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. Kirsten Bury
    September 23, 2013 #

    I would definitely think water to keep hydrated(water purification tablets or a filtering system) and a way to keep warm (fire starter, matches, thermal blanket)

  2. Leigh
    September 23, 2013 #

    Blanket can be used to keep you warm – put under your tires to help get you unstuck- if your hose has a hole in it- you can tear the blanket and tie it around the hose temporarily to still drive to get help. A blanket can also be used to stop bleeding in an accident and act as a barrier if stranded and a window is broken.

  3. Timothy Knoop
    September 23, 2013 #

    I think the best thing to have in any emergency is a working communications device

  4. Dustin Crawford
    September 23, 2013 #

    Aside from food, water, and weapons, I would definitely have a good pair of shoes! After your vehicle or your stronghold has been overrun by the undead, you will have to rely on your own two feet to get you to your next safe haven and without a good pair of shoes, you will make a quick zombie meal. Also, shoes are convenient if you have ever been stranded without transportation. Flip-flops won't get you very far if you have to walk or run through any kind of difficult terrain.

  5. kkthit
    September 23, 2013 #

    I made my own "bug out" bag a few years back. Not specifically for walkers, but for any issues that may arise. My Papa taught me better to be prepared then stranded in a crisis. I could sure use help upgrading my bag. I am sure that some of the stuff in it is out of date. I used to rotate the supplies, but been extra broke for a few years now. Not sure my band-aids would stick in needed.

  6. Lori Howard
    September 23, 2013 #

    I would have to say water and blankets

  7. Shanna Catt
    September 23, 2013 #

    A good pair of running shoes!

  8. Mary Ann Hopkins
    September 23, 2013 #

    I agree with most everyone else here that water, waterproof matches are a must, and I'd probably add The Bible!!!

  9. Kyle
    September 23, 2013 #

    I have lots of weapons… Lots! Oh and military survival training…. But this trip sounds awesome! My martial arts buddies would be jealous.

  10. Amber
    September 23, 2013 #

    Water, blankets, and crackers.

  11. Monica Love
    September 23, 2013 #

    With winter coming, I'd say definitely a blanket, flash light, water and a charged cell phone. Even though I rarely drive in rural areas, I always try to keep my gas at 3/4 of a tank just in case I run off the road and am stranded while trying to flee a zombie invasion, etc.

  12. Crystal O'Reilly
    September 23, 2013 #

    Coffee, lame I know, but I would not be able to fight off zombies without it!

  13. Christa R
    September 23, 2013 #

    I have to say shovel and yellow vest. It is becoming winter and I never thought about the folding shovel. You never know if you get stuck outside of your home radius.

  14. Paula
    September 23, 2013 #

    I really don't know about a zombie apocalypse but this car kit sounds really great :)

  15. Michael Woods
    September 23, 2013 #

    A flashlight

  16. Ivelisse Woods
    September 23, 2013 #

    Water and Snacks

  17. Neil V
    September 23, 2013 #

    Water and army MREs (Meals ready to eat) would be helpful.

  18. Erin
    September 23, 2013 #

    I'm not scared of Zombies! I have a shotgun :)

  19. Melissa
    September 23, 2013 #

    Water, guns, extra ammunition of course, an axe, blankets, food, matches.

  20. Colleen Brewer
    September 23, 2013 #

    MRE's and water.

  21. Annie
    September 23, 2013 #


  22. valerie
    September 23, 2013 #

    I keep water, nuts, snack bars, gloves and blankets.

  23. Corrine Raffini
    September 23, 2013 #

    My health

  24. Andrea Jones
    September 23, 2013 #

    The most important thing to have is good plan of action. Panic can lead to bad decisions.

  25. Franco C
    September 23, 2013 #

    The most important thing to have in an emergency is hope! You CAN and you WILL get out of this. Look around you, there is always something useful, something that will help you survive. Don't panic, don't let the situation overwhelm you and don't think about failure. Above all, keep hope.

  26. Cj
    September 23, 2013 #


  27. Kaitlyn LyonsK
    September 23, 2013 #

    I would say the best things to have is a multi-tool like a knfie/hammer/fire starter combo by Bear Gryles & Gerber. You want that IN your car and not in your trunk in case you're in water and need to get out!

  28. Ana Figueroa
    September 23, 2013 #

    I think everything in the kit is very important. Now that its getting cold, jumper cables and a blanket are a serious must have

  29. Jessica
    September 23, 2013 #

    Water…and it wouldn't hurt to have something to purify/filter more water. I really like this Emergency H2O Personal Do It Yourself Kit Deluxe Water Filtration System http://www.emacstacticalshop.com/product/WAPU2

  30. William Houser
    September 23, 2013 #

    Rope. Rope is one of the most vital survival tools there is.

  31. Patricia Wells
    September 23, 2013 #

    A flare gun.

  32. zach horvath
    September 23, 2013 #

    i believe, if we're talking "shaun of the dead" type zombies, that a lightweight head-crushing device is of utmost importance. thus, i would take something like an aluminum bat as my zombie killer.

  33. Beth
    September 23, 2013 #

    Water and a knife

  34. james lawson
    September 23, 2013 #

    ATV or motorcycle

  35. Priscilla Russell
    September 23, 2013 #

    Matches Flashlight flares water food blankets emergency phone to contact esurance fire extinguisher fix a flat compact generator

  36. Jacqueline
    September 23, 2013 #

    Flashlight and Batteries!!! Also canned food, water, and matches! I know this may sound strange, but sunscreen if you're in a hot climate.

  37. Jessica Jun
    September 23, 2013 #

    Water Filter

  38. Rita Hill
    September 23, 2013 #

    I always though water & food but since reading all these comments I will need to make a list and fill a bag! first aid kit, blanket, battery operated light and radio some much more I just pray I will never need to use it.

  39. Cliff
    September 23, 2013 #

    An initial supply of water and a water purification kit. If you are talking about an extended emergency, access to water is critical and you can not guarantee your initial supply will last long enough.

  40. George Howard
    September 23, 2013 #

    If we are talking about a simple flat tire then all you need is a good book and maybe a blanket to keep warm, but in a true emergency you need a water filter and clean container. You can go a long time with out food, but without water you will be out of the game quick.

  41. Leah Meinel
    September 23, 2013 #

    Muah ha ha ha ha ha….. I wanna go!!!

  42. Cynthia Stewart
    September 23, 2013 #

    Food, water, matches, blanket

  43. Stephanie Perry
    September 23, 2013 #

    Considering where I live is usually hot…the #1 survival item I need is water. Other items would be flashlight/glow sticks.

  44. Ali Painter
    September 23, 2013 #

    I think blankets, water, and fire are all very important in most emergency situations.

  45. Belinda Coleman
    September 23, 2013 #

    Blanket, battery operated radio, and toilet paper.

  46. Chris Parks
    September 23, 2013 #

    Emergency Candles, matches and water.

  47. Janelle Short
    September 23, 2013 #

    I think water first and then fire.

  48. Jason Haller
    September 23, 2013 #

    EXtra batteries for the flashlight, a lighter or matches, a bottle

  49. Angela Carpenter
    September 23, 2013 #

    I would have to say a high visibility hiway blanket to keep warm with and alert for help!

  50. Lauren
    September 23, 2013 #