So the trip northwest to Thunder Bay was looong... 2 days drive each way.
Day 1, hubby and I discussed world politics, shared news stories we saw or read on t.v./magazines/internet, gossiped about family members, etc... Normal husband-wife chit chat.
Day 2 we resorted to word games, geography games (if anyone knows places that begin with 'X' - city, town, country, river or mountain range - do speak up!) and discussed plans for the week.
Day 3, the journey home, we post-mortemed the visit, which took all of two hours, and then the silence set in. By the time we passed the stinky mill-town of Terrace Bay, I was getting antsy.
I turned to Hubby and said "Some sort of crisis occurs -- war, plague, alien invasion -- take your pick. You have thirty minutes or less to evacuate your home. What do you take and where do you go?"
Believe it or not, this conversation lasted for the rest of the journey. We what-iffed and butted our way through a major flu outbreak, an atomic blast, and War of the Worlds for TEN hours!! Remember this the next time there's a conversation lull at a dinner party.
I won't bore you with our entire packing list, but I'll share the top faves and invite you to add your own.
Assuming we're heading north into isolation and only have our minivan to fill, here's a room by room breakdown...
Office: coin collection for future currency/trading. Credit cards are useless. Grab gold and silver.
And passports, just in case we have to prove our citizenship/allegiance.
Garage: tools, including axe, rope, hammer or mallet, utility knife, wire... useful outdoorsy stuff. Tent or tarp to make temporary shelter. I later added a toboggan, incase we somehow take down a moose and need to drag it to camp ;)
Bathroom: any and all medicine in the cabinet, bandaids, soap, toothbrushes, bug spray and sun screen
Bedroom: blankets, sewing kit, durable clothes (leave the 'dry clean only' stuff for the aliens)
Kitchen: vitamins, salt (moose is YUK without salt - also good for preserving meat), canned goods and pasta/rice, oil, can opener, some sharp knives, spoons, pot, pan, plastic plates, bowls, cups.
Other: couple of books (once read would make good kindling) matches, candles, batteries, portable radio.
And finally... my iPhone. Cause after waiting in line for 5 1/2 hours to buy the damn thing, I'm not going ANYWHERE without it.
Oh - and I should mention... upon arriving home, hubby picked up a tent at Walmart. Just in case ;)