I wrote important information and numbers onto index cards for easy storage and access. Look how nicely it all fits in one place. This is great when carrying a large tote without pockets.
Here's my list of items one might want to carry:
Travel documents (passport, tickets, maps, reservation details and numbers)
Individual toiletry items (wet-naps, band-aids, pills, dental floss, nail file or emery board, lotion (for plane travel don't forget to separate your liquids)
Food (tea, powdered drinks, salt, pepper, fruit leather, mints)
Paper (cards, postcards, business cards, blank paper, stamps, pencil or pen, calendar)
knitting pattern and crochet hook