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. 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

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

    Are shot guns and chainsaws tax deductible?

  3. rose L
    September 6, 2013 #

    A candy bar, water and clean underwear!

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. William Montolio
    September 6, 2013 #

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

  7. Charlie
    September 6, 2013 #

    crossbow, definitely a cross bow

  8. Donny Racz
    September 6, 2013 #

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

  9. 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

  10. 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

  11. ellen beck
    September 6, 2013 #

    Besides essentials I would want to have plenty of first aid pain reliever on hand because it's going to hurt running all the time!

    • Magnus Leask
      September 9, 2013 #

      A backpack, lightweight, with a collapseable tent, you'll need a place to sleep.
      Or maybe a moutain bike for transportation.

  12. mary kean
    September 6, 2013 #

    I don't think most people read the rules about what not to comment on, i.e: weapons, food, etc.. so….anyway, I'd have to say I would have to admit I personally would include sunscreen in my survival kit. I burn easily and I still plan on living a long time even after the zombies take over.

  13. Linda C.
    September 6, 2013 #

    A multi-purpose knife

  14. jennifer weltz
    September 6, 2013 #

    Deodorant, don't want the zombies to smell you, and a good pair of running shoes.

  15. Dustin
    September 6, 2013 #

    A flashlight and plenty of batteries.

  16. Amy
    September 6, 2013 #

    I'd definitely need a portable blu ray player and the following movies on hand- Zombieland, Shaun of the Dead, Warm Bodies and World War Z-so I could compare actual Zombies to their movie counterparts and see which movie was the most accurate.

  17. Hancock
    September 6, 2013 #

    One sharp samurai sword and bunch of Twinkies

  18. Troy Funk
    September 6, 2013 #

    Some kind of raincoat or other protective gear to keep off the blood splatter when you have to kill one in close quarters!

  19. Grace
    September 6, 2013 #

    Probably good to have some basic medicine and sanitation products… would suck to successfully escape zombies only to die from an infected wound you got while jumping over a rusty fence

  20. Jon Henry
    September 6, 2013 #

    I'd echo the need for a crossbow.