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. Bon13
    September 3, 2013 #

    I couldn't do thriller from my accident

  2. Liana
    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.

  3. Vikki parman
    September 3, 2013 #

    Having a weapon would be an important survival tool.

  4. Nadine
    September 3, 2013 #

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

  5. stephanie
    September 3, 2013 #

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

  6. apsalafia
    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.

  7. 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. Ryan
    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

  9. 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.!

  10. Jeremy Barnes
    September 3, 2013 #

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

  11. Thelma L. Huebner
    September 4, 2013 #

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

  12. 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. Carlos Navarrete
    September 4, 2013 #

    A tool kit with preferably a hammer

  14. steve
    September 4, 2013 #

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

  15. 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. Danielle
    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. 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. Maria P.
    September 4, 2013 #

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

  19. Jennifer Binnachio
    September 4, 2013 #

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

  20. 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.

  21. Steve Dadolf
    September 4, 2013 #

    A cell phone that does everything…starts fires, act as flashlight, popout knife, etc.

  22. Kaylee
    September 4, 2013 #

    Kitty liter. also your emergency road service phone number. :)

  23. Patricia Wojnar Crowley
    September 4, 2013 #

    I think water is the most important thing to have…

  24. Jill Harness
    September 4, 2013 #

    I want a fortified bus

  25. Breanna Duran
    September 5, 2013 #

    Besides the essentials.. I'd need purell hand sanitizer and baby wipes in case you can't shower or wash your hands. Ibuprofen. Flashlight. Lighter and matches. Vehicle with gas cans. Flare gun. Blanket to stay warm. Changes of underwear. Lol

  26. too sense
    September 5, 2013 #

    a shovel. not only is it useful for many things other than digging, you also do not need any ammo for it

  27. Miguel
    September 5, 2013 #

    After watching Zombieland I would think a map with all the factories that make Twinkies across the nation would be an asset in any emergency kit, zombie or otherwise.

  28. Brant Taylor
    September 5, 2013 #

    A good support system. Need to have other individuals with different talents and a will to survive, by your side.

  29. brandon
    September 5, 2013 #

    1)Multi-tool with a window breaker 2)rope 3)flint 4)alcohol/peroxide/neosporin

  30. Dot
    September 5, 2013 #

    First aid kit and camping gear. (Included in the camping gear should be good shoes-sneakers or tennies, depending where you are from, and chocolate.)

  31. Steve Dadolf
    September 5, 2013 #

    I would need a cell phone that does everything…starts fires, act as flashlight, popout knife, etc….with an extra battery.

  32. Trina L Grant
    September 5, 2013 #

    The ultimate emergency bag: vaseline-soaked cotton balls, bandana, 1st Aid Kit, socks, dry food, trash bag, rope, h20 #win

  33. Tafadzwa Chikwavira
    September 5, 2013 #

    A definite must have is a hammock so that you can sleep easy way off the ground where the Zombies are likely to get you while you sleep.

  34. Randall Newnham
    September 5, 2013 #

    Folding army shovel. Even better: one of those super Gerber folding shovel tools.

  35. William Bangham
    September 5, 2013 #

    Multi function tool, fire starter/lighter, space blanket, sleeping bag, tarp, nylon string/rope, warm coveralls, dehydrated food/MREs, knife & sharpener, glow sticks, fuel siphon tube, spare gas can, portable CB radio, spare batteries, folding shovel, machete, axe, gloves, warm hat, spare medicines, first aid kit, gun, ammo, extra clothes/underwear/socks, flashlight, small knapsack.
    The list is endless…

  36. Laura Yager
    September 5, 2013 #

    Um helloooooo..what about road maps of your state and surrounding states?? Lol, no WiFi to log onto Google Maps :)

  37. Kara Cardwell
    September 5, 2013 #

    A thermal blanket to keep warm if you can't go anywhere!

  38. Andrea
    September 5, 2013 #

    I think I read this somewhere and it made sense . Ear plugs in case you're confined somewhere for a few days. Apparently the constant moaning of the zombies could drive you crazy. I suppose whoever is on lookout would have to go without in case they hear anything.

  39. Nikolai V. Lojek
    September 6, 2013 #

    An emergency radio, preferably one that does two-way communication and can receive news as well. Also, and probably the most important: a plan that your family knows by heart! Where and when to meet, and having an emergency bag packed and ready to go.

  40. ScaryCareyMMA
    September 6, 2013 #

    #1. Have a survival book #2. A resealable metal bottle for water storage and cooking #3. All porpoise shoe's like hiking boots and socks. Have two pairs of each, and leave one in your car and the other in your home. Last one just to be funny have a survival kit; it's still not too late!

  41. karen hunter
    September 6, 2013 #

    medication is always a good thing to have in case of disaster, and a first aid kit, boots to protect your feet because no one will be cleaning up the dead bodies and trash off the streets and you will need cloths, a generator that is not noisy and plenty of gas for your vehicle

  42. Eric Figueroa (@Invisobel)
    September 6, 2013 #

    Are shot guns and chainsaws tax deductible?

  43. rose L
    September 6, 2013 #

    A candy bar, water and clean underwear!

  44. Emily
    September 6, 2013 #

    I wonder if wrapping yourself in bubble wrap would deter zombies from attacking you? Even if it doesn't, being locked up for days during the apocalypse could drive you crazy too. So bubble wrap provides endless hours of entertainment. I'm ready.

  45. Harriet McCrary
    September 6, 2013 #

    A #10 tin can to make a stove and a tuna fish size can with cardboard covered in wax and coiled into the can for a burner. More candles to over some cardboard to replace and matches so you can heat water, cook ,etc.

  46. William Montolio
    September 6, 2013 #

    An emergency Solar Blanket, no one wants to become an ice pop for zombies!

  47. Charlie
    September 6, 2013 #

    crossbow, definitely a cross bow

  48. Donny Racz
    September 6, 2013 #

    It's a good idea to have accident information including a disposable camera

  49. Kim Davis
    September 6, 2013 #

    Hot Sauce … I'll no doubt get turned into a Zombie anyway , might as well have a little somethin' somethin' to put a little more flavor on them brains I'll be eating…LOL

  50. Andrew Schiltz
    September 6, 2013 #

    #1…. An iPod ( to provide a distraction as you run away)
    #2…..Propane Tanks (once again, distraction)
    #3…..The Keys to your car cause without them, your zombie meat