The key to survival is to stay composed:
Here are a few things that you should gadget up your mind if you wish to survive the hardships of being on your own on a deserted Island; first and foremost being you’d need to pin it up your brain that you’re going to survive, come what may. Only if you have the will to live, you would be able to live. Henceforth, no custom, no religion, no nothing should lead you into behaving or believing otherwise. Once you’re strong in the head, the following course of actions would make life more and more bearable until you’re finally rescued. Remember, acting smart and staying calm under pressure would be your key to remaining alive.
Sharpen up to hydrate yourself!
The first thing that you’d most likely be dying for would be water-drinkable water that is. But the foremost thing you would have to do in order to flight for your survival is to make use of those Bamboo sticks. Yes! This might be one ironic instance in life when the old age tools that we often teach our kids about, would be of some sheer practical use to us. So put that knowledge to use and live it up! Break off a Bamboo stick and sharpen its edge with a sharp stone to make a workable cutter, in case you’re not lucky enough to find a sharp edged rock. Once you have your cutter-come-knife, hunt for the big Coconut trees. Most often, you will find an abundance of coconut trees the further inland you precede but you may get a piece or two on the outside too. Once you get hold of a coconut, the best way to quench maximum thirst with minimum consumption of liquid is to drink it in three sips giving a gap of 2-3 seconds between each (breath free during the gaps). What if you can’t find a coconut or fail to crack it open? Do not panic (remember the key is to act smart and stay composed ), look out for water puddles that have relatively clean water or search for a gorge that might be holding some rain water.
Allow yourself a morale booster:
Quenching your thirst is the most important thing, for humans cannot survive more than 3-4 days without water. So first, hydrate yourself and keep moving further with your quest. If you’ve found a fluid suitable for your survival, let is serve as a morale booster; you’ve actually saved yourself from dying thirsty and this is no ordinary deal. You’ve done this: hunted for survival under pressure and thirst, you’re most probably leaving the dreaded Island alive! So be contending and calm and move further.
Fire it up:
Next, look for fire. This may appear as a trifling thing or sound more like a movie scene far from reality, but by setting up a fire you would do yourself an indispensible favor, especially when you wouldn’t be having the luxury of using stoves for cooking food or distilling water, cemented boundaries to protect you, quilts that you may cuddle in, and oh! You would still need someone to spot you and rope you out, wouldn’t you? A flame will help you in doing all these things and hence, increase your probability of surviving a great deal on a deserted land.
Hunt a meal:
Although an uninhabited Island is not capable of inviting you for a lavish dinner, but there are a number of edible roots and berries that you can fill your stomach with. But you got to be careful! Some are dangerously poisonous. Let them into your mouth only if you’re sure they are harmless. However, the most convenient and nutritious source of food in such a situation are bugs. Yup! Bugs it is; readily available, and rich in proteins. Since Protein is one of the most essential nutrients for survival, bugs would actually do you good. However, you might think of fishing as a better option so for that use your bamboo sticks again; bend a bamboo stick and peel off its layers, which would be in the form of thick and strong stripes. You may then braid these stripes together to make a bow and arrow or rope them to a hook made by a sharpened bamboo stick.
Finding shelter on such abandoned places is relatively easier than finding food and water. You may take a refuge inside a cave, should you find one, or try testing your artistic skills at making a small hut with bamboos and Palm leaves. Whatever you may choose as shelter, it should provide you warmth and protection.
Try to make yourself visible:
Make use of big rocks or large objects or any colorful thing that you may have, to make yourself visible. Standard distress signs usually come in an assemblage of three; it may be three fires burning or 3 piles of rocks arranged in a triangle, or three flashes of light with noticeable intervals in between. Digging a large ‘X’ in the sand is also a clear signal of distress or otherwise you could make use of your unlimitedly free time on the Island to carve “HELP” on the sand.
Just do not give up:
Don’t give up your life to recklessness, anxiety or any other desperate measure. While you’ll have every possibility of being rescued one day or the other, handing your life over to hopelessness and letting go off your willpower would mean the end of your precious life there and then. Do not let yourself weaken; willpower is the word! After all we’re the highest beings on earth.
- Do not drink salt water; it will dehydrate you further
- Drinking urine should be your last resort. Only if you’re unable to locate any source of water for more than a couple of days, should you drink your own urine. Only fresh urine is sterile so do not bottle it.
- Beware of fish with apparent spines, fish that have breaks or those that tend to puff up. Do not eat jelly fish in any case.
- Leave of three, set them free; these are mostly poisonous.