The title pretty much says it all. They were evacuating a military base under attack to save their lives, and they thought that they were evacuating to Earth. Who would carry things like a shaver, a needle, gym clothes or who-knows-what-else? How come they have such things aboard Destiny? I doubt they would be present on the ship itself...

Did the creators of the show simply ignore this nonsense?

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    from my understanding some of them had just arrived on base/and/or were expecting to travel leave already so evacing with some bags that were already on hand, that could have contained items like this seems plausible
    – Himarm
    Feb 9, 2016 at 22:17
  • Good question, welcome to the site.
    – CHEESE
    Feb 9, 2016 at 22:19
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    A good shaver is a fairly small expensive tool. And it makes you look presentable. Why in the world would you not grab it?
    – Misha R
    Feb 10, 2016 at 7:53
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    You can also break down a manual razor into some quite useful components. If you had the choice between packing something that could make you look sharp and something that is just sharp...I'd pack a razor Feb 10, 2016 at 10:59
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    If they're in the military, I think they'd be out of uniform if they didn't keep their beards shaved (I think maybe mustaches are allowed), so it might be a higher priority than you'd think.
    – Paul
    Feb 12, 2016 at 2:51

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During the Pilot episode, as they evacuate the base you can see a number of crates and boxes of supplies come through the gate behind them.

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I think we can assume that these boxes contain your mystery shaver and various other fripperies such as food.

This is backed up by the episode's official novelisation (which was itself based on the show script)

Young didn’t press the point and turned back to the lieutenant. Make sure that everyone carries as much of the expedition supplies as they can.

Scott gave him a questioning look. Why?

You’re not going to Earth. Rush dialed the ninth chevron.


Young saw the chaos at the mouth of the gate and shouted at the top of his lungs, snarling at the evacuees to get through as quickly as they could. The gate room and Icarus itself was coming apart as chunks of concrete and rebar fell from the ceiling, smashing through gantries where they landed. Control panels sparked and dimmed as power began to die off through the base’s crippled systems, and the colonel knew that the death knell was only seconds away.

Greer was almost at the event horizon, supporting an injured civilian with his free hand. He caught sight of his commander and called out. Sir!

Young stabbed a finger toward the Stargate. Go! he shouted, and reluctantly the Marine obeyed.

Dozens of supply cases and backpacks were scattered across the floor, left behind by the fleeing evacuees, some too heavy to carry, others broken open with their contents scattered. He looked up to see the last few people passing through the gate, and Young halted, instead turning to the crates and starting a frantic search.

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    Apparently, those boxes also contained dozens of sets of gym clothes that we see everybody wearing a few episodes later. But no regular clothes, so you've got to wear the same thing you arrived wearing for the next two years! Feb 9, 2016 at 23:30
  • @Thunderforge: Yes, the sports clothes! I forgot about them, but since they seem to be even more unbelievable than the shaver/needle, I'll add them to the question. Thank you.
    – zbr
    Feb 10, 2016 at 15:21
  • @Richard: Good answer. I forgot about the amount of supplies they had brought, so I guess it could happen that they have this or that there, even though some of the things - like the gym clothes - still stretch it a bit too far (pun intended).
    – zbr
    Feb 10, 2016 at 15:29
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    I suppose one could also fashion a type of straight edge blade/knife from a strip of metal lying around the ship and shave that way, a la the cowboy times.
    – iMerchant
    Feb 12, 2016 at 10:19

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