Stranded on an Island

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You’re in a meeting and an offer is made.

You will be transported to a desert island for three months.  You cannot take any family or friends with you, but you know, we’re not going to be cruel, so you can Skype with them for 30 minutes every night.  At the end of the three months, we’ll give you ten million dollars (after taxes, how ya like us now, Uncle Sam?).  You have to stay on the island for three months AND you have to survive in order to get the money.

There will be four other people on the island.  Those people are unknown, but you can choose their professions.  For example, if you want a doctor on the island, we’ll put one there for you.  You cannot specify a person, because we’d all want Bear Grylls there.

You're Stranded on an Island

You can bring three items onto the island with you.  The three items you choose will be three items each of the other four people get.  So if you ask for an iPod, everyone gets an iPod.

NO, THERE IS NOT INTERNET ON THE ISLAND, what do you think this is?  (Edited to add: there’s enough internet on the island to fire up Skype up at night, but  not to fuel a Candy Crush habit.)

You have one month to prepare yourself, and you can do whatever you’d like within that one month.

You may increase the number of items you bring, but each item will cost you one million dollars, taken from your reward money.  If you choose to bring eight items, you’ll be rewarded with five million dollars at the end of the three months.

About the island: the weather is hot, there is wildlife and foliage, but some of the wildlife may eat you and some of the foliage may poison you.  You don’t want to end up like that girl in the Hunger Games.  Rest assured that the four other people are your allies.

Decisions to make:
1) What will you do between now and one month from now to prepare yourself for island living?
2) What items will you bring?
3) Which professions/skills do you want the four others to have?

PS.  This, like this, makes a good dinner party game if someone offers to show you the 500 photos of their family vacation.

Edited to add: My responses are in the comments.

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  • Reply Whitney Dupuis August 6, 2013 at 10:47 am

    1. I will be quitting my job to stay home with my son before I leave. Also, I will be writing letters to my family – you know, in case I don’t make it back.
    2. I will bring sunscreen, a knife, and antibiotics. No need to get sun poisoning, I can kill my food or defend myself, and the doctor is going to have to have meds to treat me.
    3. I would want a doctor, an engineer (to help design and build shelter), a survivalist, and a botonist (to tell me which plants are safe to eat and how best to handle them) with me.

    Bring on the $10 mil. (One question: How can we Skype every night with no internet?)

    • Reply Roo August 6, 2013 at 10:52 am

      Island magic has connectivity for Skype, but not FB or email, haha.

      Great answer!

  • Reply Rebecca | Seven2Seven8 August 6, 2013 at 10:51 am

    Oh, this is good.

    1) To prepare, I would phase down my caloric intake while drastically increasing my physical activity (running, push-ups, sit-ups, etc); I would enroll in and take survival/camping skills classes. I would go tanning (not something I’d normally do, but I’m not using “sunscreen” as one of my items).
    2) To take: (a) a machete; (b) a new/working lighter; (c) a hooded caftan. Because: (a) protection/tool; (b) fire; (c) protection/bag/blanket.
    3) Skills of the four others: (a) a hunter (food); (b) a doctor (heal/treat); (c) a singer (music); (d) botanist (knows plants). I am creative, handy, a good leader/administrator, and could probably build our shelter well enough.

    • Reply Roo August 6, 2013 at 1:27 pm

      Hahaha totally feel you on not using sunscreen as one of my items. You could take Jack with you. He’d just play the guitar while you barbecue a parrot or something. :)

  • Reply Amelinda August 6, 2013 at 11:00 am

    Wait – we can Skype 30 min each evening but there’s no internet?! Paradox!

    1)I would read a ton on survival tips and how to make weapons and natural defenses, and also how to survive on little water and food to avoid starvation. I would practice making fires and keeping them going. I would practice fishing and figure out how to make shelters from trees.
    2)Hefty first aid kit, matches, metal bowl (can be used for cooking or for drinking water), knife, strong string, thick blanket, LED flashlight, shovel, saw (I think this brings my reward down to $4M which is FINE BY ME!)
    3)Someone from Mountain Men, emergency room doctor (not just your average pediatrician can help here!), and a botanist. That way I have a hunter/survivor person to help us all, a doctor for injuries, and someone to identify all the plants! I can cook, so I’ll take over that job.

    What would you do?

    • Reply Roo August 6, 2013 at 11:04 am

      Hahaha ****magic*** (I edited the post.)

      Ooh I’ll comment with mine soon!

  • Reply Nancy August 6, 2013 at 11:09 am

    Love Whitney Dupuis’ answer. I’m stealing hers! lol

    • Reply Roo August 6, 2013 at 1:28 pm

      Hahaha, for real! Thanks for ruining it for the rest of us, Whitney. (JK JK)

      • Reply Whitney Dupuis August 6, 2013 at 11:16 pm

        Hahaha! Sorry guys! Glad you enjoyed it though!

  • Reply Jacqueline August 6, 2013 at 11:24 am

    1) What will you do between now and one month from now to prepare yourself for island living?
    Watch the survivor and Bear Grylls shows EVERY DAY EVERY HOUR and jot down notes. Workout like crazy so I’m strong enough to do everything.
    2) What items will you bring?
    Knife, blanket, book. The other people can use their knives as needed for their duties. The 5 blankets will keep me warm at night no matter my shelter and the 5 books will def keep me entertained enough for 3 months. NBD.
    3) Which professions/skills do you want the four others to have?
    Definitely a doctor. An herbologist or something? You know, the people who know everything about plants. A hunter to fight the animals. A crafty person who can build us shelter.


    • Reply Jacqueline August 6, 2013 at 11:25 am

      BTW you definitely just put me behind in todays plans lol

    • Reply Roo August 6, 2013 at 1:28 pm

      I’d be like, “Bear Grylls, teach me your ways, but I’m not drinking my own urine.”

  • Reply Kristin August 6, 2013 at 11:25 am

    This is great!
    1) Get a personal trainer and hit the gym!
    2) 1)machete 2)pot for boiling water 3)bug spray 4)sleeping bag 5)antibiotics 6)change of clothes 7)fire starter ($6 million, no prob!)
    3) a doctor, a writer (for entertainment), a survivalist, and a hunter

    Have you ever seen Naked & Afraid on the Discovery channel? This post kind of reminds me of it. Very interesting show.

    • Reply Rebecca | Seven2Seven8 August 6, 2013 at 12:10 pm

      This is exactly why I have “machete”, “lighter”, and “clothing” as my three items, Kristin!

    • Reply Roo August 6, 2013 at 1:29 pm

      I have not, but I just saw someone talking about it on Facebook! I’ll have to look it up.

    • Reply Erin August 6, 2013 at 9:23 pm

      Naked and Afraid is ammmmazing … definitely look it up!

  • Reply Erin August 6, 2013 at 11:27 am

    1. In the month to prepare, I would learn how to kill and eat things from the wild. How to build a fire, etc. I would also learn how to use a bow and arrow and how to make my own arrows (ala: Katniss)
    2. I would take a a bow and arrow (see above), a giant first aid kit (that includes soap), and a fire starter thing.
    3. I would bring a doctor, an eagle scout, and an avid hunter.

    Just show me the money, now!

    • Reply Roo August 6, 2013 at 1:29 pm

      Katniss is such a beast. Good call inviting an Eagle Scout!

  • Reply Stacy August 6, 2013 at 11:32 am

    1) Get my exercise on and tan to build up some sun tolerance. Also get my husband to teach me his Bambi-killing skills so I can hunt some critters (sorry PETA). Read about botany and survival and whatnot (who am I kidding, I’d just watch a bunch of Survivor and Lost).

    2) a) Weapon/knife of some sort (I’m guessing a machete or a bow but I’ll get the Bambi-killing husband’s advice before I commit), b) penicillin, and c) a Kindle pre-loaded with books. (I can’t go three months without reading, I’m sorry. Probably should bring something more practical but I figure I’d die of boredom otherwise. And since my four comrades get a Kindle too we should have lots of books to discuss.) I’m also going to give up one of my millions to bring water purifier with me. Have you ever had a parasite? Trust me…avoiding that horror is easily worth a million.

    3) a) Instead of a doctor I think I want one of those emergency trauma techs from the military. They can be all MacGyver-like and repair a broken leg with, like, a palm leaf and some sticks. b) I think I’ll bring one of my biology professors along because he/she would provide all kinds of handy knowledge – which animals/insects to avoid, which plants are edible/poisonous, etc – and be interesting conversation. c) A masseuse, because the island life is stressful, yo, and d) that guy who narrates the All-State commercials. Because anytime I got freaked-out or sad, he could soothe me with that reassuring voice. Or Sean Connery. Or Morgan Freeman. Same reason.

    • Reply Roo August 6, 2013 at 1:30 pm

      Yeah this challenge definitely isn’t for PETA or the weak of heart. NO I HAVE NOT ever had a parasite and I’m afraid to google it.

      I’m cracking up at your last pick… but I totally get it. He’d make you feel like you’re in good hands.

      • Reply Stacy August 6, 2013 at 1:40 pm

        I picked up a parasite in Nicaragua while I was there doing dental work this past January.

        The good part: I lost 12 pounds in 2 weeks.

        The bad part: I lost 12 pounds in 2 weeks in the most horrific way imaginable, short of like cutting off an arm or something.

        • Reply Nancy August 6, 2013 at 2:27 pm

          Wait wait! Stacy’s answer is way better than Whitney’s. I steal her’s now! Sorry. I’m just a idea-stealer all ’round. These comments are cracking me up. I love it.

      • Reply Sondra August 6, 2013 at 2:54 pm

        Haha..in good hands. Funny pun. “You’re in good hands with All State” has been their slogan since 1950.

        • Reply Roo August 6, 2013 at 2:57 pm


  • Reply Missy August 6, 2013 at 11:38 am

    For my month off I would get my butt in shape, practice some survival skills and spend time with my family.

    I would bring a flint kit (matches can get ruined and so can lighters), a heavy duty tarp (shelter, water storage, etc), a mess kit, survival knife. That brings me down to 9 mil. NBD.

    As for my people I’ll take 2 survival experts (give me some options, y’all), a military doctor who has field experience (less likely to depend on traditional medicines) and a cook who is local to the area (there’s got to be some native tribes or something on near by islands, right).

    • Reply Roo August 6, 2013 at 1:31 pm

      Hahaha shows how much I know.. I’m like.. “A thing… for starting fires…”

      Local cook is smart. Can you imagine bringing Paula Deen? “I can’t cook without butter. :(“

      • Reply Missy August 6, 2013 at 1:45 pm

        I forgot to mention that I would probs have my hair put in braids or dreads or something. Cause ain’t nobody got time for getting their hair did on a desert island.

  • Reply Loren August 6, 2013 at 11:51 am

    1) Assuming we are told where we’d be going I’d spend my month looking up local plants, animals and bugs that might kill me. Or might be delicious. Reading up on a boy scout handbook about finding safe drinking water how to build fires. Also… practice building fires.
    2) An insulated tent (one large enough to sit up in), a plastic bucket/jug for storing water, a hatchet.
    3) Someone who is an excellent backpacker/camper (like maybe my mother?), whatever the local version of a (English speaking) park ranger would be, a paramedic familiar with rough situations(maybe one that was like… in the armed forces or something), some kind of therapist/relationship counselor because I’m SURE we are all going to get sick of each other and yell a lot.

    • Reply Roo August 6, 2013 at 1:32 pm

      Hahaha smart move with a therapist. Maybe a therapist with muscles that can help me sort out my feelings while he hauls wood around.

  • Reply Roo August 6, 2013 at 11:51 am

    I’ll answer my own:

    1) I’d learn how to swim (I can barely doggy paddle), have a personal trainer whip me into shape, and wean myself off caffeine, sugar, and carbs. I’d find someone to teach me how to fish, shoot, start a fire, and clean water (that’s a thing, right?). I’d also get laser hair removal (who wants to shave their legs on an island?), a teeth cleaning, LASIK eye surgery, BOTOX injections in my underarms so I don’t need sweat and need deodorant (right?) and a low maintenance haircut.

    2) multivitamins (I don’t want anyone on my team dying of scurvy), a gun (I’d rather hunt from a far then wrestle a jaguar or something with my bare hands), a water purifying kit, a super warm, extra cushy sleeping bag, super strength antibiotics, the best tool for starting a fire (is that a lighter?), a tent (so we each have some temporary shelter while we build something a little more permanent), and a book that shows me what kind of plants are poisonous and which kinds are safe to eat. $5 million still sounds amazing to me.

    3) An engineer (to design our home), a hunter/fisher (for food), a doctor (to treat everyone), and a bodybuilder (to haul animals and trees around and stuff).

    • Reply Rebecca | Seven2Seven8 August 6, 2013 at 12:16 pm

      LASIK. Yes. I assumed I’d get to wear my contacts or glasses…
      Also, FWIW, if you stop wearing deodorant and just keep your underarms clean, you’d stop stinking after about 7-10 days when your body rid itself of the toxins that antiperspirant locks in there. Just ask Julia Roberts. (In full disclosure, I do wear deodorant, but stopped with the antiperspirant a year ago.)

      • Reply Cortney August 7, 2013 at 12:05 am

        For your book go for the Army Survival Guide. Covers all topics :)

  • Reply Abby S August 6, 2013 at 11:54 am

    1. I’d spend the month studying about the specific island (if possible). I’d read about and practice survival skills, basic first aid, and hunting/trapping/skinning.

    2. A Bowie knife for killing/skinning/cutting in general. A book for entertainment, to be used as a fan, and to substitute as toilet paper (a MUST). Waterproof matches to light fires for cooking and warmth. And I’d forfeit a mil to bring a hound dog–companionship, warmth, and can hunt down animals.

    3. Hoping a botanist shows up to decipher edible/poisonous plants. A trapper who can rig up ways to catch food. An FMF Navy Corpsman who’s trained to practice first aid in the field. And Kevin Hart. Because well, he’s just straight funny.

  • Reply Maria August 6, 2013 at 12:02 pm

    To get ready I’m going to work on endurance and cardio without muscle building, because muscle burns more calories than fat, and, hello, we’re surviving on grass and krill, right? This probably means lots of Zumba….

    Riches only matter if I survive, so I forfeit some cash so we can all bring: a waterproof canvas tarp (shelter, hammock, fishing net, stretcher, torn for tourniquet if need be); a hatchet (thanks, Gary Paulsen); a fire steel (works wet and won’t need fuel); sunglasses and sunscreen; a metal cup with a lid (for drinking, collecting things, and maybe catching critters), and a spice kit, because eating vegetation and wild game will get old in a hurry unless ours is a particularly varied island. But just in case, curry can cover a multitude of flavors.

    The people: a park ranger (whose training hopefully covers the flora and fauna plus some survival skills); an EMT/firefighter/nurse etc (I’m not too picky as long as they can deal with trauma); a very stable counselor (because, let’s face it, some of us are going to start going bananas); and a chef who hasn’t made it big (no ego issues yet, and up for a bizarre challenge). I figure a chef should understand the science of our new foodstuffs, how to deal with starchiness, dampness, creatures with tiny bones, and what-have-you.

    Can’t wait to hear yours, Roo. I’m hazarding a guess that you trade a million dollars for the opportunity to rock out on a island with five D-battery-operated boom boxes. Am I right?

  • Reply Maria August 6, 2013 at 12:03 pm

    Oops, took so long to write mine that yours popped up in the meantime. Sad, no party supplies.

    • Reply Roo August 6, 2013 at 1:26 pm

      Oooh I disappoint myself. I’d end up Biggie’s Hypnotize a capella and drive my island mates crazy. :)

  • Reply Kristin August 6, 2013 at 12:04 pm

    I have a few follow up questions here. 1. Can I talk to whoever I want about whatever I want on skype each night? and 2. Are we able to preload any tech devices and is solar charging available for said device?

    If I assume yes to these answers –

    1. Survival training, hunting skills, plant identification. Think the training sequence in The Hunger Games. Ain’t nobody got time to snuggle with family when preparing for an epic battle with nature for money.

    2. I would bring: water purifier, insulin (I’m diabetic, sooooo kinda required), military med kit (hopefully complete with wound sealant and antibiotics), iPad (books, music, movies, ability to journal, photograph plants to show a botanist on my skype calls – what what!) – that’s 4 items so I’m down a million.

    3. Military-trained surgeon (medic experience and hospital experience), a survivalist, a hunter, and a jedi. Jedi’s gotta come in handy for something, right?

    • Reply Kristin August 6, 2013 at 1:07 pm

      8 mil. Forgot the light saber.

    • Reply Roo August 6, 2013 at 1:33 pm

      You sneaky girl. #2 is brilliant.

  • Reply K Fletch August 6, 2013 at 12:21 pm

    Professions: Botanist, Entomologist, Park Ranger, Army Field Medic.
    Botanist for obvious reasons; which plants to eat, which to not. Good herbs to use in various instances, etc etc. Entomologist to do the same for insects. If I get bitten by a bug I want to know if it will kill me. Also, disgusting as it is, which are good to eat. Park Ranger for obvious outdoorsy needs (seriously, who lists “survivalist” as their career? It’s a skill, not a career). Army Field Medic for use in fighting as well as First aid needs.

    Items: A Recurve Bow with a draw length of 28 inches and a draw weight of 40 lbs. with a quiver of arrows. Try using THAT one, other people on the island!
    This is because I’m somewhat proficient in a bow and it’s great for hunting and long distance protection. Arrows can be reused (or made if I get desperate)
    A Hatchet.
    Useful for close defense/offense. Splitting wood for shelter sharpening and shaping tools and other such things.
    And a lifestraw (water purifying device).
    I think it’s interesting that everyone is talking about fires and such, when the water around you could kill you just as, if not more, quickly. Are we guaranteed a generous supply of fresh water? Completely uncontaminated from local wildlife? I’m just hoping Mr Park Ranger can start a fire.

    Preparation in the month previous:
    Practice with my bow like a BEAST. Learn how to light a fire with no matches or lighters. Limit my diet to mostly raw and simple foods. Workout like mad. Read up on survival. Just…. read. If I’m going to be gone for 3 months, I need as much entertainment I can keep cycling in my skull. Go around barefoot a LOT. Chop off my long luscious locks. Seriously. I might as well just shave it off.

    And that’s it! Sometimes I think a bit much about these things. Thanks for the entertainment!

    • Reply Roo August 6, 2013 at 1:35 pm

      Army field medic. I should change my answer to that.

      I have no idea how to use a bow, and now I feel like this is a life skill I missed out on.

      I know, I spend so much time thinking about what I do, and then I feel dumb because this is not a realistic scenario, as much as I want someone to offer me 10 million dollars. :) But maybe it would make a good reality show?

      • Reply Kristin August 6, 2013 at 1:44 pm

        Survivor: Castaway Edition

      • Reply K Fletch August 6, 2013 at 9:56 pm

        My favorite question to ask people (particularly girls) that they take insanely seriously is this:

        If you could marry any one fictional character [movie, book, tv show] who would it be? Broadening it out to three is even more fun.

        There are some knee jerk reactions like “Batman” or “Thor”. But would you really want to be MARRIED to those people? Who would you want to spend the rest of your life with?

        For the longest time my answers were Doctor Ten, Mr Darcy, and Superman/Clark Kent. But then I watched the original Star Wars (finally!) and Luke nudged out Mr. Kent.

        What about you?

  • Reply Mandi August 6, 2013 at 12:56 pm

    1 month prior: build up my tan (because sunburn’s not cool), pack on the pounds (because if you’re lean and starving, your body eats your muscles away.) Learn how to shoot a bow and get all the survival tips I could possibly hope for.

    My items: Crossbow, Machete, Deep frying pan (because you can boil water AND cook in it), and a canvas drop cloth (like my dad always uses when he’s painting) because it can shield you from the elements, you can use it as a blanket, and you can use it to carry massive amounts of things with help from your companions

    My people: And ER doc (because they’ve seen it all), an Eagle Scout, a botanist, and a masseuse (because, hey, why not?)

    • Reply Mandi August 6, 2013 at 12:56 pm

      And yeah, I only get 9 Mil. I can deal with that. ;)

    • Reply Roo August 6, 2013 at 1:35 pm

      Deep frying pan! I had no idea what it was a thing, but that is smart.

      • Reply Mandi August 6, 2013 at 1:47 pm

        I feel like I should clarify that it’s not a pan you deep-fry things in… just a deep pan to cook in… it might have another name, but one came in my cook set, and I LOVE it. haha

  • Reply Christine August 6, 2013 at 2:25 pm

    This sounds an awful lot like camping. Think I’ll just hang in my living room and watch you guys. Mkay?

    • Reply Roo August 6, 2013 at 11:21 pm

      Could… you make us some brownies?

  • Reply Rachel August 6, 2013 at 2:33 pm

    I would take my family on a vacation and make sure there is enough notes for hubby to follow on keeping the kids alive while I am gone. I would work out some!

    My three items would be my compound bow, my tackle box and my knife

    My four professions would be a doctor, plant expert, a carpenter and a massage person!

  • Reply Kami August 6, 2013 at 2:38 pm

    1. I will spend time with friends and family, read a lot about the island, limit my diet to raw foods and bump up the vitamin c (scurvy arrrgh), learn to hunt, and make fire.

    2. Items I will carry with me–a pot for cooking and boiling water, tarp for temporary housing/carrying things, rope cause you may need to tie something up, and a hatchet.

    3. Botanist for plants to eat and for medicinal purposes, A Navy seal because they have been trained for various environments, and a Field Medic.

    • Reply Kami August 6, 2013 at 2:39 pm

      3 My fourth person will be a hunter in case my skills sucks.

  • Reply Julia August 6, 2013 at 4:03 pm

    Great game.

    1) I guess I would try to learn about plants and how to use them. Also the basics to survive?
    2) Ipad full of books, matches and a notepad with a pen for writting my island “memoirs”
    3) I would definitely ask for a masseuse (tropical waters + massages? Is this paradise or what?), a chef (one of those that know how to do magic with just some basic stuff) and a McGivery-person

    • Reply Julia August 6, 2013 at 4:04 pm

      Oh I’m so silly I just chose 3 people… I guess I can use another McGiver :)

  • Reply Dianna August 6, 2013 at 7:36 pm

    1) One month prep-I’m chilling. That takes practice, I am going to swim and stretch and meditate. All things that will come in handy while hanging on the island
    2) What if you wear contacts…do those count as your item? I would bring a knife, variety of meds including painkillers, and sunblock. Don’t want to get all blotchy and cancer-ish on the island
    3) Other 4 people: My favorite question and I have the BEST people: I want Sydney Bristow from Alias, she will be my island bestie, I want the guy who plays House on the show House…I think his name was Dr. House, I want a cook from someplace like Asheville, NC who is used to using natural ingredients to whip up something yummy, and somebody who was a million different games committed to memory. No internet, dude better have games on hand or no how to improvise, otherwise nobody gets out alive. Just sayin’

    • Reply Roo August 6, 2013 at 11:22 pm

      “I spy with my little eye… something blue.”

      “The ocean!”

      “Ughhhhh fine, your turn.”

  • Reply Sarah August 7, 2013 at 12:04 am

    1) Watch every available episode of that survival show with that hippie + normal guy who survive together out in the wilderness, learn how to start a fire, and learn how to make animal traps and shelters. Um, and pump a three month’s supply worth of milk.

    2) Items I will bring:
    1. Pot to boil water in
    2. Crazy legit giant knife
    3. Tarp

    3) My people:
    1. Tropical studies naturalist/scientist who knows all about the area plants/animals
    2. Professional hunter
    3. Chiropractor (welll….might get a crick in my neck, sleeping without a pillow)
    4. Navy seal

  • Reply cindy August 7, 2013 at 12:51 am

    1. I would work on my tan, carb load, get Laser eye surgery and study survival stuff.
    2. I would bring a Star Trek Replicator and a compatible power source WAH BAM everything I need at my finger tips. If that is cheating I pick a Knife, A case of Duck Tape and a Water Purifier
    3 I would choose to be stuck with a chiropractor, a survivalist ( Knows plants bugs and traps), a “high ranking” elder from my church so I can have deep conversations with him and an air force PJ (Special forces paramedic)

  • Reply Shauna August 7, 2013 at 11:29 pm

    These answers awesome! Especially all the what I’d do before to prepare answers, because I KNOW me, and I know that I’d have big intentions to train, work out, change my survival skills, learn survival skills, but really I’d be all, “Pinterest! Instagram! I’ll miss you! Let me savor our time together!” That or I’d have good intentions to train and stuff but procrastinate til the last week or something and try and cram it all in there. Oh I would take probiotics for the month before hand I think..
    Okay for my people? A military doctor, a hunter, hmm I was going to say therapist but I feel like I might get annoyed at that after a while.. A botanist, and a
    For my objects. Water purifier for sure! Metal bowl, a gun, a machete, and multivitamins.

  • Reply Jessi August 8, 2013 at 3:32 am

    I’m going to speak truth here friends.
    $10 million isn’t enough to get me to sign up.
    So if they asked me, I’d say pass, and they’d come to your house instead.
    You’re welcome.

  • Reply Lisa August 8, 2013 at 8:15 am

    In the month leading up to my adventure, I’d work out a lot, read a lot about wilderness survival, and shop for what I would be wearing to the island. Not for fashion but for as much function as I could possibly get out of it

    I would bring:
    1) Econo-pack of matches
    2) Swiss Army knife (a big one!)
    3) Nature Survuval Guide of some sort

    Who would I want with me? Hmmm…

    1) A butcher (who better to prep my meat?)
    2) Contractor (s/he can build a kickass shelter!)
    3) A doctor (you never know!)

    Cheque, please!

    • Reply Roo August 8, 2013 at 10:48 am

      I’ll Paypal you the 10m. That’s cool, right?

  • Reply Emily August 8, 2013 at 9:45 am

    Well I loved this game a little too much and not only did I create my own doodle, but I made a whole blog post out of my answers!


    In summary, laser hair removal is a must and Harry Potter will DEFINITELY be accompanying me.

    • Reply Roo August 8, 2013 at 10:47 am

      Hahahaha Emily I love it!!! You’ve outdone yourself with that drawing.

  • Reply Natasha August 8, 2013 at 2:06 pm

    Do you watch Man, Woman, Wild? Show is awesome, hubby/wife team dropped in scary places and show you how to survive (Tasmanian coast, Amazon, ALASKA). He’s ex special ops, so I’d want a special ops dude (or chic, heyyy) on my island. And a Dr, and a botanist/naturalist.

  • Reply Kristin August 9, 2013 at 11:42 pm

    Oddly enough, I had my students do an activity with a VERY similar topic today (I teach 8th grade). They were being taken to a desert island for an undetermined amount of time and they had 5 minutes to grab ONE thing from home (no people, and they had to be able to carry it). They had to explain why the thing they chose was more important to their survival over all of the other things they could have chosen. Then, I put them in groups and they had to combine their items and come up with a survival plan. They presented their plans and we voted on who we thought would survive the longest. The winners brought a portable grill, a pot (for boiling/catching rain water), a machete, and a tent. One kid had the genius idea to breed the island animals for food, that way they could live as long as they needed to.

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