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The Inquisitive Traveler
Fab Five travel gifts

By Patty Burness
Photo by Bo Links


With all of the temptations this holiday season, how can you possibly choose? Easy. At home and on the go, these are the “must have” items for you and the special people on your gift list.

Silver Lake 22-inch duffle bag
Lightweight, compact and ready when you are. With ample space and pockets, this little gem holds what’s needed and comes with a three-year warranty. $21.99 in a variety of colors at 800-675-3451,

Lighted travel & home mirror
With a full-face view, this mirror with distortion-free glass is perfect for applying makeup, putting in contacts, or other up-close needs. Folds flat or back to stand on its own. LED-type bulbs and long-lasting battery operation (comes with three AA batteries). $39.85, 800-962-9493,

Z-Coil pain relief footwear
The most comfortable shoes ever for travel and about town. Called “shock absorbers for your body,” these shoes are engineered to reduce impact. You will never walk and feel the same again. Recommended by doctors and physical therapists. In a variety of styles and colors from $209.95 (pictured: Freedom 2000, $219.95); 637 Irving Street (at 8th), 415-566-6877,

For Her: Cor Silver soap
With a patented silver formula, this soap cleanses, polishes and protects against the sun’s harmful rays (no need for a toner). $40, 617-440-5623,
For Him: Every Man Jack travel kit
A special kit for the guy on the go: face wash, shave cream, face lotion with SPF 15, and more in TSA-approved sizes and plastic bag (pictured: Signature Mint, $8).Visit the Web site for additional products and prices; 877-875-JACK (5225),

Patty Burness is the travel writer for Northside San Francisco. E-mail:

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