Gift Ideas For The Traveling Dad

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The countdown is on—14 days left to go! But if you’re still trying to come up with the perfect agenda, fear not.

We’ve come up with ideas to suit every type of dad, from where you should take him to what gifts to buy. Simple, right? Our work here—and, more importantly, yours—is done.

The Adventurer

Do this: Go bouldering
Seek out an outdoor bouldering center or rock climbing wall—most cities have at least one of the two. Why? It’s active and provides good practice for some less-local climbing trips.
Eat this: Bison burgers
You’ll need protein to fuel all of that rappelling, and bison is a great, lean source of it. This increasingly popular burger choice is also earthy and outdoorsy enough to fit with the day’s theme.
Send him to: Costa Rica
The country is a hotbed of natural activity: water sports, hiking, biking, mountains, and more. Whatever he’s into, he’ll be able to find it.
Give this:  

stowaway backpack in midnight/burgundy

air supplies luggage scale blue

looking good dopp kit in green

The F1 Stowaway Backpack ($40) is super spacious, with a padded interior pocket for electronics and a secret hide-away pocket to tote your hiking shoes or climbing carabiners and rope. Paired with padded shoulder straps, this bag is excellent for an adventurer on-the-go.

Spelunking, Scuba-diving, Skiing. All that equipment is bound to wreak havoc on your luggage weight restrictions. Give dad this handy travel-friendly F1 Air Supplies Luggage Scale ($18) to keep check-in items safe and underweight.

So you think dad can’t be sporty and dapper. The F1 Lookin’ Good Toiletry Bag ($10) doth protest. Give your dad a much-deserved confidence boost and a fun/ctional shave kit; two birds, one stone.


The Culture Enthusiast

Do this: Check out an outdoor sculpture garden
After a winter of indoor attractions, take advantage of the gorgeous weather while you take in some equally gorgeous art. Bonus points if you do your research and come prepared with a few facts about what you’ll be viewing!
Eat this: Thai
Light and refreshing, Thai food is perfect for the warmer months. The characteristic flavors are as rich and interesting as other international cuisines, but there are plenty of chilled options to stave off summer heat.
Send him to: Athens
Its blend of history, art, literature, and mythology makes this ancient city ideal for culture junkies. He’ll be able to immerse himself in Western culture right where it began!
Give this:   

avionette carry on 2-wheel charcoal

airline visual identity book

mini cocktail kit

The 2-Wheel Avionette Carry-on in Charcoal ($195) has a retro-modern sleek appeal that will have your dad feeling like a Mad Man. It also has maximum-capacity dimensions to give him a little extra wiggle room for souvenirs.

A well-cultured dad is sure to love Airline Visual Identity 1945-1975 ($70) which documents the branding history of Airlines through the golden age of aviation. From advertising to uniforms, explore the Jet Age from birth-onward.

For some reason, a love for culture goes hand in hand with a love for cocktails. The Mini Bar Kit ($65) helps dad practice his regional cocktails on the fly. BONUS: give him some foreign recipes to try out with it.

The Athlete

Do this: Organize a football or ultimate Frisbee game in the park.
Keep it small, or invite some of his buddies and their kids to play, too. Games like football and Frisbee require minimal supplies and (in certain cases) a little less skill.
Eat this: BBQ
Grill in the park post-game or fire up the Weber at home. Make it easy: toss on some vegetables and corn along with the chicken and steak for a complete, grill-based feast!
Send him to: London
The city boasts some of the world’s biggest soccer fans. He’ll be able to catch a Manchester match, check out cricket, and grab a pint with other sports enthusiasts.
Give this: 

amenity kits fitness kit
swell bottle blondewood
Stowaway weekender teal black

If your dad likes to stay fit, chances are he gets a little irked by falling of the wagon while he travels. Now he doesn’t have to. The Fitness Kit ($48) comes equipped with strength-building and cardio-working tools that dad can take wherever he goes.

Whether dad is on the field or in the bleachers, he needs to stay hydrated. S’well’s 25oz Bottle in Blondewood ($45) can hold a lot of water and keep it cool for up to 24 hrs. Not to mention, it looks pretty great too.

The Stowaway Weekender Bag ($40) is perfect for toting clothes, equipment, and toiletries and it even has a secret bottom compartment to house dad’s smelly soccer cleats or sweaty gym clothes, away from the rest of his stuff.

The Techie

Do this: Hit the nearest science museum
This is a guy who appreciates how things work. Indulge his taste for tech by taking him to a science museum. That way, he can better understand how all of his gadgets function.
Eat this: Check out a molecular gastronomy restaurant
Chemistry has officially made the leap from the lab to the kitchen. Take him to one of the many restaurants that are starting to experiment with foams, emulsions, and more. He’ll eat it up.
Send him to: Stockholm
The efficiency and artful order of this city will appeal to him. Plus, Scandinavian countries are behind some of the most forward-thinking design companies in the world.
Give this: 

hex calibre rolling duffel

seat pak pro blue

5-in-1 universal adapter +USB

Give dad a “no frills” bag that actually looks good. HEX’s Calibre Carry-On Roller ($200) looks unassuming, but has felt-lined and padded pockets to hold tablets, laptops, phones, sunglasses, and anything else that needs protecting.

The Seat Pak Pro ($38) is great for holding all of the tech gear in-flight. There’s enough space for a tablet, phone, hand-held games, and those huge noise-canceling headphones he likes. An exterior hook hangs off the tray table to keep all his stuff within reach!

He’s probably into staying on top of new product, but if he doesn’t already have it, chances are dad’s gonna love the 5-in-1 Universal Adapter ($35). It’s a step above our 4-in-1 color-coded adapter in that it has a double USB port to charge electronics wherever you go.


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