This is a pretty difficult question to answer without objectifying women or children. I obviously wouldn’t last a day without them, and it sums up to three. But that would be the easy answer, wouldn’t it?
I think pretty much anything could be lived without, if there was real need. So let’s think of things that are functional, and would bringe joy on a desert island where I happen to have electricity, internet and supply chains.
Coffee – But really. I would probably bring a Bialetti so I could at least enjoy a cup of coffee in the morning. I’d bring my espresso machine, but maybe I shouldn’t overdo it, and the Bialetti fits in a duffel bag. The coffee just happens to be there already. Don’t ask! If I run out, I’ll just sniff some leftovers, because that’s the kind of addict I am.
Reading – I can’t stand being bored. I’d probably stack up my Kindle with ten million books, and would bring those. But I have to admit, I rarely use my Kindle – only on camper trips. I prefer a paper book. It looks nice to have a filled up book shelf as well. But okay: desert island. No bookshelf. My Kindle fits in the duffel bag as well.
Drawing – I don’t care much what it is, as long I can do some doodling. My weapon of choice would be a tattoo kit, or fine liners. Depends on the canvas available. I wouldn’t tattoo a piece of paper, but painting bodies is also not really my thing.
I considered bringing an axe, a knife and a flint, so I would survive. But on this desert island I’d probably rather doodle myself out on a couple of espressos and then read myself to death. I’m a simple guy.