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     So your plane crashes down on an empty island and you are the only one left alive. What are you to do? DON'T panic is the very first thing people think, but actually the more optimistic you are about being saved, the higher chance you will die. Think about it for a minute, you are thinking you will be saved so don't do much in your time but wait so you probably wait for days and end up dying. On the other hand, you think you are going to die so, being a human, you do everything in your power to survive, wether it's eating bugs or fighting a bear. So having an adrenaline-rush is a very good thing BUT that's not panicking.

     Surviving is simple. I will go over the 7 priorities of survival and explain some basics. They are put in order from the Wilderness Survival merit badge so you should start with first aid then shelter,then fire etc...

 DO change the priorities to fit the situation you are in
DON'T start a priority that you like. I.E don't start a fire because you like it.

Read the comments as there are lots of people with suggestions (hopefully. suggest your own if you have any. ). If you think this is worthy survival skill, remember to vote for me :)

 
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There's a test for eating plants, you can look it up online. I believe it is:
1. Smell the plant, if it smells weird don't eat it. If the plant has milky sap, don't eat it.
2.Rub the plant on your lips and see if there is an adverse reaction
3. Put the plant under your tongue and wait for an adverse reaction
4. Same thing as step 3, but chew it up
5. Eat a small amount, wait for an adverse reaction
6. Enjoy your food, don't eat too much at one time
Also, wait at least an hour when waiting for adverse reactions
I would't recommend teaching CPR on the internet, I'm lifeguard, and CPR certified, and I need to add that compression's aren't 1-2 inches, they are supposed to be AT LEAST 2 inches, and for an infant it is always 15 compression's and a child (not infant but hasn't hit puberty) is 15 if your alone, and 30 if you have a partner. just a little feed back not trying to sound like a know it all and also if someone's friend dies and they say they learned first aid from your instructable it could come back to haunt you so be careful.
Robert522 years ago
Where is the 7th priority?
Nice instructable. One tip when considering eating berries. Put a whole berry in a warm moist spot on your body with direct skin contact, ie in your arm pit. Leave it there for around 15-20 minutes. If you get a rash or numbness discard the berry and don't eat it. If it passes this test then put it in your mouth whole, without chewing into it. Leave it there for another 15-20 minutes. If you get a rash around your mouth and/or numbness, pain or swelling inside your mouth, discard and do not eat. If it passes this test then chew into it and leave it in your mouth for another 5 - 15 minutes. Again, if you experience any of the above symptoms do not eat. If you have made it this far without any problems then you can be fairly sure they are safe to eat. Start by only eating a small quantity and separate "meals" by a fair amount of time. Some berries can cause diarrhoea, nausea and vomiting in large quantities. Hope this helps.
Woodbuffalo2 years ago
i like the " assess the situation"...first yourself. You can't help anyone if you're in trouble too. um, before begining CPR it's good to check for a pulse...what about Breathing? what happens if they have a pulse but aren't breathing? A person should take "standard First Aid" course with CPR before attempting anything of the sort...know the basics before causing more injury. I've always found that after knowing myself/anyone with me is ok ; shelter, fire (fire readied but not lit depending on time of day...and a person can get to know there surroundings and look for water/food as they gather wood) As for boiling water, use fast flowing Fresh water ( even rain water) not ponds or still water. If it's early spring, boil all water.
Kharabe3 years ago
always remember the law of average threes
this law states that
"the average human can survive three minutes with out air"
"the average human can survive three hours exposure to extreme elements"
"the average human can survive three days with out water"
"the average human can survive three weeks with out food"

so following these simple laws will give you a starting place.
if you can breathe find shelter
if your not going to freeze or bake find water
if your not going to die of thirst find food
and if you have food your good to go!

Well said, Kharabe !! Nice Instructable dailyrecycler ! well organized and very sensible.
hbueso3 years ago
Knowledge is what is going to make you survive. Learn as much as you can about the survival topic and then, practice, practice, practice. You have to know how to apply your knowledge under tension. Practice like you do in sports, until you and your friends find yourselves comfortable with your proficiency. And stay safe and grouped together. There is protection in numbers!
hbueso3 years ago
The priorities are: whatever will kill you first, that's what you have to get first.
I.e. cold place, fire and shelter first. Deserted island, fire and water. Desert, water, shelter, ect. Of the top four (4), water, shelter, food and fire, the situation will dictate the order. And I have to mention protection too. If there are wild animals around (the 4 and the 2 legged type) consider making a weapon first.
schkip19733 years ago

I'm not sure a fire is a higher priority that water if you are in a desert / bush situation.

thedailyrecycler (author)  schkip19733 years ago
I know what you are thinking. Something like, What if i die without water? I spend all my time on a fire, what if i die from starvation?. In my experience, fire is usually more important because without it, how would you cook your food and boil water?If you can only find berries and water, you would still have to boil the water for safety. it's really all up to you on how you survive. I am not going to be watching you while you try to survive :P Think about you priorities. Change them as you go. I have them in order by the Boy Scout wilderness survival merit badge. They are suppose to help you survive longer.
With a fire you can create the international signal of distress. A triangle of fires about 15 feet apart from each other. Getting rescued is the ultimate thing you can do in a survival situation.
Windosia3 years ago
There are a couple good rules to follow when it comes to wild foods: avoid WHITE berries and WHITE sap; avoid anything that smells foul or bitter; try a small bit of the unsure plant before eating a lot of it. Keep in mind that many plants can absorb minerals from the environment that can make you very ill... be very cautious of WHERE you are getting the plants. ALSO, don't eat anything that look like a carrot, as poison hemlock can appear similar!
thedailyrecycler (author)  Windosia3 years ago
Mind if i add in it in the Instructables?
Credit will be given where it should be.
:)
Yes you may. I hope it helps! :-)
thedailyrecycler (author)  Windosia3 years ago
THANK YOU!! i was looking for rules like this but i couldn't be sure if they were true!
MissMegumi3 years ago
Very good instructable! Thorough yet to the point.

My ex-army uncle and my husband always say "follow a monkey. If a monkey eats it, it's ok for you to eat."

And even if there's no monkeys, if a bear is eating berries, or a possum is eating certain roots, it's a pretty good bet you can eat them too.
thedailyrecycler (author)  MissMegumi3 years ago
i thanks you! :D
Thats a pretty neat idea, but keep in mind that some animals have a higher acid tolerance then humans. If i remember correctly, a pig has about the same acid tolerance as humans.
Numisi3 years ago
'' Surviving is simple. ''

Aren't you understimating the difficulty of finding food?
I haven't been in a survival situation but i did take a survival class in a camp once. The guide said to not think surviving is like taking a computer apart. Its simple process of maintaining control and being prepared for anything else that can occur. He also said always have a backup plan incase you get injured or something goes wrong. hope this adds to the list of changes :)
I don't mean it's difficult to survive speaking generally, but finding food isn't easy, or at least, in a temperate climate, like the one in the zone I live in, with snowy winters, finding food isn't easy in most part of the year, and it is easier to starve than to find food in the wrong season, and you have to store food when there is some easy to find if you want only a chance to survive a winter.
thedailyrecycler (author)  Numisi3 years ago
Totally agree with you. Just do what you can do like mad doctor said. It's not hard. KEEP IT SIMPLE. dont go bear grylls.
Well yea. You are right. Obviously, just do what's right and do what you can do and remember what you can't do so when you can do it, you remember to. :)
thedailyrecycler (author)  Numisi3 years ago
Maybe a bit :) but i was referring to the whole idea of survival. Everybody thinks its a one-wrong-move-and-you-are-dead kinda of situation, but its like living in the past when people do these things for a living. i.e the Native Americans hunt for their food. All we do is go to the market.

It just seems hard because we don't do it everyday.
Numisi3 years ago
''DO try and get water from plants and conserve as much as possible.''

Always remember that water in plants is conserved not clean, but in the form of sap, and this could be poisonous in some plants, and poisonous plants are very common, probably one-third or half of all the plants.
thedailyrecycler (author)  Numisi3 years ago
Yes! true! just remember to eat known plants. i.e carrots and lettuce or apples and oranges
delta19983 years ago
Awesome mate. Like the simplicity. You wouldn't happen to have done the camping merit badge would you?
thedailyrecycler (author)  delta19983 years ago
Yes, yes i have!
schkip19733 years ago

If the other person or people on the desert island needed CPR and you had a little cut on your leg, I think the priorities would be different than what you have provided above.
It might be worth mentioning triage and DR ABC in your instructible.

I like the first part of your 'ible though - It made me dream about being stuck on a desert island rather than being at a computer :)
lemonie3 years ago
How many people are known to have experienced "So your plane crashes down on an empty island and you are the only one left alive", and can you link to articles about them and how they survived?
(Note that if this is the case most of Step 1 is irrelevant because you are the only one left alive.)

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I think 'Island' was used as a metaphor, for a place where you isolated from getting help from outside of your situations. 'Alive', meaning conscious, and less injured. If there are others with you, it's a good idea to check on them, and render aid quickly. Survival is easier, if you have help. A few minutes could make the difference to someone having trouble breathing when knocked unconscious. Each person you revive, is more helping hands, to accomplish all the other needed chores, not to mention, it's the right thing to do.
thedailyrecycler (author)  HarveyH443 years ago
you have the right idea. the plane crashes down is just a common situation people think when "survival". Usually, it's the cuts that get you in a survival situation. They get infected, they get bigger, and they can can really get in the way if there are cuts in certain places like your hands. I was thinking of the most basic accidents when i thought of this. Obviously there are other things that can happen