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19 Top Travel Gifts Guys Love for Father’s Day

When it comes to celebrating the men in your life, I’ve got you covered with some great ideas for travel gifts guys love that are sure to make your guy smile.

I’m pretty sure if I asked the men I know, they would say, “Enough ties already!” and “No more mugs!”

Seriously. No more.

Travel Gifts Guys Love

What do the dads, grandpas, guys, men, dudes in your life really want?

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Especially if they love to travel?

I asked my husband, Chris, what travel gifts he love the most and the message app on my phone set off buzzing with all the ideas he texted to me.

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I like to think I am a pretty good gift giver. I take note of “I wish I had” comments or observe moments such as when my father-in-law is making tacos and uses makeshift stands to hold the tacos upright in the oven. A stainless steel taco holder was be the perfect gift for him.

Gotta say, Amazon is pretty amazing in being able to find travel gifts for guys in all shapes and sizes and then delivering them to your doorstep within days (sometimes hours!).

If you simply can’t find the right gift, well, an Amazon Gift Card [affiliate] seems to fit the bill too.

Still, unless your father, husband, son, brother, or boyfriend gives really good hints, sometimes finding a gift—travel gifts especially that will be appreciated and meaningful—is a challenge.

And if the guy in your life really wants something, he often just buys it for himself.

So, when special days such as Father’s Day, birthdays, anniversaries, or Christmas come around, you might be left wondering, “What would he want or need?”

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Wonder no more.

With our ability to travel the world, stay connected to home, and capture memories, travel gifts that guys love are always appropriate. If your guy loves gadgets, devices or electronics this list is for him.

1. A Travel Themed T-Shirt

I love the sentiment of the quote on this T-shirt [affiliate]. In fact, I even have a shirt for myself in pink.

The clear message to each of us is that our journey has purpose.

“Not all who wander are lost.”

J. R. R. Tolkien

For years as I have traveled, I have noticed the Life is Good® brand on t-shirts, hats, jewelry, blankets and so much more. I thought, “What a clever way to bring optimism to the world.”

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I was so intrigued by the Life is Good® brand and the #ThisIsOptimism focus that I became an ambassador for them. They have hundreds of styles of t-shirts.

2. Wireless Headphones are Travel Gifts Guys Love

Chris loves to use his Bose QuietComfort 20 Acoustic Noise Cancelling Headphones [affiliate] while traveling. The benefit to traveling with the Bose Headphones is that they are corded and offer less chances of falling out of your ears and getting lost while you sleep.

You can also plug into the plane’s onboard system to watch movies or listen to music.

Even after hours of wearing and sleeping in the Bose headphones, they do not hurt Chris’ ears. He says they are his “faves”.

3. Backpack

I have mentioned in other posts about The NorthFace Recon Backpacks [affiliate] that Chris and I both love. (Mine is designed specifically for women). They could make the perfect matching travel gifts for both of you!

As we travel, hike, act as tourists, or sightsee, we wear our backpacks all day long. The backpacks boast the following features to make them comfortable to wear:

  • a padded laptop section
  • a large middle section
  • lots of interior pockets
  • expandable side pockets for a water bottle
  • a mesh front pocket
  • a sternum strap
  • a waist belt
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Chris snacking on a Built Bar

Chris LOVES Built Bar protein bars for hiking, travel, and the occasional dessert. FYI, they make a great Father’s Day gift too!


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4. Hydration Pack

If a full-size backpack is not what you need, especially if you are interested in a hiking backpack, check out the 3.0 Liter CamelBak Pack [affiliate] complete with the hydration pack. (It also comes in a smaller 2.0 Liter size.) This is the perfect hiking gift for your guy’s outdoorsy adventures.

When it is just Chris and I hiking, we like to take this pack and fill it up with snacks and a lunch for our closer-to-home hikes.

When our girls join us on our hiking excursions, we pull out the Camelbak 3.0 Liter Hydration Pack Reservoir and tuck it into the padded laptop section of Chris’ NorthFace Backpack.

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It has a larger capacity for snacks and food for the five of us and the Camelbak reservoir fits perfectly into the laptop section of Chris’ The NorthFace Recon Backpack [affiliate]. The laptop section is padded enough to keep the water in the reservoir cool and minimizes any leaks to other sections of the backpack.

5. Portable Chargers—Travel Gifts Guys Love

If you are using your phone throughout the day for taking photos, getting directions, navigating and checking maps, figuring out transportation, or researching on the internet don’t forget to pack a Portable Charger (or TWO!) so you can recharge your phone when needed.

If you are using your phone for all of those activities, you will most likely use up your battery before the end of the day.

Portable chargers come in a variety of sizes and shapes from the size of a tube of lipstick to a cell phone to even larger. Portable chargers are convenient and easy to pack into your travel backpack as you sightsee each day.

They are one of the travel gifts I received for Christmas last year. Yes, women like them too! Think Mother’s Day!

When I say, “Bring along a portable charger or two…”, I mean two if you have kids who use up all of THEIR batteries playing games and using social media and want to charge their phone. Having two, means there is one available for you so you can map the train schedules back to the hotel. Only somewhat important right?

And… don’t forget to bring your charging cable.

6. Dopp Kit

Dopp kit“, [affiliate] a term often used in the United States for a man’s toiletry bag, is an essential travel gift for guys for their toiletries. Invest in quality luggage that has the space you will need and that will last for years.

Be sure to repack or restock as soon as you arrive home from a trip so that it is ready to go for your next trip.

7. Travel Organizer for Electronics

Is your guy a gadget guy? My husband loves cool gadgets that not only work seamlessly with his electronics but also have great function too. With all of the gadgets and electronics, an organizer is essential.

The Travelon Urban Tech Organizer [affiliate] features an abundance of zippered pockets and lets you see at a glance if you have forgotten to pack a cord, charging cable, or charger.

8. UV Swim Shirt for the Beach

Beyond the PCA Sunscreen for sun protection (which I am a huge proponent of), a fantastic travel gift guys love idea is a Men’s UV Swim Shirt [affiliate] to protect your skin if you are planning to spend a day at the beach. There’s nothing that can ruin a vacation faster than a bad sunburn.

9. Magnetic Air Vent Phone Mounts are Handy Gadgets and Travel Gifts Guys LOVE!

These magnetic car phone mounts are such awesome little gadgets and make fantastic travel gifts.

You place a metal plate (included with your purchase) inside your phone case. The magnetized phone mount [affiliate] slides onto your air vent slat; place your phone against the phone mount and voila! instant attachment.

Don’t be like Chris and me and forget to remove it from the rental car when you return it though!

The SUPER EASY TRAVEL Planning eBook make a great gift!

10. Bling

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Superman Cufflinks

If your guy is the kind of guy who likes a little bling in his life, how about a pair of Superman cufflinks or Airplane cufflinks [affiliate] as gifts? These cufflinks are always great conversation starters for my husband.

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Airplane Cufflinks

11. Metal Collar Stays

Chris is a business traveler and likes to have his shirts and collars “just so”. Treat you guy to metal collar stays.

12. Retractable Cables are Definitely Travel Gifts Guys (and Kids) Love!

Have you ever tried retractable cables? If you can keep your kids from playing with this fun little gadget and messing up the spring action, they are great for keeping cables organized.

13. USB-C Charger

Chris loves this USB-C Charger [affiliate] gadget and says it charges his laptop in record time.

14. Sunglasses Strap

Many years ago as we were kayaking in the ocean. Chris lost his prescription sunglasses as his kayak dumped over in the ocean. Ever since, we keep sunglass straps [affiliate] in my backpack as well as his.

If you wear sunglasses (and you should!), these straps are invaluable.

15. Sock Subscription

These funky socks [affiliate] may not be for every guy, but my guy would certainly love receiving a new pair every month to pack with his travel clothes. Add a little bling to his feet with these as travel gifts.

16. Metal Luggage Tags

Have you ever picked up the wrong luggage at the airport, driven home with someone else’s bag, and then received a call from the airport informing you of the mistake? I may or may not have.

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These luggage tags are bright and easily identifiable…and essential.

17. Mesh Travel Bags

If you want to go a little fancier on your travel storage bags, Chris and I both use Water Resistant Travel Pouches [affiliate]. Guys love to be organized too! And these pouches are versatile for toiletries, snacks, and essential gadgets.

Chris and Jolayne hikes in Colorado

18. Audible Gift Card

How about the ultimate gift that says “adventure awaits”? An Audible Gift Card opens up the world of books while traveling and makes a great gift. You can find them on Amazon.

19. Amazon Gift Card

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For all types of budgets, an Amazon Gift Card [affiliate] leaves the options open for your dad, grandpa, brother, son, guy, or boyfriend.

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Final Thoughts on the Top Travel Gifts Guys Love for Father’s Day

Whether you are celebrating Father’s Day in June, birthdays, anniversaries, Christmas, or “just because” moments, these travel gifts will be perfect for your dad, grandpa, brothers, sons, guy friends, or boyfriend.

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1 year ago

Love these ideas! My husband would love the taco holder. I need to snag those for Father’s Day for him!

1 year ago

These are great ideas! Thanks for sharing!

1 year ago

These are some great ideas! I love the portable charger, that is so useful when traveling! Thank you for sharing.

1 year ago

Retractable cables are such a great idea! My cables are always getting knotted and wrapped around each other when I’m traveling, so I may need to pick some of those up for myself. I also love the idea of a sock subscription as a gift, super cute!

Julie A Plagens
1 year ago

How fun. I have never heard of a sock subscription before. What a cool gift for someone.

1 year ago

Thanks for the great ideas!!

1 year ago

I love the idea of organizing electronics. We are drowning in cords all the time. Great list!

1 year ago

Wireless headphones are a great gift and so useful! Awesome list 🙂

Sandra Ans
1 year ago

I like your ideas, especially all the technical gifts like Wireless Headphones, Portable chargers, and USB-C chargers! I think, for a man, these are very cool gifts!

Stephanie Donaire Simpson

I also have the problem where the guys in my family just buy what they want. I really like a lot of these ideas! Great suggestions!

1 year ago

These are great ideas! I really need to get my husband a portable charger.

1 year ago

The taco holder is brilliant! Such a clever gift idea. I have been looking at buying a power bank for ages and it’s great to see that you suggested one that is airline approved.

1 year ago

Love the travel organiser for electronics! Nevermind my husband, I think I need that. Ha!

1 year ago

So many great ideas! My guy would love the backpack and the phone charger.

1 year ago

So many great ideas! The metal collar stays are a great idea even if you are not traveling.

1 year ago

Great gift ideas! I love the sock subscription. Such a unique gift idea.

Constanza Vázquez
1 year ago

Love it! So cutee!! I´m not married or mom yet but my dad may like some of these, even though he is a bit older for trlaveling now.

1 year ago

I find that guys are always so hard to shop for so I appreciate this post. The Dopp kit is a great recommendation as my husband is currently obsessed with his. Secretly I just think he like saying “dopp kit” hahaha.

Josy A
1 year ago

My dad doesn’t travel much, but I still think he’d like some of these. The portable charger is a great idea!

1 year ago

These are great ideas with Christmas just around the corner for the travellers in our family.

Komal Singh
1 year ago

These are amazing gift ideas for the travel enthusiast!