10 Things Tom Hanks Wish He Had In Cast Away

10 Things Tom Hanks Wish He Had In Cast Away

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Steripen Adventurer Opti
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SOGFari Machete
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Paracord Knife with Built-In Firestarter
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Bushnell Bear Grylls Solar Wrap Mini

Can you survive on a desert island? No, not the kind the movie stars buy; the unexplored, uninhabited islands that are so remote we've never quite gotten around to charting them. Sound like a far-fetched idea? It could happen (and, indeed, it's more probable than a zombie apocalypse).

So what would you do? Maybe it's time to prepare your Desert Island Survival Kit. You know, just in case...

Not sure what you'd need on a desert island (besides those 10 songs that you've had picked out for the last 10 years)? Check out this gear. You'll be able to survive almost anything with this kit (including the zombie apocalypse).

Topping our faves? It's a tool that will keep you alive: the Steripen, a water purifier that will deliver a quick dose of fresh water no matter where you are. That and Stairway to Heaven will keep you going, right?


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10 Things Tom Hanks Wish He Had In Cast Away

10 Things Tom Hanks Wish He Had In Cast Away

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Can you survive on a desert island? No, not the kind the movie stars buy; the unexplored, uninhabited islands that are so remote we've never quite gotten around to charting them. Sound like a far-fetched idea? It could happen (and, indeed, it's more probable than a zombie apocalypse).

So what would you do? Maybe it's time to prepare your Desert Island Survival Kit. You know, just in case...

Not sure what you'd need on a desert island (besides those 10 songs that you've had picked out for the last 10 years)? Check out this gear. You'll be able to survive almost anything with this kit (including the zombie apocalypse).

Topping our faves? It's a tool that will keep you alive: the Steripen, a water purifier that will deliver a quick dose of fresh water no matter where you are. That and Stairway to Heaven will keep you going, right?


Editorial staff

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The SOTO Pocket Torch can reach temperatures of up to 2300F. This is all done with a disposable lighter, the kind you get at any liquor store. When using the Pocket Torch you increase the lifespan of your disposable lighter by 60%.

What Reviewers Say:

  • I recently picked up one of the Soto Pocket Torches and I am amazed how it can generate so much heat from a simple disposable lighter. The design is simple; you slide in a Scripto disposable lighter, put the top back on and click - instant mini blowtorch. The lighter is made from the same tough polycarbonate used on Nalgene bottles, so the lighter is totally protected. I've had several expensive cigar and "windproof" lighters that you have to refill with butane. Those lighters have all failed me when I got out in the woods and really needed them. I am a wilderness gadget freak, so I'm sure I will be buying more to put in my vehicles and bug out bag
  • As an avid outdoor enthusiast, I highly recommend adding this tool to one's gear. The size and weight are ideal for stowing in a pants or shirt pocket, or perhaps the pouch of a backpack. Having tried many torch type lighters before, I was pleased that the Soto Pocket Torch was far more reliable than anything I have ever used in the past. Refilling the torch is simplicity itself because it takes inexpensive square type pocket lighters as the fuel source (note that it does NOT take the round body disposable lighter type such as Bic.) I received this tool as a stocking stuffer for Christmas and after regular use both in the field and around the house (good for lighting the grill and occasional cigars too) I had to change the lighter refill after a little over six months.
  • I'm an Alaska backcountry guide. This thing rocks. No more burned thumbs lighting your stove with a regular lighter. Also works great in wind. Recommended.

 

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When on any outdoor adventure - better safe than sorry! Here's the thing, leaving any injury to fester is just plain stupid. It always makes sense to clean it up and care for any wound as best as you can. And this small pack offers a lot of assistance in that regard.

What Reviewers Say:

  • This kit is wonderful. It has so many useful items in it, which I believe, on what you must have at least, in every First Aid kit! I have noticed most injuries do happen outside. Maybe it's a cut, scrape, sting from an insect, etc. The kit also has contents that also apply to in-door "accidents" as well.
  • I've come to realize that there is no such thing as the "perfect" first-aid kit, with absolutely everything one needs in it. However, this is a very good kit as a "starting point". Other reviewers have documented what is included in the kit, so I won't rehash that. What's included is of good quality- be sure to check the expiration dates, when applicable, and replace as needed. I check monthly to make sure all is up-to-date & not used up.
  • This is exactly the kit I was looking for to keep in my ATV. It contains a generous supply of the basics for injuries and minor wounds that might occur in remote areas. Although it contains two small rolls of medical tape, I've found that a large roll of tape sufficient to wrap sprained ankles, wrists or to bandage a puncture wound always comes in handy. Add that item. This kit is light-weight and fits perfectly into an ATV saddle bag. The flexible nylon container allows for extra items that might be desired - and the bright-orange color keeps it easily visible in the woods if you are working an emergency away from the vehicle, so you will not lose it in the leaves.

 

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It's filled with 850+ down. This sleeping bag has the traditional mummy shape that has been around for a long time and works very well. You can get this in 3 different sizes, long, regular and short. It has a wide shoulder girth that makes this an ideal bag for harsh winters because it allows you to add an extra layer of clothing without stretching out the bag too much. This would be a little too warm for camping in summer climates.

What Reviewers Say:

  • This is one of the best pieces of gear one could own in the lower 48. Its temp rating is honest and was well planned in its design. I tested this during a polar vortex. It was 12F with a wind chill that made it down to negative 22 and woke up warm. Granted, my girlfriend does call me her little heater and it is true, I can handle cold temps better than most (part Norwegian) but this sleeping bag comes highly recommended to any outdoor enthusiast.
  • I went back and forth trying to decide between the Alpinlite, Ultralite, and Versalite. When it came down to it, I decided based on the girth dimensions. I was afraid I'd be too cramped (can't roll inside the bag) in the Ultralite. I also tried the Alpinlite on a few trips and there was way too much open space (I'm 6'1", 170, slim build) and thus cold spots. Versalite was just the right width in the shoulders and torso. This bag has kept me warm in temps down to about 20 degrees, but I'm a cold sleeper. I paired it with an REI camp sack (55 degree blanket basically) in -6 degree weather last winter and I survived the night, though not particularly warm (I should have had more layers on and a warmer bag probably). Honestly though, highest quality materials and craftsmanship and the down is so light there is no pressure on you when you are sleeping. The collar and hood are top notch and this thing has incredible loft. This bag is light! 2 lbs is great for a bag that can take you through three seasons comfortably. Only downside is that it's more bag than I need in the summer. I think I'll get a 20-30 degree EE revelation quilt for the summer backpacking season.
  • I just received it but my impressions are that it is an Alpinlite without the cold spots and the down on me instead of on the side.

 

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$120
248 Bought | Save: $30 (20% OFF)

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The newly updated Sky Tent 2 in all black features a lighter weight ripstop waterproof nylon on both the rain fly and the base layer making this version 6 oz lighter in weight! Sky Tent 2 can accommodate 2 hammocks so both you and a friend can hang together. The all black oversized rain fly provides complete protection from the rain for both your hammock and your gear. 2100 holes per square inch no-see-um netting keeps out the smallest bugs and reduces the chilling effect of the wind. Sky Tent 2 now features a new waterproof ripstop nylon base layer that helps retain body heat, provides storage for light weight gear and creates a tough floor for using Sky Tent on the ground. Double pull YKK zippers make it a breeze to get into and out of your sky space. 80 inches of 6mm climbing rope per side are provided to hang Sky Tent above your hammock and 138 inches of climbing rope provide a secure ridgeline below the rain fly. A new prusik knot allows the ridgeline of Sky Tent 2 to be adjustable. There is 100" of cord on the 4 corners of the rain fly with lineloc buckles for easy tensioning. The oversized attached waterproof stuff sack easily accommodates any sized hammock. You can pack both your hammock and the sky tent together in the stuff sack for extra convenience on the trail. There is plenty of room to hang your backpack at either end of your hammock so both you and your gear can stay off the ground and dry. Join the Sky Tent revolution - hammock camping will never be the same!

 

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This is so much more than just a shovel. It functions as a hammer, hatchet, wrench, bottle opener, compass, knife, and nail puller, and it comes with fishing line, a hook, and even matches. (Crazy, right?) If you find yourself in the middle of nowhere and need to survive, this is the tool you want.

What Reviewers Say:

  • I used this as an addition to a 3-day emergency kit in my car. Don't underestimate the presence of a shovel tool in your car kit. Every get stuck in snow or mud??? Has some nice features for the price. Compact, around 14" total length. Include this with a REAL survival kit that YOU construct yourself (not the junk pre-made kits that are so popular nowadays, so expect to spend around $250 or so on a complete setup -- do you really want to trust a survival/emergency situation on stuff that someone ELSE thinks you need?), a small outdoor knife, and a hatchet, and you're good.
  • Love mine. even wrapped the handle in micro cord. May add some more to the core of the handle...but overall a great tool to add to my supplies.

 

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$53
383 Bought | Save: $37 (41% OFF)

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There are no plugs out in the middle of nowhere, but thanks to this portable solar panel, you can keep all of your devices charged no matter where you are. It's light, very inexpensive, and is one of the most reliable solar chargers on the market. You'll find it's supremely easy to carry with you wherever you go.

What Reviewers Say:

Most people can't get enough of this gadget. Here's what they say:

  • works fine. great for camping.
  • loveing it, got it for backpacking and now im using it daily, can charge a phone easy, charged my gpad decently, if you want the battery to charge gotta turn of unit or just plug in and use it for extended life, it does take 10 hrs to charge but since you can just hang it off you pack while on the move its not bad
  • Small, compact, charged with sunlight right away. Nicer than I Imagined and stores the power so you can charge phone without sunlight.

 

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$15
333 Bought | Save: $4 (21% OFF)

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It comes with a paracord handle, and the string can be removed to tie all sorts of things. There is even a firestarter built into it, ensuring you can get that blaze going in a matter of seconds.

What Reviewers Say:

  • A good, inexpensive utilitarian knife to keep in your toolbox, glovebox, survival bag, or bug out bag. Not as a main survival knife, mind you, but as a back-up/fire steel/lash to a pole as a spear point type of knife.
  • Good inexpensive knife. I got these for my go bags to keep in the trunk for a backup knife to what we carry. The sheath is cheap, If you are going to use it to carry get a better sheath. Good knife for the tackle box or toolbox. Came sharp and touched it up a little.
  • I fine the Rothco para knife to be everything I expected it to be. It holds a fine edge blade is strong and handle is very comfortable.

 

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$18
221 Bought | Save: $15 (45% OFF)

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This bad-ass blade comes with both a razor sharp cutting edge and a jagged sawing edge, serving as a multi-tool for any situation. The carbon steel blade is highly durable, and the fact that the blade weighs less than a pound makes it easy to wield no matter how many coconuts you need to cut or zombies you need to kill!

 

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The Steripen is handheld and ultracompact so you can carry this in your pack when you head out on a long hike. You can purify water as it destroys over 99.9% of harmful bacteria, viruses and protozoa. This device is certified by the Water Quality Association. It does not alter the taste of the water either. You simply use your plastic water bottle, preferably with a wide mouth opening, and collect some water like from a stream. You turn the Steripen on and stir the water with it for about 90 seconds or until the little light on the device shuts off. It can purify 1L of water at a time. 

What Reviewers Say:

  • I had the old model Adventurer that frequently turned itself off in the middle of a purification cycle or wouldn't start at all. This model fixes all those problems, plus it works as a backup flashlight. It's been absolutely reliable on four trips now and I love it. Sure beats carrying a 1 lb. filter.
  • This little steripen allowed me to drink dozens of gallons of tap water... in India. `nuff said!
  • It gives you a small blinking green light that lasts for about 20 seconds that'll tell you if the water is good to drink after it's finished purifying, but if you're talking to your friends or caught up in a sunrise or sunset or something worth seeing when out in the wilderness, it'd be nice for the system to vibrate to your hand to tell you it purified the water instead of being glued to watching the device the whole time.

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