The best gift ideas for a traveler

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The best gift ideas for a traveler

In PACKING, TRAVEL HACKS by Isabella Biava2 Comments

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You don’t need to wait for Christmas to gift someone special with the best present they have ever received.

Every time I have to buy a present I always want it to be really appreciated and useful and this is why I normally investigate on what the person needs or would really want to have.

Since I love to receive presents that are related to my travels and useful to what I love to do, mainly photography, I thought  I would help you by creating a list of my favorite stuff, so as to help you choose a gift in case the receiver is a serial traveler like me.

I hope it will be useful. If you don’t find what you are looking for, please let me know and I will do what I can to help you find a great idea for your friends/family or partner. I’d love to do that.


  • Volume: 80 + 20L (4880 + 1220cu in)
    Support/Suspension: VT Flex
  • Shoulder Straps: padded, adjustable, sternum strap
  • Waist Belt: dual pivot

This is  biggest among the large backpack series of Alpine Lowe, to me one of the best backpack brands.

If you are small and tiny this is probably not for you. As it is important to have a good proportion between your weight and what you are carrying in order to avoid injuries. 


65-85 Regular

This is what I have and my favorite of all the big backpacks If you click on the image you will get to the Amazon page where you can see all the different parts. The bottom part lays on your lower back so as to take off half of weight from your shoulder it it distributes through your body. You will feel much lighter when you have to walk.


Size: One Size

This one is also considered among the large backpacks for those who love to travel light. Not me 🙂

  • Aerator Back Panel
  • Rotating Hip Belt
  • Tip Grippers
  • Hydration Compatiblec
  • Expandable Capacity

This one is very fancy for women and a little smaller than the previous one.


Nylon-Women-specific design. Antigravity back panel uses lightweight mesh from the top of the back panel to the hip for light weight and maximum ventilation.

Antigravity suspension provides exceptional load transfer and maximum comfort.

Adjustable harness allows the user to easily change the torso length of the pack.

This is to me among the best backpacking backpack for women as it’s a mid size and with a lots of pockets, besides being a very stylish backpack.


Size: One Size

Among the big size backpack this one is quite a deal, which incorporate style and functionality.

  • Comfortable air-mesh channel back offering stability and ventilation
  • Stretch water bottle pockets
  • Hipbelt pockets


  • Aubergine
  • Red
  • Black



This is to me the best lightweight travel backpack,

Product Dimensions: 22″H x 14″W x 9″D. Volume: 2807 in3 / 46 L. A zippered top accessory pocket is ideal for easy access to liquids and other frequently needed items.

Foam padded sidewalls with StraightJacket compression stabilizes, protects and compresses loads.

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  • 210D Nylon Shadow Box
  • Easy access zippered top liquids pocket allows quick access to your toiletry kit or other small items
  • The convertible harness, hipbelt and suspension of the main luggage piece can be deployed to carry the Ozone Convertible where wheels can’t go
  • High Road Chassis features a lightweight aluminum frame, large wheels with sealed bearings, and a high-clearance curved molded base

This is my backpack size carry on, actually the new version of what I have and I love it. It’s super light spacious and comfortable to carry.

Body is made out of both 70D and 100D nylon Mini Shadow Check. 210D nylon block dobby bottom and accents. Dual zippered hip belt pockets give you secure storage for essential items. External hydration sleeve added to the back panel streamlines refilling and guards against spills. Load the main compartment through a top drawstring closure. Adjustable torso-length harness matches a range of body types for a closer, more custom fit.

To me it’s the best weekend backpack.



  • Textile
  • Under flap
  • top zippered
  • Port window compartment for instant, protected tablet use without removal from the pack



When I saw this video I went crazy! I love osprey products, they are lighter, fancy and with great colours. I was actually torned between Osprey Backpack and Alpine Lowe and I chose the second because it came in a bigger size and I still loved the style. I was very happy at the end. As for the Accessories I wanted to buy everything contained here. How to organize your backpack in one single video with so many colorful and practical zips and containers. Ideal for pro-traveller who keeps packing and unpacking.
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  • Nylon
  • A removable see through pouch allows small items to be seen so it is not necessary to dig around in the pouch
  • A multiple pocketing system ensures dedicated space for certain items
  • Hanging clip loop allows the organizer to hang from bathroom hooks or tree branches
  • Four interior zipper pockets and two slip pockets. One exterior zipper pocket.


  • Available in different colours
  • Roll top closure is waterproof and helps compress items within the dry sack
  • Rectangular shape assists with efficient packing
  • Made from durable 40D Rip stop nylon


  • Two internal mesh pockets for organization
  • Stand up Dopp kit Durable YKK zips with Hypalon grab tabs for easy, secure opening and closing
  • Super-light, strong and water-resistant Ultra-Sil fabric made with Cordura yarn
  • Dimension: Length: 10 in; Width: 5 in; Height: 5 in
  • More colours available


  • Nylon
  • Large secure pocket holds bulkier items and toiletries
  • A multiple pocketing system ensures dedicated space for certain items
  • Hanging clip loop allows the organizer to hang from bathroom hooks or tree branches
  • An added mirror makes sure you look good or can help start a fire Pockets: 4 interior


  • BPA-, phthalates-, and lead-free durable thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) construction is both flexible and resilient. Made with certified food safe materials in accordance with FDA and EU regulations. 
  • Magnetic clip attaches hose to sternum strap. 
  • Flexible ¼ in. hose that’s kink resistant and allows for a faster flow. 
  • Open slider hook works with webbing loops for efficient upright hanging in your pack’s reservoir sleeve. 



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It has become my one and only favorite camera gear above all since the first time I saw it on my photography teacher during a workshop.
Besides being very stylish, it’s super spacious and practical, for the lower camera pocket rotating 180º to the front without you having to take your bag out.
This feature only is absolutely priceless to me, especially when you are on a hike and want to take a picture but don’t want the group to stop and wait for you.
I know it’s a bit expensive and probably overpriced, but I believe if you are a professional photographer or a wannabe pro (like me) it’s worth the effort. And it’s a product that will last forever.
Pros: extremely roomy, versatile, functional, stylish.
Cons: pricey, big.



  • It fits a Mirrorless or DSLR with attached lens (such as Canon Rebel T5I with 18-135mm f/3-5.6, OR Sony A7II with 24-70mm attached), flash, adapter or extra lens, 2-liter hydration reservoir (not included), and extra gear such as bike helmet, jacket, snacks, sunglasses, compact tripod, etc
  • Keep your camera gear secure and in place, while you hike, bike, climb, snowboard or run. 
  • Feel good as you move with your pack; t
  • Protect your gear from the elements. 
  • Multiple attachment points allow you to secure extra gear to the pack, 



Here is my baby! I don’t go anywhere without it. For me, it’s not a trip if I don’t take some shots with my beloved Canon 6D. Of course, there are many other great cameras but this is what I love and this is why I am sharing this. here below the lenses, I am using and the ones I am going to purchase soon.


This particular lens is perfect when you do portraits and when you are doing street photography as well, especially in poor neighborhood where you don’t wand to carry a bulky camera. Big lenses can intimidate people.

I love, love, love this lens. It’s expensive but worth every single penny, if you love landscape this is an amazing grand angle especially used in the Canon D6 mentioned here above which is a full frame camera, it’s the best combination to shoot spectacular portraits. I have the previous version (the II), but it’s still great. However, since you are buying a new one, it’s better to get the latest model.


This is my dream lens, it’s not in my hands yet, but I trust one of the next father Christmas to bring me one. 😉 It’s just an amazing lens if you want to shoot wildlife. It’s not the best one of course, because the super pros use bigger and more sophisticated lenses but I would be happy with it. If your friend or family love to shoot wildlife this is the perfect present. Make sure they don’t have it already. 🙂


vanguard tripod


  • Exclusive rapid column rotation for compact transportation and instant set-up and high loading performance (maximum load capacity 13.2 pounds)
  • Includes a multi-action TBH-50 ball head with a large ergonomic main locking knob, bubble level and arca-swiss quick release plate
  • 5 section 23mm aluminum alloy legs with 3 different leg angle options and feet that convert from rubber to spiked
  • Extra-low angle photography option (low angle adaptor included) and soft rubber handle provides an unbeatable grip in any weather
  • Strong stainless steel quick flip leg locks with adjustable tension technology. Folded height: 14.8″. Extended height: 57.1″. Weight: 3.3 pounds


    It doesn’t need a description. It’s in such high demand that it is now on request. Book yours here. It’s a great deal since I have paid the same price for the older version. Go Pro 5 has more defined resolution and 10x instead of 8px.

    Now the GoPro 7 came out but unless you are a professional and have specific needs that the 5 doesn’t satisfy, this one works just fine.

    The design is better with a built-in waterproof shell.

    You can check out this video for a more detailed comparison

      If you are into photography and you want to rely on your phone when it is not convenient to take out your camera, this is for you . I personally don’t use it because I like to use my camera most of the time and I don’t have an Iphone anymore. But I thought I would include it for the sake of information.

      • Focal length of 60mm
      • 39° viewing angle
      • Anodised steel case
      • 5 high transparency lenses
      • Compatible all smartphones

        This is what I am dreaming of as well. For sure if your traveller friend loves to document his/her trips this is the perfect gift.

        • Very practical to carry as it folds down into a very small box
        • New OcuSync transmission system offers up to 4.3 miles (7km) of transmission range. Fly at up to 40mph (64kmh) or for as long as 27-minutes.
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        • FOR SKIN CARE  & ANTIBACTERIAL: 100% microfiber high quality microfiber made it totally smooth and compact,more soft on your skin.Eco-friendly, no faded,no smell.
        • 4 SIZES & MULTI USE: use for exercising, backpacking, travel, camping, swimming, yoga, golf, gym, ect, Good for bath towel; On the beach, etc…

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        • 160 Lumen, up to 30 Hours of Constant Light on a Single Charge

        • Super Bright White Led + Red Light

        • Compact, Easy to Use

        • Headlight for Camping & Running

        The ziploc space bags is  the cheapest and most valuable item, especially if you are a stranger to packing light. It helps to compress your clothes and create more space. The optimum would be vacum seal bags, but, since you won’t be bringing with you your vacuum cleaner on vacation, these compression bags for travel would do the job.

        These ziploc space bags in fact don’t need vacuum or pump to lock them just pack, zip and roll. The air will exit from valves at the bottom of the bag. Transparent see through ensures speedy security checks of your luggage at airports.

        A little more stylish than the Ziplock has the same function to make more room in your bag by squeezing out the air out and compact your clothes together.

        I bought my set on so I couldn’t share exactly my own item, but they are very similar to these ones I have selected for you.


        Each set contains a different assortment of packing cubes.

        Large bag holds a week worth of shirts/ medium holds a week worth of underwear/socks. Example: Large holds rainjacket, zip hoodie, Longsleeve tshirt, and a cardigan. Small will hold 5 womens size medium T-shirts. Large Dimensions Compressed size: 14x10x1in Expanded Size: 14x10x4in Small Dimensions Zipped/Compressed size 10x7x1in Expanded Size: 10x7x4in Additional bag sizes shown in the picture gallery.

        Click here to see more details.


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        For as much as we love books, the kindle comes very handy when you travel as it’s light small and it can hold thousands of books. It makes a great gift idea.

        • Now available in black or white
        • Higher resolution display (300 ppi) – with twice as many pixels
        • Built-in adjustable light – read day and night
        • No screen glare, even in bright sunlight, unlike tablets
        • A single battery charge lasts weeks, not hours
        • Prime members read free with unlimited access to over a thousand titles

        This is  from my artwork page where you can customize amazing products with your favorite pictures. You can chose the pictures and then pick the object that you like, it can be a persona item, or a house decor, a frame.

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        This backpacking hammock comes really handy when you travel in nature!

        Lightweight Portable Parachute Nylon Hammock for Backpacking, Travel, Beach, Yard – Top Quality Hammock Gear (Ropes and Carabiners) Included! (Green/Grey)


        Despite of the practicality of technology I always like to have my notebook and take written notes while sitting in cafes of a new place. It makes me feel like a real writer.

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        I just found out about this and I am going to buy one for me right away!

        So practical

          This MONEY AND DOCUMENT HOLDER is very practical too, if you like to travel light. I always use my photography bag as a document holder because I bring it always with me. But this would be a great complement.

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          If you have no idea on what they would like to have, just buy a portable power bank and they will love you forever, especially for iphone owners. I am not suggesting this brand particularly. Any brand would work.Just make sure you check the reviews.

            • Features 33 functions to equip you for everyday adventures – including 2.45″ large blade, scissors, bottle opener with large screwdriver, pliers, and corkscrew (See product description for full list of features)
            • Stainless steel construction encased in polished red ABS scales provides sleek durability

            Safety wing travel insurrance

            Travel insurrance is super important when you travel expecially for a long term. Ho matter how careful you might be, you never know what can happen along the way.

            I am using Safety Wing because I love their website and they have very clear information on their policy.

            Mind though that if you are a diver, this insurance doesn’t cover for  unaccompanied dives deeper than 10mt.

            In general, always make sure you read the policy clauses before signing up.

            The most thoughtful gifts for a traveler


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