Prepare for the Worst

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Learn how to cope with some common--and bizarre--travel problems by using a few tips from "The Complete Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook."

You may never need to know how to foil a UFO abduction, and treating the hiccups may not qualify as "avoiding disaster." Still, The Complete Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook offers a whimsical take on what to do when faced with various predicaments, both outlandish and mundane.

The recently published anthology features highlights from 11 previous Survival Handbooks. Each mini chapter has a "How To" section with step-by-step instructions for reacting to various circumstances, plus diagrams that illustrate the fine points.

At least a dozen of the situations in The Complete Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook are travel-related. We've collected some of the most helpful and amusing pieces of travel advice in the following slide show.

Images courtesy The Complete Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook by Joshua Piven and David Borgenicht with illustrations by Brenda Brown (Chronicle Books), $24.95, chroniclebooks.com.

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