Best Father’s Day Gifts For Travelers 2024

Best Fathers Day Gifts for Travelers

Looking for Father’s Day gifts for travelers?

Can we agree that finding Father’s Day gifts for men who travel —fathers, grandfathers, husbands, sons, grandsons, or father figures— is a daunting proposition?

These guys probably want to pack light and enjoy whichever environment they find themselves in. They likely already have everything they really need or think they do.

And some of us just are not creative gift-givers.

Here are some conventional and less conventional ideas for Father’s Day gifts for travelers that will surely bring their recipients a smile. And if you are like me, you’ll find that these gifts feel almost as good to give as they would be to get!


Ideas for Father’s Day Gifts for Travelers



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Give Him A Charge

ChargeCard Wireless Portable Phone Charger
ChargeCard Wireless Portable Phone Charger

How can he live without a portable cellphone charger?

Does he constantly use his smartphone to find directions, take photos, post on social media, and more?  Does his battery always drain faster than he would like?

This NEW wireless ChargeCard is a game-changer. It sticks to the back of my phone magnetically—without any dangling cord—and begins charging instantly. (It also has a built-in micro USB and USB-C cable). Because it’s so thin (the thinnest one on the market right now) and lightweight (2.3 ounces), he’ll hardly know it’s there when he’s using his phone.

It’s small enough to tuck in a wallet and makes a perfect gift for a guy who is always running out of power.

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Comfy Pants To Live In 

Cozy Earth Jogger Pants
Cozy Earth Jogger Pants

Whether traveling or staying at home, he’ll never want to take off these comfy jogger pants from Cozy Earth. (The brand is Oprah’s favorite and mine, too.)

They are cuddly soft, made with bamboo viscose, and have a convenient zippered back pocket for when he wants to wear them to the gym.

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Men's Ultra-Soft Bamboo Jogger Pant


Lock Him Up

TSA-Approved Luggage Locks
TSA-Approved Luggage Locks

A luggage lock won’t totally deter crime, but if a thief has to choose between a suitcase with a lock and one without, they’ll probably choose the latter.

And if your bag is subject to a TSA inspection, they can open these locks without breaking them (and leaving your suitcase open).

This sturdy but flexible set of three-digit TSA-approved cable Locks is great for securing items in your suitcase when you leave your hotel or rental property if there is no safe in your accommodations

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Get Him A Little Black Dress

Vineyard Vines Heritage Pique Polo
Vineyard Vines Heritage Pique Polo

Buy him a nice dark-collared, short-sleeved polo shirt, perfect for a cruise or informal dinner (with or without a blazer).

We are always impressed with the quality of Vineyard Vines products. they look crisp and wash well. 

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How Did We Ever Live Without Them?

Travel Safety Essentials" Apple AirTag
Apple AirTag

If his suitcase is lost or stolen, an Apple AirTag will send a secure Bluetooth signal to iCloud, allowing you to trace the location of his luggage or other items (e.g., wallet, briefcase) on your phone. 

It weighs only .39 ounces, and its battery is long-lasting. You may even be able to locate your lost suitcase at your last layover before airport security identifies it. 

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A Clever Vault for his AirTag

TagVault Wallet
TagVault Wallet

I recently lost my wallet (or, more accurately, it was stolen). Recovering from this loss was a nightmare, both emotionally and logistically.

When I went to the local police station to file a report with my local police station, the officer on duty suggested that I carry an AirTag electronic tracker in my wallet in the future.

When I looked into the options, I decided to purchase this flexible AirTag holder called TagVault, which you can slip into a wallet. It is just about the size of a credit card (although slightly shorter to stay hidden) and adds no thickness to the AirTag. It comes in black, white or blue.

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Help Him Sail Through TSA Security

Arcade Atlas Travel Belt
Arcade Atlas Travel Belt

When we pass through TSA Security, my husband is often asked to remove his belt because it has a metal buckle. However, we were surprised when he was recently asked to take his belt off at security before boarding a tourist boat to visit the Statue of Liberty. What a hassle!

Because of the inconvenience, we were drawn to the Atlas Stretch Belt by Arcade. One of its major appeals is that it has a plastic (rather than metal) buckle that won’t set off any alarms.

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Make His AirBnB Stay A Little Bit Safer

Travel Safety Accessories: Kidde Portable Carbon Monoxide Detector
Kidde Portable Carbon Monoxide Detector

Three young people died of carbon monoxide poisoning while they were vacationing at an Airbnb property in Mexico City. Similar deaths have also been reported in luxury hotels.

Because travelers can never be sure whether their accommodations have this simple life-saving device, bringing your own is a good idea.

This Kidde Portable Carbon Monoxide Detector is inexpensive and lightweight. Because it is battery-powered (it comes with two AA batteries), you don’t have to worry about plugging it into an electrical socket when you’re abroad. The device sounds a loud alarm if the colorless, odorless gas is in your sleeping quarters. 

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Care for His Pearly Whites

PhillipsOne Sonicare Toothbrush
PhillipsOne Sonicare Toothbrush

We are addicted to our electric toothbrushes at home but often wonder whether we should travel with them because they take up so much room.

This portable, battery-operated PhillipsOne Sonicare toothbrush solves the to-take or not-to-take dilemma. Its size and weight (less than 4 ounces) make the decision a no-brainer. They are inexpensive and come in a rainbow of colors.

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Cozy Earth Ultra-Soft Bamboo Hoodie

An ultra-soft hoodie from Cozy Earth
An ultra-soft hoodie from Cozy Earth

This is the gift he’ll take everywhere. Cozy Earth’s all-season hoodie is perfect to wear on the deck of a cruise ship or to keep rolled up in a backpack for when the temperature drops toward evening. It comes in a relaxed fit that pairs well with jeans or Bermuda shorts. 

I love this machine-washable, breathable, moisture-wicking, premium bamboo-based fabric. None other than Oprah described Cozy Earth’s loungewear as the softest ever. Lightweight and easy to pack, the pullover comes in five attractive colors in sizes from small to XXXL. It’s a gift that he’ll surely want to wear when he returns home, too. 

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Pack An All-In-One Plug Adaptor

Vintar Travel Plug Adapter
Travel Plug Adapter

Does he travel abroad with his devices? Are there too many to count (smartphones, camera batteries, iPads, iPods, Kindles, or something else).?

This handy Vintar European Travel Plug Adapter turns the European socket in his room into two standard American outlets (one grounded), three USB-A ports, and one USB-C charging port. 

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Belkin Compact Travel Charger

Belkin Travel Charger
Belkin Travel Charger

Is your dad, hubby, brother, or son a gadget guy? This compact, ultra-fast Belkin travel charger can charge his smartphone or tablet from 0 to 50% in just thirty minutes. Because it has both USB A and C ports, he can charge two devices simultaneously. 

It comes with a two-year warranty protecting the charger and its connected devices. At about ½-inch by 1-inch in size, it’s small enough to tuck in a pocket.

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Earpeace: Uber Comfortable Earplugs

Earpeace Travel
Earpeace Travel

Earpeace makes excellent earplugs for a variety of uses, including travel. When someone is traveling, they often wind up someplace that’s noisier than they want, whether it’s an airplane or a music concert.  

The Earpeace Travel Kit comes with vented earplugs, which are used by pilots and flight crew, and are comfortable and perfect for frequent travelers. They offer the “sound of silence” with two filter sets, high and maximum (for a total block while catching a snooze on the plane).



Decadent Dark Chocolate

Big Daddy Bar from Jacques Torres
Big Daddy Bar from Jacques Torres

Known as Mr. Chocolate, Jacques Torres’ affinity for chocolate began in the south of France, where he embarked on a culinary career at the age of 15. His success brought him to New York, where he opened his first chocolate store and factory in Brooklyn. A pioneer in the bean-to-bar movement, he was the first artisan chocolatier in New York City to use fresh beans to make his own chocolate.

This Big Daddy Bar weighs in at over two pounds and makes a great presentation for any father with a sweet tooth. It is made with 60% Dark chocolate and measures 10″ across and 5″ wide. The ultimate indulgence!

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A Book for the Italian Wine Enthusiast

Vino by Campanale & Stein
Vino by Campanale & Stein

We love learning about the different culinary traditions across each of Italy’s 20 regions. Vino (a new book that I purchased for my husband for Father’s Day)is the perfect “pairing.” It was named one of the year’s best wine books by Eric Asimov of The New York Times.

The book is eminently readable, an approachable guide to the different regional wines, winemakers, and vineyards. Perfect for armchair travelers or anyone interested in wine tourism. The first author, Joe Campanale, is a sommelier and restaurateur who is passionate about Italian wines.

Available in audiobook, hardcover, or Kindle formats.

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A Book For The Travel Photographer

The Travel Photography Book by Scott Kelby
The Travel Photography Book by Scott Kelby

With the ubiquity of smartphones, every traveler has become a photographer but some are better than others. This new travel photography book by Scott Kelby offers the tricks used by professionals, including advice on pre-trip research, photographic gear, camera settings, and the type of shots that are most memorable.

No matter the destination or the subject that is chosen, the reader will be able to sharpen their focus on photography. Even the stunning images accompanying the text will inspire better picture-taking. We especially loved Kelby’s advice on when it makes the most sense to use your cell phone instead of a camera. The Kindle version is perfect reading for a long-haul flight.

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Map of His Favorite City in Wood

Wood Print Maps from Etsy
Wood Print Maps from Etsy

Looking for a truly unique gift that speaks to his sense of place? Does he have a favorite city that evokes special memories? Paris? Rome? Barcelona? Or it might even be the town or city where he was born, raised, or met you.

If he’s smitten with a particular destination, he’ll appreciate this Personalized Wooden City Map to hang on the wall of his home office. To order and see a preview, all you have to do is enter the name of the city/town you choose, along with its state/province or country. The Etsy vendor will send back the artwork for your approval before you purchase.

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Remote Trivets

Graf Lantz trivets
Graf Lantz trivets (credit: Irene S. Levine)

I love this company’s products so much that I wrote about them for Forbes. Holger Graf and Daniel Lantz are founders of this Los Angeles-based company whose artisanal line of homeware and personal accessories is rooted in global travel and culture; most of their products are made of magnificent Bavarian wool felt. Each item we’ve purchased was a gateway to another: So far, count me in for coasters, trivets, chair pads, placemats, masks, and desk pads,

I’m not sure that this Three-Size Stone Trivet Set was intended to hold TV remotes but if you have a glass or fine wood tabletop and a husband who tends to place objects (remotes, drinks, etc.) on it, this set of felt trivets will save you a lot of worries. Made of Merino wool felt, the sculptural set of three includes a heather white small, granite medium, and ash brown large. They can be stacked or used individually.

Do check out the desk pads, too. I’ve purchased three!


 


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8 Comments

  1. Great ideas, and BTW, thanks for your passion for Graf Lantz. Because of you, I just purchased two of their tissue boxes – love them!

  2. You have such a great eye for amazing gifts! I’m already a Cozy Earth fan now, thanks to you, and these other items here are great ideas. The cheese at the top is to die for, too. No need to wait for Father’s Day … Smile.

  3. This is quite an amazing catalog of choices for Dad! My husband would be thrilled with several of these items! And while I’m at it … I’m still enjoying those Cozy Earth lounge pjs you recommended in your Mother’s Day catalog. You have marvelous taste in gifts.

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