I was drinking my morning coffee, watching the fog, and reading through my daily blogs. Saw that Tom Peters had several posts, he tends to post in clumps, and eagerly dove in.
One of his posts, Roadwarrior Tip #1: DIY! is interesting on several levels, and I'll let you go find out why, but it was a couple of side points that caught my attention and bear illumination.
Tom apparently travels with a Swiss Army Knife and ziplocs. Who knew?
I am a big fan of these two items when I travel, though obviously the Swiss Army Knife has to travel in my checked luggage when I fly. I would add one other item to Tom's list, and most especially for Tom considering the main point of his post, and that's exam gloves, you know, the medical kind.
I dunno if you know this, but gallon-size ziplocs easily hold 8 x 11 paper. I've found these to be invaluable on my excursions into the decidedly dirty & wet world that lies outside of the usual office. For example, I commonly carry my Boy Scout paperwork in them when in the field. And, like file folders, they are very handy for keeping things organized.
re: Swiss Army Knife
There are a number of good selections here, and my personal fav is Huntsman model. But then, I have this notion that the saw is super-helpful when constructing an emergency shelter, and maybe you don't have that need ;-). For the road warrior set, I reccomend one with scissors, bottle-opener, can-opener, knife blade, and the corkscrew. And, add in the mini-scredriver on the corkscrew, and the retractable pen in place of the toothpick.