In the past I have taken suitable mechanical pencils away on holiday, but this time I decided to go old school, really old school - wooden pencil and penknife. Seeing I was traveling overseas to distant lands I thought a Viking 400 Skioldungen #2 would be a suitable choice, Swiss army knife for sharpening and an MD notebook to write in. More on the notebook in the future.
Of course one cannot journey to foreign lands and not obtain a new mechanical pencil. Choices were limited in my touristy part of the world, so it was something like the best of a bad lot.