Travel Gifts for Men — The Best Travel Gift Ideas for Him

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There are hundreds of great travel gifts for men, but which ones are right for the men in your life? Here we look at various gift ideas for men who travel for work, for men who love the outdoors, gifts for dads, sons, partners and more. 

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Travel Gifts for Men

A weekend road trip. A luxury cruise. Two months backpacking in Thailand or a last-minute flight business trip to New York. Each trip you take is full of potential. What opportunities will present themselves this time? If you’re looking at travel gifts for men and wondering what to buy, then you’ve come to the right place. Here we’ve collected some of the best gift ideas for men who travel for work, for adventure and for a little of both. 

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What Do I Know About Travel Gifts for Men?

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I have a lot experience with men’s travel gifts. After all, I’ve been a passionate and regular traveler since the mid ’90s. My first big backpacking trip was to Europe in 1994. Three years later I left my hometown of Atlanta Georgia (USA) and moved to Taiwan for a year. I never moved back. It wasn’t intentional really, but I just kept discovering new places I wanted to go next. That list of destinations continues to grow, and I plan to visit as many as I can. Since 1997, I’ve lived in:

Travel Gifts for Men: My Requirements

Over the years, I’ve given and received more than a few typical travel-related presents. I’ve also seen what others give and receive and have come to a few fairly rigid rules about what makes an ideal travel gift for him. 

  • It’s Useful: The best men’s travel gifts serve a specific function and make travel easier and/or more enjoyable in some way. If you can’t name exactly why it’s worth carrying with him, then it’s not a great travel gift for him. Skip it. He’s not going to bring it anyway. 
  • It’s Rugged: Depending on the trip, the best travel gifts need to be durable. Is it fragile? Will it stain easily? Does it require special care? If so, then it’s getting left behind. Even gifts for traveling businessmen need to be able to get shoved into a pocket or briefcase and get thrown around by TSA agents. 
  • It’s Packable: The best gifts for men who travel need to be lightweight and mobile. They need to be easy to get in and out of luggage. 

Electronics: Travel Gadgets for Men

Any gadget hounds out there? Here are some of the most useful electronic travel tools today.

Skross Power Adapter

If you’re looking for travel gifts for someone going overseas, then a power adapter is a crucial item to own. We travel with two of them, including one from Skross. Power adapters like this one allow you to plug in just about anywhere. We also like having a USB port as well, since sometimes you just want to charge a single phone or tablet. 

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More Power Adapters

The Skross adapter mentioned above is just one of many highly regarded travel adapters on the market today. If you have more specific needs (ie. more USB ports, etc), then follow the link to our full feature. 

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Ultimate Ears Wonderboom 2

Portable speakers make great travel gifts for men because they help set a mood wherever you’re going. The UE Wonderboom 2 it an excellent addition to any trip. It provides the soundtrack for a beach party or an intimate dinner for two in an apartment rental. It’s small, sturdy and waterproof, so throw it into a suitcase or daypack and you’ve got tunes to go.

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More Portable Bluetooth Speakers for Travel

We bought our first Bluetooth speaker in 2012 and have been traveling with at least one or two ever since. Today’s travel speakers are much more powerful, with a range of sizes and features. Read more about them here.

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Wireless Headphones

Portable speakers are great on the road, but you can’t really pump up the volume in the middle of an airport, can you? A good pair of wireless headphones are some of the best travel gifts for him because he can use them just about anywhere. If he has an iPhone, then Airpods Pro earbuds are the best travel gift for him. 

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For Android users, we recommend Powerbeats Pro. 

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Moment Smartphone Lenses

Our phones are capable of amazing pictures. With Moment Lenses, the photographic potential is off the charts. Moment lenses use high-quality glass and are some of the easiest to use.

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Cord Organizers

Nothing is worse than a tangled wad of headphone wires. Avoid the tangle with a set of cord tacos from Amusent. These come in earth tones in a pack of three. Easy to use and easy to store, they make a great  travel gift for men under $10. 

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Multi-Port USB Charger

Beyond phone and tablets, more and more devices can be charged via USB cord. That includes headphones, speakers, electric razors and toothbrushes, and more. Charge them all in one place with this 6-port USB charger from Anker. We use it so all of our phones/tablets are charging in one place, but I can easily fill six ports on my own. Anker Multi-Port USB Charger - gifts for traveling businessmen

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Anker Power Strip with USB Ports

For the gadget hounds and digital nomads on your list, we recommend getting a good sturdy power strip. This Anker strip has three conventional plugs and three USB ports to keep everything properly juiced. It also has surge protection, so nothing gets zapped when traveling in places without modern electric infrastructure. 

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Outdoor & Camping Gifts for Men

The great outdoors: it’s the perfect place for a weekend away or for months of adventure. Here are a few camping gift ideas for men you should consider. 

AeroPress Coffee and Espresso Maker with Tote Bag

Have a perfect cup anywhere. Aeropress coffee makers are lightweight and easy to clean. Oh, and they make an exceptional cup of coffee. This comes in especially handy when camping. Then again, they’re also great when visiting countries where good coffee shops are few and far between.

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Victorinox Swiss Army Multi-Tool, Tinker Pocket Knife

A classic gift idea for boys and teens is also a great travel gift for men as well. There are many different Swiss Army knife models, and many of them are much more complex than this one. However, we think this is one of the best all-around pocketknives with the most utility for its size and price. Just remember that it has a blade so it must go in a checked bag if you’re flying with it. 

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Leatherman Style PS Multitool 

Another great multitool that’s TSA-approved. There are a lot of “just in case” gadgets that make great travel gifts for men. Bottle openers, tweezers, and other tools often serve a purpose here and there. You can buy them separately or get them all in one device. There’s no blade on the Style PS. That’s one reason why it’s TSA-approved and you can board a plane with it. 

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Black Diamond Headlamp

A good headlamp lights your way while keeping your hands free to chop wood, pitch the tent or rummage through your pack. Black Diamond headlamps are sturdy, water-resistant and run on commonly-found AAA batteries.

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Hennessy Camping Hammock – Expedition Series

Have a serious camper on your list? This is the travel gift for him. Hennessy camping hammocks come complete with mosquito netting and a rain flap. Their asymmetrical design also helps provide a comfortable sleep & swing in any environment.

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Gifts for Traveling Businessmen

Whether it’s a road trip or a business trip, it’s important to look good on the road. Here are a few Christmas and Christmas & birthday gifts for traveling businessmen that will help him do just that.

Timberland Men’s Travel Kit Toiletry Bag Organizer

This sturdy little travel organizer is perfect for toiletries, shaving kit or any other small items. Six styles are available. It also comes with one small reusable bottle that’s small enough to go through TSA. Just remember, this is just the toiletry bag — it comes empty. If you want to fill it then pick up a convenience kit at the same time (see below). Or even add a pack of reusable travel bottles as well.

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Convenience Kit (Toiletry Gifts for Traveling Businessmen)

The travel kit mentioned above is the bag only. If you want it fully loaded before your wrap it, then order a convenience kit as well. This come with all the items men want for road trips, business trips, and more. The kit includes deodorant, Advil, band aids, nail clippers and all the essentials for shaving, brushing teeth and more. 

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Hatteker Cordless Hair Trimmer Pro Hair Clippers

It’s easy to really let yourself go while traveling. Skip the haircut? Sure. No shave or shower today? Fine. But once the mustache is long enough to braid, it’s time to take action. One of the best travel gifts for men with beards is a portable grooming kit. The Hatteker Cordless Hair Clippers work well for both haircuts and beard trimming. It uses rechargeable batteries and can be juiced via USB cable. It’s waterproof, which makes it easy to clean. I also like that the guards are adjustable. An ideal gift for budget travelers in Europe…especially during the summer.

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More Travel Gear Gifts for Him

Different men travel for different reasons. Traveling businessmen do it for work, and sometimes for fun. Students do it for school or just for a kick. Here are a few more travel gifts for men just because. 

Garmin Instinct GPS Watch 

These tough and stylish watches use Garmin’s world-renown GPS network so he can always know where he is and where he’s been. The Instinct is military-grade tough and also connects with your phone when you want to. Heart monitor functions help with training as well.

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Cloudfield Polarized Wood Sunglasses 

Sensible, sustainable and stylish, these wooden sunglasses protect your eyes and look good doing it. They have scratch-resistant and UV protective coating. And they’re polarized as well, which helps talk the glare off water and other reflective surfaces. They come with a bamboo case.

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Hip Flask

For some travelers, it’s nice to have a sip or two of your favorite spirits handy. This may be the best travel lover gift for campfires and frosty nights. This little hip flask holds eight ounces of your favorite hooch in its stainless steel hull. The top screws on a little clumsily but securely. In a year of use, mine has never leaked. It comes with a small funnel for refilling.

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Travel Clothing Gift Ideas

The right clothing can make a trip more enjoyable. After all, you can only carry so much to wear with you, so each item matters. Here are a few things we think make great travel clothing gifts for men. 

SCOTTeVEST Travel Hoodie

SCOTTeVEST makes some of the best clothes for travelers anywhere. With that in mind, it’s no surprise that their travel hoodie is easily one of the best travel gifts for men. The design has 21 pockets: many specialized to hold passports, sunglasses, tablets, and more. I love the little touches this hoodie has. For example, the key clip in the side pocket and the phone pocket that allows you to see and operate the phone without taking it out. 

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Travel Belts

Getting through security at the airport is terrible enough. After extracting all the devices, keys, and coins out of their designated pockets, the act of pulling off your belt is the last indignity. You don’t want the metal detector to beep on your buckle! Enter the travel belt. Belts with plastic buckles are great travel gift ideas for boyfriends and businessmen alike. They make airport security easier. The buckle is made from dense plastic and the strap is the same strong, webbing you see on a lot of backpack straps. Keep your belt on, and get through the security check with a little more time (and dignity) than before.

I’ve been wearing plastic buckle travel belts through security since maybe…2005? 2006? They don’t even make the model I wear anymore, but I’ve given them as men’s travel gifts for years since. The JASGOOD tactical waist belt also has a plastic buckle and a breathable nylon mesh strap. An ideal gift idea for someone going abroad who will deal with international airport security.

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Belt Wallets

Another type of men’s travel belt has additional security features. Want a place to store some cash for an emergency? Pacsafe makes a metal-free version of its anti-theft travel belt with a secret stash pocket. These are great gifts for world travelers heading to places where theft may be a concern.

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Pacsafe V100 Anti-Theft RFID Blocking Bi-fold Wallet

Wallets from Pacsafe are great travel gifts for men because they keep all your cash and cards safe and on your person. RFID tech makes sure identity thieves don’t get access to your card data. Then there’s a wire-reinforced strap that can hook the wallet to a belt loop or bag if you want.

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ExOfficio Underwear

Man-o-man do I love these travel underwear. I used to buy the cheapest pairs of Fruit-of-the-Loom boxers. Then one day a hotel lost my laundry and offered pay for replacements. I splurged and bought some of these. A few weeks later and bought four more pair have been wearing them ever since. That was over 10 years ago. ExOfficio Underwear is an exceptional travel gift for men and one that they may not buy for themselves. They’re comfortable. They’re durable. Best of all, they’re easy to wash and they dry super quickly.

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prAna Men’s Stretch Zion Lightweight, Durable, Water Repellent

I bought a pair of these last year and have loved them ever since. They look good with a t-shirt or casual sport coat even though they are obviously pants built for the outdoors. I love the stretchy material, which makes them my go-to pants for flights. They’re water resistant but dry quickly if you get caught in a rainstorm. The side pocket has zippers on the top and the side so it can be opened while sitting or standing. The pocket is small, but that’s intentional so they don’t look like cargo pants. I like the subtle snaps on the calves so you can roll them up securely if you like. There’s also a small strap by the top button so you can tighten them even without a belt. I have the rust-looking ones but they come in a number of other colors. 

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More Travel Pants for Men

The prAna Zion is just one of many styles of men’s travel trousers. Read more about men’s travel pants (both convertible travel pants and more stylish pairs) here.

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Travel Insurance

So maybe not the sexiest men’s luxury gifts, but travel insurance is precious when disaster strikes. He could fall off a waterfall (like I did). He could get food poisoning (like we did). Then again he may stay healthy but lose a suitcase of miss an expensive flight. Good travel insurance covers these types of problems.

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Travel Experiences for Him

What are the best travel gifts for men who have everything? One idea is to give them a travel experience. Here are two suggestions.

Get Your Guide Gift Card

Bar hopping in Ireland. Whitewater rafting in Ecuador. Scuba certification in Borneo. These are just a few of the amazing tours and lessons offered by Get Your Guide, one of the world’s largest and best online tour operators. Gift vouchers from Get Your Guide are one of the best gifts for men because he can then choose his own adventure.

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Airbnb Gift Card

Apartment rentals are a great way to see a different side of a place. Give him an Airbnb gift card and his next trip will be extra special.

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Travel Books for Men

Some of the best travel gifts for men are books about travel itself. These three travel books are great for everyone but as as traveling man myself I can endorse them all whole heartedly.  

Vagabonding by Rolf Potts

Hands down, the best book about the act of travel. One of my favorite books of all time, as well. Inspiring, informative and imminently readable. The perfect gift for young men considering a long journey.

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The Songlines by Bruce Chatwin

The main subject is about the musical maps created by Australia’s indigenous population. However, Chatwin goes deep into humankind’s need to travel. This book was a huge influence on me when I first read it in the late ’90s, soon after I had left on a big trip of my own.

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The Art of Travel by Alain de Botton

An engaging series of essays by the Swiss/British philosopher. Alain de Botton ponders our desires to travel and what they mean in a larger societal context.

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Kindle Paperwhite

We love the Paperwhite eReader model because it is so small and functional. No video games or notifications here — the Paperwhite is for reading and only for reading. It holds hundreds of books, and the newest models are waterproof too!

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Lowepro Photo Hatchback Day Camera Backpack 

My parents gave me a Lowepro Day pack for my cameras back in 1997. I still use it today. Lowepro make some of the best camera bags around. The new Hatchback 22-liter back keep your gear safe with impact and weather-proof design elements and a loading style that keeps your gear near your lower back. It’s customizable, though, allowing you to rearrange the compartments to best fit the camera bodies and lenses you plan to take with you on each trip. And exceptional travel gift for photographers. 

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More Travel Packs & Men’s Luggage 

We’ve used, tested and researched countless bags and suitcases over the years. If you’re looking for a suitcase or pack as a travel gift idea, then follow the links to more in-depth features. 

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What Travel Gifts for Him are Missing?

These are just the travel presents we know about. What would you add to the list? Any specific travel-related gift ideas you’d give as Christmas presents? Or birthday presents? Perhaps for an anniversary or some other gift-giving holiday or occasion? Let us know!

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