1. Ebooks & books Depending on how quick you read, you'll find that traveling with a lot of books can get problematic. With the recent drops in ebook reader prices, the Kindle or the Sony ebook readers are definitely an interesting option, especially if you can carry a hundred books with you. However, there's a pleasure in visiting a local book shop, perusing the wares, and buying a book there.
2. Cell Phone If you're traveling in the same country, then you need your mobile. If you're traveling internationally, there are chances that it's just best to switch off your own cell phone, get a local pay-as-you go phone for a few dollars, or simply get a local SIM card, and switch them around. If that's not possible, then you can get phone cards from many convenience stores, which will allow you to call back home. 3. Chargers and Adapters Carrying all of your chargers can get annoying, but you'll need those, especially if you're staying for a few days. If you're taking your laptop, you can charge your iPhone/iPod from the USB port. Some countries need special adapters so that your electronics will work, Make sure you get them, otherwise once your gadgets run out, you'll be stuck without them. 4. Basic Toiletries Depending on your needs, you'll need to carry around some toiletries. Make sure they are packed. I remember one time when I forgot my contact lens liquid and case. I hadn't brought my glasses, so I needed to keep the lenses in order to see. The problem was solved by finding a local drug store, but since I was downtown in Hong Kong, it took me a while to find one. Also, it was almost closing time and I just managed to get what I needed. Needless to say that I always double check if I've got everything that I need. 5. Camera It doesn't matter if you've got a simple point-and-shoot, or are satisfied with your camera phone, carrying a camera with you on business trips is worth it. You'll always end up seeing something that you'll want to remember with a photo. 6. iPod or Music Player I rarely leave the house without my iPod. It's definitely a welcome distraction when things just get too loud or you just want to relax. 7. Laptop Initially, I traveled with my laptop a lot. In recent years, I tend to leave it at home, especially on shorter trips. Longer ones necessitate a laptop. 8. Guidebook Wherever we go, we always purchase a Lonely Planet guidebook to help us out when we are in a foreign country. If you run out of ideas on what to do, these books usually have a lot of stuff included. Some of it might not be up to date, so double check before leaving. [images via Jaunted, LibertyLondonGirl, Joelle]