3 Things To Take To A Deserted Island


Just thought I would answer this question from GNelson about what you would bring along if you were to be staying on a deserted island as it would be interesting to see what I come up with. He said that he will bring along books, tools and seeds so that will give me something to go on.

Anyway, for the record, 3 things is just not enough to ensure survival and comfort on a deserted island.

Furthermore, as an engineer, I have to say that not enough specs have been provided for me to give a proper answer. For example, are there any animals on the island? If there are, are they dangerous, or can I rely on them for food? How about fresh water? And fruit trees? What's the weather like? Are there any caves on the island?

There are, in fact, a thousand and one questions that I can ask, since I certainly don't want to bring along an item if I can already find it on the island, or bring along an item which I will find no use of - I mean, i only have a choice of 3 items.

But then, I'm probably over analyzing things. The question was probably asked in fun, and not in preparation for an upcoming trip in which she is only allowed to bring 3 things. Nevertheless, the items that a person decides to bring would tell something about the psychology and personality of the individual.

I did a search on the Internet to see what items my fellow surfers would choose. Although many of the items were to be expected, some of the items selected were interesting, funny and highly original.

Many would bring along some form of company like loved ones, or books, CDs, and even a joke book. There was one rather intrepid lady who would bring along her husband, her boyfriend, and a secret lover, since one of them is bound to get tired.

And there are others that haven't quite gotten the concept of a deserted island. They talk about bringing along their cellphone, a fridge, a television and their CD player. I wonder how they are going to plug those in?

And then there are the practical types, with talk of food, water and matches. And along the lines of food and water, there was one who would bring along tequila, while another cannot live without his bag of cheetos. One adventurous soul would bring along tools to build a house.

And me? Well, I'm not the demanding type, so I think 2 items would be enough for me. I choose to bring along a fully fueled helicopter, and a pilot to go with it.

On second thought, why waste an item? For my third item, I choose to bring along spare parts for the helicopter.

I wonder what my choice says about me?

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GNelson 7 years ago from Florida

I love your answer. You have taken care of every possible outcome except the possiblity that there is no place left to fly to. Then you would have to feed the pilot.

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wandererh 7 years ago from Singapore Author

True. I was thinking of taking along a plane, but there would probably not be a place to land. :)

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anglnwu 7 years ago

Good answer, wandererh--you just guarantee your flight to safety--too safe and clever--an answer only an enginner would arrive at.

As for me, I can't just bring 3 things--I need a shipment of things, so I pass.

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wandererh 7 years ago from Singapore Author

Thanks anglnwu. That's an engineer for you. We try to provide for all eventualities. And I'm starting to wonder if the bankers have a thing or two to learn from us...but that's another hub. :)

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quicksand 7 years ago

Greetings Wanderer!

As for me, I would rather stay where I am! Can't be bothered exploring an island! Cheers!

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wandererh 7 years ago from Singapore Author

Hi quicksand, you can always take a beautiful girl with you. With just the two of you on a deserted island, interesting things can happen. Are you sure you want to stay at home? :)

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quicksand 7 years ago

B-b-b-beautiful chick?????? Where? Where? Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! I don't need an island ... even a raft would do!!!

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wandererh 7 years ago from Singapore Author

They are all around you, you just need to look with the right perspective. Remember, not all are physically beautiful, but they are all beautiful in their own way. :)

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Benson Yeung 7 years ago from Hong Kong

great tips which I hope I would never need.

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wandererh 7 years ago from Singapore Author

You and me both, Benson. :)

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nicomp 6 years ago from Ohio, USA

We engineers have to stick together. Rumor has it that if Tom Hanks had opened that package he worked so hard to deliver, he would have found a waterproof battery powered radio telephone. That'd be number one on my list. ;)

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wandererh 6 years ago from Singapore Author

Nice going nicomp. I think you are the only one that needs just one item. :)

Sensible 6 years ago

Just one, a fire piston.

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wandererh 6 years ago from Singapore Author

Good choice, Sensible. :)

noodles 6 years ago

you all got it wrong

a fully fueled apache

a female pilot

and not spare parts, but a months worth of food

you never know what you will find. could find a pile of diamonds on the floor as soon as you get there and i ent being rich by myself. get that bitch to pick up my diamonds, search for more, we get hungry, we eat, get horny, have sex. fly home when we know we'll be rich. job done

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wandererh 6 years ago from Singapore Author

And I thought I had all the angles covered. Obviously, I haven't. :)

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Ruchira 6 years ago from United States

haha...ur 3 choices are good and will help you survive :)

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wandererh 6 years ago from Singapore Author

Ruchira - It was a logical choice and takes care of a lot of unforeseen problems. :)

NiNeMmAsSaSsIn 5 years ago

1. I would bring a knife kit/package with a big Bowie knife and a razor sharp tactical/k bar like blade. Also in the kit would be a sharpening stone, a pencil and small pad of paper, 15 or so strike anywhere matches, around 100 feet of fishing line with an assortment of different size hooks a small first aid kit, and built into the sheath a compass and a pouch to put the multitool that came with it. 2. An all weather arrangement of clothing to keep me dry warm and cool depending on the weather conditions. 3. A CZ75b with an extra barrel springs slide and everything to clean it along with plenty of ammo and stock magazines, atleast 20 or 30 and 10000 to 50000 rounds of different kinds of ammo ranging between 115 grain to 147, fmj and jhp and special purpose high penatration ammo all +p and +p+ cause the cz75b will handle them like a champ. All if the three would be based on there will be dangerous and non dangerous animals fresh water and the right kinds of plants to use for shelter and food I think it would be actually entertaining and possibly fun.

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wandererh 5 years ago from Singapore Author

NiNeMmAsSaSsIn - Wow, looks like you are all set for a long stay. :)

fathima 5 years ago

what would be 5 important items to bring if there were to fit in a camping bag and in addition 1/3 of the island is filled with plants and the other 2/3 supports no vegetation.In addition there would be fresh water around you.What would be the 5 items to bring with you to survive for one year ?

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wandererh 5 years ago from Singapore Author

fathima - Off the top of my head, I would think of the following:

- matches or lighters enough to last for one year

- an axe to be used to building shelter

- a knife for preparing food

- a medical kit

- a weapon and ammo, assuming that there are dangerous animals on the island

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