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Mercilessly shopping for travel gifts for men? It’s no easy feat—I know because I am the ultimate nightmare when it comes to gift-giving. Nobody ever knows what to get me for the holidays, or even my birthday which *cough, cough* is right around the corner.
But despite never telling my friends and family exactly what it is that I want, I have a knack for ending up with all the best gear and gadgets.
So, to help you, here’s a list of my favorite gifted travel accessories (including a few on my wishlist). So if you’re looking for the best gifts for men who travel, or even just the best gifts for men in general, these are sure to please.
The Tortuga Outbreaker is one of the best carry-on backpacks on the market! Perfect for city dwellers and urban travelers, the Tortuga Outbreaker is durable, sturdy, and completely waterproof. Not to mention it keeps all your gadgets and clothes neat and organized with its built-in packing cubes and clamshell compartments.
Most importantly, it’s really, really comfortable to wear. With an adjustable harness system and ventilated back padding, the Tortuga Outbreaker is one of the most comfortable backpacks out there. For more info, check out our full Tortuga Outbreaker review.
What to do when you need good coffee on the go? Instant coffee just won’t cut it. The ESPRO Travel Press is a bonafide French press coffee maker crossed with a standard thermos. Not only do you get real coffee on the go, but it’ll keep your caffeine hot for the entire day!
It’s hard to find a durable wallet that holds everything without being too bulky. However, the minimalist NOMAD Goods Slim Leather Wallet does just that. It manages to stay slim while comfortably holding up to 12 cards. There are even two side pockets to hold all your cash. And, it’s made with American Horween leather, so you know it will last for a lifetime.
Can’t make up your mind on what the best gift for the traveler in your life might be? Let him decide by giving him an REI Gift Card! From sporting gear and equipment to outdoor clothing and footwear, REI has everything an adventure seeker could possibly want. And I mean, literally everything. Car racks, paddle boards, and ski poles? REI has it covered. Sunglasses, swimwear, and doggy travel accessories? Yep, they’ve got that too.
If you depend on your smartphone as your primary camera then Moment Lenses should interest you. These smartphone lenses attach to your phone using a thin metal mounting plate, and once it’s in place, you’re ready to get snapping. With wide angle, telephoto, and fisheye lenses, the results are seriously impressive, making this a perfect travel gift for men who are avid photographers.
Cord Tacos are simple in concept, but they’re one of my favorite travel accessories of all. They’re taco-shaped pieces of leather with a button snap to keep your headphones and other cords from getting tangled into knots. Sweet!
We all need a reminder to stay calm once in a while…and travel solves everything, right? This t-shirt is a classic take on the one popularized by The Chive, except this one suits anybody who loves to travel. It’s perfect for that tailored look under a sweater or sweatshirt, or to wear by itself with a pair of jeans.
Buying bottled water is costly and bad for the environment. Especially in developing countries where the tap water isn’t safe to drink, there needs to be a better solution. The LifeStraw Go Filtered Water Bottle is one of the best gifts for men who travel—it turns undrinkable tap and river water into drinkable water.
The JBL Flip 4 Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker is waterproof, so you can feel safe bringing it outdoors and in the water with you. You don’t have to worry about plugging it anywhere, as it lasts up to twelve hours. Bring it next time you’re out at the beach for a full day of your favorite music, or strap it to the outside of your backpack for some tunes while you’re hiking—it fits perfectly into your water bottle holder!
The Midori Traveler’s Notebook is so beautifully crafted you’ll want to write in it every day. Its interchangeable leather-bound cover gives it that vintage feel, and for every trip, just insert a new booklet to keep your notes in. It’s perfect for storing all your important documents, plus keeping track of train tickets, museum tickets, and more. You’ll create lasting memories of your travels and keep them here.
With an integrated pillow pocket and spacious foot box, the Cotopaxi Sueño Sleeping Bag is the best sleeping bag for any type of adventure. Made with 800-fill duck down, you’ll feel as if you’re sleeping on a cloud. Techies will love the built-in media pocket, which keeps all types of gadgets and accessories securely in place. On warm nights, the sleeping bag can fully unzip to become a lay-flat blanket. And at just under 3lbs, you can easily bring it on your backpacking or hiking trip!
The Peak Design Tech Pouch is a game-changer when it comes to staying organized on the road. Made from 200D recycled nylon canvas, this tech dopp kit is ultra-organized and weatherproof, to boot. The oragami-style pockets have plenty of space, zipper compartments, and storage slips for every type of accessory. Although it’s small and compact, the organizer manages to fit a ton of items with a lot of room to spare. For traveling men who like their gadgets, this one’s a no-brainer.
These might be the only pair of shoes you’ll ever need—literally. Unlike most sneakers, Vessi travel shoes are completely waterproof, which means water and dirt rolls right off, keeping your socks happy and dry. With three different models and multiple colors, you can pick the style that’s right for you. And don’t even get me started on comfort! Vessi shoes are breathable, flexible, and super lightweight. With stretchy vegan fabric, maximum support, and soft-gel heels, you can goodbye to sore feet forever.
Everybody needs a pair of comfortable travel pants. Enter Bluffworks. They make functional clothing for travel and their simple and still timelessly stylish Bluffworks Chino Travel Pants are the perfect fit (pun intended). This travel gift is adventure-friendly, made of a technical and breathable polyester that dries quickly and doesn’t wrinkle. Plus they have zippered pockets and a security loop to keep your valuables safe. Wear them at the office, on the airplane or on a hike—the choice is yours!
The GoPro Hero 7 Black is the ultimate traveler’s camera. It’s wearable, waterproof, shock-proof, voice-activated, and all around durable enough to handle even the most rugged of adventures. The 7 is GoPro’s newest version, complete with insanely smooth video stabilization, a touchscreen and 4K video at 60fps! No trip is complete without a GoPro in tow, and no list of gifts for travelers is complete without a GoPro.
We’ve all suffered the pain of a draining phone battery. In times of need, you’ll wish you had the Anker PowerCore by your side to give your phone a little extra juice. Despite its small size, this portable charging device packs a huge punch and is by far the best we’ve tried. It can charge your phone up to three times, as well as other electronic devices like cameras and iPads. No traveler should ever go on a trip without a portable battery pack like this one. This is one of the best gifts for travelers, hands down!
This is the best travel pillow I’ve ever used in my life—no word of a lie. With the Evolution S3, Cabeau has worked hard to create a next-evolution pillow with both front-chin support and side support. It’s incredibly soft and comfortable and, best of all, it straps securely to your seat, which means it holds your head firmly in place. No more neck pains or head bobbing with this pillow! Its cover is washable, and it reduces to a small travel size and includes an attachable bag, to boot. This belongs in every traveler’s arsenal.
Any outdoor enthusiast knows that the Arc’teryx LT Atom Hoody is a must-have wardrobe staple. Constructed from synthetic insulating materials, the Atom Hoody is breathable, lightweight, but most importantly, water and wind resistance. It can be worn on its own or layered with other shells or insulated jackets. Made for the active guy who’s always on an adventure, the Atom LT can be worn skiing, hiking, and even ice climbing!
The Tile Pro attaches to pretty much any item (keys…even a dog’s collar!) or the slim version slides into a wallet, passport, or a pocket in your backpack. Integrated Bluetooth allows you to ring your Tile, locate the last place you had it, or god-forbid, track it down (completely anonymously!) when it passes within range of anyone else in the Tile community (which is huge, by the way). It’s incredibly handy both on the road and at home.
The BauBax travel jacket is the Swiss army knife of jackets. It comes in four different styles: vest, bomber, sweatshirt and windbreaker, all of which have the same awesome 25 features: built-in neck pillows, gloves, eye masks, blankets, bottles, a footrest (yes, really) and 12 more utility pockets. Is that the best-sounding jacket ever or what? Any guy who travels won’t just want one of these—he’ll need it!
I like to look good when I travel. Stitch Fix takes the fuss out of shopping—just enter your size and style preference, and you’ll get pre-styled outfits, put together by a personal stylist, right at your doorstep a few days later. You only pay for the items you like and send back the ones you don’t, free of charge. Just give a gift card and let him take care of the rest—it’s the perfect gift for travelers who like to look stylish on the road, but don’t want to go shopping themselves. Read my full Stitch Fix review here.
If you’re looking for a self-sustainable gift that just keeps on giving, this is it. For anyone who loves camping, The BioLite CampStove 2 Bundle is one of the best travel gift ideas. It’s a stove that you can carry around without the hassle of having to carry gas or fuel. It grills, cooks, boils and even has USB ports to charge your devices! It also weighs under five pounds, so it won’t drag you down too much.
Wireless headphones are taking over, and the Jaybird X4‘s are top of the line. They’re the perfect travel gift for men with an active lifestyle, and since the sound quality is impeccable, even audiophiles will be pleased! With eight hours of battery life, these will last him the full length of an overnight bus ride!
If he reads books an e-reader is essential, and the Kindle Paperwhite is, without question, the best one on the market. It’s touchscreen and has a 6″ 300ppi screen with a built-in light and WiFi. He’ll never get stuck without a book again!
A travel gift card from Tinggly makes the perfect gift for travelers or anyone who prefers experiences over things (which arguably includes most travelers!). The lucky gift recipient will get to choose from more than 500 of options in over 100 countries. And they have up to five years to actually use the gift card. They’re so easy, and gift cards can be delivered instantly via email—an unforgettable experience is guaranteed. Read my full review of Tinggly travel gift cards here.
Who doesn’t love a good hammock!? The Roo Hammock by Kammok is the ultimate gift for anyone who loves to backpack. The hammock fits two people and is extremely lightweight and easy to pack up in a hurry, so you can sleep anywhere.
The Ultimate Man’s Survival Guide is the go-to resource for men to handle any situation out in the wild, from escaping alligators to mixing the perfect martini. More than just how to do manly things, this book also discusses the definition of manliness and the true essence of being a man in today’s world.