According to the Daily Mail, Mick Ohman, 55, was driving back to his home in Phoenix, Arizona, after an relaxing, day-long excursion when he decided he wanted to avoid the busy highways. Google Maps took him down a rugged road that proved too rocky for his Honda CRV, and it broke down. With no cell service and only a lunchbox containing a sandwich, some crackers, a half-full bottle of water, and two beers, Ohman settled in for a long wait on the barely-used road.
Ohman found himself completely out of food and water after two days, and drank his own urine to cope with the extreme thirst.
“I’ve never really felt that thirsty before,” he told ABC15 Arizona, “When I tried to swallow, I couldn’t. My throat stuck together. I had to urinate and I did… and I was surprised it wasn’t as obnoxious as I thought it would be.”
Fearing the worst, Ohman began recording goodbyes to his family and friends on his cell phone. But after three days in the desert, Ohman was able to wave down a dirt biker who drove him to safety.
This story is just one of many examples of how easy it is for everyday activities to go very wrong, very fast. Luckily, we’ve put together a list of skills you need to brush up on to survive some potentially deadly situations. For instance, before you embark on your next adventure, remember to pack a map, compass, sunglasses, sunscreen, extra clothes, an LED headlamp or flashlight, first-aid kit, firestarter, matches, knife, a Mylar emergency blanket, and extra food and water before you go. Thankfully, Ohman had those last two items covered before he left. And if you’re in need of upgrades to your gear, here are the most brilliantly engineered pieces for the great outdoors.
Additional reporting by Devon O’Neil