How To Survive the Walking Dead (or Anything)

The debate regarding what should be included in a zombie survival kit rages on. Tell us what you would include, and be entered for a chance to win your own emergency car kit.

This week’s sweeps has ended. Comment on the most recent zombie blog post to be entered in the ongoing sweepstakes.

With Season 4 of the hit AMC series The Walking Dead rapidly approaching (it premiers October 13), no fewer than 60 percent of Americans (not real stats) have one thing on their minds: the inevitability of a zombie apocalypse.

The internet is newly abuzz with tips for surviving a zombie attack, discussions on whether guns or melee weapons are more effective as a zombie defense, and much theorizing on whether or not a zombie apocalypse is nigh.

With zombie survival groups springing up all over the country, the oft-heated debate regarding what should be included in a survival kit rages on. And while literally everyone (not literally) has weighed in on the matter of survival kits, very few agree completely.

How to survive a zombie apocalypse

Most self-proclaimed zombie experts do agree that water, non-perishable foodstuffs, and some type of brain-bashing object are all essential to surviving the zombie apocalypse. Beyond these key ingredients, however, the suggestions become more varied and unpredictable.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (yes, they weighed in) include prescription and non-prescription meds on the list. Seems smart. Wired recommends having a “strong grasp of neuroscience.” Also smart. And the Huffington Post rather thought-provokingly suggests that your survival kit should also include an object of affection (presumably giving as much consideration to your romantic survival as to your physical well-being).

But the point is this: whether you’re preparing for a zombie apocalypse or hurricane season, it’s essential to have an emergency kit of some kind. And, not surprisingly, the things you’d need to survive zombies are many of the same things you’d need to survive any other kind of major disaster.

Many Americans don’t have an emergency kit

Surprisingly, in spite of a growing preoccupation with zombies, most Americans don’t keep survival supplies in their cars or homes. According to an online survey conducted for CarMax, the nation`s largest retailer of used vehicles, 65 percent of respondents did not have a winter emergency kit in their car.

It seems we’re all more likely to debate what should be in an emergency kit than actually put one together. So, this month at Esurance, we’re encouraging both. Tell us what you think should be included in an emergency car kit for a chance to win one!  (Plus be entered for a shot at the grand prize: zombie survival training in Portland, Oregon.)

The Zombie Sweepstakes*

To help ensure that more Americans are well-prepared for anything — from a simple roadside breakdown to, sure, the zombie apocalypse — Esurance is giving away 100 emergency car kits. To win one, just leave a comment below letting us know what you think is the most important thing to have in case of a disaster (aside from food, water, and some type of weapon … for the zombies).

That’s it. Your answer will help us end the debate on what is and isn’t important when it comes to the end of the world, and it’ll also enter you for a chance to win a premium, all-inclusive emergency kit for your car. We’ll be giving away 25 kits each week during September, so be sure to come back to the blog each Monday and comment on any of our 4 zombie-themed posts.

Plus, by commenting, you’ll automatically be entered for a chance to win a trip for 2 to zombie survival training in Portland, Oregon, with a 2-night hotel stay, and $2,000 travel money.

Comment to enter the sweeps

Are you ready to be ready? Just leave your comment below. (And don’t forget to come back next Monday to try again.)

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.

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*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.


190 Responses to “How To Survive the Walking Dead (or Anything)”

  1. MonkeySkull (@MonkSku)
    September 12, 2013 #

    Duct Tape. You can wrap it around your arms to prevent bites, use it to close wounds, fix broken equipment, seal leaks, made weapon modifications and much more.

  2. Orion Christy
    September 12, 2013 #

    A hammer (see Oldboy for why).

  3. Tom
    September 12, 2013 #

    Shotgun shells, MREs, Tactical gear/Flashlight (LED and Auto) 5 gallon jugs bottled water, solar blankets , solar cell recharging kit, Burner cell phone, Bucket

  4. Lee
    September 12, 2013 #

    A smaller island to live on, 1 that had fresh water, edible plants and trees to make fire, shelter and weapons out of. After wiping all the zombies off of it I'd be safe. I'd also want a ham radio so I could hear what was going on in the World and I could let other people know about the location to the island.

  5. Angelina
    September 12, 2013 #

    Put God first of course and he'll take care of you!

  6. robin nashwick
    September 14, 2013 #

    a compass

  7. robert nashwick
    September 14, 2013 #

    Night vision goggles, bug spray, and some cold beer =)

  8. Chastity
    September 14, 2013 #

    I would go with a good book. One of those flashlights that doesn't require batteries. Toilet Paper and bug spray.

  9. Jim Harmon
    September 14, 2013 #

    A mirror. It is a little known fact that zombies are afraid of their own reflection, similar to vampires. Don't ask me how how I know.

  10. Chantal PR
    September 15, 2013 #

    solar power transformer 2 power up secure shelter, equipped with food & water supply, disaster medical supplies, all terrain military vehicle with full arsenal weapons & fuel supply, radio equipment 2 establish outside communication, seek other survivors 4 rescue, band together b self reliant & God assured, sense of humor, remember U could B dead missing all this fun…..ha!

  11. Dot
    September 16, 2013 #

    First choice – George Clooney.

  12. Nib
    September 16, 2013 #

    legs. i mean you're going to need them to run… and let's face it, no matter how much of a post-apocalyptic rock star you may be, you're still going to need to run.

  13. Bob Stead
    September 16, 2013 #

    Why is it that so many people list like a dozen things when the question is clearly "the one thing" you will need? Duct Tape anyone???

  14. Holly Oswald
    September 16, 2013 #

    My hog dog to take down the game and drag dinner back to camp

  15. Steve Dadolf
    September 17, 2013 #

    The most important thing to have in case of a disaster – Patience. It's needed as resolution of problems can take days, or weeks.

  16. kaylin
    September 17, 2013 #


  17. BradRamsey
    September 17, 2013 #

    always have a blanket couple of gallons of water dog food and energy bars plus cables chains flash lite tool kit and my insurance with roadside assistance card handy

  18. serena
    September 18, 2013 #

    Cardio! See Zombieland!

  19. greg bailey
    September 18, 2013 #

    Well we gotten floods and fires this month why not zombies…..

  20. tn
    September 18, 2013 #

    Lots of instant noodles.

  21. Becky
    September 18, 2013 #

    Water and fruit and vegetable seeds

  22. Sarge
    September 18, 2013 #

    Your brain…
    Think about it…It helps you come up with cool and imaginative tools and traps to dispatch your would be predators. Plus with all that memory on board, you could sing songs or play mind games while you wait for the next wave of the undead.

    Just keep your head about you….

  23. Rosie Ramos-Esparza
    September 18, 2013 #

    Another thing that's a must for your emergency disaster kit would be knowledge/awareness; It might be hours or even days before Help reaches you.Everyone should know how to make use items around them. For example, if your stuck in your car in a snow blizzard you need to keep warm.knowing how to use your vehicle parts (seat lining,seatbelt,ceiling liner) among other
    parts to help you survive.eventually your going to have to walk to another destination. To protect your feet from frost you would use the lining of your seat(once you tear them out) to wrap around your feet to protect them from frost bite & use the seat belt to secure/hold the seat lining in place.This would help protect your feet from frost bite till you can reach a safer destination.

  24. Rich Bastman
    September 18, 2013 #

    You need a Zombie Stomper and some Lysol spray (zombies stink).

  25. mdryjowicz
    September 18, 2013 #

    My glasses!

  26. wubbi
    September 18, 2013 #

    I have to say that Duct Tape and a trusty knife will be the life savers, fishing line and a few shiny bits will bring your nourishment, while a warm blanket with eye holes can help you hide or sleep.

  27. james caldwell
    September 18, 2013 #

    I always keep a gun and ammunition handy. as my father always said "if you have a ham and I have a gun then I have a ham and a gun

  28. Grace
    September 18, 2013 #

    In my car I keep a couple blankets (gotta keep warm), and small shovel (can be used to dig car out of snow or hit a zombie).

  29. dana herald
    September 18, 2013 #

    you just need to hang with people that run slower than you!

  30. C. Mark Rondeau
    September 18, 2013 #

    A cell phone with extra battery power. A ham radio with plenty of extra battery power.

  31. Robert L.
    September 18, 2013 #

    The e-mail said what "thing" as in singular. If I would only get one item to survive it would be a Bear grylls knife that has a built in fire starter. With a knive you can make weapons used to kill meat and cut trees for wood and shelter. Also being able to use the fire starter for heat and preparing your catch. Everyone says you need water to survive and I completely ageee . However find a fast moving source of water and use your shirt or other items you find to filter the water. There are many items I would like to have to survive, but if I can only have one. That would be it.

  32. Jeffrey G.
    September 18, 2013 #

    Sledgehammer and several high powered rifles with ammunition of course

  33. robert m
    September 18, 2013 #

    power inverter for your vehicle

  34. Lee
    September 18, 2013 #

    I say a lot of Twinkies for food because they last about forever :o) A series of tree houses that are linked together and the ability to harvest and filter rain water.

  35. Shane S
    September 23, 2013 #

    Plenty of canned goods and shotgun shells.

  36. Alex Lucero
    September 23, 2013 #

    In my opinion. I think one of the most essential tools or things to have is a knife. Unlike a gun, it doesn't run out of bullets. It can be used to create other weapons. It can be used to shave wood to make a small fire, and make a bigger fire with larger pieces of wood. I myself was in the military before, but I don't think I'm prepared for everything. This could be an interesting experience to say the least.

  37. Michael Sanford
    September 23, 2013 #

    a good plan and a back up plan and have at least two of everything you will need. 2 is 1 and 1 is none.

  38. seiji
    September 23, 2013 #

    Drive a bullet proof prius alpha. done.