What’s the One Item You Would Bring?

Desert islandWhat’s the one item you would bring with you on a deserted island? You’ve probably been asked this question at some point in your life. Whether it was an exercise at a summer camp or a late night conversation around a campfire. Often you get answers like, “Well I’d have to bring my laptop!” or, “My Kenny G CD. I just don’t know what I would do without music.”

These answers are fine. You’re not actually going to a deserted island so you don’t have to be thinking in literal terms. Often times the question is meant to discover what a person values or how they think about things, rather than a serious inquiry wherein the person will be held accountable for their decision. Those that would chose a Kenny G CD would almost certainly perish.

But what if you had to be literal? What if you were to be dropped on a deserted island, or in the middle of the wilderness? You will have no electricity, no cell phone reception, no way to play your Kenny G CD, and no idea where you are.What one item would you bring to survive?

Here are 9 survival essentials, along with why you may or may not want to choose one of them as your only item.

A knife is a constant front runner for deserted island item. It is one of the most useful and versatile tools you can have with you in the wilderness. A knife can be used to build shelters, make fires, prepare food, and even provide protection.

Shelter is necessary in a survival situation. Without shelter, you’re exposed and vulnerable whether it’s extreme cold, pouring rain, or relentless sunshine. While shelter is essential, some people would skip toting a shelter as their only item since they can be constructed with relative ease provided you have a source of building materials.

A good fire provides warmth, safety, and a way to cook up food., but starting a fire without matches, a lighter, or some other firestarter is no joke. Bow drills and flint and steel fires might look easy in the movies, but they require serious knowledge, skill, and practice. Although you will have plenty of time to practice your fire making skills on a deserted island.

Potable water is maybe the most important thing in survival. You can survive without food for weeks, but you can only last a few days without water. A water purifier or water filter is the only way to be certain the water you’re drinking won’t make you sick.

Medicine is something that people might overlook when it comes to survival. If you fall ill in the wild, there’s not much you can do without extensive knowledge of medicinal plants, and access to those plants. Of course, you don’t want to sit around waiting to get sick in the wild, so some people might not be inclined to choose medicine as their only item.

Some folks might not like the idea of sitting around, waiting to be rescued or starting a new life in the middle of nowhere. This group of people might choose to carry a compass. However, some experts will tell you that if you’re lost in the woods, trying to find your way back can just make things worse.

If rescue is your main concern, you might want to bring a flare, signal mirror, or whistle. Being easily spotted and or heard greatly increases the chances that a search and rescue team might find you. But fires can provide increased visibility along with their other perks.

Bringing food is like bringing a harpoon to a gun fight. Once you use it, you’re in trouble. Although a case could be made for bringing seeds, which would provide a constant source for food.

Depending on the type of climate you’re in, bringing extra clothing might not be a bad idea. If the deserted island you land on is tropical, you probably don’t need to bother with extra clothes, but in cold climates frostbite and hypothermia could pose serious risks.

It’s not very likely that you’re going to be dropped on a desert island or in the middle of the woods any time soon, but these are all items that you should have with you on your next outdoor adventure!

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