What Would You Pack?

I’m rushing around the house today as I try to get organized for a quick getaway to my little place at the beach where a couple of appliances are in need of replacing. Let’s see: I’ve had my beach place two years and this will make  three major appliances I’ve had to replace. Oh, and one water heater. However, the view from the living room: priceless.

My mind is on packing right now and I was trying to think of a quick blog post, so one of my Facebook friends, Kerry Brown of the UK, suggested I ask my  readers this question:

If you were going to spend a month on a beautiful desert island where all your basic needs would be taken care of, what five things–not including other people or animals–would you absolutely have to pack? (First, I thought I’d give this island electricity, but let’s make it a real challenge. There is NO electricity on the island.)

I’ll add my own list shortly. I  started it but the lack of electricity stopped me cold. This is hard!



  1. lorraine on February 20, 2012 at 5:51 pm

    Books, Ipod til it runs out of battery, phone (again til it runs out of charge), Hat, sunglasses. If clothes don’t come into “basic needs” then I’ll scrap the phone in favour of some clothes.

  2. Linda Ann Graham on February 20, 2012 at 5:54 pm

    Sunscreen; umbrella; comfortable walking sandals/water shoes; cell phone or laptop; solar recharger (yes, they do exist). You said all your basic needs were provided, so you don’t need matches, lantern, etc. Umbrella for shade on your walks – they’re not just for rain; sunscreen is obvious, as are the shoes; cell phone or laptop and solar recharger would let you keep in contact with “off-island.”

  3. Karla on February 20, 2012 at 5:54 pm

    My IPOD is a necessity. Without electricity the battery would eventually wear down, but at least I would have my music for awhile.

    Diet coke. I Can’t live without.

    Books. Preferably at least one for each day I’m there.

    A journal or two with pens.

    My phone. Not for calling people, but playing games and taking pictures. Yes, the battery would wear out eventually.

  4. krystal on February 20, 2012 at 5:59 pm

    Wow Ok no electricity. I’ve got it. About 10 very long books. More than 400pgs is good. I’d bring all my summer clothes with me. Board games. I’ve don’t got many so i’d bring what i have. My journal.

    So my list is:
    Clothes, bathing suit and sunglasses
    books 10 very long ones I’d problay won’t through them all but hey at least they are there.
    Board Games, card games
    Gotta have food and water. I say bring pots and pans and dishes and use open fire to cook.

  5. Michelle on February 20, 2012 at 6:06 pm

    My five items are: beach umbrella (fair skin), The Chronicles of Narnia (I have the set in one book), large notebook (to write or sketch in), pen, and crank radio ( I NEED music!).

  6. Linda McConatha on February 20, 2012 at 6:26 pm

    A portable radio and a huge crate of batteries, books and more books, Towels, clothes, and cooking utensils with food to cook.

  7. Marlene Rosol on February 20, 2012 at 6:30 pm

    1. My Nook, loaded with lots and lots of books
    2. My iPhone, loaded with music (especially my Beatles music!)
    3. Comfortable clothing (bathing suits, shorts, t-shirts, sunhats)
    4. Sunglasses
    5. Suntan lotion

  8. Lori Cimino on February 20, 2012 at 6:31 pm

    colored pencils
    pencil sharpener
    crochet project
    5 books

    • karen on February 20, 2012 at 7:38 pm

      I would pack my Bible some matches, some water, a pillow and blankets, picture albums, a few appropriate clothes. Some food and a pot to warm it in, a spoon,fork and knife. Gun, fishing pole and some firewood. Also a notebook and pens and pencils. Camera and pencil sharpened.sunscreen!

    • Cindy on February 20, 2012 at 8:34 pm

      Funny that you said Crochet project, because I was debating…would it be too hot to work with yarn..lol

  9. Rita Matthews on February 20, 2012 at 7:41 pm

    1. Take your camera so when that special something happens you can take all the photos you want and be sure you are charged up good before you go.
    2. Take some for sale signs for your appliances you have replaced if there is no eletricity!
    3. Take your ukulele (not counted as carry on luggage)
    4. Take whatever you need to prevent sunburn
    5. Take whatever you need to treat sunburn

    Have a relaxing and fun time.

    SeniorRita from California

  10. Raven Kostey on February 20, 2012 at 8:08 pm

    Hm, a challenge! Lets see…

    1) A box containing lots of books including Kiss River because I currently reading it.

    2) My pillow, beacause normal just standard need pillows just don’t cut it for my noggin!

    3) A radio with really long living batteries.

    4) A flashlight to explore the what i’m assuming is extremely amazing at night!

    5) Lots of AfterBite since bugs seem to love my sugary skin!

    Happy travels! 🙂

  11. Cindy on February 20, 2012 at 8:32 pm

    There is no electricity, but your basic needs are met..I assume this is Food, Water, Shelter, first aid kit and maybe hygiene products… So after that.. Books…and i hope that ‘books” will be counted as just one item. Sunscreen, Paper/pens/pencils, solar operated radio, Great Hat…

  12. Helen Kavanagh on February 20, 2012 at 9:13 pm

    I would only need to pack 2 things. Dora’s backpack and Diego’s rescue pack. Then I would have anything I needed!

  13. Diane Chamberlain on February 20, 2012 at 10:38 pm

    Wow, I want to go to this island with all of you very resourceful people. All I could think of was sunscreen and my pillow. I’ve got a serious electricity addicition.

  14. Debbie Ions on February 21, 2012 at 7:28 am

    I have to ask, how long would I be on this island and how much luggage and/or what size luggage could I bring? Like all of Diane’s other fans, my number one item would be books (hence the question about the amount of or size of luggage allowed). Secondly I would take my labrador retriever Sadie. She is my best friend and would always keep me company and I could read aloud to her so I would be able to hear a human voice. As long as I have my books and my Sadie, I ould never be lonely LIke Diane I would want my pillow. I would take my iPad and hope I am not stranded there too long. And although Iwish I could think of something more exotic, I guess I better bring the sunscreen!

  15. Sheree Gillcrist on February 21, 2012 at 7:37 am

    Natch IPod with music and charger, pens and paper and innumerous books, old love letters to inspire me and a engraved box of invitations that I would write while I was there and send on my return to Leonard Cohen, George Clooney and Bruce Springsteen to see which one of them wants to meet with me to discuss film rights, song lyrics, or novel. A week on my own would probably leave me a bit batty so I could always use that as a reason..lol.

  16. Corey Balazowich on February 21, 2012 at 11:47 pm

    1. Kindle loaded with a ton of books
    2. Solar charger or one of those windy chargey things for the kindle.
    3. Chapstick, I’m woefully addicted!
    4. A ziplock for reading the kindle on the beach or to keep things dry in case of rain.
    5. Sunscreen

  17. Margaret Maron on February 22, 2012 at 2:06 pm

    No electricity but all the basic necessities? I picture a simple beach cottage with a roof cistern for lukewarm showers and flush toilet. Surely there’s a small refrigerator for the butter, eggs, and creamer that arrive by weekly canoe? Kerosene lanterns? Candles?

    Okay, I’d bring
    1. several legal pads,
    2. pens
    3. a backscratcher
    4. a rhyming dictionary
    5. 10 lbs pumpkin seeds.

    • Diane Chamberlain on February 22, 2012 at 2:53 pm

      Oh, Margaret, what a perfect list.

  18. Jacqui on February 22, 2012 at 9:41 pm

    1. Books
    2. Body lotion
    3. Blanket
    4. Blow up raft
    5. Picture of my whole family

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