If I were told to pack a few things for a day away, and I could go anywhere I wanted to go. . .
I'd be whisked to a beach on the Atlantic Ocean, ideally Key West. I'd stay in a small pension-like hotel on the beach (yes, I do have a specific one in mind.)
1) What book(s) will you bring?
I'd escape with sci-fi/fantasy, maybe Mercedes Lackey or Melanie Rawn or Anne McAffrey. Or Terry Prachett for a really good laugh. Anything but "work" books - no theology, nothing that is intended to improve my mind. :-)
2) What music accompanies you?
I'd pack some CDS I have of local artists playing dulcimer and guitar.
3) What essentials of everyday living must you take (as in the health and beauty aids aisle variety)?
Hmm - For one day? I'd have to take shower gel and perfume in my favorite summer scent (verbena and lemon), sunblock lotion, toothpaste and brush, a comb.
4) What technological gadgets if any, will you take with you or do you leave it all behind?
I'd take my cell phone in case of emergencies (turned on silent, of course) and my PDA because I have the alarm in it set to remind me to eat breakfast and lunch.
5) What culinary delights will you partake in while there?
Ooh - Cuban food! Conch fritters, black beans and rice with squid, and for breakfast - huevos con frijoles y bistek con limon (eggs with beans and steak seasoned with lemon - it's yummy!).
As a bonus question, what makes for a perfect day on vacation for you?
Staying with the dream of Key West - If the heavens cooperated, the weather would be greyish, overcast with a hint of drizzle to keep the tourists off the beach. I'd have a Labrador retriever with me to play in the waves and chase sandpipers as we walked the beach. Since I don't actually have a dog right now I'd have to borrow one. :-)
When I got tired of walking the beach I'd walk the town - visit Ernest Hemingway's house to play with the cats, look in shop windows, and sit in a sidewalk cafe half reading and half people. The Husband would be with me as he likes this kind of day also.
In real life, since Key West is over 3,000 miles away . . . I haven't really found a place or activity I absolutely love here on the West Coast. Of course, I don't get out much. Hmm - I'll have to work on that.