Wednesday, June 12, 2013

RTW -- Packing for a Post-Apocalyptic Future

Road Trip Wednesday is a ‘Blog Carnival,’ where YA Highway's contributors post a weekly writing- or reading-related question that begs to be answered. In the comments, you can hop from destination to destination and get everybody's unique take on the topic. We'd love for you to participate! Just answer the prompt on your own blog and leave a link - or, if you prefer, you can include your answer in the comments. 

This week’s topic: 
If you time-traveled to a post-apocalyptic future, what would you bring?

This is a really tricky one, because for me it depends on what kind of post-apocalyptic future. Is it like Hunger Games or City of Ember or Forest of Hands and Teeth or The Water Wars? Will I be fighting for my life against zombies or attempting to survive outside of an isolated city or struggling to find enough food or water?

In general, I would probably bring the basics. Extra clothes for varying climates, because there's no telling what the weather will be like in the future. Enough food and water for at least a couple of days. A one-person tent in case it takes time to find shelter.

My pocket knife for fighting or surviving. A can of mace, just in case. My phone and one of those solar-powered chargers. Even if there isn't cell service in the future, I'm sure I can find some kind of use for it. My fingerless gloves, because I don't like going anywhere without them. Bug spray, because who knows what futuristic insects would be like. Flashlight and batteries.

A journal and a couple of pens, to record observations and thoughts. Camera. Pocket recorder. Maybe a history textbook, in case I get the chance to compare their version of history to ours.