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- A travel-related Father’s Day gift is a thoughtful idea for the dad who’s frequently on the road.
- Whether he travels for business or pleasure, we found travel gift ideas for dad he’s sure to love.
- Options range from useful items like comfy shoes to fun ideas like carry-on cocktail kits.
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If your dad or father figure often travels for business or pleasure, a thoughtful Father’s Day gift he’ll be able to use when he’s flying off to a meeting or on a road trip for fun can go a long way.
With the CDC announcing US travel is safe for vaccinated individuals and summer travel looking bright, these travel gift ideas for dad may come in especially handy if he’s eager to get back out there. Plus, he’ll be able to use and appreciate these thoughtful travel gifts for years to come.
These fun and useful travel gift ideas for dad are sure to keep him entertained, connected, and comfortable while on the road or in the air. Treat him to a tasty in-flight cocktail, a Wi-Fi hot spot so you two can always keep in touch, or even a subscription to Disney+ to stay entertained while in the air.
Here are 35 travel gifts for dad to use on his next trip:
For nostalgic dads, choose from retro airline posters of locales around the world, from a Pan Am London poster to TWA San Francisco decor. They come in two sizes and there are over 60 options.
A delicious meal from his favorite restaurant
If dad can’t hit the road right now and make it to his favorite far-flung restaurants, you can bring his favorite foods to him. Goldbelly lets you get meals delivered right to your house from top restaurants around the US, including bagels from New York, fresh lobster from Maine, and more.
An on-the-go beard kit
If your dad has a beard he likes to keep trimmed and pristine, give him the ability to keep it fresh and clean even on the road with this travel-size beard kit. It includes beard and face wash, beard oil, beard butter, beard balm, and a comb.
A packable hammock for on-the-go lounging
Dad can lay back and lounge in the backyard, on a camping trip, at the beach, or anywhere else he pleases with this hammock that packs down into a tiny travel case for easy packing.
A tracker to ensure his luggage is never lost
Tile is a tiny Bluetooth tracker that pairs with an app on dad’s phone so that he can find and track items at the push of a button. He can use it on his luggage, passport, phone, or other items to ensure they’re never misplaced or lost.
A cocktail glass to remind him of a favorite city
Help bring back great memories you had together or get him excited for an upcoming stay with these rocks glasses etched with maps from major cities across the US. The intricate maps that sprawl across these glasses even include interspersed street names and coordinates for taking a mental stroll.
A gift card to inspire dad’s future travels
If dad isn’t quite ready to travel right now, give him the gift of future travel with an Airbnb gift card. You can even help plan a trip for the two of you to take for quality bonding time. Gift cards can be purchased in any amount between $25 and $200.
TSA Pre for a speedier airport experience
If dad is a frequent flyer but doesn’t yet have PreCheck, this is a great gift to help him speed his way through security for his next flight. Plus, PreCheck status lasts for five years, so this is a gift he’ll use again and again. You can help him submit an application online in less than five minutes.
A personalized luggage tag
Make sure dad always knows which bag is his with a handsome leather luggage tag. You can choose the color and have his initials monogrammed for a personal touch.
An e-reader for endless books
This waterproof e-reader is great for saving space and taking reading on-the-go. Dad will surely appreciate having endless book options to download the next time he gets delayed on the tarmac.
A stylish portable charger
Keep dad’s devices charged even when he’s on the go. This wireless and portable battery pack from Courant features textured pebble-grain leather and supports fast wireless charging for all Qi-enabled devices. It can also be charged wirelessly or via USB-C when he’s able to catch a break at the hotel.
Durable silicone rings
If your dad is hesitant about traveling with his wedding band, try gifting a more low-key silicone ring. He’ll be able to wear it through airport security, at the hotel gym, and more without worrying about scratching delicate metal or losing it. This one from Enso comes in eight colors to complement his personal style, and the beveled edges are a nice and unexpected touch.
A subscription to Disney Plus
Keep your dad entertained with a subscription to Disney+. He can watch thousands of movies and shows from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, National Geographic, and 20th Century Fox for just $7.99 a month or $79.99 a year after a free seven-day trial.
Read everything there is to know about Disney+ over here. And if he needs some binge-spiration, here are all the new movies available to stream.
A versatile travel pack
If your dad isn’t a suitcase kind of man, pick up the practical and versatile Tortuga Outbreaker so he can easily carry everything he needs for a four- or five-day trip in a comfy backpack. We love this pack so much we even named it the overall best travel backpack.
These Allbird Wool Runners will take your dad though the terminal, onto the plane, and to the streets of wherever he’s headed next in serious comfort and style. The sneakers feature a wool upper, an ultra-soft padded insole, and an incredibly lightweight sole. You can read our full review of the Wool Runners here.
A durable roller bag
This hardshell luggage from Away is thoughtfully designed to last a lifetime. It also fits in the overhead bin of most major airlines so dad won’t have to go through the hassle of checking his bag. As an added bonus, it comes with a TSA-approved, removable battery for charging a phone so he can always stay connected.
You can read our full guide to the best carry-on suitcases here.
A case to keep his ties organized while on the go
For the dad who frequently travels for business and always needs to look his best, help him stay organized with this case designed specifically to hold ties, collar stays, and cufflinks. He’ll be able to hop off the plane, grab a wrinkle-free tie, and head straight to his meetings. The case easily zips up and can fit in his briefcase or carry-on.
A travel pillow for the plane
Every frequent traveler who tends to go on long hauls needs a supportive neck pillow. The super-soft fleece of the Trtl holds the neck and head in an ergonomic position during flight. Best of all, it’s lightweight, weighing only about a half a pound so it won’t add much to his baggage. Read our full review of the pillow here.
Sturdy waterproof hikers
For the dad who loves the great outdoors, these mid-height hikers will keep his feet comfy and dry out on the trails. The M Select™ DRY technology seals out water and lets moisture escape so feet stay dry, while the air cushion in the heel absorbs shock and adds stability.
A folio for staying organized
Help streamline his travel documents with a multipurpose folio. This zippered pick from one of our favorite brands, Bellroy, can fit passports, boarding passes, credit cards, cash, pens, and more so he’ll have everything in one place. It also has RFID-blocking technology to stop potential thieves and skimmers.
Here’s our review of Bellroy so you can check out the brand’s quality and other items we love.
An eco-friendly way to keep him hydrated
Make sure he stays hydrated on the plane and during all his travels with the Hydro Flask, one of the hottest (coolest?) water bottles around.
A travel-sized body-care set
Aesop’s unisex grooming set includes everything he needs to stay clean and fresh while on the road. The kit contains four TSA-approved mini bottles of shampoo, conditioner, body wash, and body lotion suitable for normal to dry skin types.
A backpack that’ll keep his stuff safe
Give your dad peace of mind with the Travelon Anti-Theft Heritage Backpack. Thieves won’t be able to grab your dad’s valuables when he uses the backpack’s locking pockets. The organizer compartment even has an RFID-blocking pocket for extra security.
A tracking device
He can keep an eye on his belongings by attaching one of these Tile Pro trackers to his keys, suitcase, and more. They sync up to his phone via Bluetooth so if he ever misplaces something, he can track it easily.
A way to keep his cords organized
Help your dad stay organized with a Mark and Graham leather roll-up pouch. The supple leather roll up features three separate pockets to hold all his cables, chargers, and tech accessories. Plus, you can get it monogrammed for free.
A portable coffee maker
One of the drawbacks of waking up in far-off places is not having your favorite coffee to sip on in the morning. The AeroPress Coffee and Espresso Maker is a portable solution for the dad who likes his cup just so.
A mobile Wi-Fi hot spot
No matter where your dad goes, he’ll be able to stay in touch with friends, family, and the office with his own mobile Wi-Fi hot spot. The hot spot can be utilized with a variety of Wi-Fi-enabled devices, including his laptop, smartphone, tablet, and even video game consoles.
A travel-sized cocktail kit
Forget about Dad sipping on a simple beer or glass of wine. Up his mid-flight beverage game with a carry-on cocktail kit like this one.
All he needs is a mini bottle of alcohol and he’ll be able to mix up everything from an Old Fashioned to a Moscow Mule from his own seat mid-flight.
A luxurious leather dopp kit
The pebbled leather of this Mark and Graham travel pouch screams luxury, though the price is actually quite reasonable for something of this quality. The foil-embossed monogram also adds more classic charm to this thoughtful gift.
A better way to pack
If your dad is always having trouble squeezing everything into his suitcases because he insists on carrying three pairs of pants and five shirts for a weekend trip, a good set of packing cubes can help him stay organized. The pop-up design of the eBags Hyperlite Packing Cubes means these lightweight packing cubes fit nicely in any suitcase and are easy to fill.
Read our full guide to the best packing cubes here.
A way to keep all his toiletries in order
This sturdy personal toiletry bag by L.L. Bean is not only handsome but happens to be very handy as well. The pack conveniently hangs on bathroom hooks for easy access to all his toiletries without taking up precious bathroom counter space.
A down travel pillow for the hotel
If your dad complains about the uncomfortable hotel pillows, then you can help him out with the gift of a comfy down travel pillow.
Noise cancelling headphones
Bose headphones are renowned for their amazing noise cancellation and superior audio quality. The Bose Quiet Comfort 35 even comes with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa built right in so he’s ready to be entertained in peace.
A portable speaker
This particular speaker has a built-in carabiner so he can hang it anywhere in the hotel room with ease. The long battery also supports play for up to ten hours per charge.
A way to keep track of his travels
Provide your dad with a whimsical way to keep track of his travels with this scratch-off map of the world. It’s a fun way to recall and keep track of all his global adventures.
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