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. April Tuck
    September 26, 2013 #

    First Aid kit and a blankiet.

  2. Zena Davis
    September 26, 2013 #

    First aide kit , medications, change of clothes, blanket flashlight, matches.

  3. Rick
    September 27, 2013 #

    A sense of humor, keen awareness of self and others, gratitude, love, and a healthy heart and soul…

  4. Jerimiah Johnson
    September 27, 2013 #

    Water, or simple means of getting water. Either by purifying tablets or a filterstraw. No clean water,means no life after a few days.

  5. David
    September 27, 2013 #

    Lighters, back up matches, tp, solar powered radio, first aid kit, blanket, cell phone (solar powered charger),

  6. Bridget Peppers
    September 27, 2013 #

    One of my company's courses is called The First 72, which teaches how to survive the first 3 days of a disaster (natural or man-made) when community resourses are stretched and self-reliance is critical. The most important tool in any emergency situation is a plan … prepared ahead of time, practiced, and practical.

  7. jim
    September 27, 2013 #

    simple tools ie screwdrivers

  8. Jeremy Stiltz
    September 27, 2013 #

    With Iowa winter approaching, a wise man once told me to always keep strike anywhere matches & a candle or fire starter in the car for obvious wintery reasons. As for Zombies, I'd keep some rotten meat on hand as a diversion to get away.

  9. Levi Smith
    September 27, 2013 #

    I'm gonna need some good insurance.. You ever seen how much damage a zombie can to to a front end at 60mph? Ever had to pull fresh zombie out of a fan and alternator?

  10. Cheryl L VanBuren
    September 27, 2013 #

    The most important thing to remember in any survival situation is to keep aa calm as possible panic only gets you killed faster. Having a small survival pack with you at all times is great. Being like the scouts and being even the slightlest bit prepared is a great thing….

  11. Ken
    September 27, 2013 #

    First Aid, Food Rations, Swiss Army Knife, and like a hiking backpack to carry important items or to pack anything i find that could be useful.

  12. Mario
    September 27, 2013 #

    Zombies in Portland… Cool! even our Grimm is one now!

  13. Savannah
    September 27, 2013 #

    If it were World War Z zombies I would get a terminal illness plus an antidote to fix myself when I am done killing the zombies. I would also make sure to have the right people around me as well as enough gas to get away and burn.

  14. dan
    September 27, 2013 #

    Matches, or a grill lighter with butane refill bottle. For burning a fire, boiling water, or touching zombies. Flashlight, blankets, first aid kit, All other things may be acquired as u go.

  15. willie mcintosh
    September 27, 2013 #

    Pack Warning Triangle, and a portable CB Radio.

  16. Gina
    September 27, 2013 #

    Medication and first aid supplies

  17. DonnaK29
    September 27, 2013 #

    bottled water, can foods, matches/lighter, batteries, flashlight, knife, emergency shock blanket, ziplock bags, nylon string, 3 days change of clothes and a battery operated hand held radio should all be stored in a water tight container in your vehicle or easily accessible within the house.

  18. mark
    September 27, 2013 #

    my ipod… don't wanna get bored!

  19. Yvonne McGowan
    September 27, 2013 #

    A big machete, Bactine & bandaids for the boo-boos, drinking water and snacks. And a flamethrower.

  20. Steve
    September 27, 2013 #

    Matches and blanket

  21. Lindsey
    September 27, 2013 #

    My dog (to help sniff out trouble) and hairspray

  22. samuel arias
    September 27, 2013 #

    flint rock, radio/batteries, canvas, backpack, boots, compass, spare socks, scent free gortex jacket, gloves, flash light/batteries.

  23. krisha arias
    September 27, 2013 #

    first aid book, matches, backpack, flashlight batteries

  24. Astrid
    September 27, 2013 #

    Water, flashlight and a blanket

  25. Sara Clevers
    September 27, 2013 #

    Flint and Tinder to make a fire – this could be used for cooking, as a weapon, warmth, etc.

  26. grau
    September 27, 2013 #

    Some kind of enclosed ATV outfitted with weapons all over…oh, wait—I think I mean a tank. Yeah, a tank and a Cabella's to camp out in. And someone who runs slower than me. And some M&M's.

  27. Justin Blackburn
    September 27, 2013 #

    change of underwear—you all know why!

  28. Irving
    September 27, 2013 #

    A will to live cupeled with good health. Many people mentioned weapons like guns no one said anything about Ammo and the good sense to conserve or shoot wisely. Finally I think the best thing to have is wits, because zombies are not the only entity lurking out there, the devious human Just waiting for that fully loaded and prepared survivor with all the stuff you people mentioned. Yea Wits ! to recognize a threat and out smart them to keep yourself alive.

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  30. lenny tocco
    September 27, 2013 #

    I would say a green laser. Flint and steel and a good pocket knife. Water purifyer would be good too.

  31. ron Jackson
    September 27, 2013 #

    first aid kit and a water container as well as a tarp for weather protection.

  32. Tiffany Tuero
    September 27, 2013 #

    Toilet paper is a must!!!!

  33. Michelle
    September 27, 2013 #

    To me, the most important thing to have in any emergency, zombie or otherwise, is my car (with a full tank of gas and current Esurance of course). Ol Bessie is my number one way out of any disaster lol!

  34. Brit
    September 27, 2013 #

    Cash and e-blankets!

  35. Kimberley Mincie
    September 27, 2013 #

    Sno-Balls. Duct tape and gasoline

  36. Joan
    September 27, 2013 #

    Currently in my car are jumper cables, flashlight, blankets, scissors, tissues, salt and cat litter (for traction, of course). And dog treats – in case the dog gets hungry. :)

  37. Khiranne Covey
    September 27, 2013 #

    The most important item to have in an emergency would be something to create fire ie matches or lighters, which would give you warmth and light and also could be used in some form as a weapon

  38. sonya M
    September 27, 2013 #

    I think we need matches,fishing line and hooks,blankets,first aid kit,tarp,hammer,mini saw,camping materials,bug repellant,any medications, flashlight and plenty of batteries,small shovel,maybe one set of clothes and a good coat and gloves socks shoes,bible and alot of praying,one teddy bear for my little girl,tooth brush,water & collasable cup,camping rations and survival guide,hunting knife,nessary identification.This is what my children and I came up with & it could maybe be cut down a little.

  39. Toya Marrow
    September 27, 2013 #

    the most important thing to have in an emergency is a friend <3

  40. James
    September 27, 2013 #

    Honestly, a handcrank radio with some attachments so you can use the crank to charge other battery powered things. I've used it once when my battery died to charge my phone when it was too low to call for a tow.

  41. perry krilis
    September 27, 2013 #

    Duct tape, a candle, a rag and jumper cables!

  42. melissa viera
    September 27, 2013 #

    cell phone to call for help

  43. eric ruzicka
    September 27, 2013 #

    As some may be unaware, zombies have a problem with balance (possibly due to the decaying process which affects the fluid levels in the inner ear, causing a problem with equilibrium…) and because of this, i always carry marbles on me in case of the inevitable "zombie outbreak"… In this event i would scatter them, plenty of them, as i ran hysterically, arms flailing and not have to worry about looking back because i know the undead see marbles as an obstacle that can not be overcome.

  44. Neal Cozzens
    September 27, 2013 #

    first aid kit, solar blankets,water purifying tablets,water proof matches.

  45. John Anthony
    September 28, 2013 #

    A flit and a good knife….

  46. Erin
    September 28, 2013 #

    Mass quantities of gasoline and a fire starting mechanism. Best way to kill zombie? Watch 'em burn. Plus my car requires fuel to pick up all the other necessities…or run away.

  47. Erin
    September 28, 2013 #

    Duh…an Esurance emergency car kit is the most important thing to have on hand in order to combat any emergency!

  48. Kyle Lebus
    September 28, 2013 #

    Lighters, tarps and an emergency blanket

  49. chris stuart
    September 28, 2013 #

    boy scout handbook, bottled water and a hachet

  50. Myrna Villanueva
    September 28, 2013 #

    water and some dried fruit