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Buying gifts for men isn’t always easy. Some men are surprisingly fussy about what they buy, and many think that what they already own is good enough, no matter how bad the items are. Still, one thing remains true of men and most people across the planet: they love making their lives easier.
One activity where products excel at ease of use is travel. Sure, a man could stuff a zip lock bag with toiletries and toss it in a backpack with some clothing and call it a day, but once he learns how helpful some travel products are, he’ll love them and keep them in his regular lineup of travel gear.
This blog post is your go-to gift guide for the best travel gift ideas for men. Each of these travel gear ideas will make his next epic trip easier. Our list even includes some unique gift ideas he may not have thought of before. These aren’t boring items like a travel mug and suitcase tag. These items are chosen to make his life simpler, more comfortable, and more fun.
A Pocket Tool
The perfect gift idea that will bring an instant smile to his face is a travel tool. Still, the most important thing to keep in mind when adding a tool to your lineup of travel gifts for men is the dreaded TSA requirements.
Typically, sharp objects aren’t allowed in a carry-on bag, but if he wants to keep the tool on him, TSA requires that any sharp object – knife, scissors, etc. – is less than 4 inches long from the pivot point. Note that not all airports and airlines work the same, and TSA representatives are allowed to make a judgment call that can still put his tool at risk, so it may still get confiscated. This may be a risk he is willing to take, but if not, he can always put it in his check-in bag.
The Victorinox Swiss Army Swisstool CS Plus with Leather Pouch is the perfect gift idea to have on your list of travel gifts for your man, and it should pass most TSA checks. It has every tool a man would ever want – especially if he travels for extended time periods and works on the road. He can do everything from open a beer to build a desk, do repairs on his computer, and take on most issues that may come up. It has 37 seven functions, all in one handy case. Short of having a dog, this tool is a man’s best friend.
The tool is highly rated with a score of 4.8 out of 5 stars on Amazon – and that’s out of 2,400 users! It’s safe to assume this will be a gift he’ll love.
Toiletry Bag or Dopp Kit
No list of travel gifts for men is complete without a toiletry bag. Anyone who travels knows that a quality toiletry kit is a must have for keeping all toiletries from spilling and leaking into a backpack or suitcase.
Tumi is well known for producing superior travel products that stand the test of time, and this toiletry bag is no exception. The hanging design makes it easy to access his gear when there’s no counter space in his hotel room. The large size makes it easy to carry all his toiletries and has enough room to stash a 3-1-1 bag inside.
With its strong durability and reputation, this toiletry bag is worth the investment. It may be the last toiletry kit he ever owns.
Another must have in today’s world is a tech kit, making it a great go-to option to include in your list of travel gifts for men. The large number of electronic devices used by nearly everyone these days is making organizing those wires, plugs, and batteries a challenge. A quality tech kit solves the problem.
The WIWU Travel Cable Organizer Bag is one of our favorites. It excels in keeping items snug, while the structured waterproof nylon exterior keeps external objects from smashing into the gear during long haul flights. At the same time, it offers complete access to all equipment when zipped fully open.
It is a terrific cable organizer, storing items such as power plugs, cords, and many other electronic devices, travel gadgets, and travel accessories. You can fit a power bank to ensure a long battery life, smaller camera gear like batteries, a universal travel adapter, an Apple pencil, small noise canceling headphones, and even a mouse, keeping all electronic gear in one spot.
We have used this case for over two years, and it still looks and feels brand new. Plus, it looks fantastic and doesn’t cost much. The sleek minimal design is a definite eye-pleaser. He will be proud to take out of his work bag during his next meeting.
A travel backpack is the ideal accessory for traveling. It offers faster and easy access to gear while on the road or during long-haul flights. At the same time, it saves him from having to check in a bigger suitcase to house all his gear, making moving to and from an airport a breeze.
Nomatic makes sturdy, well-designed backpacks ideally suited for the traveler. We have owned Nomatic backpacks and still use one as our travel bag each trip thanks to its ease of use, comfort, storage flexibility, and overall good looks.
The new Nomatic Travel Pack goes a step further by providing a water bottle sleeve and improved storage capacity with an expandable edge, which will help if he is a photography enthusiast and wants to bring along his camera gear. The zipped option allows for extremely lightweight and compact travel while the unzipped option gives him more room when he doesn’t need to pack light. Let’s face it; when it comes to backpacks, there’s no such thing as too much space.
The bag also offers organized storage for everything from a laptop to shoes and clothing. The design is so good that it could even replace his carry-on bag entirely. A separate zippered compartment helps keep electronic devices such as a power bank, cords, keys, and wallet separate for easy access while traveling.
Whether he is on a two-week trip or a three-month trip, this bag makes his journey easier. And while it does its job, it looks great. The sleek minimalist design is a great fit for any business travel.
This line of packing cubes by TRIPPED is excellent for organized clothing storage for his next trip while minimizing space, thanks to their ultra-compact designs. And they are strong! We have used these cubes for years, and they are showing no sign of breaking down. The zippers and material are incredibly durable, allowing him to push more items inside than he initially thought.
The slightly opaque design of the white version allows him to spot clothing items without unzipping so he knows which bag to open. Different sizes also help him to organize his clothing for easy access. For instance, jeans and jackets can go in the largest bag, shorts in a smaller one, etc.
These packing cubes come in a full range of sizes that can be organized cleanly and compactly inside any carry-on or checked-in baggage. Once at his destination, he can toss each bag into the closet or inside drawers for easy access, or simply leave them in the suitcase.
These bags even come with a handy air-tight bag for shoes or dirty laundry. There are also ten color options. All benefits combined make these packing cubes popular travel gifts for men.
A tie case might not immediately come to mind when thinking about popular travel gifts, but this is a great addition to add to your list of travel gifts for men. With clean and wrinkle- free storage of each tie, he’ll appreciate not having to iron – and burn – his favorite ties. Plus, you have another fun gift to toss under the tree with his Christmas tie this holiday season.
We like this LeanTravel tie organizer because, unlike others on the market, your man will get quick access to all his ties and more storage for longer ties than other case designs. Not all business trips are just a day or two; this case ensures he has ample ties for his next trip)whether it is a two-week trip or longer.
This case also prioritizes long ties over bow ties, which is good. Let’s face it; most men don’t wear bow ties. He will appreciate the capability of storing more long ties. Even if your man does wear a bow tie, he can still store some inside.
This case creates easy viewing and access to his ties, and the handy zipped compartment also holds his tie bars, collar stays, and cufflinks. At the same time, the slim design fits easily inside a suitcase. All benefits combined have made this case a great gift. It is so well-liked that it is now an Amazon Choice product.
SECRID is a popular wallet maker in Europe, and your man can benefit from this fact. Europe, like other continents, still uses coins frequently. The SECRID slim wallet is ideal for international travelers because it stores coins in a back sleeve while still having enough room to store ten cards and cash. If preferred, he can go coinless to store a total of 12 credit cards. He can also select larger or smaller models if needed.
This wallet comes in beautiful genuine leather and has a mechanical card holder within the design that offers quick access to his most-used cards as well as RFID protection. With one pull of the bottom trigger, all the cards fan upward, providing fast and clear viewing of each card. At the same time, cash stores compactly inside and remains easily accessible.
If you are looking for the perfect gift, this wallet is worth considering. We have used this wallet for four years and have been impressed with its strength, durability, and added beauty thanks to the added leather patina. It’s so handy that this may become his everyday wallet.
When traveling in less-than-safe areas, a money belt is an easy way to keep cash and credit cards hidden and theft-free. Many money belts come in similar designs: two pockets and an adjustable strap so he can wear it high on the waist, across his chest, or down low like a fanny pack.
This money belt design by Lanney goes further by supplying 10 RFID sleeves to protect his credit cards from predators using electronic card reading devices. It also comes in four color options.
If your gift recipient loves watches, keeping those timepieces protected goes a long way in easing the stress of damage while traveling. This leather travel case is the perfect gift to keep each watch easily viewable when selecting a timepiece. At the same time, the ultra-compact design fits easily in any bag.
A passport is one of the most important items to take on a trip, so ensuring it stays protected is vital. Bellroy does it in style. The company is famous for its high-quality leather products, and its Travel Folio is no exception. This wallet is made of beautiful genuine leather and has a sturdy zipper design and multiple pockets that offer clean and versatile storage for a passport, ticket, documents, and money. This wallet ensures he knows where everything is.
The wallet even includes a handy pen for filling in customs information. And since it has a zipper, your man can even store a sim card and coins when visiting those countries where coins are more popular. It is an all-in-one wallet solution and a beautiful one at that.
Shaving Brush and Razor
One of the few luxuries a man has as a frequent traveler is his toiletries. This travel brush and razor set by MÜHLE is something he is sure to love – and not just over the short term. The German company produces reliable and beautiful products that are so good that he may want to travel just to use them.
The brush is collapsible into an ultra-small design. The equally small razor provides a smooth shave, thanks to a 5-blade compatible Gillette head. And both items sit snugly in a genuine leather case. He’ll get an ultra-fast shave during his travels while enjoying a luxury experience.
When your gift giving needs to be extra special, this will do the trick. For a complete kit, be sure to buy him a soap container for that shaving soap. More on this in a bit.
Not all men shave with a manual razor. For those who don’t, a reliable and compact electronic is a solid gift idea for the regular traveler. The ARECTECH Electric Razor Mini Razor Pocket Razor has both traits in one.
This razor is small enough to tuck away into a toiletry kit or backpack while providing a surprisingly good shave for its size. Plus, the battery life is impressive. He will get up to 120 minutes of shaving on one charge.
When the battery needs charging, it is fully juiced up in just 1-2 hours. He can charge it with a USB plug, reducing the number of cords he needs to take on his trip. And cleaning it is a synch.
Note that this shaver is best suited for those with shorter hair.
Noise Cancelling Headphones
A great travel gift for anyone here on planet Earth is quality headphones, and now is a perfect time to have this in any traveler’s arsenal. Current makers of earphones are getting better and better at blocking exterior sounds, including the dreaded background noise on an airplane, making life in the air much more comfortable.
Select from models that cover the ears or smaller models set inside each ear for a more compact space in his bag. Prices vary significantly based on the quality of sound and the noise cancellation performance. That said, the best sound-stopping performance will come from the over-the-ear models, and one top-quality model is the Bose QuietComfort 45 Bluetooth Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones.
These earphones are quiet and comfortable, offering deep, full sound. He can also adjust the sound to his taste. Does he love more bass in his music? No problem; crank it up.
It has up to 24 hours of playing on one charge, and a quick 15-minute charge offers three hours of playing. These earphones are also good looking and come in four colors, ensuring he looks good as he grooves out.
A travel pillow is often high on the list of travel gifts, and we aren’t about to exclude it from ours. Still, finding one with the ideal comfort is a challenge.
The MLVOC Travel Pillow is a solid choice. The memory foam design brings superior comfort, and the pillow is breathable and easily washable. The design also won’t cramp his style. It is pretty good looking without sacrificing comfort.
When at his final destination, the pillow packs down tightly into its own bag to maximize room in his backpack.
As if all these benefits weren’t enough, it also comes with an eye mask and earplugs, creating a comfortable cocoon for a relaxing sleep day or night.
Traveling with liquid soap is easy in theory, but it can be a bit annoying in real life. The small travel tubes that meet 3-1-1 travel rules limit the amount of soap that can be carried, which means the tubes require regular refilling. All this soap purchasing also creates added waste since he will throw the extra soap away in the original container after each refill.
Constantly buying liquid soap is an annoying and expensive chore, but there’s another solution. Hard soaps now come as body soaps, shampoos, and conditioners. One full-size bar of soap can last a month and allow for fewer TSA checks because the soap is not a liquid.
Still, that soap needs to be stored safely. Matador makes a compact soap sleeve that rolls down into an air-tight bag for compact and lightweight storage. The ultra-dry case reduces bulk in his toiletry bag and is made with special anti-bacterial properties, keeping the soap clean and usable until there is no soap left.
Pro tip: If your man uses shaving soap, using another Matador bag to store a large soap puck is another excellent idea for reducing purchasing frequency while on the road.
Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker
Out of a whopping 63,000 reviews on Amazon, the JBL Clip 3 gets a surprisingly high rating of 4.8 out of 5 stars, making it one of the highest-rated items we have ever found on Amazon.
Why so high? This little speaker produces some big sound and up to ten hours of playing time. The design is also small enough to easily carry and attach to a backpack. Thirdly, it is waterproof, and we mean COMPLETELY waterproof. That’s right; he can get his groove on in the deep end of the pool.
The carabiner is a synch to attach to a backpack or belt, making it easy to play his favorite tunes while hiking or lying at the beach while keeping it from being covered in sand and dirt. This speaker is also extremely durable, giving him added peace of mind during any adventure.
The speaker wirelessly streams music from any Bluetooth device, and he can even use it to hear and make phone calls. Not too shabby.
Kindle and Kindle Unlimited
A kindle is a perfect gift for long flights and relaxing times by the pool or beach. An iPad or smartphone can work too, but a Kindle e-reader creates a more natural book-like read that is calmer on the eyes. When this benefit is combined with a Kindle Unlimited account, he can read to his heart’s content.
Even if he prefers to stick with his smartphone or tablet as a reading device, the Kindle app and unlimited reading options make it easy to take advantage of the compact reading Kindle is famous for.
Great Travel Gifts Aren’t Just for Men
The above blend of popular and unique travel gift ideas is sure to make his next trip easier so he enjoys his next trip, but keep in mind that many of these items are not exclusively travel gifts for men. They can work for any travel lover. For more gift ideas for her, check out this article