When I first started playing Minecraft, I was lost as to how I was going to make it through the first night. How would I avoid the numerous zombies, skeletons and creepers that were lurking in every dark corner and cave? I decided to be methodical and I came up with a system to help me.
Note: This technique was developed on the Survival gamemode of Minecraft. It will not work on gamemodes such as Lonely Island or Skyblock.
Anyway, here it is:
Step 1: Start off by cutting down the first tree you see (you should get around 5-7 blocks of wood). Save 1 block of wood (you will need it later…) and turn the rest into wooden planks (place them in the crafting space in your inventory).
Step 2: Save 11 wooden planks for later and turn the rest of them into sticks (you should get at least 8 sticks in total).
Step 3: Make a Crafting Table by turning your one remaining block of wood 4 into wooden planks and placing them in a 2×2 square in your inventory crafting space.
Step 3: If you want any chance of surviving the first night, you will need to make tools and weapons (more specifically, 1 sword, 1 spade and 1 pickaxe, all wooden). Make them with your newly built Crafting Table! You should be left with at least 3 wooden planks and 3 sticks.
Step 4: Next locate a hillside. Use the spade and pickaxe to dig an alcove into the hillside (approx. 4 blocks wide and 5 blocks deep), this will be your temporary shelter. Place your crafting table in one of the far corners of your shelter.
Step 5: The aim is to make a bed so you can sleep through the night, so you will need to find 3 sheep. Kill these sheep (you should get at least 3 blocks of wool). You can make a bed by placing the wool in a line on top of a line of your remaining wooden planks). Put the bed in your shelter leaving a 1 block gap from any of your shelter walls (this prevents you from being unable to sleep due to ‘monsters being nearby’.
Step 6: Spend any remaining time before sunset collecting more wood and killing animals for meat (cows, pigs or chickens will do fine). Before going to sleep, seal up your shelter using dirt and wood collected while making the cave to stop any mobs from walking in.
When sunset falls you should have a safe place to rest for the night. Now you can spend the day collecting resources and building stuff to suit your needs. Happy gaming!