Get the Skills to Survive Anything (Even Zombies)

Your Cub Scout survival skills won’t get you through the zombie apocalypse, but a premium emergency car kit and a trip to Zombie Survival Basics in Portland, Oregon will!

Our Zombie Sweeps has now ended — big thanks to everyone who participated. We’ll be announcing our grand prize winner soon. 

As National Preparedness Month continues, so do our efforts to arm you with the must-have tools to survive anything. We’ve already given away 75 emergency car kits this month and still have 25 more up for grabs.

This week is your last opportunity to comment for a chance to win essential survival gear. Plus, your comment will automatically enter you for a shot at the grand prize — a trip for 2 to zombie survival camp in Portland, Oregon, a 2-night stay in a hotel, and $2,000 in travel money.

Why zombie camp? Well, we can’t say for certain that the apocalypse is near, but if you’re going to be ready for the worst, a world overrun with the walking dead is pretty much as bad as it gets.

Zombie Survival Basics in Portland, Oregon

You’ll learn more than just how to set up camp in this unique 7-hour program. Get a crash course in urban and remote survival, zombie combat and evasion, and how to think quickly and clearly when your life depends on it.

Tips on how to guide your loved ones to safety and build shelter in the wilderness could come in handy not only when escaping zombies, but also for surviving camping and road trip mishaps, as well as natural disasters.

The day’s itinerary includes:

• Starting a fire without matches
• Makeshift torches, weaponry
• Zombie and stealth scenarios (hunting with bows and foam arrows)
• Building wilderness shelter
• Cutting and hacking with swords, hatchet throwing
• Transport methods for escaping infected areas
• Foraging wild foods
• Cooking on a campfire
• Creating smokeless fires
• Making your zombie survival pack
• Proper zombie “disposal”
• And more

Enter the Zombie Sweepstakes*

To enter for a chance to win an emergency car kit, all you have to do is comment below telling us what you think is the most important thing to have in an emergency (aside from food, water, and some type of weapon … for the zombies).

Your comment will also enter you for a chance to attend zombie survival training in Portland, Oregon, along with a 2-night stay in a hotel, and $2,000 in travel money.

Comment below and be sure to check out our previous Esurance Zombie Sweeps posts (here, here, and here) to see what others have said. And stay tuned … next week we’ll announce our grand prize winner here on the Esurance blog.

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.

Stuff our legal team makes us say

*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.

350 Responses to “Get the Skills to Survive Anything (Even Zombies)”

  1. Roberto Ramos
    September 24, 2013 #

    Other than water, food, and an instant fire starter (as I stated in an earlier post), the most important thing to have in an emergency is a complete first aid kit. It can help save a life.

  2. saffronrose
    September 24, 2013 #

    Rather than battery-operated electronics, how about a cranked/solar power set instead?
    Perhaps Mira Grant would be helpful, given that she has won awards for her series involving a remedy gone bad, where eventually, you WILL become a zombie, if you're not killed first.

  3. Jason Schussler
    September 24, 2013 #

    I would bring night vision binoculars. The darkness of night is scary enough without the threat of Zombies roaming around trying to seek up on you. Having the ability to see Zombies (or whoever/whatever) first from a distance at night would reduce the element of surprise and give you a head start while also calming that paranoia feeling you get when you hear a strange noise in the night.

  4. Angela Wong
    September 24, 2013 #

    Parkour skills.

  5. James Haynes
    September 24, 2013 #

    If you can only choose ONE THING, choose this: An inexpensive but versatile mylar blanket!!!
    It keeps you warm no matter how cold/saves your life; it can collect drinking water each day at dew point/saves your life; it is a great reflector mirror for rescuers/saves your life; it folds and stores in one shirt pocket/ saves your life; it is a great full body umbrella/saves your life; it deflects ANY wind/saves your life; acts as a wind screen so you can build a fire/saves your life; can be cut into tourniquet strips to stop bleeding/saves your life; makes a very shrill whistle if you blow on any edge/saves your life; and last but not least, wrap yourself up in it and the Zombies will be scared when they see how ugly they think you are, and will run off, so it really can save your life!!!

    • Dru
      September 25, 2013 #

      how very astute of u, not to mention clever

  6. Christian
    September 24, 2013 #

    Besides food, water, and some type of weapon. The most important thing to have is a friend who you can really trust! Not to mention a radio and some walkie talkies or something if you ever split up.

  7. Kathleen Moore
    September 25, 2013 #

    Blankets, charged cell phone, solar powered backup batteries, reinforced lightweight body armor to help prevent being bitten, weaponry, and food rations.

  8. Paul Maxwell
    September 25, 2013 #

    Have an eSurance Emergency First Aid kit with you at all times.

  9. Robert Beisler
    September 25, 2013 #

    Keep a blanket in your car. If you become stranded, and need to wait for help, staying warm could be the key to your survival. Not to mention, if you cover over your head, the zombies will never see you.

  10. Margo Brewster
    September 25, 2013 #

    There have been too many intense zombie scenes on TV where someone has to fight off a horde of zombies to get to the medical supplies. Antibiotics, bandages, gauze, etc. are always in high demand when people are fighting for their lives.

  11. jay
    September 25, 2013 #

    protective clothing consisting of layered clothing topped by heavy leathers, (top and bottom), and a football helmet or some type of military helmet with a cage or mask covering the face, combat type boots, work gloves. worn whenever outside car or zombie free areas.

  12. June
    September 25, 2013 #

    I want Brad Pitt in my kit!

  13. David Silverberg
    September 25, 2013 #

    I would try to keep my brains. Without them, I'm nothing.

  14. Heather Anastasi
    September 25, 2013 #

    Since food, water, and a weapon are already covered, I think the next thing would be a tarp. It can be used for many different things such as shelter, carrying supplies, keeping out of the elements, hauling fire wood, etc. If I could choose my weapon it would be the Stansport 6-in-1 Survival Shovel. It's a shovel, hatchet, hammer, saw, nail puller, and a can opener. Awesome!

  15. Angie C.
    September 25, 2013 #

    Essentials to making a fire and a safe place to meet

  16. Derek T
    September 25, 2013 #

    Zombie spray and mosquito spray. I don't like mosquitos…or zombies

  17. Kendra
    September 25, 2013 #

    Beside the basic things I think a person needs a bucke. It can be use for many reasons and ideas.

  18. Alexander gonzalez
    September 25, 2013 #

    Id make sure that I have flares to distract them at night… And bullets. Lots of bullets

    September 25, 2013 #


  20. amanda Thompson
    September 25, 2013 #

    I would love to have a zombie emergency kit

  21. Mik B
    September 25, 2013 #

    You'll need a strong baseball bat (one that won't crack in half), a fast car with extra fuel in the trunk and plenty of extra brains to scatter about to throw them off the track!

  22. David
    September 25, 2013 #

    A shovel to dig holes for them to fall into, then play whack-a-zombie, or try out your golf swing. :)

  23. Jonathan Kilgore
    September 25, 2013 #

    A good plan is key as is somewhere to go. Have plans for different types of emergencies you are likely to experience as evacuation routes need to change. Having a small kit at work or in the car to help you get home is a good idea too.

  24. Tela Ambrosio-Lopez
    September 25, 2013 #

    The mindset to survive and lead your family!!

  25. Michelle
    September 25, 2013 #

    For starters have your car in good working order and keep it stocked with your survival gear and extra gas. And addresses of everyone you would want on your side in case of a zombie Apocalypse because phones won't last long

  26. Katie Hopper
    September 25, 2013 #

    Beside water, food and a gun I definitely think a first aid kit can get me through the zombie apocalypse!

  27. Jessica Nelson
    September 25, 2013 #

    Absolutely need a bat and bow and arrows. Guns are great, but bullets run out and they are loud.

  28. Andrew Maki
    September 25, 2013 #

    Above any type of obvious material things and family motivations, as with any disaster you want to have a plan, basically a set of short term goals that will set you apart from the rest, these goals should be geographically close to each other for optimizing success, with any disaster speed of implementation of an escape plan is key. when basic services break down theres no calling for help you have to rely on yourself to get you and your family to safety or less comprising situation.

  29. Adam Zeek
    September 25, 2013 #

    An axe. It never runs out of bullets.

  30. Icart Trebmul
    September 25, 2013 #

    Hello, of course i will have Norman Reedus (Daryl/Walking Dead) with me!

  31. tammy
    September 25, 2013 #

    my dog! a good companion to keep you company! and great senses to help keep you alerted and protected!!

  32. Todd Castillo
    September 25, 2013 #

    Optimism. Honestly, in all survival situations a sense of optimism will keep you alive longest. Oh, and the swiss army knife I always carry in my pocket. Be prepared, and all that jazz. Seriously, though, I could rebuild a surprising amount of stuff with this little knife. Sure, a whole city might be a stretch…but a house? …well, we'll just see, won't we?

  33. james
    September 25, 2013 #

    A defensible position with an escape plan, preferably an underground tunnel secured at both ends.

  34. Lauren Forrest
    September 25, 2013 #

    a flint fire starter would probably be a good thing to have

  35. susan burgett
    September 25, 2013 #

    I would make sure I had a fully stocked self sustaining shelter.

  36. Wendy C
    September 25, 2013 #

    A seat belt cutter./hammer great tool to have.

  37. Nancy Provencal
    September 25, 2013 #

    Common sense!

  38. David G
    September 25, 2013 #

    A knife, a compass, the physician's assistant reference book and a crossbow.

  39. Frank
    September 25, 2013 #

    That's all you need. You don't need anything else other than your brains!

  40. Mike Vaughan
    September 25, 2013 #

    A sack of potatoes, to use for electricity or food.

  41. Bob Stead
    September 25, 2013 #

    Definitely need a first aid kit.

  42. Tara Clark Owen
    September 25, 2013 #

    A grappling hook and rope! It can be used to help climb out of a deadly situation and can also be used as a weapon and method of restraint for bad guys trying to take advantage of your family. The rope attached to the grappling hook could also be used to tie between trees to be used as part of a makeshift shelter when other objects are used in conjunction.

  43. Amy Ward
    September 25, 2013 #

    So, what if your disabled??? Will the Zombies fest on my brains??? OR are there ways to accommodate my special needs??? ;-)

  44. Cole Forrest
    September 25, 2013 #

    Batman. Its always good to have Batman at your side.

  45. Kathy
    September 25, 2013 #

    Iodine tablets…..a tarp…a knife….compass…matches….

  46. Bobby W.
    September 25, 2013 #

    Well the day I see zombies roaming the earth, I will be ready to GO!! So all I will need is GOD and a prayer! :)

  47. Irene M
    September 25, 2013 #

    A means of communicating with friends while you're on the run with a built-in solar battery charger.

  48. Shannon P.
    September 25, 2013 #


  49. Jorge
    September 25, 2013 #

    Don't panic! Always stay calm and in control of the situation.

  50. Christopher Kuntz
    September 25, 2013 #

    Look. The main thing to have in an emergency has two parts. Good – Company. And three members. A leader – someone with a plan, to guide decision making away from emotional responses and toward practical solutions. Or at least, someone with a plan and navigational skills. Two: an engineer – Maverick meets MacGyver. Someone to construct weapons/shelter/signals, and improve the chance of survival. Not to mention the quality of life along the way. And last but not least, A hunter/chef – Someone to identify food. Forage or hunt for said food. Prepare food. And happily help you eat food.

    Each of these characters should be able to hold a conversation, tolerate long periods of silence, be physically fit, and have strong comprehension skills. It's that simple. It's that hard.

    It'd be even better if you could wrap all these characteristics into a single person. So I guess what you want most in an emergency is…. Me! haha (stay humble/stay happy/stay healthy)

    • Hugo
      September 25, 2013 #

      My kit will always have alcohol cigarettes and chocolate for barter.