Father's Day travel gifts

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Whether taking a flight for work or pleasure, busy dads can use all the help they can get to make travel more enjoyable and relaxing.

“Travel goods make ideal Father’s Day gifts, as they are created to make everyday tasks easier, more comfortable, and more fun,” said Michele Marini Pittenger, president of the Travel Goods Association. “Travel goods aren’t only for dads who travel regularly for business, but for dads who walk the golf course on weekends, drop kids off at school every morning, or tailgate at events with friends.”

No matter your dad’s travel interests or personality, nearly every father needs something to make time spent away from home more convenient.

“Dads, like everyone else, have more gadgets than ever before, and travel goods manufacturers are taking notice and creating accessories that protect technology and make it easier to transport and use,” Pittenger said.

TPU Guide Waterproof Pouch for iPad
For dads who likes to travel near or spend time in the water, the Sea to Summit Waterproof Pouch for iPad is a must-have accessory. The case keeps the tablet dry and protected from the expected as well as unexpected elements.

“This year everyone seems to be saying ‘tech not ties’ for Father’s Day gift giving,” said Shelley Dunbar, the marketing director of Sea to Summit. “So why not get Dad something to protect his shiny new tech toy?"

The TPU Waterproof Case for iPad not only guards against that accidental beer spill, it will protect a tablet even if it is submerged --albeit briefly.

"(It’s) perfect for the outdoor enthusiast that might be navigating from a canoe as well as the business commuter who happens to get stuck in a rain storm,” Dunbar said.

Sea to Summit says the pouch also meets the IPX7 testing standards of being waterproof in up to one meter of water for 30 minutes.

The case is $39.95 and is available on Amazon.com.

Club Glove Last Bag
Help dad take his swing a bit further with the Club Glove Last Bag, which lets him easily travel with his lucky clubs anywhere.

“This is for the golfing Dad that takes his game seriously, plays with the finest equipment and appreciates investing in the same quality that the pros use,” said Jeffery Herold, president and founder of West Coast Trends.

Herold says this made-in-America bag is used by more professional golfers worldwide than any other brand.

The bag is available at www.clubglove.com and retails for $299.

Cabeau Evolution Pillow
Busy dads don’t get much time to rest. Whether traveling for business or for leisure with the family, he probably needs help relaxing and taking a snooze on the flight. Cabeau Travel says its Evolution Pillow was designed to provide 360-degree memory-foam support. It comes with a washable cover and travel bag - as well as features a MP3 player pouch for easy listening.

“Dads tend to run a little bigger, while airplane seats run small,” said Ryan Hilterbran, the vice president & CMO of Cabeau Inc. “So, if your dad's not ‘big’ enough to admit even he needs a little help getting comfortable, then hopefully you'll love him enough to get him an Evolution Pillow, the only travel neck pillow that will truly help him rest easy.”

The pillow is $34.99 and is available at www.cabeautravel.com.

Cushe Slipper
For the dad always on-the-run, the Cushe Slipper shoe will keep his feet protected without hassle.

“We purposely positioned elastic panels so you can slip-on and kick-off with ease - a feature any traveling dad would appreciate at airport security,” said Martin Dean, the founder and creative director of Cushe Footwear.

With it’s casual, yet classy design – Dean says the shoe can fit any dad’s style for everyday wear.
“I love the versatility of the shoe - from on the beach, post-surf, lounging around, walking in the city, jumping out of a plane...it feels like you are wearing nothing but it has all the protection of wearing a shoe,” Dean said.

The Cushe Slippers are $50 and are available at www.cushe.com.

Travelpro Executive Pro Checkpoint Friendly Computer Brief
Besides keeping his feet sailing through airport security, don’t let dad’s briefcase slow him down. The Travelpro Executive Pro Checkpoint Friendly Computer Brief will help him move quickly from the check-in counter to his gate.

“The intelligently designed brief is lightweight and durable and will allow dad to pass through airport security without the hassle of removing his laptop,” said Scott Applebee, the vice president of marketing for Travelpro. “Just unzip the back and lay it flat to pass it through the X-ray machine.”

The Travelpro Executive Pro Checkpoint Friendly Computer Brief is $119.99 and can be purchased on Amazon.com.

Samsonite Premier 21" Upright Compressor
Give dad the gift of extra space with the Samsonite Premier 21” Upright Compressor. After packing the carry-on bag, travelers can press on the sides of the suitcase to move the ratchets down, which compresses the bag to meet carry-on size requirements while storing more.

“The compressor is a great gift for any road warrior dad that travels for more than two to three nights at a time, but doesn’t want to incur the added expense of checked bag fees,” said Stephanie Goldman, the director of marketing communications for Samsonite.

Whether he knows or not if he might need the extra space for the return flight, this bag gives the traveling dad options.

“It’s also great for the dad who perhaps packs light for business travel, but then likes to pick up souvenirs for the kids while he’s away,” Goldman said. “The Compressor allows dad to fit all kinds of extras he accumulates on the road into one bag.”

The suitcase is $269.99 and is available on Samsonite.com.

Men's Sol Cool Long-Sleeve Tee
Referred to as a “multi-tasker,” Exofficio’s Sol Cool Long-Sleeve Tee could be dad’s must pack travel shirt for just about anywhere he goes.

“It provides maximum sun protection, but is also wicking, cooling, odor resistant and quick drying,” said Karen Matthee of Exofficio. “Plus, it has give for extra mobility and is lightweight. So, needless to say, it has many uses: running, walking, hiking, paddling... (even) shopping.”

Designers say the lightweight shirt will keep dad cool with a special Icefil fabric, which creates a cooling sensation and helps to lower his body temperature by up to five degrees. It also protects him from the sun with a UPF rating of 50+.

The shirt is $55.00 and is available on www.exofficio.com.