How to Survive in the Desert without Water. Don’t trust mirages; if you need to survive
in the desert without water, these tips could save your life. You will need Discipline and alertness. Step 1. Avoid eating as much as possible. You can survive longer without food than without
water, and the digestive process uses water. Step 2. Minimize perspiration by relegating physical
activity to nighttime. And keep your clothing on — it helps slow
the evaporation of your sweat. Wrap a piece of fabric around your head if
you don’t have a hat. Using your urine to dampen your clothes will
further reduce sweating. Don’t drink your urine; your body will use
more water to remove the waste material than it will gain. Step 3. If you spot any green plants or dry lake beds,
dig there until the soil becomes moist, and wait for water to seep into the hole. It may provide enough water to survive in
the desert until you get out or are rescued. Step 4. Forget the myth about getting water from a
cactus: You’ll probably lose more hydration from the ensuing vomiting than you’ll gain
from the few drops you manage to drink. Step 5. Look for flies or mosquitoes, which means
water is nearby. If you see a bee, follow it; bees fly in a
straight line to and from water, so it will lead you right to a source. Did you know An Austrian teenager survived
a record 18 days without food or water in 1979, when police forgot they’d put him in
a holding cell.