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10 South African products I would want with me if I were stuck on an island

These are the South African products I’d throw in a suitcase if I were being sent off to a deserted island.

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I was thinking the other day, as I drowned my chicken in Aromat spicing, about my favourite South African products – my ‘holy grails’ – that I would have to have with me if I were stuck on an island.

I came up with twenty plus products but, for the sake of keeping this fairly succinct, I narrowed my list down to ten. So without further ado, here are my ten top picks for South African products I would want with me.

Disclaimer: Although these products may not be manufactured in South Africa, these are all products readily available for purchase in South Africa.

1. Tabard

If, like me, you are like caviar to pesky mosquitos, you know the value of an excellent mosquito repellent. I went camping a year or so ago and bought what I was told was the best mosquito repellent in the US, Deet, and I came home adorned in mosquito bites.

South African products - tabard
Tabard is truly a miracle worker. The smell is bearable and the fact that it is a roll on makes it a quick, no-fuss application. Tabard would be the first thing I would want with me.

2. Mrs. Balls Chutney

I have about a quarter left of this in my refrigerator right now. If I were stuck on an island I would have to catch my own food, so what better way to make road kill taste palatable?

Mrs. Balls Chutney can disguise even the most hideous of foods and would be a true asset to me come dinnertime on the island.

South African products mrs balls
Bonus: I figure if there are others stranded on the island they would quickly befriend me due to my scrumptious Mrs. Balls Chutney coated cooking and then I could dabble in their island supplies as well.

3. Blitz Fire Lighters

Everyone knows that these bad boys can start a fire instantly, and I would need a fire to braai my chicken, keep warm in the cold night and cook other foods.

South African products - Blitz
4. South African Pinotage

Ah, delicious South African wine. Give me a bottle of Kanonkop Pinotage any day. I would drink a nice glass of this with my dinner and perhaps it would calm any anxiety I might feel about being stuck on an island.

South African products - pinotage
I would go with the mentality that “it’s five-o’clock-somewhere” and drink up to pass the time.

5. Guronsan C

These effervescent tablets would give me all the energy I need to survive the wilderness and also probably help in a big way to avoid a hangover from all the Kanonkop I would be consuming.

South African product - Guronsan C

6. Jungle Oats

Because what better food to give me fuel and stamina? I remember my dad walking up the stairs every morning before school with a hot bowl of Jungle Oats. Just add a little butter and sugar and breakfast is served.

South African products - oats

7. Rooibos Tea

If there is one thing I have in my pantry at all times it’s a variety of Rooibos tea. This tea is a liquid miracle in a cup. Health benefits for Rooibos include its use for headaches, insomnia, allergies etc. It’s a wonder cure and very necessary to have on an island.

South African products - rooibos

8. Biltong

A true South African could not spend days without a bite of biltong. This would be the perfect protein packed snack for an island. It wouldn’t spoil easily and could act as protein if I were unable to successfully gather my own food.

South African products - biltong

9. Ultra Mel

Dessert is a necessity even while stranded. Ultra Mel would be the perfect dessert as it’s extremely versatile.

South African products - ultra mel
This creamy mouth-watering custard can be served hot or cold and perhaps if I had some Zoo Biscuits I could dunk them in it for an extra sweet treat.

10. You Magazine

I would need something juicy and salacious to read in order to fill my time. You Magazine is one of South Africa’s greatest pieces of trashy literature, and would be the best substitute for reality television.

South African products - YOU

If I were stuck on an island, having these products would be not only helpful but also comforting.

As Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz once said, “There’s no place like home.” If my yellow brick road is going to be an island in the middle of nowhere, at least allow me these little tastes of home.