Another week has come and gone, which means Survivor Oz Top Ten is back to spice up your Wednesday. Many of us have dreamed of being on Survivor; but just how would one prepare for one of the most difficult and physically tolling reality shows on television? Today, Ozlet Jimmy Kurniawan lists ten of the best things for potential contestants to do to prepare for the game of Survivor before it begins. Can you guess number one? Read on to find out if you are right, and remember to leave your thoughts in the space below.
10. Go to the Gym
In the first few weeks of Survivor, the ‘strong’ people on your tribe are always favoured over the ‘weak’ tribe members. At the beginning of the game, it is important to have a strong tribe that runs faster, hits harder, etc. Going to the gym and working out a little will help out. The aim is to build some muscle and endurance; but don’t get too ‘built’, as not only will you be seen as a threat, but your body will become too difficult to sustain due to the lack of food and water. Unless you’re sure that you will win every individual Immunity Challenge, you don’t want to be too strong.
9. Forget Personal Hygiene
How long can you go without having a shower or a bath before you feel absolutely disgusting? You must remember that you won’t have deodorant or showers or toilet paper. After a day or two, things can get quite smelly very quickly. If you’re one of those people who need to shower twice a day to feel normal, you have to consider how you’ll feel after not showering for a month. Or brushing your teeth. Or shaving. If you can’t go a day without any personal hygiene, then Survivor might not be for you.
During the game of Survivor, you will need to learn to concentrate. You have to put pain aside and tune out your surroundings, including the sounds of an annoying tribe mate, who may drive you insane every minute of every day. If you make it to the end, you may be faced with challenges in which meditation can help you learn to zone out and focus on the task at hand, such as holding a pole while balancing a stack of coins with one hand. A big part of the game is knowing what people are thinking. By talking less and listening more, you will gain valuable information from your tribe mates while giving away less of your own.
7. Balancing Skills
When you’ve reached the Merge, you’re going to wish you had some balancing skills while competing in the individual Immunity Challenges. So overturn a small garbage bin, find a balance beam, step on a teacup – well, maybe not your mum’s best teacup set. Just find anything that will get you to balance on a tiny, unstable surface. If you can find something like the challenge where you’re balancing barefoot on a five centimetre foot peg, then you will have a slight advantage over the other competitors.
6. Forget Your Family
When you go on Survivor, you’re going to spend more than forty days without your immediate family. If you’re lucky and make it to the end, you might get a special visit from your loved ones, but you’re still going to spend the majority of the time without them. Would you be able to handle that? Learning to deal with certain things without the support of your family is always hard. There won’t be someone there for you, and learning how to deal with that is really important.
There are people who could easily go months and months without seeing a single family member. And there are those who will start to get emotional during the early days of participating on Survivor. I would recommend that you go on an extended holiday on your own to see what it feels like to be away from your family for a long period of time without going nuts.
5. Starve Yourself
If you’ve never been hungry and you’ve never survived by eating the same old Vegemite sandwich, day in and day out, you need to give it a try and see how long you can stand it. I wouldn’t recommend you do it for a long period of time like they do on Survivor (your workmates wouldn’t appreciate you fainting at work), but try going for two to three days on very little food and water, just to see what it feels like to be hungry. This will give you a chance to see how hunger affects your body and mood.
4. Learn to Swim
When you are stranded on an exotic, tropical island, chances are that you will probably be doing 90% of challenges in the water. They are probably going to ask you to swim. Sometimes you might be in the shallow end, but most of the time, the challenges will take place in the deep water where they will ask you to jump in, unlock a key from an underwater cage, unhook a treasure chest, drag it back to shore, then unlock the treasure chest full of puzzle pieces to assemble your puzzle. The point is that you are going to have to go underwater, hold your breath for a while, and not die. You might be able to get by or sit out on those challenges, but you should probably at least be familiar enough with water to be able to get your head wet without drowning.
3. Practice Doing Puzzles
There are many puzzles in the majority of challenges on Survivor. If you don’t want to be the ‘swimmer of the tribe’, be the ‘puzzle mastermind of the tribe’. Practice by playing word scramble and sliding puzzle games. Regular jigsaw puzzles can help out too. If you find that you’re very good at finishing puzzles quickly, try to solve them when you’re starving and dehydrated.
2. Go Camping
Go out camping the primitive way and expose yourself to the elements. You have to be prepared for all the extreme conditions that Mother Nature throws at you. Go out into your backyard and sleep on the ground. Get ready to be attacked by thousands of mosquitoes and insects daily. Try sitting out in the rain in your clothes for an hour or two. Brush your teeth with twigs and sticks. Also, you won’t have the luxury of toilet paper, so will you be willing to use leaves to wipe your butt?
1. Learn How to Make a Fire
How many times have we seen contestants go on Survivor without knowing how to make a fire? This can seriously be the difference between getting voted out first or last if you’re the one who can’t make fire without flint. Fire is an important element in the game as without it, you can’t keep warm during the cold nights, boil water, or cook food. If you wear glasses, you have a bit of a slight advantage; try to do a ‘Yau-Man’ and get the fire started that way.
What do you think of the top 10? Do you agree? Disagree? Is it in the wrong order or are there ones that didn’t make the top 10 that you feel should’ve? Leave a comment below to let us know your thoughts!