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 holiday season, 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 travel gadgets and gear. I use them all the time.
That’s why I put together this gift guide. It’s a list of my favorite travel gifts (including a few on my wishlist). So if you’re looking for the best travel gifts for men this holiday season, or even just the best gifts for men in general, these unique gift ideas are sure to please.
These are the best travel gifts for men that I could find!
Favorite Travel Gifts for Men
1. Ridge Wallet
Almost every man is in need of a new wallet, and this wallet is sleek, stylish, and ultra-safe. The Ridge Wallet can hold up to 12 cards, despite its thinness. It’s made with RFID-blocking materials to shield credit cards and debit cards from skimmers, and it comes in aluminum, titanium, or carbon fiber. Despite its weightlessness, the Ridge comes with a lifetime warranty!
You can also add a few extras to the wallet, including a Cash Strap or a Money Clip (I picked the Cash Strap—but it’s a personal preference, really). This makes a great travel gift for your best friend, boyfriend, brother or loved one. For the safety-minded traveler who likes to keep tabs on his valuables, this wallet is a perfect addition to his travel gear.
For the organized man, the Tashtego Toiletry Kit is a much easier alternative to those clumsy, bulky toiletry bags. It’s designed like a neat and organized tool roll so he can make sure his items are clean, organized, and wrapped up in a tidy bundle. If there’s any doubt about how cool this product is, it raised $150k on Kickstarter!
The Tashtego Toiletry Kit has a compartment for just about everything and can hold 16+ items, including his razor, toothbrush, toothpaste, sunblock, floss, deodorant, body wash, mouth wash, eye drops, nail clipper, and more. No more rooting around in a messy bag—he can even pop the Tashtego in the washer to clean it up.
3. Menlo Club
Menlo Club is the gift that keeps on giving! This is an apparel subscription service for men that will deliver a curated package of clothing to his doorstep every month (or seasonally).
Just fill out the style survey and then he’ll receive two items per package on average (usually a t-shirt and pair of pants to start) from LA-based brands Five Four, New Republic, Grand Running Club, or Melrose Place. I’ve got quite a few pieces and can attest to the fact that they’re very high quality.
If the clothing doesn’t fit, he can always send it back or exchange it for free. Does it get much easier?
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I love the NOMAD brand, and their wide range of smartphone cases for both iPhones and Androids are all beautiful and functional. Their Rugged line is made up of stylish American-made Horween leather cases that can also take a beating. In fact, the leather actually looks better with time.
Some of the NOMAD phone cases also fit the Moment smartphone lenses, and others come in a folio-style to hold credit cards and other valuables. I’ve been using NOMAD’s smartphone cases for three years, and can’t see myself using anything else—ever.
No gift guide would be complete without a pair of hiking boots! And with Forsake, 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—and dressed—to go out for dinner.
Personally, I love the versatile Forsake Halden boots. They’re rugged, breathable, but also stylish enough for everyday wear. And since they’re made from waterproof leather, he can leap from puddle to puddle while keeping his feet and socks bone dry.
If you’re looking for travel gifts for men, this classic shoe is durable enough to withstand the harsh elements, no matter the terrain.
The Luno Air Mattress 2.0 is one of my favorite new products this year. Each one is custom cut to fit perfectly into the back of specific vehicles for overland camping trips. You can find mattresses specifically made for SUVs, crossovers and hatchbacks from Jeep, Toyota, Subaru, and—quite honestly—almost any other brand out there.
This isn’t the standard camping air mattress. The adjustment valve sets the firmness, and it fits two people up to 6’2” tall. It’s about the most comfortable sleep he’ll get in the back of his car (trust me, I know)!
Give him the gift of comfort with the Sleepwalker from SAXX. Their ultra-soft shirts and pants are made with moisture-wicking modal, which will keep him sweat-free throughout the whole night.
And unlike their normal pajama set, the Sleepwalker pants come with what they call a Ballpark Pouch. This 3D hammock-shaped pouch protects his most precious body parts during the night—it’s like a bra for his balls. And although he might not want to admit it, he’ll definitely thank you for looking out for his manhood!
In fact, I’ll go ahead and thank you for him right now. My balls have never felt so supported.
Can’t make up your mind on what the best gifts 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.
The best part about getting a gift card is you can set your own price point and let him do the shopping for you.
The LIVSN Flex Canvas Pants are perfect gifts for the light traveler. They’re designed to be super tactical but without looking that way—they’re durable but extremely comfortable outdoor pants that are tailored to fit all body types. Plus these pants come with all kinds of handy extras to make life easier, like a roll-up leg system, ventilation and zippered security pockets.
Made with sustainable 7.3oz EcoFlex Canvas, the LIVSN pants will look great on him whether he’s hitting the trails or grabbing a pint at the local watering hole.
The Deckers x Lab X-SCAPE series are high-performance sneakers that are just as comfortable as slippers (seriously—they’re the most comfortable shoes I’ve ever worn). They’ve been called the home workout sneaker of the year, so if you’re shopping for travelers who’ve been working from home these past few months, he’ll love this versatile footwear.
Not only are they comfortable, but the Deckers x Lab X-SCAPE are lined with wool so they superbly regulate foot temperature so his feet won’t overheat. The cushioning in the midsole offers excellent support, and there are lots of styles and colors to choose from—with new product drops happening all the time.
10. JBL Flip 4
The JBL Flip 4 Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker is the item I never travel without. It’s durable, so he can take it pretty much anywhere he wants like the beach or just his hotel room. And despite it’s small, compact size, this Bluetooth speaker has pretty incredible sound quality.
Even better, the battery lasts up to twelve hours. He can strap it to the outside of his backpack for some tunes while he’s hiking or just drop it into the water bottle pocket of his backpack—it fits perfectly.
The Helinox Chair One is your classic camp chair…but on steroids. It’s compact and, at 2.10 lbs, it weighs less than a bottle of wine (that’s an actual spec given by the company, by the way).
This chair is made with an advanced proprietary aluminum alloy that holds up to 320 lbs of weight. It’s super fast to set up, and it comes with a five-year warranty. If he’s got an adventurous spirit, this will be a handy addition to his outdoor gear.
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. Plus, because they’re made of mesh, they collapse and pack into your bag in a cinch. The perfect travel shoe.
I wrote a whole Vessi review about how much I love these shoes.
Travel Gifts for Men Under $50
Measuring only 2.25 in. in length and weighing less than 2 oz, the Squirt PS4 multi-tool is small enough to take along on every adventure.
The stainless steel body of this multi-tool houses a pair of regular pliers, needle-nose pliers, scissors, 3 screwdrivers, wire cutters, replaceable tweezers, a wood/metal file, straight knife, and a bottle opener. Could he possibly need anything else?
Large bottles of liquid cologne make great gifts for men but they just aren’t practical to travel with, so get him a bar of O’Douds All Natural Solid Cologne. O’Douds carries scents like Cedar & Citrus, Bay Rum, Orchard and Forest—a scent for every guy who travels.
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 ESPRO Travel Press is a bonafide French press coffee maker crossed with a standard thermos. Just because he’s traveling doesn’t mean he has to settle for bland, instant coffee.
Not only can he bring his favorite blends and beans on the road, but it’ll keep his caffeine hot for the entire day! Perfect for travelers and caffeine-addicts alike, this insulated thermos will easily be one of his favorite travel gifts of the year.
You can’t go wrong with a thoughtful and personalized gift, and that’s why Well Told’s map drinkware is one of my favorite gifts for men (and all travelers) this year.
Whether it’s a map of his hometown or home state imposed on a stemless wine glass, or a map of his favorite European city displayed on a rock tumbler, a piece of Well Told Drinkware will definitely deliver a smile.
If he’s an aviation geek, you can also choose airport and runway codes. There’s a whole range of drinkware to choose from as well (including non-alcoholic containers, like coffee mugs).
The Tile Pro attaches to pretty much any item (like keys or a backpack) or the slim version slides into a wallet, passport, or a pocket in your luggage. With integrated Bluetooth, he can easily ring his Tile and locate the last place he had it. This is definitely one of the best travel gifts for men who seem to always misplace their valuables!
Most importantly, if your luggage gets stolen and it has a Tile inside, you can find its location on a map 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.
19. Cord Tacos
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 some 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’ve all suffered the pain of a draining phone battery. In times of need, you’ll wish you had the Anker PowerCore device by your side to give your phone a little extra juice. Despite its small size, this portable power bank 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 power bank 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 neck pillows, Cabeau has worked hard to create next-evolution neck pillows 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.
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 an artist or into photography or simply wanting to create lasting memories of travel, this unique photo book is one of the best gifts for guys who love to travel.
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 who likes to travel.
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.
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.
They also make a travel cribbage board and a very special edition cribbage set! If you’re looking for unique travel gifts for the guy who has everything, then these games are the perfect addition to his travel collection.
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.
The Shinesty Ball Hammocks are well-supported underwear that cradles his most precious jewels. This underwear offers up lots of breathing space without constantly having to be adjusted thanks to their perfect pouches.
Personally, I love the various styles and the many (sometimes silly) designs. Take the Coney Islands with their hot dog pouch, or the Christmas Vacation with a strategically placed nutcracker. Perhaps he’d prefer the more patriotic Mascot with its perfect bald eagle placement? Either option is sure to bring out a few laughs.
If packing cubes and compression sacs had a baby, they’d be these compression packing cubes. They have a compression zipper to shrink the size! Stay organized and save space at the same time. These are perfect gifts for men who need to stay a little more organized when they travel. In fact, I recommend these to all travelers.
Travel Gifts for Men Under $100
The Kindle Paperwhite is, without question, the best e-reader on the market. It’s a 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 Paperwhite a handy travel device, but it also gives him access to over a million books in the Amazon marketplace. He can load up his device and read whatever he wants, wherever he wants.
It’s hard to find a durable wallet that holds all the important stuff while traveling without being too bulky. However, the minimalist NOMAD 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 baby 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. It’s a perfect travel companion.
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 same shirt popularized by The Chive, except this version 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.
A travel gift card from Tinggly makes the perfect gift for travelers or anyone who prefers experience 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 in the location of his choice.
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.
Adventure Travel Gift Ideas for Men
For the hardcore adventurer who loves to whip up a gourmet meal over a camping stove, the Sea to Summit X-Set 32 is a perfect gift idea. It comes with a collapsible pot, a collapsible kettle, and an 8-inch cooking pan, all of which pack down to the size of a frisbee.
Each item has an anodized aluminum base with collapsible silicone walls so that he can fold them up and stick them each into a backpack for easy storage.
It doesn’t matter if he’s trekking around in the backcountry at night or fumbling for his phone in a dark hostel room—a good headlamp is a must! The BioLite HeadLamp 330 is the best there is.
Why? It weighs only 69 grams, and the band is made up of moisture-wicking fabric to keep his head dry, even when sweaty. The best part is that it has a rechargeable battery so that he never needs to carry those spare AAs around!
If you’ve ever been to Squamish, BC, you know that it’s a hotspot for climbers, skiers, and trekkers—an apt namesake for this hoody!
Arc’teryx’s Squamish Hoody is a windshell that folds up into its chest pocket to form a neat little lightweight package that’s easy to take wherever he goes, making it ideal for travelers. It’s essential for wind protection and unpredictable weather, and it comes with an adjustable hood.
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.
37. Give’r Gloves
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. Seriously.
He’ll love using them for travel, skiing, ice-trekking, or even fire building.
38. Grayl Geopress
Not 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 Grayl Geopress. It’s the solution for healthy, drinkable water.
The built-in filter purifies water of pathogens like bacteria and viruses from the city tap or river. It also filters pesticides, chemicals, microplastics, and even heavy metals. Now, you won’t have to worry about him 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. Plus, it tops our list of best travel water bottles!
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!
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.
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.
Photography Travel Gifts for Men
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 origami-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.
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 a phone using a thin metal mounting plate. They can be snapped on and off, which makes taking great photos a breeze.
With wide-angle, telephoto, and fisheye lenses, the photo results are seriously impressive. They’ll turn basic photos into amazing shots that look like they were taken with a DSLR or mirrorless camera! This is one of our favorite gifts for men who love photography, and something he’ll use for years.
The ultra-light WANDRD VEER 18L Packable Daypack is one of the best travel gifts for men who like to pack light. Unlike other backpacks which can be heavy and bulky, this packable daypack rolls up into a small pouch, and then you can inflate the back panel for support.
And if he’s planning to bring a 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, he can use it as a large 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 one of the best travel gifts for men, hands down.
This bag has a lot of features and comes at a higher price point, so I definitely recommend reading my full Peak Design Travel Backpack 45L Review here.
Is he into photography? As one of the most popular cameras on the market, the GoPro Hero 9 Black is the ultimate gift for any type of traveler, whether he’s a photographer, hobbyist or travel blogger. It’s wearable, waterproof, shock-proof, voice-activated, and all-around durable enough to handle even the most rugged of adventures.
The 9 model camera is their newest version and comes complete HyperSmooth 3.0 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, he’s guaranteed to use it and appreciate it. That’s because no trip is complete without a camera in tow, and no list of travel gift ideas is complete without a GoPro.
Luxury Travel Gifts for Men
Wireless headphones are here to stay, and Bose tops the charts as the gold standard in noise-canceling wireless headphones for travel. The new NC 700’s are the perfect travel gift for men with an active lifestyle, and with the signature Bose quality in sound, even the pickiest of audiophiles will be impressed!
With 20+ hours of battery life, these will last the full length of an overnight bus ride or a long-haul flight. Whether he’s traveling to work or traveling across the country, these headphones are one of the best travel gift ideas, period.
Click here to check out my full comparison of the Bose 700’s vs QC35 II.
Jack1t designs premium outerwear for men, with limited edition styles and gorgeous designer down jackets in a ton of different colors. Their Original Rescue Down Parka is one of my favorites, with quilt paneling, chunky zippers, rib cuffs, secure pockets, and a full-length front storm flap.
There’s also a full-length parka, and while it’s decidedly high-end, it’s also functional and exceptionally warm. A parka from Jack1t is an excellent gift choice for anyone who’s fashion conscientious—this will definitely set him apart from the rest.
Every traveling man deserves to have a comfortable jacket. 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 everything from sunglasses to a tablet 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.
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!
Sure, men can be hard to shop for…even if you’re just shopping for yourself. You can rest assured that this list has you covered, no matter what your budget is!