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Top Ten Things to Have on a Deserted Island

Updated on February 13, 2017
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I have always both loved and hated TV shows about people who find themselves marooned on deserted islands. From the fun and family-oriented offerings such as The Castaways, Swiss Family Robinson, and Gilligan's Island, to the more serious Robinson Crusoe, and the downright spooky Lost, castaways on deserted islands have fared well or poorly depending on the whims of their writers.

There are pros and cons to the whole deserted island scenario. I love the idea of finding solitude in some exotic paradise, but I hate the idea of being stuck there completely alone. I totally embrace the idea of being released from housework, which can be boring at the best of times, and onerous on a beautiful day, but I'm not crazy about the necessity of having to forage for food every day.

...and how would we know what to bring with us, provided we even had that option?

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Airlines Are Out

After long study and research, I have become convinced that being ship-wrecked is definitely the way to go, if you're planning to be cast away on a deserted island.

Even though Lost would have you believe differently, the chance of actually crashing on the island, or at least close enough to salvage any supplies, is a real long-shot. Islands tend to be surrounded by really deep water, so unless you're a diver, you won't be retrieving much gear from the cargo hold.

Besides, no self-respecting flight attendant would let would let you board with even minimal survival equipment, and no airline allows tools in your carry-on - especially machetes, saws, pry-bars and their like.

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Practical Items to Have on a Deserted Island

If you were ever really stranded on a deserted island, you might want to have a few things along with you. Actually, you would probably like to have lots of things along with you, as well as a few friends to keep you company.

Item 1: The top item on my list would be Mike Holmes and his crew, from the hit home renovation show, Holmes on Homes. I know they'd be able to erect an amazing shelter in no time - and it would well-surpass anyone's building code.

Barring Holmes and his crew though, I'd opt for a good set of tools: a sturdy hammer or two, both a Swede and straight saw, a hatchet, and an axe.

Item 2: The second item would be a medi-center, preferably one with an excellent trauma facility, and a doctor, and staff who are all well versed in curing tropical diseases, and treating insect bites.

As that might be tricky to arrange in advance, I'd settle for a first aid kit with several scalpels, some good, sharp needles and suture material or thread, a large bottle of salt tablets, a water purifying kit or bleach tablets, rolled gauze for bandages, alcohol wipes, and sulfa powder.

Items 3 - 5: Though it might be handy to have an assault rifle, a scope, an unlimited supply of ammo, and an armorer to fix it when it jams up, especially if the island was home to wild pigs or, heaven forfend, a tiger, I'd probably do fine with a machete, a couple of sharp knives and a whetstone.

Attaching one of the knives to a length of bamboo, or a straight branch would create a dandy fishing spear, and a sharpened and fire-hardened pole would make a useful medium range defensive weapon. Besides, rifles are noisy. I'd really rather just go fishing, and gather fruit and coconuts.

The Best Gear to Take Along

Item 6: The next thing on my wish list would have to be fishing gear. A good rod and reel, plus some tackle would make fishing, and life so much easier.

Items 7, 8 & 9: Heavy-duty combat coveralls and camouflage would also come in handy, along with a wet suit, though bathing suits and loose cotton clothing would be more comfortable. I would be happy to compromise on some UV protective long-sleeved shirts and long pants, and a pair of sturdy hiking boots.

Have you ever noticed that there rarely seem to be any mosquitoes on TV shows? In real life, however, the ubiquitous little blood-sucker infests almost every area in the world. The protective shirt and pants would help minimize bug bites, and protect me from the worst of the sun. To keep the sun off my face and head, I could weave a broad-brimmed hat from palm fronds or grasses, and ditto for a parasol or sun-shade.

Item 10: The last thing on my list, but probably one of the most important, is a supply of water-proof matches, or a lighter and lighter fluid. A far more practical addition to my supplies would be a flint and steel in a waterproof container. Then I could light as many fires as I needed to, and never have to worry about running out of matches.

The next time you travel, consider packing some emergency supplies. Even some waterproof matches and a couple of energy bars can help if you are stranded for a time. It's far more likely that you'll be stranded in an airport terminal, though, and that's a whole other ball game. Just ask Tom Hanks...

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      RedElf 2 years ago from Canada

      And much better than wishing for a well on the island :) - thanks so much for your comment, similarsites!

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      Joseph 2 years ago

      Well, I want to suggest the internet but I guess that's cheating. As far as survival kit. A rig to distil pure water from seawater would be a pretty good item to have.

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      RedElf 2 years ago from Canada

      I'm so glad you wouldn't want her to suffer LOL. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

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      VJG 2 years ago from Texas

      Actually, I would want to have on an island is my wife. If not her (since I wouldn't her to suffer), a good book would do.

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      Korbin Jakobe 3 years ago from Spain

      Good information.............

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      RedElf 3 years ago from Canada

      Good suggestion, Mr. Maranatha. I have also been told a piece of canvas or almost any fabric will work well, too, and that if you line the hole with heated rocks, and leave the cup overnight, more moisture will collect - probably along with a few creepy-crawlies, but that's just a bit more protein for the diet :) And another vote for the Leatherman Tool!

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      MrMaranatha 3 years ago from Somewhere in the third world.

      Idigwebsites... Its easy... Just open a Green Coconut:-) Ok... seriously... dig a hole... put a cup in the bottom and then put plastic sheeting, (or palm fronds if that is all you have) over the top, weighted down in the middle to direct the evaporated water towards the cup as it forms droplets on the roof of the pit.

      What to have with you... My "Leatherman Tool" is always on my belt... and I don't leave home without it... It's also great for poking a hole in green coconuts to drink the water... did that yesterday... so good on a hot day... especially when its chilled.

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      RedElf 3 years ago from Canada

      Thanks so much. I will get over to your profile and check out some of your hubs.

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      idigwebsites 4 years ago from United States

      Great, fun hub. It would also be good to have some knowledge on how to desalinize (spelling?) sea water into a potable water.

      Voted up and a following. :)

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      whowas 4 years ago

      What fun!

      I would certainly be wanting an ice maker and a cocktail shaker - otherwise how'm I going to mix my martinis?

      :)

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      RedElf 5 years ago from Canada

      I would love the island, too, DeborahNeyens, but really only with company :D ...and lots of bug repellent!

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      Deborah Neyens 5 years ago from Iowa

      Fun hub. I'd love to be stranded on a desert island, as long as my husband and dog were with me. But unfortunately I did really badly on your quiz so it's probably best to stay on dry land. : )

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      RedElf 5 years ago from Canada

      Hi, Dahlia Flower! Thanks for the vote-up. I have always wondered which story about Earheart's disappearance was the true story. It will be interesting to see what comes to light.

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      Dahlia Flower 5 years ago from Canada

      This is a great topic. I wouldn't want to be marooned on an island without proper shelter and a pesticide man at the ready. Voting up.

      I'm so happy to have read recently -- speaking of being marooned -- that the United States is finally going to help solve the mystery of Amelia Earhart's disappearance.

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      RedElf 5 years ago from Canada

      I don't know what a Wilson ball is, so I'll have to do some research before addressing that one :D I would enjoy being in solitude for a while, but I would miss writing, so I'd need copious batteries for the laptop, lots of bug-off, my guitar, paper and pens... or, at least, my guitar.

      Reves-diary, I rather like the idea of being marooned at a spa or high class hotel. Don't need the staff - just the facilities and supplies. LOL

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      Reve 5 years ago from Dhaka

      Thanks for your interest hub. I don't think I would take any chance for staying in a deserted island without having any proper facilities.

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      Nigel Smith 5 years ago from All over the World

      Thanks for this interest post. It sounds strange but I would love to be stranded on a dessert Island, as long as I had a Wilson ball!

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      RedElf 5 years ago from Canada

      marblebomb, I'm sure that would be at the top of a lot of lists.

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      marblebomb 5 years ago

      I always ask this question as an icebreaker when I am getting to know someone. I usually ask "If you could bring 3 things with you to a deserted island what would they be?" My top one is to bring a very strong, healthy, and handsome man. LOL

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      RedElf 5 years ago from Canada

      Hi Gail, my kids would certainly agree with you. Their camper trailer is fitted with all the modern conveniences. :D

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      GDiBiase 5 years ago from Portland, ME

      Thanks for this entertaining hub. Because I am a girlie girl, I would hope I would at least have some lipstick with me. But honestly if I was deserted with others I am sure I would get kicked off the island. My idea of camping is a nice camper with all the essentials.

      Gail

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      RedElf 5 years ago from Canada

      So glad you enjoyed the hub, alanfish91! Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

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      alanfish91 5 years ago from Greenfield, Massachusetts

      I enjoyed reading this. Good job! :D

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      RedElf 5 years ago from Canada

      Cre8tor, so glad you enjoyed the hub - always glad to offer help :D:D:D

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      Dan Robbins 5 years ago from Ohio

      Very entertaining read. Thank you. I feel much better about being stranded now :-) - Cre8tor

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      RedElf 5 years ago from Canada

      Thanks, trimar7! Holmes would sure make up for a lot, wouldn't he!

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      trimar7 5 years ago from New York

      I love your sense of humor in your hub and I am with on number one, Mike Holmes. The heck with worrying about the rest. That cutey would make up for the loss of anything else.

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      RedElf 5 years ago from Canada

      AfricaResource, I suppose it could be viewed that way, but I think it would be a big interruption in one's travel plans :D

      Adams-ebooks, thanks so much. No, I'm not a doctor, but having one along is not a bad idea - then I wouldn't really be marooned on a DESERTED island then would I :D

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      Adam Finan 5 years ago from Worldwide

      @RedElf - Good Hub!

      Ultimately, stranded for a while would be all good. Im sure we could take on nature and handle it.

      A semi-secure hut, knife/gun/spear and fishing rod (whatever tickles your fancy when it comes to hunting), buckets of insect repelent, guitar and a pen and paper might do the trick.. Plenty of time to meditate and listen to the waves, play guitar...

      Medi centre!? Wishful thinking! Thought this was a deserted island? So you must be a doctor then??

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      AfricaResource 5 years ago from Dorking, Surrey, United Kingdom

      RedElf: It's a once in a lifetime opportunity, none of us are going to live forever so why not take the opportunity lol!

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      RedElf 5 years ago from Canada

      Hi john hayls! Glad you enjoyed the hub. It's always nice to meet another outdoors enthusiast.

      AfricaResource, I don't know if I would relish it, nor how long I would last, but I'd give it a good shot.

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      AfricaResource 5 years ago from Dorking, Surrey, United Kingdom

      Living on a desert island is certainly a challenge many people would relish, the problem is, would they be able to cope and ultimately survive?

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      john hayls 5 years ago

      Entertainment is part of our life and I go to outside in every summer season. This hub has lot things about the entertainment. Thanks for shearing information.

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      RedElf 5 years ago from Canada

      Eight8Consulting, so glad you enjoyed the info

      Maygrace, always nice to meet another Hanks fan.

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      Maygrace 5 years ago from Maine

      Very amusing Hub. Deserted islands do not have medi-centers and I'm not sure how you're going to have unlimited supply of ammo for your rifle. Good ideas though. I enjoyed reading your article and your pictures were very well selected. I am also a big fan of Tom Hanks!

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      Eight8Consulting 5 years ago from United States

      Nice to have all the relevant information in one hub & nice tips to follow :)

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      RedElf 5 years ago from Canada

      GoGreenTips, companionship would probably be high on most of our lists, were we allowed to choose with whom to be marooned :D

      cyoung35, I'd prefer more than ten, but that's just me!

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      Chad Young 5 years ago from Corona, CA

      These are interesting choices. I was thinking more basic but I guess if your asking about the top ten things to have that would be them.

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      Greg Johnson 5 years ago from Indianapolis

      Interesting hub and quite entertaining, although being a male, should I say that perhaps some sort of companionship would have been on my list.

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      RedElf 5 years ago from Canada

      Paul, you and me both - hopefully it's information we'll never have to use :D

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      Paul Bisquera 5 years ago from Los Angeles

      Outstanding article. Great information and I'll keep this as reference. Hope I don't get to use it, of course! Ha ha . . .knock on wood.

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      RedElf 5 years ago from Canada

      TheNsa, thanks so much. Hope you are always well prepared.

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      TheNsa 5 years ago

      I travel a lot. I find it very useful.

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      RedElf 5 years ago from Canada

      mrazasultan, thanks so much for stopping by!

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      mrazasultan1991 5 years ago from Multan, Pakistan

      Nice Hub Indeed

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      RedElf 5 years ago from Canada

      Thanks so much, Ryan-Morgan. Glad you enjoyed the hub!

      kxdorey, that would almost be cheating, though I guess it's not far from having a Sat phone or the internet :D:D

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      kxdorey 5 years ago from Beverly Hills, California, USA

      How about a working Helicopter?

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      Ryan-Morgan 5 years ago

      Thoroughly enjoyed this! Wasn't expecting anything on your list!

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      RedElf 5 years ago from Canada

      doublekim, I don't know how I'd survive without the internet either - guess I'd learn :D

      athena2011, thanks so much! I don't know how long I'd last either, or how long I'd want to, but it's always interesting to speculate.

      Jade Coleman, glad you enjoyed the hub!

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      Jade Coleman 5 years ago from Birmingham, UK

      Great Hub a good bit on entertainment! :)

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      athena2011 5 years ago from Beachfront - In My Dreams:)

      Voted interesting. enjoyed reading your hub. Don't see myself doing very well alone on a deserted island, and I love islands.I just don't have the skills I would need to survive. If,however, I had all the items you mentioned, then I'd have a much better chance of survival....at least for a longer time.

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      doubleklm 5 years ago

      I think I'd need to add to the list, "Internet Access"!!! Thanks for the hub. I enjoyed reading it!!

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      RedElf 5 years ago from Canada

      Mr. Maranatha, most of the stuff is wishful thinking :D, but I agree a good knife can come in handy.

      Thanks so much, Cags, - and I think you would make a great supreme ruler :D:D:D

      DesmondDiz, truth to tell I started out to be more entertaining than serious - glad you enjoyed it.

      Aaron_Perks, I will certainly look up your Mr. Grylls - sounds like a handy fellow to know.

      Mr.M, too bad he didn't open the box. Oh, well... Happy Trails!!

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      MrMaranatha 5 years ago from Somewhere in the third world.

      In the case of Tom Hanks film... I was almost envious:-) If he had of opened that box though... all of his troubles would have been solved... :-)

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      Aaron Perks 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      You need to google Bear Grylls, he's a survival expert and if you've got a genuine interest in survival, he's your guy! Great funny hub, cheers! :)

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      DesmondDiz 5 years ago from United States

      I to enjoyed this hub, goood entrainment lol, while many of these things you couldn't plan to have were you stranded, its a great wish list :)

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      Cagsil 5 years ago from USA or America

      Hey RedElf, boy did you put together an extensive hub here. WOW! I found your quiz to be interesting, however, it told me that I aced it with 83% and would most likely be "supreme ruler"? LOL! LOL! Someone asked a similar topic in the forums and I could only choose to take one item with me and I said I would only need a survival knife. LOL! Great Hub! :) Vote up and marks across the board! :)

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      MrMaranatha 5 years ago from Somewhere in the third world.

      :-) Most stuff is optional... But when I watched Tom Hanks in Castaway.. I could not help shaking my head and shuddering at the fact he did not have a Leatherman tool on him... That gives me the creeps just thinking about it :-)

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      RedElf 5 years ago from Canada

      Glad you enjoyed the hub, billybuc. Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting.

      Thanks, chelseacharleston.

      roosterbob, I'm not sure who that is, but hopefully they have superior survival skills :D

      That's quite a list Mr. Maranatha. You and my son would get on well - I can't imagine anyone better prepared to be marooned.

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      RedElf 5 years ago from Canada

      Ana Louis, That's a very good point. It would be a shame to not even make it to land... and the tiger would be so disappointed :D

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      roosterbob 5 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      10 human clones of Bear Grylls

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      chelseacharleston 5 years ago

      Cool hub!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Good sense of humor; I enjoyed your writing style and this Hub; keep up the good work.

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      MrMaranatha 5 years ago from Somewhere in the third world.

      Personally.. I would survive ok... But my list of needfull things would probably be rather short...

      My family... starting with my wife.... what would a vacation like that be without her to share it with..???

      Since I never go anywhere without my utility tool.. except when the TSA Gestapo make me put it in Check-in baggage... But a good larger bowie type knife or survival knife is a good thing to have after the Multi-tool. (Leatherman Wave or Charge TTi)

      Bic Cigarette Lighters.. several of them to be used sparingly.

      Bottles to carry water in.

      Mess Kit things... whatever is available to boil water etc.

      Fishing gear... mainly line and hooks but a pole would be a nice luxury item.

      Bible... lots of time to read and this makes 66 books that are a real good guide to keep your mind where it needs to be.

      Shovel...

      Plastic tarp

      Nylon 550 cord

      Cotton for wicks

      sling shot or BB gun and some ammo

      I suppose an assault rifle and ammo would be cool too... but most people would not know what to do with it these days... (I would.. my wife would.. my kids would.. but that is just us)

      Whatever clothes could be rounded up... shoes would be a good thing (as tom hanks found out)

      First aid Kit: stocked with Anti septics, anti biotics,Pills for headaches, body aches and any other medicines that could be packed inside... like Lidacaine creame (or similar) for numbing burns (hint: Baby Orajel) suture kits and lots of bandages, gauze, etc...

      Few Goats would be great.. you could have milk and cheese not to mention fresh meat now and then.

      Salt is available from the sea remember your on an Island...

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      Ana Louis 5 years ago from Louisiana

      I enjoyed this hub. It is a question that most of us have asked ourselves at some time. In the real world I doubt we would have have much of anything to help us survive, except whatever survival knowledge we might have absorbed from TV and movies. Your test says I have what it takes, so I feel pretty good about surviving if I can just reach the island. I can't swim so I really need to be stranded on shore to have any chance at all.:)

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      RedElf 5 years ago from Canada

      nicomp, the only place I have been stranded so far was in a terminal, so I'd have to blame that choice on my personal experience. Thanks - glad you enjoyed the hub!

      Daisy Mariposa, you certainly wouldn't be stranded long with those choices! Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

      Rochelle, 83% is quite fine! Your book is quite a find. I prefer reading paper books, too. There's just something about turning the pages, and the thrill of finding a truly old MS.

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      Rochelle Frank 5 years ago from California Gold Country

      83% is pretty good I think-- I love survival stories, but Robinson Crusoe has always been one of my all time favorites. Not too long ago I actually found an old edition with nice hand glued illustrations, in an antique store and re-read it with great pleasure.

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      Daisy Mariposa 5 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Two things - a coke, and a global satellite cell phone, with which I'd call for help! Get me outta here!!

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      nicomp really 5 years ago from Ohio, USA

      I can't believe I missed this premise. Well done. I thought I hit all the survival themes. I would suggest that using a Tom Hanks movie would call for Castaway rather than The Terminal, but that's just me. ;)

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      RedElf 5 years ago from Canada

      Thanks, Maximizer - I figured someone would notice that sooner or later! Welcome to HubPages.

      TheUsedCarGuy, hopefully Wilson likes deserted islands :D Welcome to HubPages.

      Good for you, Ana Teixeira - glad you enjoyed the quiz.

      Rusticliving, Starbucks or Timmies is de rigeur!

      Well done on the quiz, sen.sush23 - but of course, you knew I tailored it just for you! :D

      Well done to you, too, lobobrandon! Glad you stopped by and commented.

      Sounds like you would be very well outfitted DanielNeff.

      MegStarr, I have camped rough but even that would be a walk in the park next to being truly marooned. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

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      MegStarr 5 years ago from Texas

      I enjoyed reading this. It was nice light reading, something I needed after today at work. Its crazy how back in the 1700's people closly lived like this.

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      DanielNeff 5 years ago from Asheville, NC

      Definitely thought-provoking.

      How about a laptop, a solar-powered generator, and a satellite dish for internet? Then I could still stay involved with Hubpages. :)

      Seriously, I would want tools and weapons, extra clothing, a simple water filtering device, and lots of books, as well as journals or reams of paper and pens or pencils.

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      Brandon Lobo 5 years ago

      Haha I scored a 91% Yay!!

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      Sushmita 5 years ago from Kolkata, India

      Yeah! Cast Away is a fav movie on these lines and the Discovery Shows too. I scored 91% by the way. But you didn't ever doubt the power in my frail arms when you compiled the quiz :)

      Great humour. Nice ideas to create interest and hold it. Loved reading and clicking. Voted up.

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      Elizabeth Rayen 5 years ago from California

      Fabulous Hub Redelf! But of course, I would never be stranded on an island that didn't have a Starbucks! Just say'n. Love it love it love it! Voting up!

      Blessings,

      ~Lisa

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      Ana Teixeira 5 years ago from Oporto, Porto, Portugal

      I got 100% in your quiz! I guess I'm not doing too bad on my survival skills after all.. But it's good to know cause you know what they say: It's a jungle out there. Great hub.. Keep posting!

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      TheUsedCarGuy 5 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      I'd definitely bring Wilson the volleyball....just sayin

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      Maximizer 5 years ago from San Jose, Costa Rica

      Haha, interesting that you chose a clip from a Tom Hanks movie that's NOT the one where he's stranded on a desert island... though he's definitely still stuck in a foreign environment.

      Interesting hub, I liked it a lot

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      RedElf 5 years ago from Canada

      tammyswallow, thanks so much for stopping by and commenting. My daughter-in-law would rather have Damon, but either one could build a nifty shelter :D

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      What a wonderful and a good idea. I can think of worse people to be on an island with than Holmes.. ;) This is very unique.. loved it!

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      RedElf 5 years ago from Canada

      Nifty list, Wolf lover14 - sounds like Phil will be getting quite a workout! :D

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      Wolf lover14 5 years ago from AR

      Kool! here are my things to have on an island

      1. Pistol with lots of ammo

      2. A sharpend knife

      3. Wood and a few tools

      4. Food such as fruit and meat with Water that is fresh

      5. My pet hamster Phil

      6. Clothes for any type of weather

      7. My bff Ainslee

      8. Shampoo and Conditioner and lotion

      9. A computer with a hamster-powered genorator

      10. My family and a hamster-powered fridge

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      RedElf 5 years ago from Canada

      Thanks so much Lord n Lady! So glad you enjoyed the hub!

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      Lord n Lady 5 years ago from Sherwood Forest

      Fun and interesting hub RedElf! I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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      RedElf 5 years ago from Canada

      You are most welcome, TroyM! Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

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      TroyM 5 years ago

      Well written Hub. Thanks for sharing your ideas!

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      RedElf 5 years ago from Canada

      Interesting choices - I guess I'd rather have chocolate, and several reams of paper. :D:D Thanks for stopping by to comment, wanzulfi kri~

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      wanzulfikri 5 years ago from Malaysia

      If I am stranded, what I want most would be a cone of vanilla ice cream and a good book to read. Oh, relaxation!

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      RedElf 5 years ago from Canada

      I have never really thought of philosophy as entertainment, but, I suppose if one were stranded long enough, it might become appealing. Thanks for stopping by to comment, Bitingtruths.

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      Bitingtruths 5 years ago from Mumbai

      how about taking a copy of 'story of philosophy' by will Durant. just for sake of entertainment.

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      RedElf 5 years ago from Canada

      Thanks so much, GoodLady, So nice you stopped by to read and comment!

      BetterYourself, I could make do with baking soda, but both those would be good to have.

      Modern Greetings, thanks so much - I'd be looking out for a 'Tim Hortons' pretty quick.

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      Modern Greetings 5 years ago

      Gah. If I were ever stranded on a deserted island, it would probably only be a handful of hours before I deliriously began searching for a McDonalds or something. Great hub! :)

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      Better Yourself 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Great hub, fun to read! I agree about the deodorant and toothpaste.

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      Penelope Hart 5 years ago from Rome, Italy

      Brilliant! Blasé. Loved your Hub. Best read so far.

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      RedElf 5 years ago from Canada

      Well, that way at least one of you would smell nice :D

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      chelseamills88 5 years ago

      I would really want some deodorant and tooth paste.By myself or with a man, either way I would want to keep up my hygiene.

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      RedElf 5 years ago from Canada

      I'd rather have an attractive man or two, but I doubt that eye-candy would help anyone survive, so I didn't bother to put them on the list. Too bad the tiger ate you, but you have a nice weekend, too :D

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      nikashi_designs 5 years ago

      Really good read but I may have been eaten by the tiger, oh well not a bad way to go. Your quiz was great, lots of fun. Funny thing is, having a laptop or radio is sort of useless if you don't know your location, so a portable GPS would be sort of handy, maybe an attractive women and you can keep the GPS. Take care and enjoy the weekend...

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      RedElf 5 years ago from Canada

      samtenabray, glad you enjoyed the hub! Thanks for commenting.

      brandasaur, that's an interesting choice - great for keeping in touch?

      SuneXtra, those islands wouldn't be too bad, I'm thinking. the one's a bit small, but it's quite lovely after all. I wonder if the tide was full out when the picture was taken?

      DeBorrah, thanks so much. I have a Bible in my bag all the time, so it never occurred to me to name it as a choice - good point.

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 5 years ago

      REDelf, Great hub! Interesting suggestions! A Bible and a camera are must haves for me as well! Thank you for sharing, peace & Blessings!