Just imagine for a second
There’s a box, 1m x 1m x 1m, made from pine, it will be shipped to a remote location, with you alongside, where you will spend the next ten years, in solitude. All. By. Yourself.
In that box you will be able to fit in as much stuff as you possibly can. Where you’re going there will be water, plant and animal life, although, turning it into food, you’ll have to that yourself. You will have no shelter and no communication with the outside world except ten years to the day when you’re picked back up.
I’m fascinated by these scenarios, and a part of me would certainly be thrilled at the thought of having to survive my way out (apart from the pain of being separated from my wife and kids for that long). I also love hearing about what other people would do in such a situation, and more importantly, listen to what they’d pack. It always makes for an interesting debate, and, quickly shows you who will likely perish in the first few hours.
What is in your itinerary?
I’m sure some of you will blatantly wonder why I’d pack what I do. Others will probably appreciate the essentials. I’m curious and really want to hear your thoughts after you read this list, what would you pack? Let us know in the comments below.
- My Victorinox Swiss Champ
- My leather bound journal
- Box of lead pencils
- Sony Cassette Walkman with a single album – Michael Jackson’s ‘Bad’
- iPod with top 100 from each of the last 5 years
- MIL-SPEC 550 Paracord
- 3m x 3m canvas tarp
- 2L stainless steel water bottle
- 3 x 15cm ferrocerium rods
- Single photo album with my favourite family photos
- Comprehensive first aid kit (without resuscitation masks to save on space)
- Petroleum jelly
- Gorilla tape
- Antibiotic cream
- Oral Antibiotics
- 5 x outfits, mixture of cotton and wool
- Folding Shovel
- 55L backpack (fitted with 72 hr survival essentials)
- Fishing line, hooks, sinkers
- Wide brim hat
- Survival knife with full tang and 90° edge
- The Bible
- Books (A brief History of Time, Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway, The Alchemist, Richest Man in Babylon, Unlimited Power, Briar Rose)
- Cast iron camp oven
- Woolen blanket
- Pocket mirror
- A copy of each of Dave Canterbury’s books
- 7300 500mg Vitamin C tablets
- Sewing kit
I’d say that sums it up really. Most of these are what I’d classify as essential items for survival. Then I added a few that were comfort, then a few luxury items.
The thing that comes to mind when I put this list together is what it would really be like living alone for such a long time. Away from it all. Away from people. Away from technology. A way from the world and it’s constant progression.
Years ago, while I was studying at university, I actually desired the ability to live in an isolated cabin, filled with nothing but books, away from everyone and everything. My friends would laugh at the idea. Nowadays I’m so in love with my wife and kids I could never do so in reality, nor would I want to, but that part aside, there is something invigorating about the idea of being alone with oneself for such a long period of time.
I think there is much to learn about the world, while away from it. I would imagine reading books would eventually be like reading the words in between the words, thus developing an ability to look deeper into people, their message and expose what drove them to write as they did.
Being connected to nature would connect one with themself. Being away from technology would mean you come back to it without bias, like a child, learning for the first time, and you’d probably do more with it than most. In better ways.