This is one of my favorite links that the ISC has published. It's that time of year again, and many of us security warriors will be visiting family and friends over the holiday. Of course, we'll get asked by many of these people to "just take a look at this small problem." You know how it goes.
The post mentions the good tools to that can be burned to a disc or copied to a usb drive such that you can bring it with you. The article was published last year (2007) so it could probably be updated, but it's a great foundation.
Have a great holiday. And hopefully you won't be staring at a monitor of a problematic machine for much of the day.