Pineapples and coconuts can be very helpful early on as well. Avoid eating anything but these two things until you really have to as most of the other foods tend to make you more thirsty. Wandering around a bit before you make base camp can lead to you finding the extra materials you will need to survive. It’s also a good idea toadapt to whatever you’re given on the particular map you get. Sometimes a kiln is possible early on and other times it will take some serious exploring to find sandstone. Just keep looking for a giant rat. They really can make or break a new game by providing more waterskins and also leather armor.