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How To Survive On A Deserted Island

So, what do you do if you’re stranded on a deserted island?

Order for pizza, perhaps?

An unlikely possibility in the real world, as you would’ve noticed if you’re a fan of the television series, ‘Lost.

Anticipating a situation as unlikely as being deserted on an island can be considered as wildly neurotic but you just never know.

So let’s say you do get stranded on a deserted island, what next?

Make a boat with imaginary bamboo shoots and pray the mermaids appear to take you to safety.

Hardly.

But seriously, being stranded on an island is an unenviable position to be in if not completely disheartening to say the least. Yet there have been many people who have been in such a situation and have been rescued.

So what do you do in the meanwhile to survive until ‘your ship comes in’?

Here are a few tips that might be useful if you ever find yourself in such a situation:

Shelter
This is the first thing that you should look for as soon when you land on shore. If you’ve arrived on the island by way of a raft, by boat, or a plane – these can give you protection from the elements and wildlife that surround you. Many islands have trees, rocks, vines, bamboo, thick grasses, and other natural supplies that you can use in building a suitable and strong shelter.

Consider the following method to construct a suitable shelter when stranded on a deserted island:

1. Find branches that resemble the letter “Y”.

2. Stick these branches down into the ground rather deeply, making sure that each one is approximately five to six feet away from the other one.

3. Find a long limb of branch that is light enough to be supported by the two “Y” shaped branches, and place it on each so that it goes across.

4. Now, you have a basic frame. You will want to find long branches that can be rested on the limb that goes across on either side.

5. Once you have all of the branches in place, simply search for a vine or something that can act as a rope to tie everything together and secure it.

6. Finally, gather leaves, boughs, palm tree fronds and similar items to cover the structure with for additional security.

7. Take leaves and fronds from trees and line the inside of the structure in order to make a “floor” to rest on.

Water Collection

The next step is to find water which is essential to staying alive (yes, more important than food). Perhaps this saying rings a bell: “Water, water everywhere but not a drop to drink.” Any nitwit would know that seawater is not conducive for drinking as the salt and other chemicals will leave you dehydrated. So it is important that you find a freshwater source which might not be readily available.

What do you do then?

Creating a solar water still is a very good idea. Here’s how:

  1. Select an area that is higher than where the tides come in that is exposed to a lot of sunlight on a daily basis.
  2. Dig a hole that can be used. This hole should be about three feet deep and three feet deep.
  3. Find a bucket or other type of container that can be placed in the very center.
  4. Now, go around and choose healthy green plants that can be placed around the container.
  5. Place a piece of plastic sheeting over the hole and then put rocks and sand on the sides in order to ensure that the plastic stays in place.
  6. Then, put a rock in the center of the solar water still and a small hole. Water will now drip down and the green plants will help produce more.

If you’ve made a strong shelter and have found a good source of fresh water, the final step is finding food. Obviously, the ocean can be a good source but you can never be certain that every living creature will be good for consumption, so here are few tips to keep in mind:

1. Avoid consuming fish that have the appearance of spikes on their body.
2. Avoid eating jellyfish.
3. If a fish puffs up for protection, do not consume it.
4. Fish that appear to have “beaks” on their faces are also not a food type that is safe.
These are three simple steps that you can follow in order to survive on a deserted island. However, you will find yourself having to use your creativity in order to make a shelter, find water and food.

Remember anything goes here… as there won’t be any Luigi’s pizza delivery boy making his way in record time to satisfy your hunger!

What is the first thing you would do on a deserted island to survive?

33 comments… add one

  • ccccccccccccccccooooooooooooooooolllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • if u find water in the ocean u should find a pot or something to hold the water in and make a fire and boil the water so its safe to drink:D

  • That would be nice if you happened to be stranded and floating just above Atlantis or Betty Crocker’s underwater cave, haha.

  • hi im a 8th grader DON’T BOIL THE SALT WATER because the wat will evapurate and u will only get salt

  • where you going get the pot anyways??????

  • You will get the pot from wreckage. (If there is any)

  • yea the 8th graders right dont boil the water unless u want only salt. but wat im wonderin how did salt get there any way nd this was an awsome site i now know wat to do

  • Damn, there would be no reason for living if that happened! We all know everyone needs pizza! xD

  • You could boil the salt water but you have to have a metal sheet slant above it , so that when you boil it the salt water condonsates on the sheet then slides down into a smaller cup its a process but as long as you keep the fire going and the pot full of water you can have fresh water all the time and keep it ready for when there are times you can’t have a fire. also when it rains keep something out to collect water multiple things if you can help it. If you can find running fresh water you might be able to have something other then fish if you can handle killing something which means having to make yourself a nice little weapon and maybe a trap. Plus if your stranded somewhere don’t be afraid to adventure. ALWAYS REMEMBER WHERE YOUR SHELTER IS. If you go around you can find more things to work with to make your little “stay” at least some what comfortable.

  • Great tips Sha-zam, thanks!

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  • well hope you survive, yolo

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  • Or you can just go further into the jungle and look for a water vine there very easy to find

  • Awesome text but it lacks detail, if I wasnt smart I would have not understood half of it. I suggest that you add detail to it. :)
    Good Luck :D

  • You can use a sail to protect yourself against sunshine, and even pick-up the water from the same sail. Then you don’t have to have 2 sails.

  • thanks sha-zam for liberating these people even though i would stay on the island if i could get stranded remember there is also other ways of finding fresh water in the ground that has been filtered should not be too difficult remember the island is surrounded by water so if you can dig deep enough you will find it, but if you know you are going on a boat trip you should take the essentials with remember magnifying glass haven’t you guys watched lord of the flies waterproof matches two cans of food cans could be used later on for purifying sea water or cooking food remember you are at the ocean so for food look for tropical fruit trees if any crabs should not be too hard to catch just watch out for the pincers if you can put a piece of fishing line and a hook in your survival kit you can catch fish use the left over crab as bait just watch out what fish you catch if it does’t look like a normal fish don’t eat it look out for spikes on fish and blow up fish seriously not good. look for rocky areas to find shelled creatures hopefully you are nor allergic to sea food LOL remember to find wood and if there isn’t any dry wood start breaking branches that would dry out in a while and if there are no hope of somebody finding you remember to replant the plants you ate make a big sign so people can spot you from the air or sea that’s if you don’t want to stay and be free, remember seabirds and their eggs you could make a nice living on an island if you just think. m. building shelter should not be too difficult and if you can find a cave you are a very lucky person hopefully it is not inhabited with some wild creature if you think about it you would have allot of time so use it wisely don’t waste your day waiting for a ship or plane explore the island to find more sources of food or water if you have somebody with you that would be a bonus look for people on the island many island are inhabited by people they just might not be where you are stranded. if you have any queries on how to survive e- mail me willemcoetzer86@gmail.com

  • what about food, fire, tools, shelter, and a rescue plan. other than that good discription

  • WOW I HAD TO DO A SCHOOL PROJECT AND THIS REALLY HELPED

  • FANTASTIC!!!!!! It really helped me:D TY

  • I found this helpful for the project I have. wish me luck. Plus you could use Distillation.

  • awesome i had to do a research project and this really helped

  • Typical Gamer, if your stranded and your laptop has 5 more miniets to live you don’t want detail. you need quick facts to survive.

  • You don’t have to boil the water until only salt is left, just until the water has reached boiling point. (112 F) And if you do not have a pot to boil the water in, you could always use half of a hollowed out coconut.

  • Great idea about the coconut Shay but how to know the water is 112 without thermometer?

  • lol like wut r we supposed 2 do if me and my hubby get stranded and we wanna have kids? do we just hve sex in the open? also, should i take a bath in the open? thx :*

  • I wish you would add more to this because I need to know about the first aid and fire because I can’t find any sites that have that

  • If u take a sock and have had a fire u can use the ashes and place them in the sock and pour water into ther top of the sock and drink it out of the botom

  • Jake if u had your laptop why not send out a distress call num nuts

  • do you guys know about grammar? you should use it. but boiling salt water and collecting the steam will result in distilled water, which will kill you after a couple of days. the boiling point of water is 212 F, and you will know when the temperature is right because the water will boil. the idea of putting ashes in a sock and pouring water through it would work, but you need sand to help filter out the salt. just drink from a stream that empties into the ocean, that water is safe to drink. always make a pile of dry wood which you can light if you see a ship, plane, or smoke on the horizon, as this will make a smoke stack and could get you rescued.

  • ohh this is super good imformation thanks for giving it to me

  • Don’t swim. You’ll be eaten by sharks.(^^^^^)

  • Hahah . c;
    So , In my 8th grade reading class we are reading Lord of The Flies ! We have a project on “How to Survive on A Deserted Island”
    This Helped Quite A Bit ! ☺
    AWESOMENESS . ♥

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