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. Kevin Smith
    September 23, 2013 #

    I'm working on a "bug out buggy" It's based on a 1979 Rolls Royce Silver Wraith ( just because I'm in the midst of an apocalypse doesn't mean I can't be comfy and coddled) that runs on irony and snarky one-liners.

  2. Destiny Knippenberg
    September 23, 2013 #

    One of these kits.. Plus a way to carry clean water and I know it is a little much to take around but a medical book that shows symptoms of different sickesses and how to cure them. For people who aren't zombies but still getting sick, don't need to lose anymore close ones!

  3. John Prater
    September 23, 2013 #

    I think the most important thing for the impending zombie apocalypse is an axe. Great for chopping wood & zombies heads off. Win Win.

  4. Shannon
    September 23, 2013 #

    H2O :)

  5. Cherri Laslhey
    September 23, 2013 #

    A battery jumper/tire pump combo.

  6. Joseph Senesac
    September 23, 2013 #

    I travel alot and never go into the mountains without a sleeping bag, extra food and a water filter. A weapon or two never hurts.
    Most importantly though is a written down plan so you do not PANIC. I also like a pair of knee pads, because the ground is very unforgiving.

  7. Eraina
    September 23, 2013 #

    In the event of a zombie apocalypse, cash might not be very useful, but in an emergency it can be essential. We had a massive wind storm a few years ago that knocked out power for a week an a half. Supermarkets were running on generators and couldn't accept cards, so if you didn't have enough food or water to last you that long, you were screwed.

    You should also make sure your gas tank is full before a storm hits. Some gas stations had power, but ran out of gas. Others had gas that couldn't be pumped. It was also graduation weekend in a small college town, so we had more people in town than usual.

  8. Jennifer Turner
    September 23, 2013 #

    your amazing kit is a good start, but we all know we need TWINKIES

  9. joshua
    September 23, 2013 #

    never forget the threes: 3 minutes without air (or quality air), 3 hours without shelter (in bad conditions), 3 days without water, 3 weeks without food… any of these will kill you. stay warm, stay hydrated, eat, and protect your lungs.

  10. Alex Clavelle
    September 23, 2013 #

    Bowie knife, for several purposes, and flint and steel

  11. MS. C
    September 23, 2013 #

    batteries, radio flash light,food, water,lighter, blanket,life jacket, evacuation route, make sure it's safe for you and your family. go to high grounds.

  12. TAE HUN KU
    September 23, 2013 #

    I would say it is matches or lighter to fire.

  13. Mark Wilkerson
    September 23, 2013 #

    Fire, water.

  14. Kiel
    September 23, 2013 #

    It depends on the situation, but the most important item to have on you is your cell phone and car charger. Chances are that if your car somehow dies, you drive into a ditch, you hit a deer, etc… In any survival situation the most important factor is being able to get help to you. It's very unlikely that your car battery would just die out of the blue so a car cell phone charger should always work and always be on you.

    In the kit listed above, two things that stand out to me are a warm coat (with a hood) and jumper cables. These two items are the most practical in this day and age. If you're stranded and the car won't start, staying warm will keep your spirits up and keep you alive. You can live without water for a day or two, and find it by "living off of the land." If it's freezing cold and you can't even get out of the car to walk around, well…

    Jumper cables are just something everyone should keep in their car. I can't even count in my head how many times I've had to use mine – To either jump myself or help someone else out.

  15. Molly Gray
    September 23, 2013 #

    Fleece blankets and some sort of antiseptic for cleaning non-zombie bite wounds

  16. Joann
    September 23, 2013 #

    Working flashlight, water, nonperishable snacks, charged phone, reflecting triangle, towing service.

  17. Joshua Poole
    September 23, 2013 #

    Guns and ammunition, as well as extra food and other valuables to trade.

  18. Jennifer
    September 23, 2013 #

    waterproof matches, suitable place aka shelter to at least "live"/hide, non-perishable foods, first aid kit & plenty of differnt meds, plenty of gas for my gas saver car, reliable group to help fend off zombies,and some type of weapon(baseball bat, bow&arrow, etc)

  19. Scott Hodek
    September 23, 2013 #

    Definitely a good knife, most important survival tool there is, IMHO.. with a knife all other things are possible (or at least much easier), shelter, fire, food (making snares), defense etc. Tho if this is a zombie apocalypse, I guess a shotgun wouldn't hurt either lol. Also, Twinkies.

  20. Gerald Brumley
    September 23, 2013 #

    definitely water and matches, a good pocket knife would also be a plus, survival will take more than just avoiding the undead….

  21. Jay Smith
    September 23, 2013 #

    Water and a blanket is most important

  22. Terry Ashby
    September 23, 2013 #

    Definitely an ice scraper. Can do without all else but that.

  23. Johanna Villarreal
    September 23, 2013 #

    A travel heat blanket for sure!

  24. Melissa Lakin
    September 23, 2013 #

    Water Definately! But it would also be good to have a first aid kit, blankets, a hand crank radio and a small multipurpose tool.

  25. derek dingley
    September 23, 2013 #

    a Shake flashlight that doesn't run on batteries, a hearty knife, a basic tool kit with hammer and wrenches, first aid kit, blanket, a good set of gloves, a solar radio, an emergency charging devices for cell phone, bungee cords, jumper cables ,

  26. yourspam@outlook.com
    September 23, 2013 #

    An all-in-one tool

  27. Mark Savage
    September 23, 2013 #

    For winter, I'd carry a bag of kitty litter or coarse sand to use for traction if I'm stuck in an icy area and a small shovel for digging out. For summer, I'd carry a bottle of distilled water because the heat can evaporate battery electrolyte faster than people imagine.

  28. Steve Bull
    September 23, 2013 #

    Clean water is the most important thing one must have in an emergency.

  29. Kirk Stone
    September 23, 2013 #

    All i Need is my Cell Phone to Call Esurance !!!!

  30. Brian Gayle
    September 23, 2013 #

    Flash light, water, a lighter, and some dehydrated food would be nice to have.

  31. Chris Hart
    September 23, 2013 #

    Water, blanket, light source and in a perfect world a fully charged cell phone.

  32. Shane Wulf
    September 23, 2013 #

    MREs aka Meals ready to eat … If you got stranded out there somewhere it would at least buy you some time to have food, water and shelter while waiting for help. MREs are compact, vacuum-sealed packages that don't take up much space, They have a very long shelf life. I got some from a Military surplus store. They taste OK. (At least for dehydrated food)

  33. C M Bemis
    September 23, 2013 #

    I'd like to have my fiancee & his HAM Radio!

  34. Cristi
    September 23, 2013 #

    I think Water and Cell Phone would be most important. :)

  35. Chi Law
    September 23, 2013 #

    Water and of course cellphone! haha

  36. Devina Patton
    September 23, 2013 #

    I think water would be the number one thing. We have a farm that has continous running spring water. It is secluded enough to set up perimeters and even traps. it has enough room to grow your own crops and livestock. it is not easily accesisable and we have all determined wher to meet so that we can protect our clan and family.

  37. Cheryl
    September 23, 2013 #

    A bottle of Riesling!!

  38. Craig Clark
    September 23, 2013 #

    Cardio and a AA-12 fully automatic shotgun with multiple 32 round drums…oh and water :)

  39. Raquel
    September 23, 2013 #

    Aside from food, water and some type of weapon?? Well an emergency kit of course!! And a spare charged cell phone/hand held radio and hand crank emergency radio.

  40. Laurie
    September 23, 2013 #


  41. Donald M.
    September 23, 2013 #

    At least 1 gallon of drinking water per person, per day.

  42. Pam Joliet
    September 23, 2013 #

    I live in HOT Florida…so water and more water

  43. Rafael Espinosa
    September 23, 2013 #

    A cell phone to call for help! That pretty much covers all the bases.

  44. Lesley
    September 23, 2013 #

    brad pitt would be my choice – but he needs to bring his backpack with a flashlight, blanket and water :)

  45. Andrew Gomes
    September 23, 2013 #

    The idea is pretty neat. It should also contain first-aid kit, tissues, and sanitizer.

  46. OLIVIA
    September 23, 2013 #

    Living in Wisconsin we have been stuck through some blizards. Blankets, flashlight and warmers are a must have. Portable charger maybe crank style would be very helpful to keep phones charged or updated on the news in case the car battery gives out.

  47. Mark
    September 23, 2013 #

    Water is obvious, but also flint, waterproof matches or something to generate fire, so if clean water is unavailable, you can boil what is. This will also come in handy to keep warm in cold weather situations or as a last ditch effort to fight off zombies.

  48. Robert Badger
    September 23, 2013 #

    Traveling anywhere in Texas in the summer, you should have an ice chest full of water. What? I know, I know, I live in Texas and you would think I would say "Beer." Water would do much more to keep you hydrated and alive.

    It would even be useful in a zombie attack. If you carry plenty of water with you, a zombie can't sneak up and chomp you while your bent over trying to steal a drink from a creek or mud puddle.

  49. Maykel
    September 23, 2013 #

    I just watch World War Z last night, I guess this kit would have come in handy for Brad Pit. Maybe not…
    Flashlight (water proof)
    Duct Tape
    I think those are necessary items.

  50. Joan Olsen
    September 23, 2013 #

    A warm blanket and a portable radio to keep me company