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What 4 items would you pick?

Asked by Dutchess_III (42452points) May 13th, 2015

You’re stranded on a deserted island. You can pick only 4 out of all of these items to take with you. What do you pick and why?

As an aside, it just hit me that all of my life I hear “desert” island in my mind, rather than “deserted”....must have read that word for the first time when I was really young.

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Mimishu1995's avatar

Tent: self-explanatory.
Flashlight: self-explanatory too.
Knife: not a very effective weapon but can help with lots of things.
Mirror: for reflexing the sunlight if I was to see my rescuers.

ragingloli's avatar

In order of importance:
– The tarp (to collect and store rain water),
– The knife (the most important tool you can have when you are stranded anywhere, you can even tie it to a stick and have a spear, to hunt fish with it),
– The flashlight (you can use the parabolic mirror to make fire)
– The flare gun (to signal rescuers)

Shelter, I can build (knife comes in handy, use the tarp as a roof+water collector, plus sticks and large leaves)
The same with rudimentary footwear, use some wood and plant fibres.

Pied_Pfeffer's avatar

#1 The knife: multiple uses
#2 The tarp: for shelter and collect rain water
#3 The 1st aid kit, although it depends upon what’s in it. Handy supplies for uses beyond 1st aid.
#4 The saw: Useful for building shelter, a raft, tools, opening coconuts (if they are there), and possibly for signaling for rescue.

Dutchess_III's avatar

Nice! However, we don’t know how long we’re going to be there, so I didn’t chose anything that needed batteries or that would run out.

If ragingloli was on the list I would choose him too.

ragingloli's avatar

@Dutchess_III
You should have Bear Grylls on the list instead.

ZEPHYRA's avatar

The weed, the rope, the knife and the hunting rifle. After spending weeks there without hope of being rescued, I would try these ways to do myself in.

micchon's avatar

Fishing rod – Food. Unfortunately, I’ll only survive with fish diet.
Knife – Very useful, this can help me open the fish I caught, or cut leaves, hunt animals, etc.
Water purifier – I couldn’t live with coconut water alone. Sure, coconut water could keep me away from dehydration but water that is drinkable is much important. What if all the coconuts are gone?
Hiking boots – I need those to protect my feet from splinters and wounds, I’m in survival mode so I really need my feet.

ucme's avatar

Raft
Rope
Tarp
Sunscreen

I’m hauling arse to the shipping lanes.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

Where was the following:
A blonde
A brunette
A redhead
And I guess my fishing rod.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

were. Sorry for the gross English screwup.

Aethelwine's avatar

it’s pick, not prick @Adirondackwannabe

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

@jonsblond Laughs, sorry, I was a little out of control.

Coloma's avatar

1. Tent
2. Fishing rod
3.Matches
4. 5 ounces of weed. lol

The tent for shelter, the fishing rod for fishing, ( moisture from fish can substitute for extra water ) and since most islands have some vegetation I could capture water in some implemented container source like a shell as well as supplement my needs with fruits and plants found. Matches for lighting a cooking/camp fire and to light the weed too. Weed must come with a pipe or other smoking implement.
I can make my own knife or spear from a sharp rock or broken stick and find materials to attach the knife/spearhead to a stick or handle.

The weed will keep my morale up and make tedious tasks like fishing and making tools more enjoyable. lol

Inara27's avatar

A deserted island? Sounds nice.

1. A net – for fishing or catching any land animals.
2. A large knife – all around useful tool
3. A pan – for digging, cooking, boiling water (purification)
4. Steel fire starter – works when wet and lasts for many hundreds or thousands of uses.

I might replace the net with a signaling device (mirror, flare gun or satellite phone) if I had some desire to be rescued.

Dutchess_III's avatar

@ragingloli Maybe I would want Bear Grylls…but he named one of his kids “Marmaduke.” That is horrible!

@micchon re Water purifier…it doesn’t say if it will desalinate water…..

Esedess's avatar

Knife Hunting and general purpose tool. Needed for prepping and skinning animals for food and materials.

Saw Cutting larger trees/branches for more substantial constructions (shelter/raft/etc)

Pot Collect, transport, store, and purify water. Can also be used to boil shellfish/crustaceans, and could even serve as smoker to make meat last longer. Could store items and keep them dry. Could be used to keep fires/embers burning over night to be rekindled in the morning (might work as a space heater), and if necessary salvage the metal for other uses. Wear lid as a hat for fun.
Flare Gun Start fire/signal rescue

Dutchess_III's avatar

I would choose the mirror over the flare gun…I mean, you have a finite number of flares and you use them all up but nobody sees them?

Apparently_Im_The_Grumpy_One's avatar

Water purifier, first aid kit, knife.

The rest could be made from the island’s resources…unless, of course, it is a desert island.

Apparently_Im_The_Grumpy_One's avatar

Very well, I will take the hammock.

Though, I don’t believe I would need a fourth item.

Esedess's avatar

@Dutchess_III I would use one flare to start a fire that I would try diligently to keep burning indefinitely while I worked out other manual methods in the event it goes out. Aside from that one initial use, I would only shoot a flare off if there was a boat or plane in sight. It’s a more unmistakable and obvious sign of distress than a fire/message.

How would the mirror help you start a fire? The only type of mirrors that can start a fire (as far as I know) are concave mirrors. Maybe you’re thinking of a magnifying glass?

Coloma's avatar

@Apparently_Im_The_Grumpy_One You can weave your own hammock and Hawaiian Punch guy hat too. lol

Dutchess_III's avatar

Why the flare and not the matches @Esedess?

Coloma's avatar

Well, apparently my choice of the 5 ozs. of weed isn’t winning me any votes here. lol
Hey, I have my reasons, besides I’d be so creative I’d have the most amazingly decorated tent on that island and would, most likely, come up with other brilliant brainstorm ideas.
With my background in interior design and love of sculpting I could stretch out that 5 ozs. of weed to carve another Easter Island scene. haha

Berserker's avatar

Knife, to kill shit.
Rope. Don’t know, but you always need rope. I could use it to hang myself if I couldn’t hack it anymore. At least I’ll become a nasty, rotting corpse for some other fucker to find.
Flare gun. To signal, hopefully be rescued.
Raft. To attempt to gtfo.

Coloma's avatar

@Symbeline Yeah, maybe just a rope, matches and weed. weed. Make the hanging part more fun. Of course you might be too stoned to tie a proper knot. LMAO!

Apparently_Im_The_Grumpy_One's avatar

@Coloma
I could but since it’s a luxury item the hammock will save me some work. Ever tried to make a hammock?

Esedess's avatar

@Dutchess_III Why the flare and not the matches?

Because ultimately I wouldn’t be relying on exhaustible materials to start a fire in the first place. A few years back I wanted to see if I could start a fire with only materials I found in the wild. It took me almost an entire day, most of it spent making a string that wouldn’t break, but eventually I was able to do it. Knowing I can do that makes matches a luxury item in this group. The fact that they only serve a single purpose to boot compounds their lack of necessity. A flare gun on the other hand, I cannot make. It provides an invaluable method to signal nearby ships and planes in a way I never could otherwise. And in the unlikely but possible event I’m unable to start a fire the hard way for any reason, it provides an emergency surefire (waterproof) back up method.

Other uses: (although probably unnecessary and possibly unlikely)
1) Weapon. If you shoot it at something it will hurt cause harm. Could scare off a large predator at the very least.
2) Could make some form of crude matches/fire starter from the powder in the shells.
3) Could make a small bomb from shell powder
4) Re-purpose materials from the gun itself (i.e. metal spring could be made into a hook for fishing or a needle for sewing)

Dutchess_III's avatar

I’m taking you with me @Esedess.

ragingloli's avatar

You should take a Starfleet engineer with you. According to the Vorta, they can turn rocks into replicators.

Esedess's avatar

@Dutchess_III Yay company! Let’s Swiss Family Robinson this shit!

Coloma's avatar

I’ll be Mary Ann I can whip up coconut cream pies and pina coladas on the island. lol

Dutchess_III's avatar

What kinds of food animals are on our deserted island?

ragingloli's avatar

snakes, insects, worms, probably rodents and birds, and definitely saltwater fish.

Berserker's avatar

Imma wrestle me sum Komodo dragons, dogsons.

Esedess's avatar

I’ve always wanted to try snake. Seems like it would be good.

As a human, how funny is it to look at an animal and think, “mmm, I wonder what that tastes like!?” lol~ It trips me out that food literally just walks around out there, and you can pretty much eat any living thing you see. Life’s weird.

Coloma's avatar

@Esedess Haha well..I;d starve because I’d make a pet out of everything. Oh noooo…I can’t eat little Flipper. lol

@Symbeline Those Komoda dragons are evil. The way they hunt is to bite you and infect you with their toxic saliva and then stalk you for a few days until you drop dead at the water hole. haha

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

@Coloma That’s why you have to respect the balls of anyone that would wrestle a Komodo. I ain’t screwing with her.

Berserker's avatar

Last komodo dragon that bit me, man let me tell you…after 24 excruciating hours of pain, the komodo dragon finally died.

lol chuck norris jokes

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

Laughs, you are an original. Poor dragon never had a chance.

Berserker's avatar

Fucker was like a suicide doll, just asking fo dat sheet.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

Laughs, You have to stick with me too.

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