Run out of water but want to stay alive? Here’s how.

Hello everyone! Rob Raskin of Las Vegas here again, and today I want to talk to you about what you can do if you find yourself in a situation where there’s no water anywhere to be found.

We all know the human body is 60% water, and because of this we can only live a few days without it. If you’re in a very mild environment, you may be able to push it to a week, tops. However, what many people aren’t aware of are exactly how many sources of water are all around us, if you know where and how to find them.

When you’re in a survival situation, the last thing you want to do is allow yourself to become dehydrated. The risks of dehydration include:

  • Death
  • Brain swelling
  • Organ failure
  • Heatstroke
  • Seizures
  • Shock


Even if you get to water before these serious symptoms have time to take hold, you will still suffer from low energy and exhaustion, right when you need your strength and stamina most of all. If you’re hiking, building, hunting, or even fighting, especially if you’re in the hot sun, your blood volume will drop. Once you stop sweating, you can expect to be dead in a few hours.t

The longest anyone is known to have survived without water is 18 days. This is how long 18-year-old Australian Andreas Mihavecz was locked in a holding cell in 1979. How did Mihavecz do it? It is said that he may have licked condensation off of the cell’s walls. So he did have access to some water, even if it wasn’t from a usual source.


How to Survive Without Water

Water, water, everywhere, but not a drop to drink? No problem! At least for a few days. You can survive in the desert, ocean, or anywhere else you find yourself without water if you follow these tips.


The Animals Know

If you can follow animal tracks, you can find water. The presence of animal life in an area means there is water there somewhere, even if you can’t see it. Most animals will visit water sources first thing in the morning and again at sunset, so this is the best time to search for fresh tracks. You should take time to familiarize yourself with the tracks of animals that are known to be in your region so you’ll make sure you don’t accidentally track someone that is dangerous. You don’t want to end up becoming food because you were looking for water!


Let It Snow

If you’re in an area that snows and it’s winter, you’re in luck. You won’t have to worry about finding water! Snow and ice are excellent sources of water, but only if you know how to safely drink it. If you eat snow or ice directly without heating it up first, you’ll make yourself even more hydrated by lowering your body’s temperature. To drink snow safely, be sure to boil it first, or, better yet, purify it.


The Law of Gravity

Water doesn’t flow upstream, so if you want to find some, start walking downhill and let gravity do the work for you. Another way you can use gravity to collect water is to set containers or tarps at an angle where the morning dew will collect on it. You’ll be able to drink from the containers and wring the tarp out to get the moisture from it.


A Different Kind of Cactus Cooler

In the desert, you can use your machete to hack a cactus open. No matter how dry the desert, you will find moisture in the pulp of any living cactus. This isn’t something you want to eat, because it can make you sick, but you can definitely suck the water out of the pulp.


Don’t Sweat It

If you can avoid it at all, DO NOT OVEREXERT YOURSELF. If you don’t have enough water, it is imperative that you conserve the fluids in your body. Grueling activities can cause you to sweat out 1.5 liters, and in a TEOTWAWKI situation you won’t be able to risk that. To keep cool, anything you absolutely must do, do early in the morning before the sun has had a chance to really start heating things up.


Don’t Go Bananas – Drink from Them!

In the mainland US, you can find bananas in Florida, California, Louisiana, Arizona, and Texas. If you are bugging-out in these places and you don’t have enough water, you can cut a banana tree down, leaving approximately one foot of tree at the stump. By carving a bowl into what’s left of the stump, you’ll be able to access the water inside. This water will naturally fill the bowl with water. Incredible!



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