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.

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.


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

  1. Avatar for Heidi Wallis
    September 3, 2013 #

    I couldn't do thriller from my accident

  2. Avatar for Heidi Wallis
    September 3, 2013 #

    Well, some type of source of ignition, like a lighter or something like that to be able to start a fire if needed and a light source, flashlight, flare etc.

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    Vikki parman
    September 3, 2013 #

    Having a weapon would be an important survival tool.

  4. Avatar for Heidi Wallis
    September 3, 2013 #

    The most important thing? A gun with silver bullets. Wait… That's for a werewolf. How about a howitzer?

  5. Avatar for Heidi Wallis
    September 3, 2013 #

    A working vehicle is definitely a must for a zombie apocalypse.

  6. Avatar for Heidi Wallis
    September 3, 2013 #

    Having water and weapons is important, for sure, but we absolutely can not forget a toothbrush. Not only will you NOT smell like zombie breath, you'll have no need for a dentist.

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    Lyndsay Cote
    September 3, 2013 #

    Safety belt cutter/car window hammer (useful under water, if trapped in a snow storm, and endless possibilities during the zombie apocalypse!) Also, a Survival Strap (made from us military spec. Paracord, you can wear the bracelet until disaster strikes, then you deploy your paracord, and Have over 25 feet of cord that can withstand over 500 lbs of weight at your disposal for any use of your choice!)

  8. Avatar for Heidi Wallis
    September 3, 2013 #

    I agree with liana. Some source of ignition would be crucial. That wOuld be one of the first things I would obtain

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    ryan duhon
    September 3, 2013 #

    One of the most important things would have to be a bite/scratch proof suit a small gun amd a book sack full of amunition.!

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    Jeremy Barnes
    September 3, 2013 #

    Some type of fire starting item lighter or fire steel u will always need fire no matter what

  11. Avatar for Heidi Wallis
    Thelma L. Huebner
    September 4, 2013 #

    A small tool kit with screw drivers in it and maybe a hammer

  12. Avatar for Heidi Wallis
    Eamonn MacCrossan
    September 4, 2013 #

    Emergency-crank Shortwave Radio to triangulate Zombie Hotspots, Safe Zones, best unplundered supermarkets and to promote community with other survivors, oh, and dance-parties. ;-)

  13. Avatar for Heidi Wallis
    Carlos Navarrete
    September 4, 2013 #

    A tool kit with preferably a hammer

  14. Avatar for Heidi Wallis
    September 4, 2013 #

    Cellphone, to cal for roadside assistance and GPS for someone to track u down

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    Cole Hise
    September 4, 2013 #

    Besides a compass and a regional and state map, I pack all the basic things for a camping trip.

  16. Avatar for Heidi Wallis
    September 4, 2013 #

    You should have the reusable bottles that include reusable filters so you can filter water when you run out of clean water. And duct tape. You can do so many things with duct tape.

  17. Avatar for Heidi Wallis
    Alyssa Brewer
    September 4, 2013 #

    Depending on the time of year the attack takes place, a thick jacket, such as a Carhart, will keep you warm and keep zombie jaws at bay.

  18. Avatar for Heidi Wallis
    Maria P.
    September 4, 2013 #

    A crank-type flashlite (batteries in the car don't last long).

  19. Avatar for Heidi Wallis
    Jennifer Binnachio
    September 4, 2013 #

    A good strong jeep to drive right through the aproaching crowd of zombies.

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    Will Rossi
    September 4, 2013 #

    a good, well fortified base. you can have all the supplies in the world, but if you don't have anywhere to put them or a place to survive. your lone packing it, anything you can fit in your bag or what ever vehicle you have (if your that lucky). a place to defend and rebuild if key to surviving any disaster, zombie or not.