For anyone who travels frequently on business, it's the little things that make a big difference.
Most of my colleagues working in foreign news have a special treat or favourite item they slip into their suitcase. For me, it's Havana cigars. For others it's a certain type of bubble bath, a much-watched DVD or a collection of trashy novels. These little luxuries can mean the difference between surviving a difficult assignment with one's sanity intact and going under.
So it came as no surprise when I got a call from Tehran on a dodgy mobile phone line. It was Jim. "Can you bring me out some vegetarian sausages?" he asked.
But not just any vegetarian sausages.
"I'm addicted to the ones made by Cauldron," he said. "And make sure you get the Lincolnshire variety."
The shopping list went on.
"And some soap. I'm almost out of soap. Something gentle on the skin."
A quick trip to my local Sainsbury's and five boxes of Cauldron Vegetarian Sausages (the Lincolnshire variety) were in my suitcase.
A soothing lather for a dry-skinned Tehran Correspondent I'll pick up at the airport.