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
    September 24, 2013 #

    A bag of kitty litter is helpful for tires stuck on ice, an old blanket or towel are helpful too. If you are a smoker, keep a full pack in the glove box for emergencies, and of course matches and a lighter are helpful in many situations. Flashlight is good to have on hand, don't forget batteries! A first aid kit. Something capable of breaking a window if you get stuck inside car, and something to cut seat belt if it gets stuck. A battery powered radio…

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    Rhea Holmes
    September 24, 2013 #

    blankets, matches, bottled water and food!

  3. Avatar for Jennifer Wood
    September 24, 2013 #

    A strong desire for survival can put you through most, if not all, disasters!

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    Sara P.
    September 24, 2013 #

    Band-aids and antiseptic. I always hurt myself no matter what.

  5. Avatar for Jennifer Wood
    September 24, 2013 #

    Weapons, good backup team, water and food :)

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    Lynne P.
    September 24, 2013 #

    warm clothing (in colder climates) shovel,flares,water,snacks, and of course zombie repelant.

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    Jack W.
    September 24, 2013 #

    The most important thing to have is obviously Zombie Survival Training…why else would it be the grand prize?

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    Debra S
    September 24, 2013 #

    You need a lot of CANDY bars- both for you and to throw at Bigfoot, should he happen upon your stranded car.

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    Jessica Isfalt
    September 24, 2013 #

    I think the other important thing would be Duct tape and bubble wrap! The duct tape is waterproof, strong bond yet easy to rip into pieces, and the bubble wrap keeps you warm, and can provide shelter if you have to leave the car to get closer to the road for help!

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    Netosha G
    September 24, 2013 #

    FOOD…. I NEED food!!!! My Rambo skills will do the rest…

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    Andrea R
    September 24, 2013 #

    A good knife, so many different uses.

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    Daniel Tigert
    September 24, 2013 #

    One thing i have always believed better to be prepared and not need it … then need it and not be prepared…..

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    Skot Thomas
    September 24, 2013 #

    I'd want my cell, for sure, though if the Zombie apocalypse is here, it may not do much more than provide music/entertainment while wating for roadside assistance…;)

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    Kate V.
    September 24, 2013 #

    My husband and I were just talking about this yesterday on our drive home. Our plan is to meet at home, grab the dogs, "borrow" a boat, and head for the sea!

  15. Avatar for Jennifer Wood
    September 24, 2013 #

    All my family needs is another family that is slower so the zombies can easy them while we get away.

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    Elizabeth Lynn
    September 24, 2013 #

    I agree with Mary Mildenberger. Tell someone where you are going, by what transportation. If a car, tell the route you will be taking and a commitment to communicate when you stop each each evening.

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    Melanie Woods
    September 24, 2013 #

    Propane tank & Grill, extra batteries for lanterns, an extra cellphone battery, and invest in C-rations to last for at least 5 days.

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    Jen Thurman-Borges
    September 24, 2013 #

    Running Shoes. Definitely running shoes.

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    Bosley Jones
    September 24, 2013 #

    Have a designated meeting place for your family in case you are separated, when the zombies, or other disaster hits.

  20. Avatar for Jennifer Wood
    September 24, 2013 #

    I am a big fan of water, blankets and a charged cell phone