I was my own worst enemy today – I made a terrible start by accidentally falling into the water when mooching around a fishing cabin on the seafront – soaking my clothes and dropping my temperature to a dangerously low level. I soaked my matches too. Big mistake. I should have left them back at camp for just this type of scenario, or kept them in a drybag.
Mistake two was not to fashion a hand-drill kit whilst I had a sharp knife – with wet matches, blunt knives and no hand-drill kit, the only way to keep warm was to cower in builds and try to replace some of my wet clothing.
I drank too much water as well and puked my guts up, making me even more dehydrated (strike three). It was a long and arduous day to say the least.
On a plus note, I managed to carry a barrel back to camp, which increased my on-site storage capacity. I butchered a couple of hens too and fashioned a few hooks with the bones, ready for when I find or craft a fishing rod. I could really use a bag when I’m on the move for extra storage, so I can spend longer looting gear.
I managed to get my temperature back under control but I’ve caught a disease, presumably a common cold from being at a low temperature for too long. I need to be careful while I get better; stay warm, limit my movements and avoid the infected. The last thing I need right now is a few cuts to add to the list. I’ve plenty of food and water to wait it out.