$10 Dollar Tree Survival Challenge

Survival. It can hit you as a stunning reality when you least expect it to be an issue. You can find yourself lost in the woods or in a weather emergency and having to get by on what you have available to you. And if you have enough of the right things, you get to live. Otherwise… Well… You get the picture.

Sometime in April, we are going out to do a survival challenge which involves heading to our local Dollar Tree store to get $10 of goods to survive one evening outdoors.

The idea is to set up a camp, complete with survival shelter and using the items we purchased at Dollar Tree and whatever other natural materials are available in the local environment.

Why do this? Because it can be done, THATS WHY!

The entire experience will be filmed and shared on our BitChute channel and hopefully it’ll end well for all involved (namely ME!). We may even do a live broadcast on Facebook to share with folks how it is going.

In all seriousness, this is a great test of survival skills and a good check of ability and creativity in the face of a cold and uncomfortable evening outdoors.

We are providing our initial list of survival items that we THINK we’ll end up with and also provide for some allowances that are items we feel are reasonable to allow for in the challenge.

Survival Challenge Gear

  • Garbage bags – Multiple uses
  • Drop cloth – Key item to stay WARM
  • Matches – Fire!
  • Twine – For shelter building and misc uses.
  • Flashlight – LED – Gotta SEE for God’s sake!
  • Food – Preferably Edible.
  • Knife – Camping knife (carve a spoon with it!).
  • Duct Tape – To silence complainers and build stuff.
  • Steel Bowl – To cook food in.
  • Water – 1 gallon – Stay hydrated and ALIVE.


These three items are allowances that are necessary to do the challenge and which most people already have.

  • Warm clothing – All that you can fit on your person.
  • Batteries for flashlight.
  • Pocket can opener.
  • Cameras and gear to film the challenge.
  • Cell phone to live broadcast the challenge.