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Discuss the March 2017 Book of the Month, Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel.
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Apart from the survival stuff that everyone else has neatly captured, I would search for pieces of information about the previous occupants. It would be quite like putting together a jigsaw puzzle to figure out what they were like based on the contents of their house.

Of course, I say that from the comfort of my home! Maybe I'll just get the essentials and run in a situation of actual danger. :P
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Soap, deoderants, toilet paper :D (because the struggle is real!), medicine, alcohol, shoes that fit me and clothes! Anything that would enable me to hold on to femininity!
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I think I'd look for essentials: food, clothes, medicine, anything that can help in survival. Although if I came across a discarded paperback novel, I'm pretty sure I'd find some hidden place in my rucksack for it...

Edit: oh, reading the previous poster's comment...how could I forget...toilet paper!
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I'm a huge fan of video games where scavenging and looting are how you survive. In a post apocalyptic situation the most important things to find would be food and medicine. I would also look for useful tools, but still try to keep your load light.
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I think food, water and a place to sleep are essential for survival.
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I'd look for food and water first. Then perhaps I'll search for any object I can use to defend myself in case I'd need to. Afterwards, I'll find a place I can use as an emergency hiding spot.
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I feel like finding an untouched house would have so many possibilities it would be hard to carry it. I might stick around for a few days and enjoy some of the stuff that would be too hard to bring with me. But definitely anything durable and light would be coming with me - clothes, personal care items, hopefully a couple of books.
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I would defintiely look for necessities like clothes or weapons. Food and medicine, unfortunately, usually do go bad after a time, so I would only take them if I knew they were still good. The sections with the Traveling Symphony were set 20 years after the plague, so most medicines or foods would have expired a long time ago.

On the other hand, I would definitely look for new shoes, particularly tempting books, and things that reminded me of my old life.
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