Let’s pretend that you are (and your immediate family and roommates) going to go into a walled off room with gray walls and no carpeting. This is going to be your living space, and it’s approximately 2000 square feet (185.806 square meters). You have no access to dirt to grow food or to tunnel out. There is no electricity unless you create it within the room. You have no way to leave the room on your own. No one from the outside will come by to feed you or bring you water. You will be kept here for one whole year.
But, you are allowed to bring as much stuff as you can fit in your room. What will you bring?
Example: this is what I’m brining.
- 300 pounds of wheat for each person
- 200 pounds of rice for each person
- 100 pounds of mixed peas and beans
- 60 pounds of canned carrots
- 200 pounds of canned potatoes
- 10 pounds of table salt
- 30 pounds of assorted spices (curry, vinegar, pepper, nutmeg, cinnamon, bezel, soy sauce, crčme of tarter, chicken boyon, beef boyon)
- 50 pounds of sugar
- 40 pounds of dried onions
- 30 pounds of instant mashed potatoes
- Baby formula incase anybody gets pregnant, or has a baby (room mates go with you, remember?)
- 40 pounds of assorted candy to make kids and teens do their fair share.
- 300 gallons of water (about 473 liters) for each person. (an adult only needs to drink a liter a day to stay hydrated. The rest can be used for cooking, washing dishes, and sponge bathing.)
Aspirin, eye droppers, something to stop diarrhea, something to stop constipation, bactine spray, Neosporin, bandages, broken (arm/leg) casting materials
---Warm and dry---
- 2 Blankets and 2 pillows for each person
- Pillow cases for each pillow (plus 10% extra).
- Fold up chairs
- Fold up tables (1 for every 4 people)
- 10 pairs of socks for every person (you can go barefoot)
- 1 Bunk bed for every 2 people (they can also be used as shelves to store additional stuff)
Toothbrush, hairbrush, scissors for cutting hair, nail trimmers, toilet paper, buckets that have been outfitted with toilet seat covers (they exist) mouthwash, acne-removal stuff, washrags, bath brushes, shower curtains, a large deep pan that can be used as a bathtub. Diapers for babies between the ages of 0 months to 2 years, deodorant, perfume, tweezers, shaving razors, shaving crčme, sponges, dish soap, shampoo, handy wipes (hand sanitizing wipes that are already wet and mildly soapy.)
Coloring books, sci-fi books, psychology books, text books of all different subjects, magazines that advertise jewelry and perfect-hair tips, drawing paper, baby toys, squirt guns,
- Crank operated lights
- A pellet gun (nothing lethal)
- Fire wood and matches
- Plastic containers that can store unused food, clothing, water, cloth, spare parts for things like the bunk beds,
- Plastic containers that can be used to store dirty water, waste, spoiled food, burnt up firewood that won’t light anymore, people or animals that died (hopefully, this doesn’t happen) for later disposal
- Large curtains that separate the individual living spaces.
---things that can be done before you enter the room---
I’d like to add that you have an opportunity to get all your dental work done before hand, gotten everyone who was going with me updated prescription glasses,
If you want to grow your own food, then you have to remember to bring your own soil, seeds, and water. The same goes for farm animals. Account for everyone’s (including any farm animals) food, water, and waste disposal
What would you bring? Is there anything you'd like to add to my list?
You might be asking why I posted this thread in the “outdoors” section. It’s because this “room” is handled the same way as a hand full of explorers would handle surviving in an untamed arid land (like southern California).