Naked and Afraid - What would you bring?

Discussion in 'Outdoor Gear, Survival Equipment & More' started by sideways, Jul 17, 2013.

  1. ThriftyJoe


    Nov 6, 2011
    Last edited: Dec 10, 2013
  2. ishiyumisan


    Apr 17, 2005
    Anything, I mean anything, except swimming Goggles:thumbup:
  3. hatidua


    Jul 28, 2010
    I must admit, if forced to choose just one item, it really gives cause for some serious thought.
  4. Burncycle


    Jan 3, 2005
    Normally I'd say a knife or machete but in that situation... I'd seriously have to consider shoes. Cody gets away with it doing it his whole life so his feet are tough, I would just be tiptoeing the whole damn time!!
  5. sideways


    Feb 19, 2013
    I guess the fully stocked thing goes against the spirit of the challenge but it would definitely make things easier. A boat could be a pretty solid choice in some of the scenarios. You can flip it over for shelter and maybe go out in it to get food. You would need some sort of fishing net though.

    Yeah they did have a lot of problems improvising fire and I guess getting it going faster would save on calories.

    Well looking at how much weight the contestants lose they are probably not allowed at the production crews feast :p

    Yup :D

    So shelter of some sort is something that came up for a lot of people. Makes sense, if you have a knife you can improvise a lot, maybe even fire. I like the idea of bringing a tent or sleeping bag. The double sleeping bag would really cut down on the calorie expenditure during the dark hours of the day. The tent on the other hand could quite right be used not only as shelter but could also be taken apart and the components used individually. The net could probably be used for fishing and the cordage and outer tent could serve many purposes as well.

    Shoes are something I would definitely want to fashion early in the game but I am not sure if I would want to bring shoes as an item. Bringing a full hide of leather is a fascinating choice, you could do all sorts of things with that. If you were to take something like a bison hide you would have plenty of material to work with. Especially if you left the fur on. Shoes, check. Sleeping bag, check. Clothes, check. Taking it a step further if you were to request a large recently dead animal you would have your food set up as well if you knew how to preserve it. On the other hand you have the problem of getting the game prepared and protecting the kill which could be a problem in the tropics.
  6. fishface5


    Feb 3, 2001
    if the other partner has a knife then that will help with fire (to strike with rock for sparks) and making shelter.I t will also help in making bark sandles - strange how the folks on the show with blades don't think of that. Also making spears, traps, & for digging, etc etc. Knife (small machete IMHO) is the #1 survival choice!

    Since they don't put naked people in freezing climates, the most presing concern is water, so
    - if someplace with little fresh water but available salt water, then a metal pot in which to de-salinte by boiling/steam production
    - if someplace very arid, then a big plastic tarp to collect dew in the morning
    - if someplace with plenty of fresh water, the next concerns are food and shelter; I think a thick plastic tarp gives the most bang for the buck in terms of adaptable protection from the elements, and I doubt they would allow a gun or bow for hunting.

    fire is very important but if I were going on that show I would be 100% expert at primative firemaking before stepping in front of the cameras.
  7. sideways


    Feb 19, 2013
    Yeah water would also be a very important. I wonder if they would allow one of the endurance level katadyn water filters? That would set you up with potable water for the duration of the trip.
  8. ThriftyJoe


    Nov 6, 2011
    Last edited: Dec 10, 2013
  9. Ethan_Hardy


    Sep 10, 2011
    The guy in the first episode seemed to choose your advice. She didnt know how to use her machete though, she gashed her finger open within 15 min.

    I would assume the two people can coordinate what they bring.
    If I was in the jungle I would go machete and firesteel. The two in the first episode chose and machete and goggles which worked out pretty well for them. Goggles are pretty wise if you are on an island with a reef.
  10. Mannlicher


    Nov 19, 2008
    I'd bring along the support crew that accompanies them 24/7. The tents, food, clothes, electronics, water...................................

    I can't think of a stupider show on TV, and that is saying something.
  11. ThriftyJoe


    Nov 6, 2011
    Last edited: Dec 10, 2013
  12. Smithhammer


    Nov 9, 2012
    That show may actually be worse, but I can't say that I've ever seen a "survival" show worth watching. They're all cheesy and completely contrived, imo. And I'd rather be out in the woods than watching that over-dramatized drivel any day.

    You know what would be a good "survival" show? Drop two people off in the middle of nowhere, far from any external help, and give them a small handheld video camera to document their experience. No other camera crews, nothing. Tell them you'll pick them up in a month. If they're still alive.
  13. ThriftyJoe


    Nov 6, 2011
    Last edited: Dec 10, 2013
  14. RWT


    Mar 15, 2011
    Excellent dinner. When was the last time you ate at a hotel? ;)
  15. C_Becker


    Oct 7, 2012
    How is he gonna lose weight living in a 5-star hotel ? :rolleyes:
  16. Burncycle


    Jan 3, 2005
    How about a T-10 military reserve parachute?

    Packs up small, has some metal grommets and fasteners that might be useful, has a safety wire that can be used as a makeshift needle, awl, or hook, and assuming the other person has a knife, now you have...
    -Cordage (lots of it!)
    -Makeshift shoes
  17. cbach8tw

    cbach8tw Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 9, 2006
    I'm sorry, the first thing I would bring is some clothes, put some clothes on and have a little protection from the elements! Kackies and at least some hiking boots.
  18. Fanglekai


    Jan 7, 2007
    Satellite phone
  19. ROCK6


    Feb 8, 2004
    The whole naked thing is just plain stupid. Sure, it’s good advertisement to entice viewers, but ditching your clothes is absurd. I don’t mind the show, but that aspect just ruins it at the start. If I want to see a naked chick, I watch some porn, but seeing how tough it is to survive without clothes just reinforces why we have evolved to cover our feet, bodies and head.

    Now that I’m off my naked soap box I’ll try not to rant why we have clothing AND some form of EDC…that would cover the fixed blade, multitool, cordage, fire…but I digress again.

    Item choices must have been coordinate and even though I though the goggles were interesting, the “guy” (I use that term loosely), is pretty much afraid of the water…kind of pointless.

    One item other than a knife I would consider would be a bottle of iodine, maybe a bottle of Polar Pure (I have several I picked up before they were pulled from the shelves). Anyways, you can purify water and seeing how many were debilitated by cuts, thorns and the ensuing infection, you could use iodine to clean the wounds.

    A combustion tool and steel pot rank pretty high on my list as well.

  20. Smithhammer


    Nov 9, 2012
    A bag of 'shrooms. May as well have fun with it. They're not going to let anything serious happen to you anyway...:D

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