Can someone help me make a survival manual for an island (imaginary)?what tools can i make and how to use them? what food can i eat and where can i find it? how to make a shelter and out of...

Can someone help me make a survival manual for an island (imaginary)?

what tools can i make and how to use them?

what food can i eat and where can i find it?

how to make a shelter and out of what?


what rules can i set up on the island for the rest of the group?

what can i use for communication to the others stranded ?


and anything else, thanks !

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coachingcorner eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Let's assume you are shipwrecked or marooned on a tropical island similar to that on which the boys in the novel "Lord of the Flies" by William Golding crashed in the plane. Your first survival guide plan might be to ascertain who else has survived so that you have support - the first vital ingredient to survival. After checking whether you yourself are hurt, you will want to check if you can help anyone else - and what facilities you have available to treat them (fresh water, leaves for wound dressings, ties or clothing for bandages etc.) Then you might all want to climb to the highest point so you work out where you are and if you can see anyone else - perhaps constructing a flagpole, windsock or beacon fire to let others know you survived and are waiting. You would leave someone there to tend it while you got on with other essentials, such as risk assessment for shelter/hazards/wild animals etc. You would have fresh fruit in the forest, fish in the sea and hopefully fresh water coming from the mountain.

besure77 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

One of the first things that you will need to do is to find a source of drinking water. This should be one of your first priorities. The farther inland you go the more likely you are to find fresh water.

As far as food goes, almost anything can be eaten including insects. I am assuming you will be on a deserted island so sea animals are a good option. There should be lots of fruits available as well. Coconuts are an excellent option if they are available.

You will also need to find or build a shelter. You could use a cave as a shelter or use products from trees.

And of course you will need tools. Tools can be made out of materials from the trees. You can also use rocks, sea shells and coconut shells.

Rules will need to be established. There should be a group leader and decisions should be based on a majority vote.

pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

This depends on where your island is.  Let me assume you're in the "south seas" like the island where I grew up is.  If so, here are some foods that you can eat and how you can find them.

  • Bananas -- on a tree that you can easily cut down if you even have a sharp rock.  They're really soft.
  • coconuts -- pick them up from under the tree.  The trees are hard to climb.
  • Guavas.  Trees are easy to climb.
  • Papayas.  Trees aren't very tall -- you can pick them while just standing.
  • Taro -- dig it up using a pointed stick.  Taro usually grow in pretty soft dirt.