Most people are familiar with the game desert island, where people select what they would bring with them if they knew they were to be stranded on a deserted island. But oftentimes it is played where players select their favorite books, movies, or personal mementos. If you were truly to find yourself stranded on a deserted island, none of these things would be practical for survival. So, what should you actually have with you if you were to end up on a deserted island?
Obviously no one wakes up one morning with the intention of being stranded on a deserted island. But, if you are at the beach in a storm or on a boat ride, there are things you should have with you in case of an emergency.
Here are the top five things that would make survival easier on a deserted island:
Knife. A tactical knife is the most important tool to have with you on a deserted island. There are countless tasks that a knife would make easier. Whether you are catching fish, hunting, building a shelter, starting a fire, or cutting away brush, a knife is key to your success. A knife can also help you create other tools, such a spears or arrowheads by sharpening sticks and rocks.
Waterproof Matches. Having waterproof matches with you while stranded on a deserted island would be like winning the survival lottery. Trying to start fire with sticks alone would be very challenging, especially if the wood on the island is wet. Waterproof matches would make it significantly easier to start a fire by lighting a flammable brush. A fire is one of the main survival essentials as it provides light, protection from wildlife, warmth, and a cooking method for fish or game you catch.
Flashlight. A flashlight would be another key item to help you survive on a deserted island. Preferably, you would have a hand crank flashlight, rather than one that operates on batteries. This would let you continue survival activities in the cooler temperatures of dawn and dusk, scare off predators, and even possibly signal for help with the reflection of light off a mirrored surface.
Water Filter. The next item you would want on a deserted island is a water filter. It would be most likely that the water surrounding the island is salty and undrinkable. If there are no running streams or waterfalls on the island, you would need to be able to filter the seawater to make it drinkable. If you do not have a water filter with you, use containers to collect rainwater and clothing to repeatedly filter the salt out of seawater before drinking.
Fishing Net. Finally, a fishing net would be of great assistance in catching food. While it is possible that there would be animals on the island to hunt, it is almost guaranteed that there would be fish in the waters surrounding the island. If you do not have a fishing net, you can weave one from the green fibers inside sapling trees, thin vines, or palm fronds.
Survival on a deserted island can be made infinitely easier with a few basic tools. Anytime you are at the beach or on a boat, consider bringing these key survival items with you in case of an emergency.