Subject: Packing Essentials
You guys have all got some great ideas. A few that I would have said have already been stated but ... I don't think I've yet seen this MUST PACK for (at least) Asia travellers:

I've found that it is always helpful to have a tiny calculator with me. The first thing that vendors bring out when you ask 'how much (in any language) is their calculator - it's great to be able to counter with a figure on your own tiny machine. Now if I could only read what they 'ring up' with their flying fingers on the abacus's that are still so prolific over here!

Cheers! Judy in Hong Kong