Dave Kelly, I'm assuming that things such as tents & such should be added to the list.
Address this questionto the whimps who take such thing. Remember your traveling down the beach for several days.
I think I want protection from the sabre tooth green-eyed Dog of Doom!
No WIFI connection, no sabre tooth green-eyed Dog of Doom.
What kind of facilities are on the island beyond the great outdoors?
If you need to pee, waist deep in the surf, behind a vehicle, or if you are far enough away from any of the ladies, just be sure you face down wind. Behind a dune for other adventures and experiences.
If we're talking beasts like tarpon & jacks, am I going to need something more hefty than my Orvis 8-wt?
Bring 3 8-wts, one for the tarpon to break, one for the jacks to break and one to catch the skiip jacks, YES, recommended fo the novice, 16 to 18 weight.
On a serious note. I always take a 'scorpion swatter' with me, Marcos can get you one or I know REI carries them. An a 'snake snore' is good to have if you're standing beyond the second cut and get a visit from a diamond back.