Survival games put players to the test, leaving them out and exposed to danger. Because of this, early-game choices can be the different between life and death. Rust is no exception to this situation, and players will want to craft carefully when starting their game to secure the best chances of survival. Below, we have outlined the best items to prioritize in Rust when getting started. From basic tools to rough shelter, these items are a must-have for every beginner or returning player. Top 5 Starter Items To Craft in Rust Image via Facepunch Studios The Stone Hatchet When you jump into Rust, all you\u2019re given is a Stone and a Torch. Those two items alone won\u2019t keep you alive for very long, so one of the first things you should craft is the Stone Hatchet. The Stone Hatchet is crucial in gathering material and is useful for protecting yourself from the danger that lurks in the wilderness. To craft a Stone Hatchet in Rust, you will need 200 Wood and 100 Stone. To gather these items, walk up to a tree and use your Stone to gather the Wood you need. Next, find a boulder to gather the 100 Stone you require. After opening up your inventory, left-click on the image of the Stone Hatchet and it will start crafting. Stone Pick Axe After you\u2019re done crafting the Stone Hatchet in Rust, and if you have plenty of leftover Stone and Wood, go ahead and craft the Stone Pick Axe. To craft the Stone Pick Axe you will need 250 Wood and 125 Stone. If you don\u2019t have the resources already on hand, you\u2019ll need to gather them before you can begin. The Stone Pick Axe increases the amount of Stone mined and is great for skinning animals. Spear Now that you have those two items crafted in Rust, consider making a Spear. The Spear takes 300 Wood and is a good survival weapon at the beginning of the game. Killing animals with the spear takes a few tries and is a little time-consuming, but it\u2019s a lot better than nothing. After you craft the spear, you will be able to craft the next item you\u2019ll need to survive, and it\u2019s probably one of the most important. Sleeping Bag The next item to craft in Rust is a Sleeping Bag. This allows you to respawn at its location if you die. To craft the Sleeping Bag you will need 100 Wood and 30 Cloth. Just like the rest of the items listed above, you can get Wood from trees. As far as cloth goes, it can be gathered in several ways. You can gather Cloth by harvesting Hemp Plants, a Cactus, or by killing animals. After crafting the Sleeping Bag, place it in one of your six slots in the main equipment bar. Select it, then make sure you\u2019re on a flat surface. If you\u2019re on a flat surface the item will be blue, which indicates you can successfully place it there. I suggest placing the Sleeping Bag on top of some large rocks to ensure your safety from wildlife. Campfire The last item you will need to craft in Rust is a Campfire. To craft the Campfire you will need 100 Wood. The Campfire is used for cooking any type of meat found in the game, keeping you warm in cold areas, and providing a level of comfort to your character. Plus, it looks cool at night when you\u2019re under the stars. Those are the first five items you should craft in Rust to help you survive. What other items do you think would be a big help? Let us know in the comments below.