Father’s Day gift ideas for traveling dads

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With Mother’s Day in the rearview mirror, we figured we were in the clear, right? Mom loved her gift and we wouldn’t have to worry about Mother’s Day for another year. But then someone mentioned Father’s Day and the panic returned. Well, don’t worry because, once again, I have your back. I’ve compiled a pretty sweet list of items to fuel your gift-giving inspiration and to help Dad enjoy the things he loves most.

For the Prepared and Carry-On Only Traveling Dad

Dads (and moms!) prefer to travel with their multi-tools. They come in handy and you never know when you may need a screwdriver while traveling. I always traveled with a Leatherman, my preferred multi-tool, until it was stolen out of my checked bag (I’m looking at you, Jomo Kenyatta International Airport personnel). I’ve traveled without one since then because many multi-tools are not carry-on compliant and I’m reluctant to pack such an expensive item in my checked baggage again. Now I know we don’t have to; a TSA-compliant multi-tool exists! The Leatherman Tread LT is a stainless steel, wearable multi-tool. Wearable as in a link bracelet but with 29 different tools. Each of the links is a different tool and since it is blade-free, it’s perfectly acceptable to carry it (wear it, actually) aboard an airplane.

Leatherman Tread LT

For the Craft-Beer-Loving Traveling Dad

I included this product in my Mother’s Day Gift Guide and I’m so in love with it, I had to include it for Father’s Day, too. I’m talking about GrowlerWerks’ uKeg, a pressurized beer growler that keeps draft beer fresh, cold, and carbonated for up to two weeks. It is ideal for road trips and stops at local breweries on your route. In honor of Father’s Day, GrowlerWerks is offering the uKeg Dad Gift Package that includes one uKeg 128 stainless steel pressurized growler for fresh beer, a uKeg 128 bar mat, and a custom “Beer Dad” tap handle. You can try your luck and enter to win a uKeg Dad Gift Package by joining GrowlerWerks’ memory-sharing campaign. Share stories about your dad on Instagram or Facebook, using #uKegDad, to enter to win the uKeg Dad Gift Package.

GrowlerWerks ukeg

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For the Traveling Dad with Refined Taste

If Dad prefers wine over beer and likes to “travel around the world” even while at home, a Cellars Wine Club membership is the perfect gift for him! Cellars is a small, family-owned business in Woodinville, Washington, that’s been in operation since 1999. Today, Cellars’ wine selections span every palate and price point. Club membership can be a one-time shipment or ongoing for as long as Dad would like. Furthermore, every club delivery includes free shipping and a guarantee that any broken or corked bottles will be replaced. Cellars offers two club picks that are perfect for wine-drinking, wanderlusting dads:

  • The International Club focuses exclusively on imports, allowing Dad to explore new international regions monthly. It’s an ideal way to journey across the globe, two bottles at a time!
  • The West Coast Club for dads who want to experience a taste of the Best Coast, from California’s Napa Valley up to Washington’s Red Mountain.

I’m more of a beer- and bourbon-drinking mama, though I do enjoy wine every now and then. But what I love even more than the wines from Cellars Wine Club is its Give Back Program. Cellars allows patrons to pick one of its non-profit partners, all of which have been completely vetted by Cellars, and support them with 15% of their purchase, at no extra charge. Let Dad drink good wine and feel good about your purchase at the same time. Everyone wins in this situation.

Cellars Wine Club

Photo property of Cellars Wine Club

For the All-Natural Traveling Dad

This dad strives to look good, smell good, and feel good about the self-care products he uses. That means he prefers his personal care products to be chemical-free and cruelty-free. Young Living Essential Oils has this dad covered (almost literally) with its Shutran line of men’s care products. The Shutran essential oil blend is specially formulated for men to boost feelings of masculinity and confidence. Some of the ingredients that make up the blend include Idaho Blue Spruce, ylang-ylang, coriander, lavender, and cedarwood. The Shutran blend is also used in a 3-in-1 wash, aftershave lotion, bar soap, and shave cream for men – all of which are vegan and plant-based. If the all-natural dad in your life is also a bearded dad, he will love the Shutran beard oil. It is specially crafted to soften, condition, and add a healthy-looking sheen to facial hair while moisturizing the skin underneath.

Shutran from Young Living Essential Oils

For the Safety-Conscious Traveling Dad

All good travelers know to take safety precautions no matter where we travel. Keeping ourselves and our family members safe is priority number one, followed by securing passports and other important items. Additionally, travel is way more enjoyable and not as stressful when we know our possessions are safe. I’ve recently come across an item that can provide travelers with such peace of mind: a super secure anti-theft backpack from Traveling Smiles. The innovative backpack has a hidden, secure zipper next to your back that can’t be undone from behind by potential thieves. The interior contains several organized compartments for a laptop, tablet, cell phone, wallet, etc. The backpack also features a USB charging port to use on the go and comes in purple, black, or gray. So far, I’ve used my anti-backpack for the gym and plan to make it my main bag for my upcoming Italy trip.

anti-theft backpack

And now, the fun part: Traveling Smiles and I are happy to give away an anti-theft backpack to one lucky winner! To enter to win, just leave a comment below sharing one of your favorite travel memories. That’s it! One winner will be chosen at random from all comments/entries received. Entry period ends Saturday, June 9, 2018, at 11:59 pm CDT.

The giveaway has ended. However, you can still order your own anti-theft backpack from Traveling Smiles. Be sure to use the code TWMT at checkout for free shipping!

For the purposes of this gift guide and the giveaway, I received a complimentary uKeg; International Club Box from Cellars Wine Club; and an anti-theft backpack from Traveling Smiles. All thoughts and opinions, as always, are 100% my own.

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13 Responses to Father’s Day gift ideas for traveling dads

  1. Jeffrey June 2, 2018 at 3:34 pm #

    One of my favorite travel memories is when we went on a cruise with my parents. My kids were there and were able to experience a lot of new things with their grandparents. Its a trip I will not soon forget!

  2. Susan Kenny June 3, 2018 at 2:02 pm #

    Favorite travel.memories…driving to Florida to camp and our ride down was in the back of a pickup truck with a cap on it and my dad driving a majority of the trip. My dad even caught a duck at one of the campgrounds in Georgia for me to pet..pretty cool when your 6 years old!

  3. Blake Mixon June 3, 2018 at 4:35 pm #

    Favorite travel memory is definitely the Key West trip I recently took with my wife. Five days on the beach and hopping around the island… and we still didn’t want to leave. Airport security gave me a little extra attention on the way home because there was apparently heat showing up somewhere around my “mid section”, once I informed them we were newlyweds finishing up our honeymoon trip they all laughed and sent us on our way! 😆

  4. Amy June 4, 2018 at 9:40 am #

    My Favorite travel memory has always been our yearly camping trips to a local park! My family would have SO much fun. Swimming, walking, bbq’ing!!!

  5. manda June 4, 2018 at 10:07 am #

    I had a wonderful trip to Charleston, SC with my hubbie.

  6. Harmony, Momma To Go June 4, 2018 at 12:04 pm #

    Good reminder to get on Fathers Day gifts! This is a great guide BTW!
    We had a great getaway last weekend. We had such a good time in Maine. The best was stumbling upon the cutest winery and having some wine on the deck while the kids played nicely in the grass!

  7. Maggie June 5, 2018 at 10:35 am #

    I love the idea of the leather man watch—my husband loves all that gadgety stuff. I think one of my favorite travel memories is when we went on our first trip with our daughter to San Diego. She was about six months old and my husband and I took her swimming for the first time. She did NOT enjoy it but we had such a nice weekend.

  8. Melana June 5, 2018 at 10:39 am #

    My favorite memory would have to be our trips to Mexico. The drive there was always an adventure and those mountains, breathtaking!! Stopping In OK and TX and then finally arriving are the best memories!!!!

  9. Annamarie June 5, 2018 at 11:54 pm #

    We rented a boat in France with our best friends and cruised the Loire valley around 15 years ago, we had the best time stopping in little towns along the way. One stop was at a marina and we called a restaurant for walking directions they were so nice they said they would send someone to pick us up, imagine our surprise when the Chef pulled up, it was the best steak I have ever had in my life and we still talk about this trip every time we get together.

  10. Heather S June 6, 2018 at 10:20 pm #

    My favorite travel memories are with my family while growing up. We visited our family cabin on an island and played all summer long! Cheers! xo

  11. Jody June 9, 2018 at 10:15 am #

    Oh, my huz would love that pressurized beer growler. It’s so cute! But I think the anti-theft backpack is what I’d pick up for him. That way the whole family can get use out of it:)

  12. Dianne June 9, 2018 at 10:36 am #

    Love these ideas! My husband is one of those guys that is hard to buy for.

  13. Francesca June 10, 2018 at 12:07 pm #

    Thank you all for sharing your favorite travel memories and for entering the giveaway! A winner has been randomly selected and was sent an email notification.

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