This isn't a scenario for realistic wilderness survival. Folks here would likely have much more to use in the way of tools. The idea of being stuck out there with a pot and machete and no fire kit is silly. It's a challenge. The premise was what do you NEED to get by in central FL in the sticks. Minimum. Stuck out there. The consensus originally was a pot and a sharp. We went slow and had emergency bags with the basics and had to get some out once. We added a pocket fishing kit this year. Fish. yum. Here's some pics of our learning. Some like the bow drill. Some master the handdrill. Must have fire. Who needs plates and utensils? I think there were 8 around the fire and in the shelter on this trip. Unexpected temps had a few get into their e-bags for space blankets. There's a shelter right there that fit 4 people. Natural cordage twisted from palm was used. Awning in progress. A hootch in the making. No cordage was used. One of the first trips we allowed a piece of plastic. An unexpected midnight shower had us burrito'd in them. The palm leaves are a wind break and fire reflector. And we were ALWAYS either boiling, cooling, or drinking water. The very first trip we learned just how big that container needed to be. But we didn't NEED a pot on this trip. Boiled water in bamboo. The cordage is also palm. Bugs aren't on many peoples' edible lists. Some are surprisingly good. Termites being one of them. We found sour oranges that had grown back from roots that the good orange trees were grafted on, but froze years ago. Trust me they are sour. However a squirt in boiled river water makes it taste soooo much better. I'ld throw this little guy back when fishing usually. But I hadn't had any meat in over 24 hours. Fatwood torch makes potty runs at night MUCH easier. Couple days in and I'm still smiling' So, while learning and practicing wilderness survival skills is rewarding and might be useful someday, what we're taking home from these challenges really is thinking outside our boxes. Using available resources for purposes other than what we normally would or stuff we wouldn't think had a use. I think this is a skill that needs to be developed and practiced.