In The Martian, an astronaut is stranded on Mars and has to survive the harsh environment alone, but fortunately he has some essentials with him. Let’s take this scenario and give it to a Singaporean – what five essentials would a Singaporean bring on an extended, lonely journey to Mars?

Barring the four critical necessities of food, water, air and WiFi, we take a look at what’s important to every Singaporean, and the kinds of things they would bring over to the Red Planet.

1) Mobile phone

What would the reception be like on Mars? Credit: The Telegraph

What would the reception be like on Mars? Credit: The Telegraph

Can you imagine life without your mobile phone? How would you read this article? How would you even make it through a day? Mobile phones make our solo trips on trains and buses so much more bearable, so it makes sense that we would bring our mobile phone to Mars. Also, there’ll be some sort of interplanetary satellite connection courtesy of National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), so you won’t have to pay data roaming charges. How much would roaming be on Mars, anyway?

2) Power bank

It's mandatory to carry a power bank now. Credit: PC Advisor

It’s mandatory to carry a power bank now. Credit: PC Advisor

It’s unlikely that you’ll be able to find power sockets anywhere on Mars, so if your phone is flat, that’s it. With mobile phone batteries being unable to last even a single day now, a power bank is must-have for your mobile phone. You’ll be thanking yourself when you have to use the GPS on your mobile phone to navigate the way home on Mars.

3) Selfie stick

Everyone needs one. Credit: Selfie Stick SG

Everyone needs one. Credit: Selfie Stick SG

What do we do when we’re alone? We take pictures, of course. What’s the point of going to Mars if you don’t even have a single selfie to show for it? Since you have all the time in the world to take photos (what else is to do on Mars?), using a selfie stick won’t be as time-consuming. You’ll have the chance to catch the best angles and be the envy of all your friends on Facebook and Instagram! Remember to geotag your photos.

4) Cup noodles

Hot, salty, and springy. Credit: gettingonmysoapbox

Hot, salty, and springy. Credit: gettingonmysoapbox

Yes, you’ll probably have to set up your own farm and grow your own vegetables and cook your own food. But on days when you just don’t feel like ploughing the soil and cleaning all the grime off the vegetable leaves, there’s cup noodles. Just add hot water and your dinner will be ready! Best to bring as many of these as possible too, knowing how quickly cup noodle stashes tend to disappear.

5) Sanitary wet wipes

Every parent's staple. Credit: Yur Topic

Every parent’s staple. Credit: Yur Topic

NASA revealed on Monday that there is evidence of flowing liquid water as well as frozen water on Mars, so technically, a Martian should be able to use fresh water for sanitary purposes, such as, er, wipe the dirt left behind on his helmet after a dust storm. But, hey, we have access to clean tap water almost anywhere in Singapore and yet swear by wet wipes. What more on a distant planet without plumbing?

Mark Watney (Matt Damon) discovers his talent for gardening in The Martian. Credit: Golden Village

Mark Watney (Matt Damon) discovers his talent for gardening in The Martian. Credit: Fox

Then again, Mark Watney, the hero of The Martian, probably didn’t bring all these things with him when he got stranded on Mars. After all, he wasn’t planning to have an extended stay there. To find out what he brought to Mars and how he managed to survive for so long, catch The Martian when it opens on October 1!

Credits: The Telegraph, PC Advisor, Selfie Stick SG, gettingonmysoapbox, The Asian Parent, Yur Topic, Golden Village