Could You Survive Alone On An Island? Choose Your Tools

If you're going to survive on your own in the wilderness, your equipment is of the utmost importance. On HISTORY® "Alone," 10 survivalists must choose 10 items from a pre-approved list of gear before trying to last the longest in a solitary camp on Vancouver Island. Every contestant picked a saw, an ax, a ferro rod, and some kind of cooking vessel. Only some saw fit to bring a waterproof bivy bag for their sleeping bag, and there was variation in how much food they each packed. See how their choices differed, and watch the consequences of those choices play out beginning April 21 at 9 pm ET.

We've collected several videos on the topic of survival tools. Watch them now to learn more.

And check out our series ALONE Presents: Surviving the Wilderness to explore more tips on how to survive in the great outdoors.

What Are The Most Effective Survival Tools?

Dave, a contestant on HISTORY Channel's series "ALONE," explains what tools he chose to bring with him into the wilderness.

Key Facts In This Video

  1. A bivy bag keeps your sleeping bag from getting wet in the wilderness. 00:19

  2. A ferro rod is a tool that can reliably generate sparks to start a fire regardless of the outdoor conditions. 00:38

  3. A straight-bladed saw allows for precise cuts during carpentry work or shelter-building. 01:05

The Top 5 Outdoor Survival Tips

Here's what you need to know if facing the wilderness on your own.

Survival Kits And Hunting Supplies

An walk through of what you can find in most survival kits.

Written by Curiosity Staff April 15, 2016

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