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. Avatar for Jennifer Wood
    mary mildenberger
    September 24, 2013 #

    Most important to tell someone where you are going and when you expect to arrive in case you do not get there. someone can look for you.

    • Avatar for Jennifer Wood
      September 24, 2013 #

      I fully agree. Make it a responsible person you tell though! Last time I got stuck in the middle of nowhere, buried my truck to the frame I told a person (one who had gotten stuck out there with me a couple years before) where we were going and we were supposed to meet up with her at 8pm. when we didn't show, she didn't tell anyone, we were stuck overnight, and had to hike out the next day 14 miles. When I finally called her when we got back to town, she said she assumed we made other plans! WHAT???!!! LAME!

    • Avatar for Jennifer Wood
      September 24, 2013 #

      My family is the most important thing I would take with me.

  2. Avatar for Jennifer Wood
    September 24, 2013 #

    You need mad Macgyver skills to survive anything!!

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      Mary h
      September 25, 2013 #

      well everyone has said the obvious now here's a couple things I'd like to include if I was in a snowstorm or anywhere else where I would need shelter I would take up my removable seats in my PT cruiser and turn them over and make a snow cave for a snowstorm if we didn't have any energy to do anything like the Battery went dead in the car was smashed up because a snow fort is warmer and insulated and also goggles a rope to tie myself to a tree because of a hurricane a megaphone so people can hear you or even I have a loud piercing Horn that was a dollar at the dollar Store The small shovel can be used for your tires protection and digging and a pair of wire snaps can be used to strip wires from your car to make a battery if instructions were in your emergency kit I live in Michigan and when the power grid went down like I know it will again A lot of people were stranded without medical supplies oxygen or means to get them but it was summertime I suggest a nice baseball bat and Swingway at the zombies go tigers!!!!!!

    • Avatar for Jennifer Wood
      September 25, 2013 #

      Plus, don't lose it and freak out. If you can't think you can't survive.

      • Avatar for Jennifer Wood
        September 25, 2013 #

        Yes Kris, I agree you need mad Macgyer skills and your right mind. Plus, a couple of nutrition bars, a shovel and blanket for the mighty, mighty Detroit winters.

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    Gary Nagy
    September 24, 2013 #

    I would think a rifle and plenty of rounds of ammunition, not only would it keep food on the table but keep the zombies at bay. Plenty of warm and dry clothes. And a case of toilet paper. (you could sell it! lol)

  4. Avatar for Jennifer Wood
    Haunted Lemons
    September 24, 2013 #

    Having the right tools to survive is a plus. Having the attitude to survive and never surrender is the key. Getting your mind acclimated in advance and being prepared to make the smart difficult decisions when your body is in shock will win the day.

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    C Michael Gross
    September 24, 2013 #

    The ability to stay calm under pressure and to use the resources available to you wisely.

  6. Avatar for Jennifer Wood
    Gail D.
    September 24, 2013 #

    After watching many (too many zombie films) – what is needed: an emergency plan, so the family knows where to meet (no running around during the zombie apocalypse,) and a safe secure spot to shelter in place, preferably with emergency gear. And finally a good book, because I fear boredom more than zombies!

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    Phillip Kalmbach
    September 24, 2013 #

    I would have to say that the best chance of surviving, is with the esurance survival kit! All joking aside three things I always take with me is a knife, a fire starter, and a positive attitude. You an make anything with a knife, and the firestarter will greatly increase survival, especially in cold environments.

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    Naomi Jensen
    September 24, 2013 #

    Here in Colorado, the next thing to have would be a warm blanket or sleeping bag. Even in summer the temps can slip pretty low in mountains at night.

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    Nancy S.
    September 24, 2013 #

    Well first off your survival kit must include some air freshener….because let me tell you zombies do not make the world smell better!!!
    Of course a great necessity is a family plan on what to do and where to meet up in case of emergency. Remember cell phones may not work and if you have children they must have clear instructions on what to do if a parent or guardian is not around. Making them feel secure is very important.

  10. Avatar for Jennifer Wood
    September 24, 2013 #

    All I would need is my husband, a machete and lots of guns and ammo. Just for the zombies…for my car, food, water and flares.

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    Brian L.
    September 24, 2013 #

    A back up location is what you'll need. (a friend's house or second home away from home.) You should have everyone's address down in your phone so you can hopefully plot a course to their house. I'm sure they'll let you in as long as you aren't undead.

  12. Avatar for Jennifer Wood
    September 24, 2013 #

    Definitely some kind of cereal with chocolate in it.. (you've gotta keep up the energy) and, of course, some band-aids with your favorite cartoon character on them.

  13. Avatar for Jennifer Wood
    September 24, 2013 #

    a Tank to run the zombies over with.

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    steve mcgovern
    September 24, 2013 #

    Where i live you would think we are allready having been over run by zombies ….. s mcgovern

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    Ashley R. Hardy
    September 24, 2013 #

    Become a ninja…ninja's don't die…if you can't uh…get a double barreled shotgun and an assault rifle with enough ammunition to wipe out at least 5 states. If it's an Apocalypse I'm sure you can gain access to these items with the scarcity of security (they'll be zombies) Make sure you have a dually truck to transport the ammunition.

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    Regina Holbrook
    September 24, 2013 #

    The key to surviving a zombie apocalypse is camouflage. Therefore, make-up, prosthetics, fake blood, stinky clothes, etc. If you look like the zombies perhaps you'll be less likely to be eaten!

  17. Avatar for Jennifer Wood
    September 24, 2013 #

    Companions to help and water.

  18. Avatar for Jennifer Wood
    September 24, 2013 #

    You need a family plan, an emergency kit, several meet up locations (since people are never just at home when everything happens), a backpack with changes of clothes, lots of water, cans of food, and since you cant always use loud guns other weapons for defense. A few classic books, pen and notebook (have to keep the kids calm and entertained) while you're trying to survive :)

  19. Avatar for Jennifer Wood
    September 24, 2013 #

    Utility Knife… stay calm and keep moving forward….

  20. Avatar for Jennifer Wood
    September 24, 2013 #

    Zombies what to do? Be very quiet. Need lots of granola bars and water. Water proof matches. And finally, hope you've said your prayers. I have…