‘Survivor’: 1 Contestant Used Condoms to Protect Her Blistered Feet

Survivor is a game that is equal parts competition as it is survival. While it’s a competition series at its core, Survivor looks at how people bond together or tear themselves apart while braving the harsh reality of life in the wild. Yes, certain parts of the series are staged together, but it doesn’t mean they have it easy. One former contestant, Janet Kothshowed how much intuition contestants need to have to make it with what they’ve got.

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‘Survivor’ isn’t an easy game

When the American version Survivor premiered in 2000, little did they know that television would never be the same. As its Fandom page shows, the series remains popular enough to pull off two seasons every year unless an outside force prevents it.  While the show’s presentation and strategy have shifted with the times, the main goal of survival lives. Survivor might not go the same lengths as Naked and Afraid or Alone to recreate what it’s like to be out on a desert island, but it’s still not easy, especially when it comes to the social game strategy.

Contestants constantly have a group of camera people, medical experts, and other employees of the show. However, just because they have these safety nets, it doesn’t mean that they live a life of luxury. While the crew is there to help fend off disaster, the core of the series requires them to earn food, shelter, and peace of mind through challenges and hard work. When it’s raining, the tribes still have to brave the elements and make sure that they prepare accordingly. This, combined with the outwitting, outplaying, and outlasting, are the core of Survivor’s brand. However, it doesn’t mean that the show sends them out to the wild empty-handed. Some necessities are given to the tribemates.

Do ‘Survivor’ contestants get condoms?

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According to Today, contestants do get some necessities ranging from medical to personal. It should come as no surprise that contestants have needs that, despite the show’s commitment to keeping them in survival mode, go above and beyond Survivor. From tampons to contact lens fluid, the show sets people up while not making them worry about some basic needs. However, one item in their med set, condoms, has served a purpose well beyond a steamy Survivor romance.

Using protection 

According to Koth, who premiered on the series early on in the Amazon, one of the medical pack necessities is condoms. While it might not show on the series, some contestants go beyond the network television standards to forge a new relationship. However, Koth noted one non-sexual use that her tribe used them for, given a twist at the beginning of her season.

“What didn’t make the show?” Koth pondered to Entertainment Weekly. “The fact that a tribe of all women was given condoms in our first aid kit! A lot of condoms! Christy and I sat out one night on a jaguar watch, and I couldn’t stop laughing as she put them on her blistered feet for protection!” Both tribes received identical care packages, but the women’s tribe didn’t need certain times. However, as Koth noted, the condoms served a handy purpose.

This type of intuition is, aside from the competition, one of the draws that Survivor banks on. While Koth did not elaborate on details, it shows that while the audience gets a one-or-two-hour look into a three-day segment, a lot goes on behind the scenes. Survivor has been on the air for over twenty years. However, the most fascinating aspects of the series might be those that do not make it. After all, the cameras are constantly rolling, and the vast majority of what happens on the island stays there.