The list author says: "I've traveled around many countries and I noticed several things come in handy depending on the country. In my nearly two months of traveling South Korea, the following items came in handy."
"An excellent carry-all pack for urban and rural areas. A reservoir pack like this is a great idea in countries where you can't drink the public water. Fill it from large bottles, then drink from small bottles, keeping at least a half-full pack."
"An excellent communication aid - NOT JUST FOR TRYING TO SPEAK! When you can't pronounce a phrase or you don't feel understood, just flip to the phrase in English and point to the Korean phrase. Saved me a lot of time and confusion."
"A 3x5 card holder/jotter pad will serve as a back-up wallet as well as your portable desk. You can take notes and write down addresses and phrases, locations and reasons for photos, but also it serves to hold half of your cash separately from your wallet."
"Ever get stuck somewhere uninviting and not have some food? I carry the Kashi bars because they are big enough to tackle some hunger while you're planning your next move traveling. I've also provided them to police officers in Africa who needed some persuading to pass a vehicle checkpoint."
"As a warm/thermal layer, or pillow, this Colombia fleece is a great companion. Throw it under the light rain jacket and it's as good as a coat. Make sure you size the rain jacket to fit over this fleece."
"A lightweight, small headlamp that will serve you well when traveling, digging though your pack, or searching for the light switch in your hotel room. Uses AAA batteries, which can generally be found anywhere."
"This is an excellent atlas that I carried with me as I traveled South Korea. It saved me from getting on a 12-hour bus ride to the south when I wanted to go two hours east - I passed the book through the glass window at the train/bus ticket booth and pointed to my destination city. Phew! We both laughed when it was straightened out."
"Snow is common in the higher elevations, and it can be bright along the beach in Busan - take some sunglasses that are worth their weight in gold. The Maui Jims are my favorite, and are the best, toughest, polarized glasses around. I've even used them in front of my camera as a polarized filter."
"Smaller than a SLR, but still takes VERY good photos and HD video without the risk of a $1000 loss if stolen. Uses AA batteries - easy to find overseas - and standard SD and SDHC memory cards, so no worries for film. The camera is VERY user friendly and can be operated intuitively."
"You'll only need 1 memory card to take more than 800 14MP pictures with this card. The Class 10 speed/write rating will enable you to take more pictures, faster, because the camera will write the pics to the card faster. I've never had a data problem in 8 years of using SanDisk media."