The 9 Best Travel Gifts to Buy for Dads in 2018

Wow your well-traveled father with these great ideas

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If your dad is perpetually away on business trips or adventuring around the world, gifting him with a travel-friendly item is a great way to celebrate all that he means to you. Whether you want to help keep him organized through each leg of the trip, make sure he stays healthy while he’s away from home, or  provide him with stylish travel essentials, there are plenty of gifts available for adventurous fathers.

If your dad loves the globe-trotting lifestyle, stow away a few of these travel gift ideas for the next holiday, from his birthday to Father's Day. Read on to learn more about the best gifts you can buy for dads who love to travel.


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    Best for the Business Man: World Time Alarm Clock

    Constantly jetting off to your next international destination makes it hard to keep track of the current time. This world clock keeps Dad right on schedule by showing him 18 different time zones from around the globe. He can scroll to his current location — such as Tokyo, Sydney or New York, among others — with a circular dial on the side of the clock. He doesn’t even need to know which city adheres to what time standard (like Mountain Daylight Time for Denver or Greenwich Mean Time for London). Dad won’t be able to avoid jet lag, but he will be able to wake up on time to one of the clock’s 16 melodic alarms. The clock is small enough to fit in his pocket and comes with a convenient flashlight for navigating in the dark.

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    Best for the Fitness Fanatic: Resistance Bands Set

    Traveling so much tends to disrupt a regular workout schedule. Make sure Dad keeps up his strength with this resistance band set. He can pack it in his carry-on to fit in a travel-friendly workout once he reaches his hotel. The set includes five color-coded bands that each represent a different tension level. Dad can use them individually or combine them to get up to 150 pounds of equivalent lifting weight. Resistance bands are great for travel because they’re lightweight and adaptable to a huge number of exercises. Dad can do pushups, bicep curls, squats, crunches and more to target every muscle group during his full-body workout, all from the comfort of his hotel room or even at the airport.

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    Best Luggage: Rimowa Salsa Air Cabin Multiwheel Luggage

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    If Dad’s on the go a lot, his luggage is coming with him — and it’s probably taking a beating during those frequent trips. Get him a long-lasting carry-on built to keep him organized and comfortable as he explores the world. The lightweight Rimowa Salsa Air Cabin Multiwheel has a nearly indestructible polycarbonate shell that pops back into place once applied pressure is released. Inside, both halves feature zippered net covers to keep all of Dad’s clothes securely in place. And he’ll have no problem rolling this luggage through the airport thanks to four wheels that rotate 360 degrees and a handle that retracts to any height.

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    Best Multi-tool: Leatherman Style PS

    Your first instinct wouldn’t be to bring a sharp object onto a plane (or anywhere near airport security, for that matter), but this multi-tool is actually TSA-approved. It has eight tools in one handy system: needle nose pliers, regular pliers, wire cutters, scissors, a screwdriver, tweezers, a nail file and a carabiner/bottle opener. We don’t know what Dad is up to on his trip — James Bond-level missions, perhaps? — but he’ll be ready for anything with the Leatherman Style PS. At just 3” long, the tool fits right in his pocket or carry-on without taking up precious space.

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    Best for Sleep: SkySiesta SNUG Travel Pillow

    Having a big, bulky travel pillow attached to your luggage can be embarrassing for some travelers. Unfortunately, they’re one of the best ways to get a decent amount of sleep on a plane without waking up with a sore neck at landing time. Luckily, this pillow from SkySiesta comes with a travel pouch for easy, discreet carrying. The L-shaped supports of the pillow keep your head stable to prevent neck cramps and back pain associated with flying. What's more, Dad come toss the pillow into the washer and dryer for a quick clean before his next excursion.

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    Best for Staying Hydrated: Collapsible Silicone Water Bottle

    It’s a carefully calculated game to stay hydrated in an airport and on a plane. Bringing a full water bottle with you means you’ll have to throw it out right before the security screening. But coming empty handed forces you to splurge for a pricey bottle at an airport newsstand or wait until the flight attendant comes around with the beverage cart. There’s a solution: a collapsible water bottle. This BPA-free silicone bottle folds up to easily fit in a side pocket of Dad’s carry-on. He can fill it up once he gets past security and feel good that he’s not wasting yet another plastic water bottle. The bottle holds 20 ounces of liquid, has a leak-proof lid and can be used as a hot or cold compress if Dad needs one on the trip.

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    Best for the Tech Junkie: Anker PowerCore Portable Charger

    Glance around an airport and you’ll see crowds of people huddled at the gate’s scant number of outlets. Places to power your phone are hard to come by on a long trip, but Dad won’t have to worry if he has the Anker Powercore Portable Charger. This compact power bank is smaller than a deck of cards but provides enough power to fully charge a phone three times. Dad will never be stuck with a dead battery again.

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    Best for the Photographer: Flexible Phone Tripod with Remote

    If you don’t take pictures on a trip, did it really even happen? Give Dad an excuse to document every moment of his time away with this phone tripod. He can set it up in an Instagram-worthy setting and use the Bluetooth remote to capture an epic selfie. The tripod has five flexible legs that can stand on a surface or wrap around a tree branch to capture the perfect photo. It holds most smartphone models and can fold up compactly.

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    Best for Toiletries: Vetelli Leather Toiletry Bag

     Every world traveler needs a place to stow their toothpaste, shampoo, and other travel essentials while they're en route. Treat your dad to this chic, high-end leather bag. It comes with two mini toiletry bottles he can fill with shampoo, conditioner, hair gel, or any other products he needs on his trips. The bag has zip compartments and mesh compartments for easy organization too.