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. Travis Jones
    September 28, 2013 #

    In the instance of any disaster the best thing you could possibly have is one of those survival compounds stocked full, but obviously not many people have this. So as far as bare necessities go, it would be best to have a "BIC" style lighter (not waterproof matches because although waterproof they run out quickly and it is not practical to carry a lot of them around) because it is light weight and can be used easily over and over again, and also a multi-tool, or a descent pocket knife. With these two items, and the right amount of knowledge and will power, a person can acquire most everything else needed for survival. If there are Zombies added to this scenario then make sure if you have a gun to save at least one bullet aside for yourself.

  2. Heather
    September 28, 2013 #

    Water, water, water

  3. Jollyroger
    September 28, 2013 #

    The best thing to have when surviving any adverse situation (zombies, tornado, hurricane, civil unrest, or whatever) is TRAINING. This one "thing" encompasses everything else that everyone has offered so far. If you have been properly trained, you will know to have a "bug out" bag, emergency rations, emergency weather protection to survive your local environment, comms, and most importantly- a plan. And, of course, esurance coverage to help replace everything else lost to the zombies!

  4. Missy
    September 28, 2013 #


  5. dennis
    September 28, 2013 #

    You need some kind of communication device, be it cell phone, cb radio, or even a mirror. Calling for help is important. Oh ya and snickers.

  6. Brianna
    September 28, 2013 #

    Duct Tape, a rope, swiss army knife with as many tools as i can get, portable water filter, my brother-who is as close as I could get to survivalist!

  7. Joy
    September 28, 2013 #

    Clothing and face paint to disguise ourselves so we look like Zombie's as well. Of course i would have all the extras such as food, water, emergency tools, first aid kit,blankets, rifle and plenty of bullets. Most importantly, find an underground storm shelter to hide.

  8. cherie eason
    September 28, 2013 #

    Solar blankets, flashlights, lighter, pocket knife

  9. Casey
    September 28, 2013 #

    I'd have to bring my fantasy zombie fighting team which includes (but is not limited to) Shaq, the protagonist in The Walking Dead on AMC, Dog the Bounty Hunter, and Frank the Saver.

  10. Vivia Rogers
    September 28, 2013 #

    the first thing would be God (a lot of prayer always helps, Second my family,that way I know they are safe,a safe place to be and all the basic necessities and a whole lot of common sense. You combine all these along with my hubby's Smith&Wesson and my big dog and we can conquer any disaster,big or small.

  11. Vivia Rogers
    September 28, 2013 #

    Zombie's is that the worst it can get

  12. Sarina
    September 29, 2013 #

    Always have change on hand because you never know when you will need a pay phone.

  13. Lauren
    September 29, 2013 #

    Flashlight and safety vest / lights / flares

  14. Angela Maurice
    September 29, 2013 #

    tampons and or maxi pads….well for the obvious reasons but also can be used for so many more….fire starter, plug a bullet wound, shoes in an emergency(pads) of course, keep sweat off of your forehead, fish bait, knee pads…not to mention zombie attractant…throw a used one down and then run away:) lol

  15. Ian Kenny
    September 29, 2013 #

    A backpack: all your other supplies are useless if you can't bring them with you. In a Zombie survival situation you need to be mobile and with a good backpack like an Osprey Atmos 65, you can scavenge more supplies but still be able to run from a hord. In a storm the roads may be out and you may need to get more supplies, or evacuate with your most valuable possessions.

  16. Anthony
    September 29, 2013 #

    Cell phone and flashlight

  17. Josh
    September 29, 2013 #

    Hammer. Useful as a weapon against zombies and building shelter.

  18. Daniel
    September 29, 2013 #

    A wind up radio, wind up LED flashlight , and a Bowie knife. And extra socks.

  19. Andrew Morgan
    September 29, 2013 #

    A flashlight, emergency seat belt cutter and glass breaker, a first aid kit, a water purifier, a fire starter, an emergency blanket, a knife, and most important… knowledge of survival.

  20. Justin
    September 29, 2013 #

    A fully charged jump box for your car battery, fuel container with siphon hose to refill, a GPS device, and some defensive driving skills to get yourself out of the danger!

  21. Judy M
    September 29, 2013 #

    Cash–so then you can buy anything you need

  22. Michelle
    September 29, 2013 #

    A first aid kit and a place to hide.

  23. Alejandro Brito
    September 29, 2013 #

    Radio and first aid kit

  24. Justin
    September 30, 2013 #

    CB radio

  25. Ross Remenak
    September 30, 2013 #

    A cell phone

  26. lizjamar
    September 30, 2013 #

    Blankets are always useful. A good knife would be beneficial. My husband, the zombies could eat him first.

  27. David Adams
    September 30, 2013 #

    Reliable transportation with good insurance!

  28. Jim
    September 30, 2013 #

    A plan. Be prepared and you won't have to worry!

  29. Keenan Cummings
    September 30, 2013 #

    The most important item is a toothbrush of course. You can't exactly chow down on that emergency food supply if you've got teeth falling out of your mouth. Unkempt teeth can cause more trouble that you can possibly imagine. You'll be hurling yourself into the hordes of undead in a hurry if you're suffering from an excruciating tooth ache.

  30. Joseph
    September 30, 2013 #

    My most important thing to have in an emergency would be a cell phone or satellite phone with solar recharge so I can call for help/rescue when needed. And of course Esurance Insurance!

  31. Riley Smith
    September 30, 2013 #

    You would have to have rope, a knife… and the "How to survive the Zombie Apocolypse For Dummies" Book!

  32. Matthew Imber
    September 30, 2013 #

    My Kindle loaded with a bunch of survival books.

  33. Julie
    September 30, 2013 #

    A blanket. It has many more uses than just to keep warm.

  34. Brett
    September 30, 2013 #

    The proper mindset is the most important thing to have during the zombie apocalypse. You have to get your brain to forget everything except for survival. Not only survival for yourself but for all the other lucky(?) ones that have not turned. No man is an island, and during a zombie apocalypse a man alone is nothing more than a nice aperitif for the hoard!

  35. Khris
    September 30, 2013 #

    Duct tape, you can make anything the situation calls for with duct tape.

  36. Ryan Enders
    September 30, 2013 #

    The most important thing to have is Esurance's contact info. Because when you are running down Zombies with your car………there might be a little damage………… and Esurance is just a click or phone call away.

  37. Clay
    September 30, 2013 #

    A copy of "Survivorman's" top 5 choices for making shelter, obtaining drinkable water, finding food, and starting a fire.