Real Desert Island: The Five Products You Would Need if Stranded on a Desert Island

In the game Desert Island, a group of people must answer a question about what they would bring if stranded on a desert island. Like the video above, the question can have a niche area like specific books or movies you would bring. For many people, however, the idea of being stranded on a desert island is a very real fear. Many view crashing into the middle of the ocean as one of the most perilous situations in which a person can find him or herself. For years, it’s been a part of popular culture, through movies and TV shows such Gilligan’s Island and Lost.

But if this game turned into real life, what things should you bring? Here are five items you’ll need to survive and increase your chances of being rescued.

1. Mirror

Although it may not be the first thing you think of when you’re considering life on a desert island, a small mirror is actually an invaluable tool. Your chances of being rescued from the island are highest in the hours following the crash. That’s when rescuers are most likely to be scouring the area for survivors, and a mirror can help you send signals to others. A mirror, when used properly in conjunction with the sun, can also help you start a fire.

2. Camping Pot and Cup

Technically, it’s 2 items, but if we use Dwight’s technique the cup should fit inside the pot making it one.  Unless you are willing to bring a sea water purification system with you, you’re going to need a way to purify water. To separate the salt from the water, place your cup rim side up in your pot. Fill the pot with sea water making sure none of it goes into the cup. Place the pot lid over the top and let the fire boil the water till it has completely distilled leaving the salt at the bottom of the pot and the purified water in the cup. And, of course, a pot will come in handy to cook food.

3. Duct Tape

In Alaska, which is kinda like a desert island, you don’t go anywhere without at least one roll of duct tape. Not only can it close wounds but it can be convenient in holding a shelter together. Matter of fact, here are 101 uses for duct tape.

4. Camping Knife

A well-made camping knife is an invaluable tool for survival. You can use the knife to hunt, defend yourself, create a makeshift shelter, prepare food — almost anything you can think of. In case you want to maintain some semblance of hygiene while you’re on the island, many pocket knifes include a synthetic toothpick and nail clippers.

5. A Survival Guide

No, we’re not going to hollow it out to fill with other stuff. Wilderness survival skills are a lost art in today’s modern tech age. But if you are going to be stranded on an island you better have a book to help you know how to survive. Make sure it includes how to build a shelter, what plants you can eat, and tips on how to create snares or capture animals.

BIO: Alicia grew up in Alaska where she earned her hunter and wilderness safety license at age 13. She now works as a content coordinator for a tech company in Pennsylvania and blogs in her free time at MarCom Land.

2 thoughts on “Real Desert Island: The Five Products You Would Need if Stranded on a Desert Island

  • September 28, 2013 at 4:54 am

    What about flares/flare gun instead of a mirror? You could use the flares to signal for rescue and to start a fire for warmth, cooking, or as a signal for help as well.

  • September 15, 2013 at 3:08 pm

    Great advice, I would never have thought of a mirror


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