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. Andrew McMaster
    September 23, 2013 #

    Living where lots of heavy snow is, a major essential in any survival kit is a snow shovel to help get those wheels a litlte extra room to move and get out of a ditch if you are unfortunate to slide into one.

  2. Eric Green
    September 23, 2013 #

    My son and I have had a plan for a few years now. Water, "protection", food and a place to hide out that is fully stocked with all the above. Good luck everyone!

  3. Steven McKeon
    September 23, 2013 #

    Water, Phone and First aid

  4. Justin Kolln
    September 23, 2013 #

    I think all those items are great items to have. I would rather have something I don't need than to need something I don't have. Bless you all.

  5. Lexington
    September 23, 2013 #

    My Switch Blade Knife.

  6. Ivan Torres
    September 23, 2013 #

    Easy. A machete (great tool and well rounded weapon), a water purifier, and a ton of dehydrated food. Plus a sleeping bag with a ton of insulating tape in it for the fall and winter nights!

  7. Kristen Espinoza
    September 23, 2013 #

    Anything is possible! Flairs, blankets, water, food, gas can, and of course anything that would help in any situation.. Safety and survival is the key !

  8. Catherine Beal
    September 23, 2013 #

    I would say a few of the most important items, besides water, is a light source, warm coverings, and an epi-pen, or Benedryl, since you never know what you may come across in the way of allergic reactions.

  9. brenda chiluiza
    September 23, 2013 #

    I would say water & food and protection from the weather depending where you are geographically located..

  10. Valery Levitt
    September 23, 2013 #

    Well, if I learned anything from Zombieland, it helps to drive a hummer and have a ton of weapons in the car when trying to survive a zombie attack. Being prepared for anything makes it easier to survive any emergency, so I would have food, water & things to keep me warm and make sure that my car is always in good repair to avoid it breaking down etc. I always have a gps in my car as well as a flashlight and an emergency stash of money to aid in emergencies.

  11. Eugene Dawson
    September 23, 2013 #

    If there was a Zombiepocolypse then food and water would not be an issue, lewding at the closest grocery store would cover that. A "Water Proof Lighter" to start a fire would be the most valuable in a Zombie Crisis. "Think Walking Dead People"

    September 23, 2013 #

    Besides the requisite food and water essentials, I believe the first aid kit to fix up bodily damage (to include antiseptic, scissors, wrapping) and a warm blanket would be most crucial.

  13. Jinda
    September 23, 2013 #

    having family or friend along would be very beneficial, especially during the zombie apocolypse, survival in numbers. i would definately insure i have a car jack and tire spare available along w/ a gas can. a shovel would also help get out of a mess and double as a weapon. oh and also having a great company such as esurance as your insurance provider is not a bad plan neither ;)

  14. Jeff
    September 23, 2013 #

    I would say water.

  15. anna gutierrez
    September 23, 2013 #


  16. Miguel Bustamante
    September 23, 2013 #

    A reflecting blanket. It will keep the sun off of you in the heat, help you keep warm in the cold, and can be used to signal someone who might be looking for you.

  17. Emily Moyer
    September 23, 2013 #

    A gun…for hunting food and protection from Zombies. Preferably an assault rifle for dealing with the pesky undead.

  18. christina castillo
    September 23, 2013 #

    well I think I would need firt aid supplies, something to start a fire with matches lighter, flashlight, batteries, water proof container and ammo to take out zombies. :)

  19. Jessica Gover
    September 23, 2013 #

    Running shoes are a must. Also everyone should br working on their cardio endurance in case we need to run. I think a machete or sword is also a must so you could chop off zombie heads or cut a path through the brush. I always carry firestarters with me, such as my flint and magnesium block. Water purifiers are also a must, a great one is called the "hiker" by katadyn. Thats what I will be adding to the kit when I win it ;)

  20. Erin
    September 23, 2013 #

    A functioning, fully charged cell phone.

  21. Amy Miller
    September 23, 2013 #

    A slower friend? I agree with all of the other comments about necessities (i.e. water, food, blanket, lighter, etc) but you should probably always have a slower friend with you. That'll keep you safe for a bit! ;)

    • Nik August
      September 23, 2013 #

      I'm cracking up!

  22. Chad Morgan
    September 23, 2013 #

    Hand or solar powered radio to find out safe zones, water cleaning tablets, and a good long knife because guns run out of bullets.

  23. matt eaton
    September 23, 2013 #

    depends, if the phones are still working then a phone

  24. Catherine
    September 23, 2013 #

    I would say that that the most important thing would be a fully charged cell phone to use in case of an emergency.

  25. Joseph Barnes
    September 23, 2013 #

    Matches, flint or a lighter to build a fire. Make sure to build a decoy fire first to kill all the zombies in the area though.

  26. Alex
    September 23, 2013 #

    Glock 23 (for Zombies), and lots of water.

  27. Michole Franklin
    September 23, 2013 #

    I would have water, blankets, flashlights and activities for the kids like coloring books, little board games, ect

  28. Jean
    September 23, 2013 #

    Water is necessary.

  29. aaron lewandowski
    September 23, 2013 #

    The most important thing is adapt to your suroundings for example what plants you can eat to maintain your nutrition make shelter out of sticks wood whatever you can find

  30. Charles Moore
    September 23, 2013 #

    A clear head.

  31. wordsmithstressBekah
    September 23, 2013 #

    non-perishable food, water, batteries, flashlight, generator, weapons to defend the house, and a panic room would be nice with 360-degree monitors

  32. Dan Catlin
    September 23, 2013 #

    Water, flash lights, batteries, canned food (and don't forget the can opener!). Blanket(s) for warmth. But most importantly, family. I think my family and I could survive any disaster or zombie attack as long as we have each other!

  33. Izzo
    September 23, 2013 #

    I'd want to have a genie in a bottle!

  34. Veronica Pinon Palacios
    September 23, 2013 #

    Water and good walking shoes

  35. Dennis
    September 23, 2013 #

    I would want to have a map. Never know where you might end up driving through a blizzard (or running from zombies) but I'd want to know how to get back to civilization.

  36. Mark Valentino (@Mark_Valentino)
    September 23, 2013 #

    I like the emergency survival blanket because naps are very important.

  37. David
    September 23, 2013 #

    Signal Flares. You can signal for help, or shoot it at the zombies if they're advancing toward you!

  38. andrew knight
    September 23, 2013 #

    A sound mind and fit body.

  39. Amber
    September 23, 2013 #

    You would need a cell phone so you can call for help and if you are in a no service area a flare gun. Also matches or lighters.

  40. John Biggs
    September 23, 2013 #


  41. Cathy
    September 23, 2013 #

    A distress sign

  42. sarah
    September 23, 2013 #

    lots of wood to build a very high treehouse and a retractable ladder to go with, and of course water and supplies.

  43. Sandra Serna
    September 23, 2013 #

    Blanket, warm clothes, energy bars and water…

  44. Cedar
    September 23, 2013 #

    My emergency kit includes non-emergency emergency things like band aids and neosporin for when I drive my kids to the park and they fall down and skin their knees. It also includes plastic bags for trash clean up or the "opps I didn't make it to the bathroom in time" moments. As a mom "emergencies" happen far more often than they do for non-parents. And Hey, if a zombie attacked a plastic bag might come in handy :)

  45. Kimberly
    September 23, 2013 #

    Water, food that doesn't need water to eat it, a guide on local edibles, and a brain.

  46. Jeffrey Ackerman
    September 23, 2013 #

    I would think a very good regional topographical map and good transportation would be key!

  47. Brenda
    September 23, 2013 #

    The most import thing I think you need in an emergency is a pre-planned course of action for each emergency. Failure to plan is planning to fail.

  48. Kim
    September 23, 2013 #

    I'd would need warm clothes and food/water.

  49. Terrie VanHuss
    September 23, 2013 #

    Beacon light so rescuers can find you and alert other drivers of emergency; jumper cables, fuses, light bulbs, flashlight, wrench set to do repairs;

  50. Suley Portillo
    September 23, 2013 #

    Common sense
    Good tools. Batteries.