Father's Day in the United States is coming up on Sunday, June 21st. Dads are notoriously hard to shop for, especially when they are the type of guy who “has everything.” Traveling dads are a particularly difficult group because if they travel a lot for work or leisure, chances are they have found their favorite products.
My husband is definitely in this group. He both travels around the world regularly for work, and we travel a lot as a family. Coming up with something unique that he might need and love is sometimes hard to do.
If this is you, don't worry, I've got you covered. I've done some research and found some cool and unique ideas to help you (and me) out. Here is a list of awesome gifts your traveling dad is going to love!
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Is your traveling dad a “bag guy?” My dad is one of these. He LOVES bags. All kinds of bags. He's kind of collector. My husband also is a packing ninja and likes to travel light. He has strong feelings about his suitcase and making it easy for travel.
So, when I heard about the Away Suitcases I had to try it. They have created a product based on feedback from travelers, and I think they got it right.
My husband loved the double-sided packing feature, and ease of pushing. His verdict? Amazing. I then bought my dad the Away Medium, and he – the ultimate “bag guy” – fell in love. Suffice to say, this is a wonderful travel gift for traveling dads for Father's Day.
Does your traveling dad bring suits on his business trips? Or maybe he just likes his clothes to stay crisp for vacation. The Impressed Bag Co. has created a gorgeous, and really cool, bag called the Preston, making travel a lot easier.
This ingenious bag is part garment bag/part duffle bag made to keep dad's clothes wrinkle-free. It is an ideal size for a weekend getaway.
This bag is also the perfect size to fit in an overhead bin or can be hung on a garment rack on a plane (if he is traveling business class.) It would also work to stow his work clothes during a gym workout, so he heads back to work looking like he just arrived in the morning.
And, the Preston is a beautiful bag, ideal for the dad who travels in style. One my dad would definitely approve.
For traveling dads who love to bring wanderlust into their office or home, this Wooden Wall Pushpin Map is very special. I recently bought it for my husband.
It is simply stunning, and it comes with complete instructions for how to assemble it. And, the attention to detail is incredible. In fact, he bought a large frame with a blue background to adhere it to to make it look like the ocean.
To make it extra special, you can purchase flag pushpins to go with it. It has been such a wonderful family activity to put the flags in each country, especially for my son who loves geography and flags of the world. One of my favorite features is that they included a little boat with my name on it. It is a very high-quality, gorgeous gift, that can be a centerpiece of any office or room in your home.
This special treasure is one that your traveling dad will cherish for a long time to come.
My dad self-identifies as the “world's greatest packer.” My husband is the “extra bag, just in case we buy souvenirs” guy. If your travel dad fits into one of these categories, these gifts are for you.
PARAVEL is a company that makes beautiful, practical travel products with durability in mind. They believe you don't need to sacrifice style to be good quality. Their line of travel bags and accessories are quite stylish, made with durable textiles, at a mid-range price point. In other words, you are getting a well thought out, quality product at a reasonable price.
I have a confession. I am obsessed with the Bullet Journal. If you are not familiar, the Bullet Journal Method was invented by Ryder Carroll, a digital product designer. According to the official Bullet Journal website, he created a method to be productive and efficient that has turned into a craze because it is as customizable and creative as it is a method for improving organization and efficiency.
To be a traveling dad – be it for work or leisure – you have to be pretty organized. Whether your traveling dad could use the Bullet Journal to organize his work travel or as a travel journal, the best part of the Bullet Journal is it can be whatever you want it to be. A combo package with a Bullet Journal, this book about the Bullet Journal Method by Ryder Carroll, and a few Bullet Journal supplies would make a thoughtful travel gift for Father's Day.
For business and leisure travel, both my husband and my dad are EARLY risers. We often have flights that DEPART (as in, the plane is taxiing) at 6:00 a.m., meaning we are at the airport by 4:30 a.m. Therefore, coffee is our life-blood. Plus, let's face it, when you travel with kids, coffee gets you through LOTS of things.
Departing this early can sometimes make it difficult for traveling dads to find their much-needed energy brew in the airport. Sometimes coffee vendors don't open until 6:00 a.m., making them rely on airline coffee, which can be hit or miss (often a miss – only so much those little airplane coffee machines can do.)
The YETI travel tumbler is a life-saver. I can't tell you how many times my husband has relied on this little gem to make sure he is well caffeinated, and thereby well-functioning, for his trip. And, it stays HOT for a long time. Or if your traveling dad is more of a smoothie guy, it keeps it COLD for a long time. A YETI plus a Starbucks gift card (or Jamba Juice card) or a bag of good coffee will make your traveling dad smile.
Two that I like are the Zero Grid Family Wallet & Travel Passport Holder and the Family Travel Family Document Organizer Bag. They are both stylish with RFID blocking to protect your credit and bank cards. They are both compact and have space for multiple passports, money, credit cards, passports, keys, and boarding passes.
This travel gift for your traveling dad will help make juggling the passports and documents easier!
If your traveling dad is the kind of guy who loves his products – hey, we all like to look good and smell good – a beautiful and practical toiletry bag makes a nice travel gift for Father's Day. No one likes a jumbled mess in their bag when they are traveling. One that is stylish and keeps things organized is ideal.
This handsome toiletry bag by Pierre LaCroix meets all of the requirements. It is made of cruelty-free synthetic leather, perfectly sized, and with practical compartments for keeping things organized (you know, your shampoo away from your toothpaste.) It is water-resistant and leak-proof (to protect your clothes from that lotion that squeezed out during the flight). My compartment-loving dad would approve of this toiletry bag, and it would make a great travel gift for your traveling dad.
If your traveling dad enjoys his relaxation time at the beach or pool or likes to don a stylish-casual look in the summer, the OluKai shoes and sandals are a great travel gift for Father's Day. Made for men and women, these beautiful, well-crafted shoes are comfortable and fashionable, and they last for a long time.
My husband bought me my first pair for Mother's Day when I was eight months pregnant, and given that I couldn't see my feet, it was one of the best gifts I could have received. I was never a “flip flop” person, but these changed everything. I still wear the same pair seven years later! My husband has several pairs of his own, making these a top pick for a travel gift for traveling dads.
OluKai's Mea Ola sandals are hand-sewn, with beautiful artistic stitching in the footbed, and full grain leather straps. They mold over time, making them a travel gift with staying power. OluKai's varied collection includes sneakers and stylish casual shoes, in addition to sandals, making them a great travel gift for your traveling dad.
Traveling dads like to dress nicely. They like to show off their wanderlust.
These gorgeous silver and blue cufflinks are perfect for the work traveler. One cufflink is a compass and the other is a globe. It can be customized to the continent of your choice, making this a personalized and unique travel gift for your favorite traveling dad.
For the traveling dad who loves to show off his wanderlust, this handmade map bow tie is a unique travel gift he will love. It comes in several sizes, including child-size and even a father/son set, so even the little globetrotter can match dad and show off his adventure-loving side.
Choosing a travel gift for a traveling dad can sometimes be hard. But the best part of a travel gift for a traveling dad is he'll think of you when he uses it on the road. Do you have unique travel gift ideas? I'd love to hear them! Comment below!
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