5 Things I’d bring with me to a deserted island

Imagine this scenario.

If I knew that I was going to be stranded on a deserted island by myself for an extended period of time, and I could only take 5 things with me, here is what I’d bring.

Note: this list excludes any and all electronics.


1.  Water.

This one is obvious – without water you die. I’d bring one gallon of drinking water and make it last as long as I could.


2.  Wheat Thins.

There are 140 calories per serving (16 pieces) and just 5g of total fat. Wheat Thins are my favorite snack because they can stay firm no matter if the temperature reaches record highs. I’d take a Wheat Thin cracker any day over a melted granola bar or a crumbled cookie. I wouldn’t have to hunt for food right away if I had a box of Wheat Thins.


3.  An issue of Men’s Health Magazine.

Men’s Health magazine is your ultimate guide to fitness, health, weight loss, nutrition, sex, style and guy wisdom. The magazine’s entertaining content would keep my mind sharp and occupied until someone comes to rescue me in a helicopter.


4.  A set of 20 lb. dumbbells.

Strength equipment, which is used to stay in shape, can be purchased for a reasonable price at places like Target or Walmart. I’d use the advice given in the fitness section of men’s health magazine to do various exercises working different muscle groups. Chest, back, shoulders, biceps and more.


5.  A knife.

A knife would increases my chances of survival because of its many uses. According to http://www.instructables.com/id/10-essentials-for-wilderness-survival/, a knife is used for the following: creating weapons, boredom relief, building emergency shelters (cutting branches), and cutting cloth for bandages (assuming you don’t have a first aid kit). I’m sure that I’d discover more uses through experience.


Other considerations:

– a Camalbak for water

– A rope or cord

– A signal mirror

– Matches

– A compass

-One change of clothing

-An axe, to protect myself and chop wood for a fire.

-A golf club

-A picture of a family member or soul mate

-Beans, kale, berries, cantaloupe, barley or fish


Going into full out survival mode means that the clothes on my body would have to suffice. I’d wash them every once in a while.


A friend asked me this question recently and it really made me think. What did people do before technology? They played cards, board games, wrote hand-written thank you notes and read books. Before clocks, the Ancient Egyptians divided the day into two 12-hour periods, and used large obelisks to track the movement of the Sun.

These are all good things that could crack the top 5 for items I’d bring on a deserted island.

What would you bring?


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