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. susan
    September 25, 2013 #

    I always care my home remedy kit. comes in handy for bruises , bites and illnesses.

  2. Denise
    September 25, 2013 #

    a lighter. would last longer than matches and wont be easily put out with a gust of wind like a match.

  3. Kylee
    September 25, 2013 #

    The most important thing is a blanket. You usually aren't too stranded, and a blanket can mean comfort while waiting for help.

  4. Terryl Hassel
    September 25, 2013 #

    First Aid kit. So you can keep all wounds from becoming infected

  5. Matt
    September 25, 2013 #

    I'm going to have to go with a lighter or matches. Fire is such an important part of your survival kit. It will keep you warm, cook your food, or boil and purify drinking water.

    And I suppose it is helpful to take out the large horde of zombies that just invaded your safe house.

  6. zachary greene
    September 25, 2013 #

    I would have to have a dog he could Smell.zombies before they got close

  7. Jade
    September 25, 2013 #

    Well, my husband says, "somebody who moves slower than you" but I would say a cast iron skillet. You can use it for both cooking and protection!

  8. Katie
    September 25, 2013 #

    1st Aid supplies. An infection will kill you and it would be a slow painful death if something doesn't get you first while your delirious and weak. I carry a small one in my suitcase, a larger one in my car, and a tiny one in my purse.

  9. Abby
    September 25, 2013 #

    An all-weather sleeping bag, lighter, Maglite, and rope would be on my list.

  10. aj
    September 25, 2013 #

    first aid kit

  11. Joe Chuck
    September 25, 2013 #

    A green 5mW laser pointer. These things can help rescue services to pinpoint your location.

  12. Bill K
    September 25, 2013 #

    Some moist towlettes…. worth their weight in gold!

  13. rebecca armes
    September 25, 2013 #

    My husband says wet wipes– because even in an emergency you need to be clean "down below"

  14. Ruthie
    September 25, 2013 #

    What we would need in cases of emergency is certain foods and activities for our picky toddler.

  15. Beth wiemers
    September 25, 2013 #

    I always have a first aid kit in my cars. I also keep a large jack so I have a weapon with the pole that works it lol! :-)

  16. Erica
    September 25, 2013 #

    Zero degree sleeping bag!

  17. Angel Patton
    September 25, 2013 #

    Medicine, batteries, money, radio

  18. Leah Bieker
    September 25, 2013 #

    A horse ( doesn't require gas)Daryl Dixon, Max Brooks, Michonne, Bear Grylls, favorite LSU baseball cap & my awesome dog Whitwicky :)

  19. Brenda
    September 25, 2013 #

    Reliable transportation…so you can get to your survival shelter – before they do.

  20. TY
    September 25, 2013 #

    Always carry a good attitude there is nothing more powerful than your mind.

  21. Melissa Conner-Clark
    September 26, 2013 #

    The single most important and almost only guarantee of surviving a "zombie apocalypse", is extensive knowledge of the earth. One can stock up on as many survival items such as: weapons, water, food, water purification pills, first aid supplies, and any other item that in fact requires you to have them at the time of disaster–however, none of these things will ultimately ensure ones survival. The truth is a disaster of any kind can happen anytime and anywhere. So what happens if you're out of town on business or on vacation, and you have no way of getting to these items you have fully stocked up on in preparation for a zombie takeover? What happens if you're in an unfamiliar area and you don't know about the plants and animals that are in your current surroundings? Then what do you do? For many years, before there was access to freeze dried foods, water purification systems, and pharmaceutical medications, humans survived off their knowledge of the land. They learned how to build and provide shelter, find already purified water, and what plants and animals were safe to eat and which natural items could help cure ailments. Even I you have a fully stoked bomb shelter and the biggest arsenal, nothing guarantees your safety more than understanding how to navigate the earth! All of these other items can be stolen, damaged, and run out–but, if you know how to retrieve these items from the earth naturally if you're caught without your survival kit, or if you know how to replenish these items once your existing stock runs out–then you have the best chance to survive any disaster or end of world threat. Luckily, in this day and age there is an unlimited amount if information on how to navigate the earth and we no longer have to learn from trial and error like those before us–all one has to do is some research and they will find an endless amount of knowledge on how to live off the land.

  22. Jimbo
    September 26, 2013 #

    Awareness. Period. No tool in your first aid kit can be more effective then planning ahead and being aware of your surrounding. If you are driving somewhere, go through the route in your mind before you go by looking at a map, including elevation, check out the weather, and time it to minimize traffic or night time driving. Awareness in the form of environmental scanning and planning trumps everything I've see so far :-)

  23. Katie
    September 26, 2013 #

    a solid crew. someone who knows how to use and/or create any sort of weapon and use it well. someone who is not squeamish to take care of injuries, preferably a nurse or doctor, and if they know the use of plant and herbal remedies, so much the better. someone who can cook. someone who is a problem solver. and a dog for company, sniffing, warmth, and even help with the hunting.

  24. Dante T
    September 26, 2013 #

    Fire starter and a hatchet

  25. Bryce
    September 26, 2013 #

    The most important thing to have is a great partner to watch your back and help out in sticky situations. Or to use a zombie bait if they get annoying!

  26. Michele
    September 26, 2013 #

    Having my children close by and I would keep something to occupy their time so they worry less.

  27. Rod
    September 26, 2013 #

    Hey, we agree in a cast iron skillet, but a baseball bat would be a necessity. Also, having a large protective dog and maybe some garlic? Just in case it might work, who knows. A supply of sugar filled candy and Monster drinks to keep us alert at all times! ;P

  28. Kim
    September 26, 2013 #

    First aide kit and blankets

  29. Daniel Ellis
    September 26, 2013 #

    pack of lighters, you don't NEED them to make a fire…but it is so much easier. light fires for cooking boiling the nasty stuff out of water and the lighter can be used after you raid the liquor store and through some molotov cocktails at them zombies

  30. Melinda G
    September 26, 2013 #

    Duct tape, the wonder tool.

  31. Aaron Clark
    September 26, 2013 #

    A secure location is going to be most important. Somewhere you can fortify and has little weakness and vulnerability (all buildings have some weakness). From there you can work on getting what ever else you need.

  32. Lynn
    September 26, 2013 #

    I keep my first aid kit and extra clothes , shoes , blanket in the car
    at all times..

  33. Dawn
    September 26, 2013 #

    Blankets and extra warm clothes in trunk especially if you have little ones!!

  34. valorie matthews
    September 26, 2013 #

    Some really good zombie cosmetics, so you can blend in with the zombies. Something from the origional "Night of the living dead". A cooler filled with body parts. After all, if a dog will chase a bone why not a zombie,giving me time to make a hasty get away in the other direction. Something that smells like a rotting corpse, perhaps an old friend who wasn't as imaginative as I. And of course some tattered clothes. I'll fit in disgustingly.

  35. Vanessa
    September 26, 2013 #

    Since my husband is active duty military I know I would do a lot better surviving with him since i'm useless on my own at 9 months pregnant. Not only would I need someone who is a skilled loved one, but we would most definitely need a boat and nice secure island(for when the zombies attack). For our everyday emergencies it's important to always have first aid material and plenty of food and water, some lighters and blankets never hurt either.

  36. Caitlynn Dabney
    September 26, 2013 #

    Gotta have my cell phone and some way to keep it charged! That way I can be found in an emergency!

  37. Sean Major
    September 26, 2013 #

    it must have some rum and cigarettes. also there must be a stick so i can hit the zombies over the head and say that's a bad zombie. bad zombie!!!

  38. Leslie
    September 26, 2013 #

    A zombie-proof RV to escape from the zombies – and plenty of gas!!

  39. Noaa Bujanover
    September 26, 2013 #

    A machete – to clear the way in the whole sense of the word

  40. Judi B.
    September 26, 2013 #

    I would carry a two-way radio with me. Walkie Talkies with a variety of wavelengths and some extra batteries. That way I can keep in touch with people from my own group and also hope to hear from other survivors/search teams.

  41. Avis Mendez
    September 26, 2013 #

    We keep a case of water and our survival kit (first aid kit, blanket, clothes, snacks, flashlights, gloves and cleanup wipes) in our car all the time! Bring on the Zombies!

  42. Danny N
    September 26, 2013 #

    I'd love to say George Foreman grill but you might be out of luck on the electricity soooooo… Rationally I'd say lighters and a machete. Build yourself a fire, shelter AND protect yourself from that super cute girl next door without any brains left.

  43. Rick B.
    September 26, 2013 #

    Shelter, clothing adequate to protect you from weather (i.e. warm clothing in winter), a form of communication and a way to get more food and water when your supplies run out.

  44. Ashley
    September 26, 2013 #

    Insulin and a glucagon. Diabetic necessities for the win!

  45. Monte L. Heitzman
    September 26, 2013 #

    Toilet Paper. My father told me to always have TP in the trunk of the car because you never know when you will need it.

  46. Melody Pitts
    September 26, 2013 #

    the most important thing would be to have a cell phone if the towers are still operational then the next would be a car emergency kit.

  47. angela parrish
    September 26, 2013 #

    salt, pepper, plant id book, basic first aid kit, knife, ax, flint,

  48. Teresa
    September 26, 2013 #

    A mirror, so the zombie can scare himself to death :)

  49. Kelly
    September 26, 2013 #

    A compass for navigation

  50. Arnie Stein
    September 26, 2013 #

    Duct tape has many uses.