While buying gifts for dads is often perceived as a difficult job, when you have a partner or dad who loves to travel, there’s a whole world of cool travel gifts for dad opening up for you! Some of these presents will be useful for men who’ve only recently begun their journey into fatherhood, but most are versatile, fun or unique gifts for dads who travel.

Together with some family travellers, we’ve compiled a list of over 40 activities or accessories that will be on the wish list of any globetrotting dad. To make it easier for you, we’ve divided them into three budget groups: small, medium and high.

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Memory jar

A DIY memory jar idea is one of those perfect gifts for dads who travel a lot! Furthermore, it is both free and personal. One of our favourites!

A great travel gift for dads is a version of the ‘memory jar’, To save space when travelling instead of actually keeping memories in a jar instead use a ‘memory envelope.”

Compiling a set of memories  is personal, heartwarming and inexpensive to buy. There is also no possibility of buying the incorrect brand, or spending too little or too much on a product depending on dad’s taste.

Simply collate list of precious memories surrounding dad and write them down. These can be funny moments; special family treats; or things that have gone wrong and are humorous after the event. If very small children are completing the list then an adult can scribe for them. If older children are preparing the gift for dad then it can be collated on to a shared google document or  perhaps written together during a family dinner, at which dad is absent. Once enough memories have been collected (it is quite nice to do the same number as a birthday being celebrated) they can be put into an envelope for dad to take out and read at his leisure. Younger children can be assigned the task of decorating an envelope with a heading, for example “Precious Memories for Dad to Enjoy’ or old printed photographs cut up and stuck onto the envelope. 

By sally from sallyflint.com

(Personalised) swiss army knife

A Swiss Army Knife has to be one of the most useful things you can take travelling. Don’t be thinking they’re just for Bear Grylls style adventurers though.

These days they make various knives with different implements and you can pick the one that would be most suitable for the dad in your family. It could be as simple as having a knife (good for cutting up fresh fruit from the local market), a corkscrew or a bottle opener (for opening a bottle of something to enjoy with a beautiful sunset) or a pair of scissors (to give the children’s hair a quick trim). Red is the traditional colour, but they come in many colours these days and you can also get them engraved.

Ours has been invaluable on so many trips and is much loved by the dad in our family. (By Jacquie – Flashpacking Family)

Microfiber towel

More often than not when travelling, I find I get a nice set of towels from the hotel or apartment, and possibly a towel for the pool, but most places don’t allow their towels to be taken the beach. So a compact, foldaway, microfibre towel that comes in its own little bag is the perfect solution. I got one for Father Day a few years ago, and it’s now one of the first things in my suitcase whenever I’m off on a trip that involves beach time. Microfibre towels are super-quick drying and sand resistant, and come in all sorts of colours and patterns, so what’s not to love?!

By Ed – Safaris Africana

Homesick candle

Gifts for dad can be tough, but one way to guarantee a smile on his face is with a Homesick Candle.

The company behind these scented candles pulls on the heartstrings with every jarred candle you light. Each one is scented with the smells of a destination.

It’s the perfect way to remind dad of a place where you travelled together recently or long ago. Scents have a way of bringing back memories, so sharing one of these candles will remind dad of the great travels you’ve shared. The right candle may even inspire him to visit a new place. You could even let him know that you’re taking him on a trip by gifting him a candle that matches your upcoming travels. The possibilities are endless, just like the sentiment. (By Derek & Mike – Everything Copenhagen)


Solar power bank

A solar power bank is a gadget that allows dad to be plugged-in whether he’s off the grid being adventurous or travelling for work with limited power source access.

The Qi wireless charging feature gives him fewer wires to deal with, and it can be used while using cords, the fast-charger feature, allowing for multiple devices to be charged at once. So when he’s with the family, he can take care of everyone while charging his device too. (By Katherine – The Gift Bulb)

Leather toiletry bag

Everybody needs a toiletry bag to bring along their bathroom basics, but nobody said it couldn’t be a stylish one!

The bag comes with water-resistant lining and two inner pockets with a zipper.

Portable espresso maker

Sometimes it’s a difficult task to find a great coffee while travelling. That won’t be the case anymore when he brings this travel espresso maker along.

It’s easy to clean and comes with a protective case. Because it’s manually operated, there’s no electricity needed, which means it’s a great tool for a camping trip as well.



An Amazon Kindle makes a great travel gift for Dads who love to read. In one compact device he can have thousands of books at his fingertips – everything from autobiographies to sci-fi and even travel guides for his destination. A Kindle will help Dad kill the time between flights on a familiar book-sized screen and without the distractions of other mobile devices!


Wolffepack summit backpack – opens without taking it off

Since we have twins we buy everything that makes our life easier. One of the gifts that my husband appreciated most was the Wolffepack Summit Backpack that can be rotated to the front without removing it from your shoulders.

I bought him the version designed for skiers, very useful to avoid taking off the backpack while using the chairlifts, but we soon understood its usefulness even when simply out and about with the children and so we replaced the nappy bag with it.

You know how it is when you have a crying baby in your arms and you try to reach for the bottle or tissues in your backpack like a contortionist without leaving your baby? If you recognise yourself then this backpack will make your life easier.

We continue to use the version for skiers, but the designer has also developed a version for Parents with multiple pockets to keep everything organized, you just have to choose! (By Clotilde – A princess travelling with twins)

Filtered water bottle

A filtered water bottle is a great gift for adventurous dads or eco travellers!

They will be able to fill their tank anywhere (on the tab, in a stream,…) as the Grayl Geopress filters any freshwater source in just 8 seconds. This is obviously great when camping, but also when travelling with kids to a destination where you can’t drink the tap water. This water bottle will prevent having to buy plural plastic bottles a day.


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Babs Rodrigus is the co-founder and main writer of Mums on FlipFlops . She is absolutely crazy about travelling – especially together with her wife and daughter. Babs loves animals, chocolate (what did you expect from a Belgian?), reading and writing.

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