A book that teaches you how to survive almost anything

In 2010 adventurer and author Ed Stafford became the first person to walk along the Amazon River from start to end (4,000 miles and over 2 years!), earning him a Guinness World Record. He also had Discovery Channel drop him onto an uninhabited tropical island in the Pacific for 60 days, naked, where he survived by eating raw snails, building a shelter in trees and collecting rainwater with a contraption he made from washed-up debris. If anyone knows about survival it’s Ed Stafford, who writes the engaging foreword to Lonely Planet's just released “visual guide,” How to Survive Anything.

With bold illustrations and a sense of humor, this survival handbook coaches us out of a broad spectrum of emergency situations, such as: an earthquake, a snakebite, food poisoning, a failed parachute, a nuclear explosion, getting kidnapped, and a free-falling elevator. It also advises us on sticky snags that are pretty funny if they’re not happening to you, such as how to survive: locking yourself out of a hotel room naked, waking up with a new tattoo, a wardrobe malfunction, a spaghetti supper without the splatters, a foot-in-mouth situation, a toddler’s tantrum, and a blind date.

The book is a light read, more fun than in-depth, but I did learn a lot of good survival tips, such as using nail polish remover if you superglue your skin to a mug or countertop, staying in one spot if you’re lost in the wild without GPS, and putting shaving cream on a jellyfish sting – if only I’d known this many years ago when I was in Costa Rica, my sting may have not spread up my ankle! I’m a sucker for books with fun nuggets of information, and this is one I quickly read from cover to cover.

See sample pages from this book at Wink.