If I was stuck on an island and I had to make my own tools and get my own supplies I would probably last about a week. I’m going to pretend that the island I got stuck on had a bunch of coconut trees, a dense forest, and wild animals. The first thing I would do is try to salvage anything I could from my wrecked ship. This would contain maybe some silverware, cloth, maybe full sets of clothing, some long-lasting food, and anything I could find that is healthy to drink. I would then make myself a little hut. This would be a simple task at first and then I would make it better the longer I lived and lasted on the island.
Making my ‘hut’
I’d first find three large logs, or sticks, and some tall grass. Assume I got some cloth, a needle, and some string from my ship. I would sew up the cloth together the best I could making about two layers, to keep out the rain. Then with the long pieces of grass, I’d wind them together and tie off the ends. I would then set up one log standing straight up and another on top. With my grass rope I would tightly tie them together making them as stable as I could. I’d then lay them down gently on their sides and dig a hole big and deep enough for the bottom log to fit inside. Then I would stick it inside of the hole and push the dirt, or sand, back in and pack it tightly around the log. It would then look something like a cross. Then I would lay the cloth over it and make a roof. I’d roll the two other logs evenly as I can, on the sides of the pole. I’d wrap the cloth underneath the logs, and there you have a simple hut, or tent.
To get food I would make more rope out of the tall grass. But this time I’d make it so that the rope was thin, so it would be harder to see, but still strong. I’d grab two large sticks and then go into the forest. I’d first make a ladder out of two logs, some grass rope, and some stable sticks. I then would dig a deep and wide hole. Let’s pretend that I used my hands and some rocks and sticks to dig this. Then with the two sticks and my thinner grass rope I’d pound the sticks into the ground with a rock, and tie the ends of the grass rope around them. This would make a trip wire. Which I would put right in front of the pit. That way when an animal trips on my wire it falls into the pit and is stuck.
Making knifes out of wood
To make a knife out of wood for cutting meat and protection is really simple. I’d get a good size stick and a sharp rock. I’d scrape the rock against my stick and make it smooth and sharp at the tip. To make it more sanitary for cutting my food, wash it. I’d do this by using some of the clean water I got from my ship, and some soap, also from the ship. I’d clean it as well as I could. Now for the handle, I’d make a bunch of grass rope and wrap it tightly around the bottom half of my knife. I’d do the same but to bigger sticks for spears and sharp poles. I could use these for fishing.
That’s what I would do at the start to try and survive on an island.