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Island Survival

Island Survival

This is Survivor—Rustic style! Undergo mental and physical challenges after you’re marooned on a remote island. Carrying only essential rations to survive the week, you will learn survival skills from an Australian Army survival instructor and a former participant of National Geographic’s series Naked and Afraid. In between the hard work, you’ll have plenty of time to enjoy this island paradise as you snorkel above the coral reef, collect marine life data, and help with environmental projects while enjoying the beautiful sunset over turquoise waters.

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No-Stress Travel Guarantee!

With our No-Stress Travel Guarantee, you may cancel for any reason up until the day of travel, and escrow 100% of the program fees for up to two years from the cancellation date.
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Packing the right gear (and the right amounts) is the first step to an incredible travel experience. Below is your packing list, and for those of you looking for some extra guidance on what to bring, check out the packing guide for this program.

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A small backpack is ideal to carry-on.

  • Passport
  • Photocopy of passport
  • Wallet and money (USD or AUD)
  • Phone
  • Camera
  • Water bottle
  • Medication
  • Visa documentation (if applicable)
  • Chargers
  • Travel power adaptor
  • Consent to Travel form
  • Rustic Pathways emergency contacts
  • Arrival instructions for Brisbane

One medium-size duffle bag or wheeled bag is ideal for this program.

When you go out to Rustic Island, you will need to leave some belongings and clothes on the mainland. Please bring a packing cell / strong plastic bag / laundry bag that you can leave on the mainland with any items that you can’t take to the island.

When you head out to Rustic Island, you will be restricted to bringing:

  1. The mandatory items listed below
  2. Five optional personal items
  3. Survival kits and ration packs provided by Rustic Pathways in Australia

Mandatory Packing List: Personal Items for the Rustic Island Survival Experience

You need to bring the following items with you to Australia for your time on the island.

  • Sleeping bag (rated to 5C/40F)
  • Water shoes / dive booties with hard sole for walking in the lagoons
  • 3mm full-length wetsuit for snorkeling/swimming
  • Underwear (10)
  • Long pants (2)
  • Warm sweater/jacket (1)
  • Bathers/swimsuit (2)
  • Shorts (2)
  • T-shirts (2)
  • Lightweight long-sleeved shirt (1)
  • Flip-flops (1)
  • Hat (1)
  • Sunglasses (1)
  • Prescription medications (if required)
  • Contact lenses and solution (if required)
  • Feminine hygiene products (if required)

Optional Personal Items to Bring to Rustic Island

In addition to the required items listed above, students can only bring five (5) additional items of their choice to the island. Students need to bring these with them to Australia, there will not be enough time to buy them once you arrive. Some suggestions to consider include:

  • Waterbottle
  • Camera
  • Flashlight / headlamp
  • Notebook and pen
  • Books to read
  • Deck of cards
  • Pocket knife / Leatherman (maximum blade length 4 inches)
  • Pajamas
  • Travel pillow
  • Beach towel/sarong
  • Toothbrush/toothpaste
  • Toiletries (see below)
  • Deodorant (no aerosols)
  • Wet wipes
  • Fishing line and hooks

Personal Items for Before and After Rustic Island

Please also bring the following items for your time in Australia before and after the island experience. These items will stay on the mainland while you’re on the island.

  • Socks (5)
  • Additional underwear (5)
  • Jeans (2)
  • Long service shorts (1)
  • Shorts (1)
  • T-shirts (4)
  • Sweater/fleece (1)
  • Warm jacket (1)
  • Lightweight rain jacket (1)
  • Sneakers/running shoes (1)
  • Toiletries (travel size bottles in Ziploc bags)
    • Shampoo
    • Conditioner
    • Body wash
    • Face wash
    • Toothbrush
    • Toothpaste
    • Oxybenzone-free sunscreen (reef-safe)
    • Bug spray
  • Deodorant (no aerosols)
  • Wet wipes
  • Foam ear plugs
  • Personal med kit
  • Razor/shaving cream
  • Travel pillow
  • Pajamas

Items Provided By Rustic Pathways in Australia

  • Linens and towels at accommodations before/after the island
  • Survival kits and ration packs for the island
  • Other activity-specific equipment