bates
    September 20, 2013 #

    A level head, and e-surance!!!! :D

  6. Richard Fox
    September 20, 2013 #

    hand warmers like hunters use

  7. william
    September 20, 2013 #

    the number for esurience my esurience APP chains for my tiers or to defend off zombies. 1000.000 candle light flash light to blind zombies, reflectors, no one uses flares anymore except to kill zombies… small first aid kit, emergence blanket (silver thing) be carful as zombies are attracted to shine things, battery operated radio, gal water, pack of gum, RTE Army food.

  8. Diana Watson Gerding
    September 20, 2013 #

    flashlight and waterproof matches..

  9. Tim Allen
    September 20, 2013 #

    My survival item would be a gallon water and a survival knife.

  10. Ray
    September 20, 2013 #

    A flashlight to find everything else you need.

  11. rob crews
    September 20, 2013 #

    A multi tool (leatherman), and a flint type fire starting tool…

  12. Penny Ledesma
    September 20, 2013 #

    I would say: water and non-perishable food items.

  13. William
    September 20, 2013 #

    A all in one tool,and good roadside assistance

  14. Carlos Alonso
    September 20, 2013 #

    Peace of mind and a charged cell phone :)

  15. Miguel Izquierdo
    September 20, 2013 #

    flashlight & transistor radio.

  16. Hillary stinnett
    September 20, 2013 #

    Hairspray and a lighter for a DIY flame thrower and of course food, water, and blankets

  17. Gila Wasserman
    September 20, 2013 #

    2 way radio and a shot gun!

  18. Johnny
    September 20, 2013 #

    The Office – Complete Seasons 1-6 [DVD]

  19. Maria Castillo
    September 20, 2013 #

    A hot strong man that can protect me ;)

  20. Erin Vega
    September 20, 2013 #

    Fire! I don't see nearly enough mention of it. Keeps the zombie's away, keeps you warm, disinfects your water, cooks your food. Fire could be the difference between life and death. I'd definitely want to have a lighter, or waterproof matches, some firesteel, or a striker.

  21. Jared Bridgeman
    September 20, 2013 #

    Gun, water, knife, flint, reflective blanket

  22. Amith Singh
    September 20, 2013 #

    my cell w/ my portable charger. in the case where radio towers are down, comfortable shoes lol.

  23. Nancy Amador
    September 20, 2013 #

    Wenger Giant Swiss Army Knife

  24. Grantt Mullins
    September 20, 2013 #

    Water. Lots of fresh clean water. Gun, knife, rope, flashlight with lots of batteries, fire starter and my Les Stroud DVD set :)

  25. Ventura
    September 20, 2013 #

    Depends what kind of emergency: Water, those special blankets to keep you warm, dried snacks that can stay for longer periods of time. Backup batteries & a radio. Again depends what kind of emergency you are facing at the moment.

  26. Mike P
    September 20, 2013 #

    Your head! If you don't stay calm and freak out then all your supplies don't matter. :) Vote for Zombies!

  27. Jerod Heck
    September 20, 2013 #

    A knife. You cannot survive outside of civilization without some form of knife

  28. Justin Koshorek
    September 20, 2013 #

    A mate you can trust!

  29. Tom Spring
    September 20, 2013 #

    I would want to have one of my survival knives with me; one of those snazzy ones that has a hollow handle filled with goodies like matches, striker, hook/line, whetstone, and capped with a compass.

  30. John Blackwell
    September 20, 2013 #

    First and I believe most important would be bottled water. You can go longer without eating but your body needs to be kept well hydrated. Next a blanket would help provide warmth and/or shelter and a jacket or sweater would help protect from the elements if needed. Some sort of granola bars/energy bars to provide for emergency meals. A cell phone with well charged battery would be number one on my list after water. Of course, there are all sorts of natural disasters that could occur and depending on what disaster a person must face, might require numerous other items. Those I listed above are things I feel most important.

  31. James Chisum
    September 20, 2013 #

    I live in the city, so shelter/fire items aren't really a "necessity" – would have to say flashlight and water. Have used both frequently for roadside issues.

    • Penny Richardson
      September 20, 2013 #

      I guess living in the country where lakes and rivers are an abundance and I figured I would be able to have access to water.

    • Nicole
      September 20, 2013 #

      I would say a cell phone with a full battery to call for help

    • Betty Evezic
      September 20, 2013 #

      Betty Evezic,
      Water, flashlight, food, blanket, I think that would help.

    • Doug Mangold
      September 20, 2013 #

      All of the items can have a use at different times!

    • Kimberly Spottsville
      September 20, 2013 #

      In my emergency kit I would have a blanket, flash light, batteries, water, matches , knife, radio and a first aide kit.

    • Sararhome
      September 20, 2013 #

      Zoooombiiiieeessss!

    • Mark
      September 20, 2013 #

      A cool calm head maybe some chocolate

    • Angela Crawford
      September 20, 2013 #

      Insulin, as I am a diabetic…food and water can be found….

    • Katie Drew
      September 20, 2013 #

      I live in the Midwest where their is plenty of sun during the summer and plenty of snow during the winter! That being said I have been stranded during both of these seasons and the winter times were definitely worse. I would say that my necessities would be a snow shovel and a thermal blanket/jacket!

    • Kim Kerr
      September 20, 2013 #

      Medical firstaid kit is a must!

    • Martin Caplan
      September 20, 2013 #

      Don't forget water!

    • Chris Albornoz
      September 20, 2013 #

      You need to have goggles.

    • terra cruz
      September 20, 2013 #

      Water, a blanket and a flashlight.

    • William Hall
      September 20, 2013 #

      This would fit perfectly in the back of my Tahoe.

    • Who dat?!!!
      September 20, 2013 #

      you can live 3 minutes without air, 3 hours without shelter, 3 days without water, 3 weeks without food, so unless you don't have air, your next important thing is to keep warm and dry.

    • Jake Dacy
      September 20, 2013 #

      What…

    • Kwabena Ofei
      September 20, 2013 #

      Definitely a plan..written out..something rehearsed. And water!

    • David Cummings
      September 20, 2013 #

      A sense of humor.

    • Romualdo
      September 20, 2013 #

      Water,food,medical supplies

    • Robert and Eileen Bento
      September 21, 2013 #

      I believe in any kind of emergency, The number one most important item to have is a cell phone with car charger, and one that can work in wherever you are stranded at. 2nd item would be non perishible foods…3rd item, warm blankets or heavy coat..and # 4 would be flashlight with working batteries. Item 5 bottle waters…I believe the question is if this happened in the winter time..so you could suck on snow…Lastly, you need your medications for at least 5 days…

    • You're doomed
      September 21, 2013 #

      Sure shelter/fire items are a necessity anywhere you live. What happens in the case of a major flood, fire, earthquake, typhoon, etc. Major cities will be the first place where zombies strike because that's where the weak and unprepared will be living.

    • Corwin moore
      September 21, 2013 #

      Get ur friends together

    • Jeffrey
      September 21, 2013 #

      Extra set of clothes. In cold weather clothes will get wet if you have to get out of the car in snow. Extra sweat suit in the trunk may help keep you warm.

    • Alyssa Barroso
      September 21, 2013 #

      I'm surprised candle isn't there. It gets real cold in NJ and the heat could really help if you're stranded on the side of the road.

    • Greg
      September 21, 2013 #

      Aside the obvious food and water (and crossbow), warm and cold weather clothing, boots, and matches/lighter are important.

    • Tanya
      September 21, 2013 #

      Duct Tape, that fixes everything, lol :)

    • amanda bobo
      September 21, 2013 #

      A firestarter kit, and a cell phone!

    • Mark
      September 21, 2013 #

      Water for drinking, cleaning wounds or radiator. Shake-up flashlight and a seat belt cutter/window breaker in case others need help. Always a thermal blanket!

    • Luis (@xluisperezx)
      September 21, 2013 #

      Totally agree with James flash lights when the city lights are out

    • Glenn Underwood
      September 21, 2013 #

      Most importantly you will need a clear head.

    • Rebecca Day
      September 21, 2013 #

      some means of communication for help
      - cell phone, road flares, florescent markers, etc.

    • Lindsay
      September 21, 2013 #

      First Aid kit.

    • Will Beheran
      September 21, 2013 #

      How about a hatchet? A good tool for cutting fire wood or hammering.

    • Adriana Ivonne
      September 21, 2013 #

      Medicine, anti diarrheal, motion sickness pills, antihistamine & ANTIBIOTICS, & wipes

    • Jerry W Gilbert
      September 21, 2013 #

      Clean water.

    • brian
      September 21, 2013 #

      I've recently had this happen to me so I would have to say definitely a flashlight, and something to temporarily tie up a failed muffler hanger.

    • Barbara Cain
      September 21, 2013 #

      family/can always replace materialistic things in life but cant replace family!

    • Monica
      September 21, 2013 #

      Dehydrated food, water, antibiotics.

    • suzette
      September 21, 2013 #

      Your BIBLE

    • Karen
      September 21, 2013 #

      water, flashlight & batteries, blanket

    • Ricardo Bonilla
      September 21, 2013 #

      A good cell phone

    • aaron d'argy
      September 21, 2013 #

      it is necessary to have good cardio. running is a big issue. also recommending a positive attitude. nobody likes a downer when the worlds ending. guns and ammo. antibiotics. non perishable food items.

    • T. Raymond
      September 21, 2013 #

      GPS locator beacon with texting, survival manual, spare cell phone and battery charger

    • mike pasun
      September 21, 2013 #

      flashlight, lots of water

    • Cassie Graham Riccioni
      September 21, 2013 #

      when Sandy hit last fall the water missed me by 3 blocks but we were w/o electricity for 2 weeks, water stayed on as did the gas but no power meant no furnace and no lights so i say flash lights and candles and better yet a generator

    • mary miranda
      September 21, 2013 #

      agua of course an this emergency kit of course, and may sure you have esurance…………………………………………………………………..

    • Misty
      September 21, 2013 #

      Water, warm clothes,utility knife, flashlight. I keep all of these in my car.

    • Kelly Fair
      September 22, 2013 #

      I think H2O is at the top of my list. Survival without clean H2O is not likely. Would prefer a water filtration kit so that all water would be usable. Bottled runs out and then what?

    • Caleb Caldon
      September 22, 2013 #

      The most important thing is probably the heavy duty work gloves. If it's a legitimate zombie apocalypse then fighting the undead will be more urgent than finding food or water. Work gloves will help keep you clean during a bloody fight and they'll help you build shelter or traps later. Without sanitation the smallest scratch could mean infection even if it isn't the zombie virus. You can't put a price on working hands which you'll use to find food, start fires and do just about everything.

    • Nathan
      September 22, 2013 #

      Water!

    • Chris Koval
      September 22, 2013 #

      Ok … here we go … in the event of a zombies take over after a long in thorough discussion with my 3 best companions…. me, myself, and I. I have realized that the one thing I would love to have is companionship…. life is hard enough without a zombie trying to constantly eat my brains and there fore would love a partner in crime even if to just watch my back from the spleen sucking devourers….. thank you and have a nice day! xoxo

    • Victoria Orcutt
      September 23, 2013 #

      I think a battery charger is a good thing to have

    • Billie
      September 23, 2013 #

      WATER definitely. Batteries! for both flashlights and am radios.

  32. mikey
    September 20, 2013 #

    Water, Duh.

    • Shawn
      September 20, 2013 #

      My must have also, water.

    • Denise Fitzsimmons
      September 20, 2013 #

      In my house it's water in the tub! For toilets of course.

    • Melvin Baldwin
      September 20, 2013 #

      yes water will always be #1

    • Christie peters
      September 21, 2013 #

      SometHing to start a fire with. Like matches or a lighter

    • jonathan
      September 21, 2013 #

      i agree. u would need water.

  33. Lacey Modos
    September 20, 2013 #

    The most important thing for survival is a water canteen/ a way to filter or test drinking water. Dehydration hits way before starvation does !

    • Caroline Gould
      September 20, 2013 #

      I think that you're absolutely right about the water. It's important to have clean drinking water for hydration!

    • Danial MD
      September 20, 2013 #

      Agreed clean water

    • K Tarver
      September 20, 2013 #

      I agree, water store bottle water for at least a week per person.

    • myra chapman
      September 21, 2013 #

      Water for sure!

    • Georgiana Hawkins
      September 21, 2013 #

      First aid kit.

  34. Howard
    September 20, 2013 #

    Water

  35. Kelly Errair
    September 20, 2013 #

    No snow in FL so I would want a battery phone charger and flashlight!!

  36. Kasey Whaley
    September 20, 2013 #

    I would have blankets and a phone!

  37. Jody Bell
    September 20, 2013 #

    one item? a lighter or firestarting tool. i could boil water for clean drinking water, cook food or anything i could get my hands on, use it to signal for help by building a big fire, and keep warm. definitely a LIGHTER.

  38. nate
    September 20, 2013 #

    Water, and food

  39. Howard
    September 20, 2013 #

    A mirror for reflective signalling

  40. David
    September 20, 2013 #

    Water, Rations, long bow, and Gold

  41. dan
    September 20, 2013 #

    A .45SMG with about 10,000 rounds should do the trick.

  42. Pat Albright
    September 20, 2013 #

    some really great comments and choices here… in addition to water, blankets, etc… how about a tarp both for protection and for catching water. Also a tablet and writing tool to leave messages both for help and guiding rescue crews to where you are? Silly as it might sound, I would want a book to keep my mind occupied and hopefully make me more calm!

  43. Kevin Adrian
    September 20, 2013 #

    In the midwest the most important thing is water, protein bars and blankets and perhaps a coffe can sand candle for warmth.

  44. Mallory Bellinghausen
    September 20, 2013 #

    Water is most important, and in the instance of zombies, a well fortified Kabella's shop. That shall become my home >.> It has food, bullets, guns and other gear perfect for a survivalist.

  45. Luimy Cabreja
    September 20, 2013 #

    Water!

  46. Christina Jamerson
    September 20, 2013 #

    blanket,water,nonperishables,flashlight,meds

  47. Amy
    September 20, 2013 #

    Warmth, if I freeze to death, water won't matter and as cold as I get, I promise I will freeze to death first.

  48. SMC
    September 20, 2013 #

    Aside from the obvious of food and water, 4 multifunction things would be most important: aspirin, a wide spectrum antibiotic (i.e. amoxicillin), Swiss army knife, and duct tape. You can stay healthy, treat minor annoyances like bug bites, scrapes, and headache, and if anyone has watched the Mythbusters we all know that anything else you might need can be made entirely of duct tape!

  49. Teresa
    September 20, 2013 #

    Most important thing to have is the will to survive! Without this you are zombie food for sure.

  50. Erika
    September 20, 2013 #

    A gun