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Stuck on a Tropical Island and you can only bring 5 items...

  1. tomsum profile image85
    tomsumposted 5 years ago

    So here are the rules.

    The Island is abundant with life, but is completely uninhabitated by humans. You have to go there to escape death from a gang of drug barons (or insert your own reason there) and will be there for 1 year at least.

    The captain who has offered to drop you off at the uncharted Island has told you that you have to travel light. You can only bring five items with you. Anything that would cost more then $500.00 by itself is not allowed.

    You are currently wearing a pair of cargo pants, and a plain black cotton t-shirt with sturdy leather work boots.

    I would bring the following items:

    1. Swiss Army Knife
    2. Shovel
    3. Woolen Blanket
    4. Coil of Rope
    5. A couple of square metres of Sailing Canvas

    What items would you bring?

  2. Greek One profile image80
    Greek Oneposted 5 years ago

    1) 5 x $100 an hour hookers
    2) $500 worth of bottled water
    3) A $500 tombstone
    4) A shovel
    5) A wooden coffin

    I would sleep with the hookers (paying them in water when the first hour ran out) until I died from exhaustion. 

    I would asked them to bury me in the sand after

    1. tomsum profile image85
      tomsumposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      Hahaha. A good way to go! Certainly survival is not the only answer to the game. Thanks Greek one smile

  3. donotfear profile image91
    donotfearposted 5 years ago

    1. Box of 1,000 matches
    2. Blanket
    3. Knife
    4. Canvas tent
    5. Rod/reel rig

    1. tomsum profile image85
      tomsumposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      Oh I totally forgot fire. I'm not enjoying my first night on the Island. Lucky I know how to rub two sticks together...wonder how long it will take me before I figure out how to start a fire doing that though haha?

  4. Rafini profile image80
    Rafiniposted 5 years ago

    1. a Swiss army knife sounds like a good idea
    2. a fire-starter of some kind (flint? lol  no clue, I wasn't a scout)
    3. a sleeping bag w/attached pillow
    4. paper & pen/pencils to record my experiences
    5. camera and film to visually record my experiences & existence.

  5. theseus profile image71
    theseusposted 5 years ago

    1. boxes of matches;
    2. sleeping bag;
    3. knife;
    4. paper and pen/pencils;
    5. a very beautiful, thick book from my favorite author.

    1. tomsum profile image85
      tomsumposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      @theseus - Good list! What would the book be?

      1. theseus profile image71
        theseusposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        Anything from John Grisham, Og Mandino, Mitch Albom..actually, any good book would help pass away the time. smile

  6. superwags profile image81
    superwagsposted 5 years ago

    1. A beach towel with Union Jack on it so no Germans steal my spot.

    2. A cool box filled with beer and cucumber sandwiches

    3. A little rainbow-coloured wind breaker that I wouldn't bother putting up.

    4. A copy of the most recent Viz magazine

    5. A large boat, so I could head home at the end of the day, drunk and sunburnt.

  7. Reality Bytes profile image94
    Reality Bytesposted 5 years ago

    Magnifying glass. 

    A trusty knife


    some cloth

    fish hooks and line  (I combine two as one would be almost useless without the other.

  8. clarec profile image61
    clarecposted 5 years ago


    matches/ lighter
    smart phone

    Can't think why I would really want to go tho!!!

    1. Reality Bytes profile image94
      Reality Bytesposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      what happens when the battery dies on the smart phone?

  9. newmember profile image60
    newmemberposted 5 years ago

    why five? I only need one; my lover (if she can be considered as a thing) it'll be my little paradise I believe smile

  10. BRIAN SLATER profile image86
    BRIAN SLATERposted 5 years ago

    my 5 items would be

    the wife

    A Yatch

    A wood cutting saw



  11. Mikel G Roberts profile image89
    Mikel G Robertsposted 5 years ago

    1. hatchet/machete
    2. rope
    3. sail cloth
    4. bow and arrows
    5. medicines/first-aid/antibiotics

  12. classicalgeek profile image87
    classicalgeekposted 5 years ago

    Magnifying glass (for starting fires)
    Swiss Army knife
    Fermentation lock (for brewing alcohol)
    Solar-powered laptop computer with ebooks on survival
    Loom for weaving

  13. leahlefler profile image99
    leahleflerposted 5 years ago

    A desalinator
    A net
    A knife
    A Mirror

  14. xrocker30 profile image80
    xrocker30posted 5 years ago

    1 man tent
    fishing pole
    water purifier

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    ralwusposted 5 years ago

    2 marines, 2 Navy Seals and my giant bottle here.

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      ryankettposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      But doesn't there always need to be civilian casualties tongue

  16. Dee aka Nonna profile image84
    Dee aka Nonnaposted 5 years ago

    Wow!  Really makes one think...only 5 things.  OK here we go:

    1. Tarp
    2. blanket
    3. change of underwear
    4. a book of short stories..or perhap a Bible...good way to read it in a year
    5. knife

  17. SomewayOuttaHere profile image60
    SomewayOuttaHereposted 5 years ago


    1.  a man - smart (not a nerd tho); lots of vitality;, etc....etc....etc. and with sturdy leather work boots already on (and no whining allowed)
    2.  2 horses - beautiful ones too! (mare and stallion - 3-4 years old)
    3.  knife (a really, really good one)
    4.  material (lots of beautiful colors and various types)(we'll just need sarongs most of the time and something to keep the sun off)
    5.  seeds (in case the island doesn't naturally grow my favourite veggies/fruit (oats for the horses too)

    ...oh yea, none of the above will cost more than $500....most of it is donated except the knife; and/or just wanting to come along for the ride (e.g. the guy and the horses)....and i might just stay longer than a year......that works for me....

  18. maven101 profile image75
    maven101posted 5 years ago

    A solar powered 4G Kindle...
    A .22 cal. scoped rifle with a case of rounds...
    A Gerber survival knife with flint attachment...
    A fully stocked First-Aid kit with medicinal Brandy...
    A snorkel and spear-gun kit...

    I'm assuming that since there are animals on the island there must be fresh water sources, and edible fruits and tubers...

    The Kindle for entertainment, the rifle for meat, the Gerber for skinning and fire starting, the First-Aid kit for contingencies, and the snorkel kit for fresh fish...

    I would build my own shelter, probably above ground...

  19. TPSicotte profile image88
    TPSicotteposted 5 years ago

    A flint fire starter-Grog need fire $8

    A spear gun- Grog need food. $150

    A woman who love Grog. Grog need love. Free if she really love Grog

    A massive heavy duty tarp- Grog need shelter $70

    A suitable boy-Vikram Seth- Damn long novel- Grog need big book of words to get out of stone age. $15

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    ryankettposted 5 years ago

    1) lots of canned food
    2) a tin opener
    3) a water purifier (saltwater to freshwater)
    4) various seeds of plants which grow edible fruits (for when the canned food runs out)
    5) a fishing rod

    Food and water, thats all that we need, I would have a go at making fire from twigs to cook the fish.

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    Home Girlposted 5 years ago

    Couple of shipwrecks near by with a lot of provision would do just fine. big_smile (Remember Robinson Crusoe?)

  22. SparklingJewel profile image67
    SparklingJewelposted 5 years ago

    an automatic inflating boat (as sturdy as 500 dollars can buy)

    does the oar count as an item?

    a solar powered radio (for when I use the boat to get off the island after the year is done...since no one mentioned that we would have a ride back after that year!)

    some kind of special material jacket with a hood and visor that is waterproof and warm or cool as needed

    the best multi-use knife 500 dollars can buy

    and if the oar didn't count as an item--the last thing would be...a weather proof journal to write in (with pens)...so I don't go crazy big_smile

  23. ddsurfsca profile image75
    ddsurfscaposted 5 years ago

    long length nylon rope
    sleeping bag
    huge box matches
    large bolt of sturdy material

    1. PhoenixV profile image80
      PhoenixVposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      Magnifying Glass

        Roll of visqueen

        Fishing line, hooks


      One of those solar/hand crank flashlight/radio thingys

  24. rorymullen profile image61
    rorymullenposted 5 years ago

    I would take my family so I could have company
    $500 of juice mix for water bottles
    Years supply of water in a bottle Poland springs
    Computer with wi-fi
    %00 pounds of trail mix
    Wonder if I would lose or gain weight.

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    mtsi1098posted 5 years ago

    bartering merchandise

  26. manlypoetryman profile image71
    manlypoetrymanposted 5 years ago

    A broken port-a-can plastic side
    plenty of VCR tape to make a raft
    A Volleyball
    coconut opener