It is a petty item but the umbrella is very important when you are on a tour especially when you are touring by yourself with no tour guide. The rain can ruin your plans and it will dampen your high spirits when you are confined to the hotel. Included in my list is the small foldable umbrella that I never fail to bring when we go abroad. It has saved us from rains in Vietnam, in Hongkong and also in Singapore. And for this month's trip, the rain is here so the umbrella is a must.