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, this gift guide is 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 gifts are sure to please.
The ultra-light WANDRD VEER 18L Packable Daypack
is the perfect gift for staying comfortable while traveling. Unlike other backpacks which can be heavy and bulky, the daypack comes with inflatable back panels to ease your sore muscles, even if you’re traveling for days.
And if you’re planning to bring your camera, then you can purchase the inflatable camera cube, which adds an extra layer of protection for your expensive equipment.
Ideal for photographers as well as everyday travelers, the Peak Design 45L Travel Bag
will be his new favorite carry-on bag. With expandable side pockets and loads of compartments, he can fit his camera gear and still have space for clothes and toiletries.
Essentially three bags in one, it can be used as a daypack or expanded to 45L for maximum storage. And if he’s looking for more customization, then there are a variety of packing add-ons and modules for purchase. The sheer versatility of this bag makes it absolutely one of the best gifts for travelers.
For the guy who’s always tackling the outdoors, get him what he really needs. Give’r Gloves
are the warmest insulated gloves on the market today. Made from cow leather, these fire and waterproof gloves can withstand a variety of elements, as well as temperatures between -40 and 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
He’ll love using them for skiing, ice-trekking, or even fire building. After he sees how durable they are, he’ll want to share them with all his friends too!
Every man deserves to have a comfortable jacket for traveling. And the Bluffworks Field Jacket
will probably be his new favorite piece of clothing!
With ten different pockets and compartments, he’ll be able to carry a variety of items wherever he goes. That’s a lot of pockets!
But best of all, this travel jacket is super stylish. Unlike other utility jackets, which can look touristy or ugly, the Field Jacket is perfect for exploring the outdoors or for sightseeing in the city.
He doesn’t have to sacrifice comfort for style. With a pair of Forsake Boots, he’ll be able to trek up a mountain and also be back in time to go out for dinner.
Personally, I love the versatile Forsake Phil Mid boots
– they’re rugged, breathable, but also stylish enough for everyday wear. And since they’re made from waterproof leather, you can leap from puddle to puddle while keeping your feet and socks bone dry.
If you’re looking for a classic shoe that’s durable enough to withstand the harsh elements, then make sure to invest in a pair of Forsake Boots.
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 luggage. With integrated Bluetooth, you will be able to easily ring your Tile and locate the last place you had it. This is an ideal gift for any man who seems to always misplace his valuables!
Most importantly, you can trace it when it passes within range of anyone else in the Tile community (which is huge, by the way). And even if you’re not traveling around the world, you can still use Tile to locate your items at home.
The small, compact YETI Rambler Tumbler
is a must-have for the traveling man. Whether he’s road-tripping across the country or spending the day on his fishing boat, he’ll have the coldest (or hottest) drink on the block.
And with the tumbler’s magnetic and shatterproof lid, he won’t have to worry about spilling if he hits any speed bumps. Best of all, he can toss the whole thing in the dishwasher once he’s finished.
What to do when you need good coffee on the go? The ESPRO Travel Press
is a bonafide French press coffee maker crossed with a standard thermos. Just because you’re traveling doesn’t mean you have to settle for bland, instant coffee.
Not only do you get to bring your favorite blends and beans on the road, but it’ll keep your caffeine hot for the entire day! It’s like having your own personal barista at your fingertips! Perfect for travelers and caffeine-addicts, this insulated thermos will easily be one of his favorite gifts of the year.
It’s hard to find a durable wallet that holds everything while traveling 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 comes with an integrated Tile tracking system, so you’ll never have to wonder if you left it at the restaurant or in the back of a cab when traveling.
Made with American Horween leather, this wallet will stand the test of time. And the leather ages over the years, it will still remain one of the most sophisticated items in his pocket.
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 a variety of products that every adventure seeker could possibly want. And I mean, literally everything. Car racks, paddleboards, and set of ski poles? REI has it covered. Sunglasses, carry-on luggage, and doggy travel accessories? Yep, they’ve got that too.
If the man in your life uses his smartphone as his primary camera, then Moment Lenses
will make the perfect gift for him. These smartphone lenses easily attach to his phone using a thin metal mounting plate. They can be snapped on and off, which makes taking great photos a breeze.
With wide angle, tele-zoom, and fisheye photo lenses, the photo results are seriously impressive. They turn basic photos into amazing shots that look like they were taken with a DSLR! This is one of our favorite gifts for men who love photography.
We all know the pain of trying to untangle our headphones and cables from a knotted mess. Cord Tacos
are simple in concept, but they’re one of my favorite travel products of all time. These taco-shaped pieces of leather have a button snap to keep your headphones and other cords from getting tangled into knots.
As someone who isn’t the most organized, I can honestly say these tacos have spared me from intense headaches! So, if you or your friend need a bit of help in the organization department, then make sure to purchase a few of these clever gifts.
We all need a reminder to stay calm once in a while…and that travel solves everything, right? This t-shirt
is a classic take on the one popularized by The Chive, except this one suits any man with a love for traveling.
It’s perfect for that tailored look under a sweater or sweatshirt, or to wear by itself with a pair of jeans. And since it’s made from stretchy cotton, it will keep him cozy and comfortable on those long-distance flights or car rides. He can pack it with him for his adventure as a simple reminder to think about the important things in life.
No only is buying bottled water expensive, but throwing out plastic bottles is harmful to the environment. If you’re looking to cut down on single-use plastic bottles, then look no further than The LifeStraw Go Filtered Bottle
. It’s your solution for healthy, drinkable water.
The built-in filter purifies your drink of bacteria and viruses from the city tap or river. Now, you won’t have to worry about getting sick by drinking from unknown sources.
Ideal for camping, hiking, or even traveling to developing countries, this bottle is one of our favorite travel gift ideas for men. It tops our list of best travel water bottles!
He’ll be the life of the party by bringing the beats and jams wherever he goes. The JBL Flip 4 Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker
is waterproof, so he will feel safe bringing it outdoors and even in the water. And thanks to it’s small, compact size, it’s one of our favorite gifts for traveling.
He also won’t have to worry about plugging it anywhere, as it lasts up to twelve hours. He can take it with him to 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 that he will want to write in it every day. Not only that, but he can paste his favorite pieces of memorabilia that’s he’s collected throughout his trip. It’s perfect for storing and for journaling all his important documents, photographs, train tickets, museum tickets, and more.
And, the interchangeable leather-bound cover gives the journal a beautiful vintage look. Whether he’s into photography or simply wanting to create lasting memories from traveling, this unique photo book is one of the best gifts for guys who love to travel.
With an integrated pillow pocket and spacious foot box, the Cotopaxi Sueño Sleeping Bag
is the perfect sleeping bag for any type of adventure. Made with 800-fill duck down, you’ll feel as if you’re sleeping on a cloud while traveling in the wilderness.
Best of all, it will keep you warm and cozy for hours, even when the temperature dips down to 15 degrees at night.
Techies will love the built-in media pocket, which keeps all types of gadgets and accessories securely in place. And on warm nights, the sleeping bag can fully unzip to become a lay-flat blanket. At just under 3lbs, you can easily bring it on as a carry-on in for your backpacking or hiking trip!
The Peak Design Tech Pouch
is a game-changer when it comes to staying organized while traveling. Made from 200D recycled nylon canvas, this tech dopp kit is ultra-organized and perfect for carry-on bags. 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. Essentially, every item has it’s own pocket and slot, so there’s no fumbling for cords or documents when you need them urgently. For traveling men who like to pack their gadgets, this one’s a no-brainer.
These might be the only set of shoes he’ll ever need for traveling—literally. Unlike most sneakers, Vessi travel shoes
are completely waterproof, which means rain and dirt roll right off, keeping his socks happy and dry. With three different models and multiple colors, the guy in your life can pick the style that’s right for him.
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, he can say goodbye to sore feet forever.
Everybody needs a pair of comfortable travel pants. Enter Bluffworks
. They make extremely 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. Pack them in your luggage, wear them at the office, or take them on a hike—the choice is yours!
Is he into photography? As one of the most popular cameras on the market, the GoPro Hero8 Black
is the ultimate gift for any type of traveler. It’s wearable, waterproof, shock-proof, voice-activated, and all around durable enough to handle even the most rugged of adventures.
The 8 model camera is their newest version and comes complete HyperSmooth 2.0 video stabilization, improved HDR photo quality, and night-time lapse modes.
It’s not the cheapest item on this list, but if he’s a traveler, it’s guaranteed to be one of the most memorable presents he’ll get. That’s because no trip is complete without a camera in tow, and no list of travel gift ideas 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 power device packs a huge punch and is by far the best we’ve tried.
It can charge your phone up to three times with one charge. And, it can keep your other electronic devices like cameras and iPads charged for days on end. No traveler should ever go on a trip without a portable battery pack like this one. This is one of the best gifts for men who love to travel, 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. If you have ever suffered from sore necks or headaches, then you won’t want to travel without this bad boy.
It’s incredibly soft and comfortable and, best of all, 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, rain and wind resistance. It can be worn on its own or layered with other shells or insulated jackets.
Made for guys who love to travel, the Atom LT can be worn skiing, hiking, and even ice climbing! If he spends any time in the outdoors, then this jacket is a must-have staple in this closet.
I never travel without my flask
. It’s one of those things that pretty much every guy needs, but almost no-one has. That’s why a flask makes a great gift for the thirsty man in your life.
However, don’t just give him any old flask! This one is made with stainless steel and vegan faux leather, so you’ll know that he’s always traveling in style. And by personalizing the flask with his initials, you’ll be giving him an extremely memorable gift he’ll keep until the end of his days.
If you’re looking for a self-sustainable gift that just keeps on giving, this is it. For the men who love to travel or camp, The BioLite CampStove 2 Bundle is one of the best travel gift ideas. It’s a portable stove that you can carry around without the hassle of having to carry gas or fuel.
Not only does it grills, cooks, boils your meals, but there are even 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. Whether he’s traveling to work or traveling across the country, these headphones are one of the best travel gift ideas.
Even better, it’s a small (.3 oz) and easy-to-carry version of cologne that he can stash in his carry-on luggage! And since it’s not a liquid, he won’t have to fumble for it in this luggage when going through airport security when traveling.
The Kindle Paperwhite
is, without question, the best e-reader one on the market. It’s touchscreen and has a 6″ 300ppi screen with a built-in light and WiFi. Best of all, the battery life lasts for weeks, so he’ll never have to worry about bringing a charger on vacation.
Not only is the Kindle a travel essential, but it also gives him access to over a million books in the Amazon marketplace. He can load it up and read whatever and wherever he wants.
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 have a variety of 500 options in over 100 countries. From bungee jump excursions to culinary cooking classes, he’ll have a lot of fun and thrilling activities to choose from.
And he’ll have up to five years to actually use the gift card. They’re extremely easy to buy, 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 men who love to go camping and backpacking. This hammock fits two people and is extremely lightweight and easy to pack up in a hurry, so you can sleep anywhere.
Not to mention, the durable materials are built to survive even the toughest of trips. If you’re looking for outdoor gifts to please the guy in your life, then this comfortable hammock is for you.
All those hours spent on trains, in airports, bus stations, or even just hanging out in a park. This set of dominoes by Walnut
is the perfect stocking stuffer for anyone who travels. They may not be the cheapest gift, but they are, indeed, bespoke.
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.
This is the perfect gift for the guy who wants to impress his friends (or the ladies). There’s tons of fun and fascinating nuggets of knowledge that he’ll want to read and share with everyone he knows.