Hey dad, don’t read this!😂
With Father’s Day just around the corner, I’m using this time to reflect on all of the amazing memories I have while travelling with my dad (and mom!). My husband and I absolutely ADORE going places with them, and they rightfully deserve a post of their own (coming soon, and believe me, you WILL want to read it).
Even though we can’t really go anywhere right now, being prepared for the next great adventure is kind of my thing. I love giving practical gifts, and I like to find ones that I know I would use too. If there is something that will make my dad’s life more comfortable, I will absolutely get it, because I need him to keep up with all of my travels for years to come.
Do you have a hard time finding that perfect Father’s Day gift for your dad? I do. I usually default to the tried and true preferred liquor or a nice cigar, or leave it up to my more creative husband, but sometimes it doesn’t hurt to give him something he’ll use and make his life easier!
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Father’s Day Gifts for the Globetrotting Dad
*inspired by mostly true events
1. Compression Socks
This is something I’ve paid attention to more lately. Compression socks boost circulation and improve blood flow – important while flying to avoid blood clots, swelling, and general discomfort. The longer the flight, the increased chances of these things happening. Save your dad some pain and treat him to some socks – yes – socks, the one thing we were all disappointed to receive as children but now can’t get enough of.
These shouldn’t be painful to wear (if they are they may be to small), but rather like your calves are being gently hugged.
2. Travel neck pillow
A grumpy dad with a sore neck is no fun for anyone. Not all neck pillows are created equal, and the one I’ve found that is the most comfortable and has allowed me to arrive on the other end without a cricked neck is the Trtl Neck Pillow. It can be used in numerous ways to provide an added level of comfort and neck support, and since it doesn’t require inflating, there’s no need for a red face on the plane to blow it up. It has a Velcro closure, so it can easily be secured on to a carry-on bag, and thrown in the wash!
3. A folio for staying organized
A stylish travel folio helps contain all of his important travel documents, passport, and cards all in one easy-to-access spot. No more fumbling around at the counter rifling through bag compartments.
Opt for one with RFID protection like this one.
4. Money belt
Dads love gadgets, especially ones designed to protect their money (think fanny packs!). Find something more up to today’s fashion styles with something like an RFID money belt to protect valuables in tourist spots, and with a slim design, it can be worn under clothes without attracting any attention.
5. Luggage tags
*Just a tip – I always tape or twine my fasteners together so I don’t lose my tags. I’ve lost so many awesome luggage tags due to loose, poor-fitting closures.
6. Portable charger
Does your dad spend a lot of time on his phone on Facebook, laughing at memes or uploading pictures, or maybe even texting his other child he left at home while he’s on vacation? Allow him the luxury of extended battery life with a portable charger. We don’t go anywhere without ours now.
7. A lightweight book
Books are a great way to pass the time – whether it’s waiting for flights/trains/taxis/meeting, etc. or vegging out on the beach. If your dad is a reader and you know what he’s in to, there are plenty of lightweight paperbacks to pick from.
From thrillers to biographies, there’s bound to be something to peak his interest – or maybe you have a favourite book you want him to read? Or maybe he’s a history buff? Grab this WW2 Trivia book full of random facts and interesting stories he probably doesn’t already know.
8. Noise-cancelling headphones
Does your dad get irritated by others easily? Perhaps there’s a screaming baby sitting right in front of him on the plane? Dad’s LOVE that (🤣). Calm him down with a pair of noise-cancelling headphones. This bluetooth pair has 30 hours of playback time – enough to drown out any distractions, play some soothing music, and hopefully help him sleep while travelling so he can arrive refreshed and ready to take whatever challenges he may face that day.
Let me tell you a story. We flew to Scotland a few years ago. My dad has been driving in the UK since he and my mom first visited together 35+ years ago. He has a really hard time sleeping on the plane (maybe it’s because he’s so excited????). Anyway, we picked up our rental car and drove all around Scotland that day on zero sleep before heading to our hotel for the night. He admitted to us the next morning he didn’t remember driving at all the day before. Dads need rest. Help them rest. For our sakes. 😂
9. A photo of your best travel memories
A gift from the heart! Find a nice frame and a photo from one of your favourite memories or trips and give him that. Guaranteed he’ll display this heartwarming gift his desk. I have so many memories traveling with my dad, I would probably have to make a scrapbook.
10. Takeout inspired by food from around the world!
There is no shortage of unique restaurants in our area, and no doubt yours too! Up until a few years ago my dad hadn’t tried sushi – and now he can’t get enough of it! Why not introduce your dad to a unique cuisine he hasn’t had yet or wouldn’t necessarily buy for himself?
We may not be able to physically go to a country to eat their food, but there are a lot of great options at home that can be as good as the real thing. Indian, Vietnamese, Lebanese? Surely there are some unique options where you are!
What travel related gifts will you be giving your dad this year for Father’s Day? I’m going to have to think of something good because I bet mine will read this post.😂