A Deserted Island Survival Guide

What would you take if you were on a deserted island?  Seems to be a question asked just as much as “where’d you grow up?” or “where did you go to school?” or “what’s your degree?”  Ok, so maybe not asked as much but it may as well be or maybe even included in an interview.  I tend to think these types of questions provide more insight about a person.

Thankfully it’s a question that I’ve never had to answer on the spot but when Man Crates reached out and asked me to do a post about it, I thought I would give it a shot.  To take a step back, Man Crates is a neat website that offers fantastic gifts for men boxed up and shipped in crates!

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I like to pride myself on picking out gifts for people but sometimes it’s nice to have a little help and inspiration.

Screen Shot 2014-08-03 at 1.23.43 PM From games to cookware, fancy shaving kits to old fashioned-games, they really did think of some creative gifts.

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So when I really started thinking more about the post, I decided I’d draft one up for my dad as he fits the target customer demographic more than I do 😉


  • A baseball cap – Just as my family is known for having a wide array of In-N-Out and Reyn Spooner shirts, my dad is king of baseball caps.  He has one for every occasion and it can often be a clutch gift or souvenir.
  • Golf wedge – He’s always been into golf but since Meghan and I left home, he has started to play more often.  What would be better than to have endless hours to practice? 😉

  • Peanuts/Cheez-It’s/Teddy Grahams –  Never like to go hungry or heaven forbid hangry, so our family likes to munch on Mr. Planter’s peanuts or boxes of classic Cheez-It’s.  Can’t go wrong with some good ‘ol portable snacks.  Also thank goodness my dad has a sweet tooth because it is one way of getting on his good side 😉 So while I’m sure chocolate chip cookies would be a true winner here, we tend to buy Teddy Grahams as if they were going out of business.
  • Magazines – It’s between Fortune 500 and Sports Illustrated.  I usually find him absorbed in these on our Mammoth or beach trips.  These are easy to tote around and can take up a significant amount of time.  Plus, if we are being resourceful about this, the paper could be used in the fires (although the ink probably isn’t very environmentally friendly)

  • Games – Hopefully we are talking about Lost rather than Cast Away.  I don’t think many of us would last that long on our own so a game like Blokus or Quirkle or frisbee might help pass the time.

So that’s just a few things I’d pack for TFred.  Huge emphasis on “few” because we are all pack-rats and have a tough enough time packing for any length and type of vacation.  Well, now that I’ve shared what I think my dad would take, I’ll share part of my survival box for kicks and giggles:


  • Nuun/Crystal Light – Nothing like a little artificial flavoring to pump up my water intake
  • A HUGE mystery book – I grew up reading Nancy Drew and was hooked on mysteries from the start.  While I prefer mystery, I could go for something historical or even juicy, but nothing too dry.

  • Canon camera – One of my favorite hobbies is to take pictures and turn them into greeting cards, wallpaper for my room, or incorporate them into my blog.  My family likes to make fun of some of my foodie shots but hey, one must put in the effort to make the blog look good 😉
  • Baseball cap – Just like my dad, I have my fair share of ball caps and while I love my sun I do get burned quite easily.

  • Journal & colored pens – Since I doubt a computer would work on a deserted island, I’ll resort to old fashioned means of journaling.  I might even pick up some nifty sketching skills if I practice long enough. Goodness knows I’d have a lot to say if I were flying solo too.

Do you have fun buying gifts for people?  What would you take on a deserted island?  Check out ManCrates here for the next occasion!