What If You Found Yourself Stranded on Gilligan's Island?

What If You Found Yourself Stranded on Gilligan's Island?

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    What If You Found Yourself Stranded on Gilligan's Island?

    I found a copy of a survival scenario query that appeared in a magazine about 25-30 years ago. I've had this since but haven't seen it since, either.

    The hypothetical is this: You and 3 others are on a small, chartered plane and you are flying somewhere in the Pacific. You're flying low and have not filed a flight plan. Your family knows you are on the trip but they have no idea where the plane was heading. No controller has you on radar and no one knows your location.

    The plane develops engine trouble and crashes on the edge of a small island, maybe 1/2 mile x 1/2 mile in size. You are the only survivor and you are not injured. You are not carrying anything in your pockets or on your belt. You have no weapons or tools with you. You're dressed in khaki shorts, a t-shirt, and tennis shoes. The island appears to be uninhabited but you don't really know for sure. The island has a beach ring that appears to be about 100 yards and then there is a jungle-like area in the middle with a small hill in the center of the island. You can hear birds chirping in the distance. You can't see any other land masses in any direction. Daytime highs on the island are about 85 f. and overnight drops to about 60 f. It seldom rains this time of year.

    This is all you know about your environment when the plane bursts into flames. In this hypothetical, you have time to grab 4 things from the plane before it burns and all is lost. The following things are available to you:

    1. A 5 gallon container of potable water (full)
    2. A wool blanket
    3. An aluminum baseball bat
    4. A compass
    5. 50 ft. of sturdy rope
    6. A pair of wading boots in your size
    7. A hammer
    8. A handgun with 20 rounds of ammo
    9. A mirror
    10. A box of 100 matches
    11. A sleeping bag
    12. A crossword puzzle book & ink pen
    13. A can of bug spray (like Off)
    14. A pair of pants & a shirt in your sizes
    15. A typical first aid kit
    16. A box of 25 typical military-style MRE's
    17. A typical kitchen steak knife (serrated)
    18. A bottle of 100 aspirins
    19. A flare gun with 5 flares
    20. A needle and spool of thread

    You have no way of knowing if you will be rescued in 3 hours or 3 weeks. No one really knows where you were flying and a search will take time.

    With no more info than you have available, which 4 things do you grab and why? You have to make your decision immediately and there's no time to evaluate your situation more than what was provided above. There is no right or wrong answer; it's why you picked the 4 things you did that makes the exercise interesting.

    In the magazine article, the 2 guys who wrote the teaser gave their choices and, except for what should be the obvious one, their other 3 choices were a bit odd but made sense after they explained why.

    So, you're stuck on Gilligan's Island without Ginger or Mary Ann. Which 4 of the things above do you keep to stay alive?
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    It's not Gilligan's Island without Ginger or Mary Ann....

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    I was a Navy survival instructor for 4 years while in. Great shore duty- anyway:

    1) Water
    2) Rope
    3) 1st aid kit
    4 The knife
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    Knife, blanket, water, and matches.
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    Water, MREs, knife, blanket.

    In ALL survival situations you have the given priorities, water, food, shelter, in that order. Those four give you the most valuable resource you can ask for in any survival situation, time. The water gives you about a week of time before you have to have another water source. The MREs gives you almost a month of food before you need to have a food source. The blanket will keep you warm even if it rains (thus will work as shelter). The knife gives you the start of everything else you will need, it is the way you will build your other tools.
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    What If You Found Yourself Stranded on Gilligan's Island?

    1. The bucket of water - one of the most essential items. I don't know if there is any I the island, so 5 gallons will give me a buffer until I can get more (rain, distilling, etc.).

    2. Wool blanket - more breathable than sleeping bag; better for tropical island, IMO

    3. Rope - comes in handy for lots of things, like making a shelter.

    4. Gun and ammo - defense; smugglers, animals. I can hunt with it if there is game.

    Only thing I am uncertain about is the first aid kit. However, I can use my clothes for bandages. Most other items in there are useless for more than a minor cut anyway.

    I didn't take the knife, because a kitchen/steak knife is usually dull and serrated; not very useful for cutting rope or wood.

    I did not take matches, because the plane has already provided me with fire.

    I did not take the food, because I can go a long time without it (water and shelter are more important).

    I don't think the boots and clothes are necessary.



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    A friend of mine raved about a show called Naked and Afraid : Discovery Channel. I thought it was a corny concept until I actually watched some episodes.

    So my question is, if you had to basically swim ashore naked with only one item what would it be? Rescue will come in 3 weeks

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    Quote Originally Posted by wdbailey View Post

    So my question is, if you had to basically swim ashore naked with only one item what would it be? Rescue will come in 3 weeks
    Water
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    You would need nothing more than a knife. The island had plenty of natural resources. You have to remember that 6 idiots and the professor survived nicely.
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    MAN, you guys got a LOT of time on your hands!

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    Quote Originally Posted by all357mag View Post
    MAN, you guys got a LOT of time on your hands!
    I think about survival situations a lot, you never know when things are going to go bad.

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    Is the water absolutely necessary as 1 of the 4? There are birds chirping in the distance.....

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    Many animals can get enough water from the foods they eat, humans not so much.

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    I'd have used the rope to Hang Gilligan, and went home.
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    Quote Originally Posted by patri0t View Post
    I'd have used the rope to Hang Gilligan, and went home.
    The knife would work very well for that goal also.

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