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Old May 20 2015, 10:11 AM   #1
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Deserted Island Question

I found this on Facebook and decided to post it here. What 4 would you choose (and why)?

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Old May 20 2015, 10:16 AM   #2
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Re: Deserted Island Question

Knife
Water Purifier
Tent
Mirror
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Old May 20 2015, 10:21 AM   #3
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Raft - to escape from the deserted island
Compass - to guide myself back to the shipping lanes
Flare gun - to attract rescuers
Volleyball - for companionship
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Old May 20 2015, 10:23 AM   #4
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Re: Deserted Island Question

I choose

1) tent - for shelter
2) matches - because I don't have the patience to rub two sticks together and I want a fire for warmth, cooking and signalling
3) pot - for cooking and collecting rain water
4) knife - for dozens of reasons
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Old May 20 2015, 10:29 AM   #5
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Re: Deserted Island Question

Tent, for shelter
Mirror, to start fires
Pot, to cook and boil water and collect rain. Boiled water is for drinking and first aid, make some bandages out of bark etc.. by boiling them to sterilize and soften.
Knife, very important for everything
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Old May 20 2015, 11:05 AM   #6
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Re: Deserted Island Question

It would depend where the island was. If I thought I had a chance of escape I would go with what RJ went with, otherwise:

Saw
Knife
Tent
Pot

If it were a nice place where I could build a shelter without dying of exposure first, I might swap the tent for the tarp which would have more diverse uses.

Anything perishable would be useless, as would anything that would run out, so matches, weed, vitamins, rifle etc all useless.
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Old May 20 2015, 11:16 AM   #7
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Re: Deserted Island Question

Tent
Rope
Pot (the non-weed kind)
Knife

My first focus is on shelter and survival with items that won't run out.
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Old May 20 2015, 11:21 AM   #8
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Re: Deserted Island Question

1) tent
2) knife
3) water purifier
4) fishing rod
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Old May 20 2015, 11:31 AM   #9
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Re: Deserted Island Question

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Tent, for shelter
Mirror, to start fires
Pot, to cook and boil water and collect rain. Boiled water is for drinking and first aid, make some bandages out of bark etc.. by boiling them to sterilize and soften.
Knife, very important for everything
You're right. Water purifier is useful but limited so the pot is a better idea.
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Old May 20 2015, 11:38 AM   #10
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Toilet paper
iPod
Insect repellent
Weed
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Old May 20 2015, 11:44 AM   #11
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Re: Deserted Island Question

Water purifier, knife, matches (I'd prefer a flint) and tent.

The knife works as a signaling mirror, can be lashed to stick to make spear, can cut tinder etc. Water is essential, and so is warmth and shelter.
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Old May 20 2015, 12:16 PM   #12
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5 ounces of weed isn't much, but if there's some seeds at least you could grow more.

So: Saw, Knife, Pot and Pot
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Old May 20 2015, 12:53 PM   #13
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Re: Deserted Island Question

Ar-Pharazon wrote: View Post
5 ounces of weed isn't much, but if there's some seeds at least you could grow more.

So: Saw, Knife, Pot and Pot
You don't have a light...
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Old May 20 2015, 04:05 PM   #14
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Re: Deserted Island Question

Knife - Hunting, signalling reflector, protection from predators, cutting wood, whittling kindling, carving sticks for making fire, cauterizing wounds, making a spear, preparing and eating food, etc.

Tarp - Shelter, blanket, rain poncho, water collector, signal sign, sail, etc.

Pot - Water collector, water boiler, food cooker, food and water storage (keep food safe from scavengers and bugs), storage for matches, blunt object to break things, etc.

Matches

Matches was the one I spent the most time considering, alternating back and forth between matches and mirror. While it's possible, mirrors are pretty difficult to make fire with, since they're flat and one-sided and can't focus the light very well. Mirrors would be good for signalling, but then I can also do that with the knife or a fire. So mirror was out.

Since the type of island was not specified, I considered what would have the most broad usefulness (if it was an Arctic/Antarctic island you could just melt ice, and if it was tropical it will rain a lot). People think rubbing sticks together to make fire is fairly easy, but it's not. So, while matches are a finite resource, I'd like to have it as a safety net until I learn how to make a fire with friction. You can go a while without eating, but without clean water your ability to function is going to degrade quickly and you'll die in a couple days.

Unless you can see your desired destination or know where you are relative to it (and it's not far), setting out in a tiny raft is more likely to get you killed than get you to safety.
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Old May 20 2015, 04:47 PM   #15
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Tarp ~ shelter, sledge, rainwater collector, waterproof barrier for kindling, wood, etc.
Hand saw ~ tool for cutting wood, sea life appendages, coconuts
Water purifier ~ potable water
Knife ~ all-purpose tool, defense, "first aid"
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