What I’d Want on a Deserted Island


A helicopter so I could fly off if it?  Transporter technology? Heck, I just want that anyway.

My glasses- so I don’t end up like Mr. Bemis in the Twilight Zone episode “Time Enough at Last.”  Actually if I were on a deserted island I’d probably just assume that I was on a Twilight Zone episode and spend most of my time trying to figure out if I were part of an alien exhibit; or really a robot; or I was suddenly going to start disappearing. Once I felt reasonably confident that none of those things were true, I’d work on surviving. 

For physical survival: 

Water filter tablets. 

A Swiss army knife. (I’ve never had one but it sounds like a good thing to have)

 Some matches and/or a lighter.

 A ham radio. (I’m going to assume the smartphone would be rendered useless rather quickly) 

A blanket. 


Dr. Bronner’s soap. 

A wheelbarrow. 

A jacket. 

A box of oatmeal. 

An iron skillet. (useful for cooking and hitting something over the head with it.)

 A bag of taco flavored Doritos. (OK. I don’t need those to survive, but I need some comfort food)

For mental survival:

A picture of my husband and daughter.

A box of mystery novels.

Some pens.

A notebook. (because I don’t know how to survive without pen and paper. If nothing else, I’d write memos such as “what to forage today” or “insects I think I can eat” or “oatmeal recipes).

Any other suggestions? Leave them in the comments.

15 thoughts on “What I’d Want on a Deserted Island

  1. I’d settle for a shipping container full a canned foods and drinks, camping gear, stationary, booze, and medication. Just enough to keep me going until I’m rescued whenever.

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  2. Wow, this was a thorough list. I giggled at your secondary use for a cast iron skillet. And I should have included glasses! I wear them, too, and would be pretty lost without them.

    What would you use the wheelbarrow for? I’m guessing it would be to haul stones/rocks to make a temporary shelter?

    My post.

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  3. The wheelbarrow made me think of The Princess Bride. “Where’d we leave the wheelbarrow we stole from the albino?” “Over the albino, of course.” Or something like that…

    Excellent list though!

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