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If You Were Stranded Alone On A Deserted Island...

If You Were Stranded Alone On A Deserted Island... - and- while all of your immediate needs for food, water, shelter, fire were being met- you faced the reality that you would not be rescued for several weeks, what ten (10) items would you like to have with you in order to pass the time or save your sanity?

 Reponses:   There are 56 responses posted to this question. Reverse Sort 

Here We Go: 1)sun-screening Lotion (i Have Very Pale Skin) 2... Sep 4th. at 10:20:42 am UTC

Artemis Moonshadow (Kfar Saba, Israel) Age: 16 - Email

Here we go:

1)Sun-screening lotion (I have very pale skin)

2)A solar operated radio/cd player (music is my sanity)

3)My CD collection (see above)

4)A bag of books I've read and haven't read but meant to (knda obvious why you must have books on a dessert island)

5)Notebooks and pens (for my poetry and writing)


7)A phone with a solar operated batery (I have to let my mother know I'm not dead while I'm on the island)

8)My cat (he's the guardian of my domain)

9)Deantal floss/mint chewinggum

10)Bug reppelent (I attract all sots of nasty things who "vant to such my bloood"

That's my list practical, on the island I'd probably meditate on the beach to the sunset, blissfuly skyclad and just relax, listening to music reading a good book and telling my friends on the otherside of the world that they should find their own island. The stars as my companions and my cat as my away from home family, I think I'd do quite well.

Journal Drawing Pad And Pencils String Soap A Picture Of My Children... Sep 4th. at 8:45:09 am UTC

Vestas (Newark, Ohio US) Age: 39

drawing pad and pencils
a picture of my children
A set of classic books I always mean't to read
My book of herbs of the world
a Pillow
a knife
a cup

1) My Cat B/c We're The Only Ones That Can Take... Sep 4th. at 8:34:09 am UTC

Ciarrai (Somewhere in Somerset County, New Jersey US) Age: 34 - Email

(1) My cat b/c we're the only ones that can take care of each other (and I presume that cat food would fall under the food category of the immediate needs provided to me).
(2) A good bar of soap that I could use for my hair & body.
(3) A good moisturizer w/ sunscreen that I could use on my face and body.
(5) Toothbrush
(6) Toothpaste
(7) Writing Paper
(8) Pencils
(9) Portable CD Player
(10) A good home burned box set of CDs of my choice to include the Stones, the Doors, Zep, Floyd, Mozart, and a montage of the silliest "one hit wonders" of the 80s.

1. My Husband - I Mean Really, What Better Way To Pass The... Sep 3rd. at 10:48:31 pm UTC

Marea (Niagara Falls, Ontario CA) Age: 30 - Email

1. My husband - I mean really, what better way to pass the time?

2. My cats - especially my oldest one who suffers from arthritis and could
use some time in a big patch of sun

3. My beloved and battered copies of the Lord of the Rings and Watership Down

4. A toothbrush. Essential.

5. My needleworking frame and some good linen and flosses.

6. Good shoes.

7. AfterBite and antihistamine cream for insects and skinn irritations.

8. A hatchet.

9. Cards - a deck each of playing cards and tarot

10. A drum.

I'd Bring My Boombox, So I Could Pick Up Radio And Listen... Sep 3rd. at 8:03:40 pm UTC

Asta (Kailua-Kona, Hawaii US) Age: 16 - Email

I'd bring my boombox, so I could pick up radio and listen to music.
My CDs.
A journal big enough to write in, unruled so I could draw.
A set of crayons.
My personal library. (Maybe that doesn't count, so I'll count each book I would bring as one.)

-The Best of James Herriot

-Three wiccan books and my book of Shadows
My scrap bag with all my doll-making stuff.

Hey All! I"m Back From My Summer Job And Ready To... Sep 3rd. at 4:59:25 pm UTC

Whitefeather and Ash (soo ontario, Ontario CA) Age: 17

hey all! I"m back from my summer job and ready to join in the discussions! I'll have two lists, one for myself, and a friend.


My Buddist boyfriend Christopher :)
a tinderbox
some source of music
a heavy blanket
lingerie ;)
suntan lotion


Roger (her boyfriend)
ferret named Alan
phantom calipso water cleansing machine (???)
beach toys!!!
swiss army knife
bbq and propane
seasonings for caught food
laptop with lots of extra batteries
maxim mags and playgirls ;)

1. A Large Stack Of Books, Which Would Not Include Robinson Crusoe... Sep 3rd. at 2:04:10 pm UTC

Ruby Moonstone (Camp Douglas , Wisconsin US) Age: 39 - Email

1. A large stack of books, which would NOT include Robinson Crusoe

2. A music source

3. A big flashlight

4. Plenty of batteries

5. Soap

6. Some good hiking shoes to explore the Deserted Island Paradise

7. Writing materials

8. A laptop computer in good working order

9. A convenient box of pagan ritual tools in order to have a Deserted Island Paradise Full Moon ritual, which would be pretty awesome, you have to admit

10. An incredibly handsome and spiritually aware Polynesian Man Friday, who would magically appear on the beach one day and helpfully instruct me in all the various rituals of the lovely and pleasure-loving peoples of the surrounding islands.

Why go home? :-)

The Only Thing I Would Want Would Be A Toothbrush! (if Food... Sep 3rd. at 11:43:51 am UTC

Penrath (Austin, Texas US) Age: 32

The only thing I would want would be a toothbrush! (If food, fire, water and shelter were not an issue!) This(to me) would be an excellent time for reflection and getting closer with myself, with nature and with the God and Goddess. Revel in the beauty of the sunset, the beauty of the night sky being unhampered by the lights of surrounding cities, the smell of fresh morning breeze as the sun rose again.

I'm A Backpacker, Sometimes A Better Backpacker Than Pagan, So My List... Sep 3rd. at 11:30:35 am UTC

Chronarchy (Columbus, Ohio US) Age: 21 - Email

I'm a backpacker, sometimes a better backpacker than Pagan, so my list doesn't look much like the others here:

1: My hiking boots
2: My sleeping bag
3: My plastic tarp
4: One of my pocket knives
5: A cooking pot (doubles as a well for an altar)
6: Duct tape
7: A Nalgene watter bottle
8: A pen
9: A large, blank notebook
10: One pair wool hiking socks.

Maybe I'm too practical, but I can't imagine needing anything else. No music, no books, no people; just me and Nature. There is no better way to be a Pagan.

At The Risk Of Being Slightly Practical, Here Goes My List: 1... Sep 3rd. at 10:24:54 am UTC

Kalika (Kingsport, Tennessee US) Age: 19

At the risk of being slightly practical, here goes my list:

1.) Shampoo/Conditioner -- i swear, it's not just a girl thing!

2.) My boyfriend's "survival athame" -- 8 inch blade w/a compass in the hilt (which screws off and holds waterproof matches and other nifty things).

3.) My telescope

4.) Toilet paper -- leaves just won't do the trick.

5.) My lil' statue of Saraswati

6.) At least one, and preferably all of my notebooks (now numbering 16). Not that i'd finish any story that i started, but it's the intention that counts, right?

7.) Pens n stuff to go along with the notebook. (though i could prolly write with charred sticks if it really came to that)

8.) Toothbrush/toothpaste

9.) A year-long supply of doublemint gum

10.) The entire Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan. If that won't keep me entertained for several weeks, i don't know what will!

There's my list, enjoy!

1. My Health. (if I Actually Had A Vacation/opportunity Like Wren... Sep 3rd. at 8:03:28 am UTC

John (New Naumkeag) Age: 34 - Email

1. My Health.
(If I actually had a vacation/opportunity like Wren described, I'd want to be able to enjoy it/use it.)

2. My Toiletries / Medicines.
(Since I would have my health, I wouldn't want to lose it by failing to do my medical/dental maintenance.)

3, 4, 5, 6. My Four Main Books.
(The Upanishads, the Bhagavad Gita, the Dharmapada, and the Old Farmer's Almanac.)

7. My Swiss Army Knife.
(a *very* versatile tool)

8. My Journal.
(lots of blank paper and lots of non-smearing ink in the pen)

9. A Two-Way, Multi-Band Radio.
(Solitude can be wonderful; so too can be communication. This radio, of course, would be one of those models that have a crank which, by turning it, can recharge the unit: expensive but worth it under these circumstances.)

10. My Tobacco.
(Ok, maybe it's not the most healthy thing on earth, but it would help me save my sanity.)

Gee, After Reading Through The Responses I Feel Practical And Boring. Oh... Sep 3rd. at 6:04:27 am UTC

Zoe (San Luis Obispo, California US) Age: 24

Gee, after reading through the responses I feel practical and boring. Oh well =)

My ten things would be:
1. large blank notebook
2. pens and pencils
3. my tarot deck
4. a dozen books
5. a big knife
6. soap
7. toothbrush
8. hairbrush
9. lotion

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