The Burning House / by Will Tung

I came across a fascinating blog called The Burning House, which collects submissions from people displaying the crucial items they would take with them if their house was burning. I had a fire alarm wake me up in the middle of then night just a couple weeks ago and luckily had enough time to grab quite a bit of stuff with me. Thankfully, it turned out to be a false alarm. It did lead me to run through a few exercises in my mind to determine what were the most important (and not easily replaceable) items in my life. I think it really depends on how much time I have to gather things. Here's what I came up with:


5 Seconds

  • 1 TB Portable Hard Drive - This hard drive has all my photos and personal documents. It would be the most devastating to lose. I need to do a better job making redundant backups (both physical & cloud).
  • Grey (not pictured) - My French Bulldog puppy.


30 Seconds

  • Money Clip - I've had this same one since 2001. Holds cash and cards.
  • Passport
  • iPhone 5s
  • Nike Free Running Shoes - Ran my first 1/2 Marathon in these.


1 Minute

  • Fuji X-E2 Camera
  • MacBook Air 11"
  • Box of Memories
  • Collector's Edition R2-D2 Watch


What would be in your Burning House list?