Red polka dots kinda make you smile, right? I found this treasure in the Travel section of The Container Store website. It folds up into a tiny pouch and will fit into any suitcase. You might even pop it into a boot or pocket for safekeeping. I was once caught in a sudden downpour in China and only one person in our group had a poncho. It was brought home to me in wet, soggy fashion that an inexpensive rain poncho doesn't take up any room in a suitcase and can be a lifesaver. I have one in my travel stash and one in my car. And yes, I also have a travel umbrella in my suitcase and one in my car!
What's worse than getting soaked to the bone without protection? Being cold of course! And for a few pennies you can go into REI or shop at Amazon and secure a stash of emergency blankets. I have one in my suitcase and two in my car. Why two? Why one for me and one for Charlie of course!