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. Steve
    September 23, 2013 #

    A portable solar panel to keep my gadgets charged.

    • Phillip Kalmbach
      September 24, 2013 #

      What if the grid goes down and the gadgets don't work? Just a thought…

  2. Kyla Donnelly
    September 23, 2013 #

    First Aid Kit and Utility Knife is my must have survival tools.

  3. Matthew H.
    September 23, 2013 #

    Something to break car window-glass

  4. brent grainger
    September 23, 2013 #

    Shelter or enough clothing for the weather!

  5. colesdavid
    September 23, 2013 #

    I would get a tank form the local National Guard armory.

  6. John Doh
    September 23, 2013 #

    Zombie make-up to blend in

  7. miguel
    September 23, 2013 #

    Access to the nearest Whole Foods. When was the last time you saw a zombie eat anything healthy? They also fear Charcuterie. Zombies despise fermented meat. A true Salumista has ninja like skills with a log of Bresaola or Calabrese.

  8. Shanie Gardner
    September 23, 2013 #

    like world war Z — maybe I am ready !!

  9. Annie dimond
    September 23, 2013 #

    Water and a weapon would be super important, but I think having a barter-able skill or item would be necessary for survival if the zombies invaded.

  10. Shea G.
    September 23, 2013 #

    I think one of the best things that you can have in any emergency situation is a good strong group of people with you to combine resources and help with overall protection.

  11. Chaitanya
    September 23, 2013 #

    Basic necessities along with survival skills(which I got from my experience!)

  12. Melissa
    September 23, 2013 #

    blankets and medications for my family

  13. Mary
    September 23, 2013 #

    Utility knife, duct tape, first aid kit, blankets, and water filter. Plus a zombie-proof helmet.

  14. Ashley Sipos
    September 23, 2013 #

    Batteries & a blanket are must haves for me

  15. Lisa Manley
    September 23, 2013 #

    Xanax and waterproof mascara

  16. Sergei
    September 23, 2013 #

    A manually operated (crank-type) cell phone charger that doubles as a flashlight. I love mine. Haven’t tried it against Zombies yet.

  17. Erik A.
    September 23, 2013 #

    the most important multi tool – duck tape… because if you can't duck it…

  18. Rachel
    September 23, 2013 #

    Two words. Titanium Spork. That is all. Oh and a towel wouldn't hurt either, but only if one has to hitch-hike.

  19. John Berchielli
    September 23, 2013 #

    A portable water filter and some seeds to sprout. Gotta have food and water.

  20. CheriG
    September 23, 2013 #

    A can, matches, and a candle. A lit candle in a can gives off an amazing amount of heat. Additionally, sitting huddled next to a fire has a calming effect in survival situations.