What's in your Top 10 Survival Items

POSTED BY Mavy | August 6, 2015
Label: Beach Holidays, Competition



Being stranded on a desert island is a scenario which many would find terrifying. However for some intrepid travellers this would be an irresistible challenge, putting your survival skills to the test. In our desert island competition we are offering the chance to win a Berghaus 65 litre backpack. All you need to do is create a blog post listing the ten items you would choose to take in your backpack on a stranded desert island.

The Island

In order to help you pick your ten items and imagine the scenario better, here is some more information on our fictional desert island:


  • The island is small, no more than a few square kilometres. It has pristine sandy beaches on two sides, a rocky coast on the other, and dense jungle in the middle.
  • Freshwater is in short supply on the island, however with regular afternoon tropical storms, if you can find a way to gather and store the rainwater, hydration shouldn’t be an issue until your rescue.
  • The island also has a healthy supply of coconut trees which can be found on the edge of the beach leading to the jungle interior, providing some food. However, apart from coconut and a few yams, easily accessible food is hard to come by.
  • The biggest source of food available while stranded on the island is in the sea. In the crystal clear waters off the island, fish is in abundance and on the rocky side there is some good crab-hunting grounds.
  • For anyone with iron stomachs there is an abundance of insects and reptiles in the jungle heart of the island, but be warned the jungle is a hazardous place if you’re not prepared.
  • The jungle is an excellent resource for building materials, with a healthy supply of bamboo, rattan and fire wood, so with the right tools you have the potential to create shelter.

When thinking about your ten items remember the following!

"A man can live three weeks without food, three days without water, and three minutes without air, but he cannot live three seconds without hope”.

American sociologist Lewis Mumford wrote in The Conduct of Life (1951)

Having a base camp on the desert island, capable of sustaining you for a couple of months will be key. You may be stranded but help is on the way, so staying alive for as long as possible is essential.

Remember, you only have ten items with you and they must fit into a 65 litre backpack, so choose wisely. These items will determine whether you will survive long enough to be rescued…and whether or not you will win the prize!

How to Enter:

To enter, all you have to do is:

  • create a blog post listing your top ten survival items to take with you on a desert island.
  • Include a link to the Globehunters homepage  and let us know via our Facebook page or Tweet us at @Globehunters with the hashtag #desertisland

The winner will be picked at random from all entries. Closing date for entry will be midday on Monday, 31st of August 2015. After this time the no further entries to the competition will be permitted.


Terms and Conditions.


• The promoter is Globehunters, whose registered office is registered at 13 Smiths Yard London SW18 4HR. Registered in England No. 06981085.

• The competition is open to residents of the United Kingdom aged 18 years or over except employees of Globehunters and their close relatives and anyone otherwise connected with the organisation or judging of the competition.

• There is no entry fee and no purchase necessary to enter this competition.

• By entering this competition, an entrant is indicating his/her agreement to be bound by these terms and conditions.

• Route to entry for the competition and details of how to enter are found here, on Facebook and Twitter. Entrants must create a blog post listing ten survival items to take with them on a desert island, including a link to the Globehunters homepage and alerting Globehunters to entries via the Globehunters Facebook page or Tweet us at @Globehunters with the hashtag #desertisland

• Only one entry will be accepted per person. Multiple entries from the same person will be disqualified. Closing date for entry will be midday on Monday, 31st of August 2015. After this time the no further entries to the competition will be permitted.

• No responsibility can be accepted for entries not received for whatever reason.

• Globehunters will judge the competition and decide on one single winner, which will be picked at random from all correct entries via Facebook & Twitter.

• The promoter reserves the right to cancel or amend the competition and these terms and conditions without notice in the event of a catastrophe, war, civil or military disturbance, act of God or any actual or anticipated breach of any applicable law or regulation or any other event outside of the promoter’s control. Any changes to the competition will be notified to entrants as soon as possible by the promoter.

• The promoter is not responsible for inaccurate prize details supplied to any entrant by any third party connected with this competition.

• The prize is as follows: 65 litre Berghaus backpack. The prize is as stated and no cash or other alternatives will be offered. The prizes are not transferable. Prizes are subject to availability and we reserve the right to substitute any prize with another of equivalent value without giving notice.

• The winner will be notified by on Facebook and Twitter, and will be asked to contact the promoter via direct message. The promoter will require a postal address.

• If the winner cannot be contacted or do not claim the prize within 14 days of notification, we reserve the right to withdraw the prize from the winner and pick a replacement winner.

• The promoter will notify the winner when and where the prize will be delivered.

• The promoter’s decision in respect of all matters to do with the competition will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.

• By entering this competition, an entrant is indicating his/her agreement to be bound by these terms and conditions.

• The competition and these terms and conditions will be governed by English law and any disputes will be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of England.

• The winner agrees to the use of his/her name and image in any publicity material, as well as their entry. Any personal data relating to the winner or any other entrants will be used solely in accordance with current [UK] data protection legislation and will not be disclosed to a third party without the entrant’s prior consent.

• The winner’s name will be available 28 days after closing date by emailing the following address: socialmedia(@)globehunters.com

• This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook, Twitter or any other Social Network. You are providing your information to Globehunters and not to any other party. 


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