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Monday, July 13, 2020

NorthStar Trekking Helicopter Ride, Glacier Trek and Ice Climbing Shore Excursion from NCL Cruise in Juneau, Alaska

Glacier hiking is a surreal experience. You’ll never forget the satisfying crunch of ever-shifting ice underneath your crampons or the giddy feeling of drinking 100-year-old water from a glacial waterfall. Hands down, hiking a glacier is a must-do excursion in Alaska.

Before we departed on our Alaska Cruise and Land tour, we said to our friends "the one tour that you MUST do is the Helicopter and Glacier Walk!  There is nothing like it in the world! It is a bucket list item!"  We did a similar experience a few years before and felt strongly that this would be the most important experience for them.

What we will go over during this post:

  •  Outfitting Equipment
  •  Helicopter Ride
  •  Glacier Trek
  •  Ice Climbing 

Outfitting Equipment

A driver from NorthStar Trekking picked us up promptly from the pier and drove us to Juneau Airport. Everything ran like a well-oiled machine. Before you arrive, your weight and clothing and shoe size have been radioed ahead.  They have all your gear ready to go when you arrive at their office so you don't waste any time.  The adventure begins as you are outfitted with mountaineering boots, a climbing harness, gaiters, and appropriate rain gear, as well as gloves, a backpack, water, tissues and a granola bar.  Since we had done this before we knew to wear reasonably warm clothing including comfortable pants, socks and fleece -- it gets cold on the ice! Also we made sure we had sunglasses to cut the glare.  Other ice climbing gear and helmets are provided on the glacier.  One member of our party of 6 had an issue with his boot which didn't fit him correctly.  Before we left on the helicopter ride, he told the staff that the boot didn't feel right, but the person fitting him told him it was ok and to go ahead.  We'll get back to that during the Ice Climbing section.  

Helicopter Ride

Once everyone was ready, we received a mandatory safety briefing before boarding the helicopter (seats are already assigned by weight) for a flightseeing tour over trees of the Tongass National Forest, impressive mountain ranges, and massive flows of ice that change from white to radiant shades of blue. Our pilot narrated everything that we were viewing.  On the previous time that we glacier walked we saw a mountain goat and her two babies on a VERY STEEP side of a mountain.  Cute and amazing all at the same time! Fortunately a front seat was provided to one of us!  The ride was about 20-30 minutes long and unforgettable! 

From the moment we left the airport in the helicopter, we were tracking our course using our GPS watches.  Because of the GLONASS GPS system used, our helicopter route, ice trekking and climbing were recorded on our Garmin watches.  Here is an image recorded from our Garmin fenix 5.

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Glacier Trek

Upon landing at base camp on the glacier, you are instructed to walk to about 100 feet away without crampons (this is the most treacherous part of the day for most!) The guides outfit you with an ice axe, crampons, and a helmet, and provide instruction on how to properly use the equipment for safe glacier travel. Once familiarized with the gear, the hike begins across the ice, past moulins (roughly circular, vertical well-like shafts within the glacier which water enters from the surface), waterfalls, deep crevasses, and crystal blue rivers.

We had two guides hiking with us, teaching us not only how to navigate the ice and lend a helping hand or more if needed, but also about the formations we were seeing.  Take a look at video of some of the waterfalls and the incredible color:

Ice Climbing

Our climbing destination was a massive ice wall where we learned ice climbing techniques that built upon some of the skills we had used across the ice.  Some people in our group were in their 60's and went up the wall too. We were roped in with a safety line so you can't fall although it it's embarrassing to hang about if losing your footing which happened to one of us 😳. Everyone made it at least part way up and everyone had a great time!

We had more than enough time to practice what we learned and even had some friendly competition with side-by-side ropes. The guides were well-trained and extremely helpful. However, back to equipment.  The member of our party that had the ill-fitting boot had trouble on the entire trek across the ice and it was really evident to everyone during the ice climbing when his boot came off completely!  He was fortunate that he wasn't hurt in our opinion...

Look at a live view of one of us ice climbing...up and down!

Bottom Line:


It's definitely a "splurge" in terms of cost, but worth every single penny! We paid about $599 per person directly to the cruise line, NCL.  Also, we made sure to tip our guides at base camp, who in our opinion were outstanding and far better than those we had two years before.  For our group, it was disappointing that one of us had problems the entire trek due to an ill-fitting boot. That made the day for him difficult and not as fulfilling and fortunately he wasn't injured but that definitely could have occurred!  In our opinion it was the staff at the airport that didn't recognize the reported issue and its impact on safety as they should have.  Despite this, we highly recommend putting this excursion on your bucket list.  If you have to skip other shore excursions on your Alaska cruise to do this one, then just do it!  Make sure you insist that the equipment you're provided meets your expectations and if it doesn't feel right, insist that the staff making it right before you leave in the helicopter.  Lastly, be aware that this excursion is often canceled due to fog, rain and weather conditions.  Out of the three times we have been to Alaska and planned on this excursion, it was canceled once, but the two out of three times we were able to go...WOW!!!

Everyone from the driver, to the crew doing the safety briefing, pilot, and guides were all friendly and wonderful! 

Saturday, July 11, 2020

Review of the Alaska Animal Wildlife Conservation Center in Anchorage for Cruise Excursion or Independent Tour

The Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center is a non-profit organization dedicated to conservation, research, education, and animal care in Girdwood.  It is perfectly located along Seward Highway between the large Alaskan City of Anchorage and Whittier, a major cruise port for Alaska itineraries. Think about visiting on your own or as part of a guided tour.  We were part of a tour that dropped us off and we explored on our own.  

We had a couple of hours here and it was well worth the trip we saw black and brown bear, bison, caribou, moose, porcupine, wolves, deer, a bald eagle and owls just to name a few. The photographs we obtained were superb and overall this was an excellent introduction to the birds and animals of the region.

Getting There:

The Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center is located between Anchorage & Whittier, from Anchorage about a 2 hour drive- it's some of Alaska's most beautiful scenery you could imagine, with Glacier- topped mountains and waterways, you can see some wildlife- keep your eyes open.  If you are taking a cruise this is a great stop off on the way to or from the port at Whittier.   We opted for transportation to our cruise and the Center was a stopping point along the way.


We found out that the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving Alaska Wildlife through education and quality animal care, The Center takes in orphaned and injured animals and provides them with refuge and spacious enclosures.  They are a smaller operation and we were hoping to get closer to the animals than we could during our time in Denali all while enjoying great views of the surrounding mountains.  Our time here didn't disappoint! Don't just drive through, take the time to walk (it will be around 1-2 miles of walking on uneven surfaces) and visit the various enclosures.

Here are some of the animals we saw:

Friday, July 10, 2020

Anti Glare Yellow Lens Night Vision Driving Glasses Can Make Your Runs and Hikes Easier and Safer

When hitting the trails it helps to clearly see what may be in front of you to avoid missteps and falls, even if it's very dark and foggy.  "Night Vision" anti-glare specialized yellow tinted lenses provide protection from the elements and blocks glare and blue light, enhancing contrast and clarity. 

How many times did you hear in your childhood, "eat all your carrots so you can see better at night...?"  We heard it ALL. THE. TIME.  Or have you seen movies where the military are wearing night vision goggles to go on their mission.  What they can see is incredible!  Other than eating our carrots, what can the average Joe do to see better when the sun isn't bright when traveling, exercising or driving?  

We encounter all of these situations because we run and hike in all conditions, and of course travel to many unfamiliar areas.  One of our aged relatives who drives everywhere around the world, told us some words of wisdom years ago: "Get those yellow glasses that you see on TV!"  So to help prevent ourselves from falling on the trails when hiking and running we invested around $20 to get a pair.  We found a new piece of gear that we will use in more situations than we realized possible.

The glasses on TV advertise that "HD Night Vision Glasses" will help you see better when driving.  This has been debated by some experts, and there are lots of things you SHOULD do to help your driving vision, like KEEP YOUR WINDSHIELD CLEAN.  However, from personal experience, we cannot say enough about the yellow lensed glasses to help us see better when in low light conditions.  

We ordered inexpensive glasses from Amazon, and now we keep them in every car and travel bag.

You may have wondered in the past how your dog can see so much better when out for that nighttime stroll.  Think about it.  Humans are built for living in the daytime and sleeping in the dark. The retina (the light-sensitive part of our eyes) has cells called cones (for seeing colored light) and rods (for detecting movement and dim light). We have 20 times more rods than cones (120 million rods and only 6 million cones), yet we still are not very good at seeing in the dark.

Other animals are built differently. Creatures that live in the dark tend to have much bigger pupils (holes in front of their eyes) to let in more light. Owls, for example, have large eyes relative to their body size. Like other nocturnal creatures, their retinas contain many more rods than the human eye. Cats, which also spend much of their time hunting at night, are among creatures whose eyes contain a tapetum. This is a natural mirror that reflects light back out of the eye. Its job is to bounce the incoming light twice through the retina so the animal has double the chance to see things. That's why cats are so good at seeing in the dark—and why, when you shine at torch at them, their eyes reflect light straight back like mirrors.

Humans can't use any of these tricks. Our pupils open wider in dim light, but not wide enough to help us that much at night. Our eyes don't have enough rods.  So what can we do to see better at night or in dim light? We can reach for technology!

How do these night vision glasses work?

Night driving glasses have nonprescription, yellow-tinted lenses that range in shade from light yellow to amber. Some night driving glasses also have an antireflective coating.

Night driving glasses reduce glare by scattering and filtering out blue light. Blue light is the part of the light spectrum that has the shortest wavelength and the largest amount of energy. Unlike types of light with longer wavelengths, blue light is more likely to cause glare when it enters the eye.

Night driving glasses have been manufactured for several decades. These yellow-tinted glasses were originally marketed to hunters as shooting glasses. They continue to be popular with hunters because they sharpen the contrast of flying birds against the sky during overcast or cloudy conditions.

Do these glasses actually work?

Yellow lenses reduce the amount of light coming into the eye, diminishing visibility. At night, this can be detrimental, rather than helpful.

Night driving glasses are available in many shades of yellow and amber. The darkest lenses filter out the most glare but also, the largest amount of light, making it hard to see in dim or dark conditions.

Some wearers of night driving glasses report that they’re better able to see at night while wearing them. However, visual tests indicate that night driving glasses do not improve night vision, and do not help drivers see pedestrians any faster than they would without them.

In fact, a small 2019 studyTrusted Source showed that night driving glasses actually slow down visual reflexes by a fraction of a second, making night vision slightly worse.

Check out this photo we took with and without our anti-glare glasses - no filters are used:

The Bottom Line:

We typically don't use our night vision yellow lens glasses when we drive at night, but have used them during those times when the sun is going down and it is getting dark.  We find those are the times these glasses help us the most.  Likewise we use them all the time when we are running and hiking trails, just like hunters and golfers like to use them for cloudy conditions.  When the light isn't as bright as we would like to see the trail or road, we find these really help.  With most pairs coming in at around $20, it may be worth a try to see how you feel.  At the very least they will keep the rain, wind and bugs out of your eyes! Of course they won't make you injury proof. Always remember to take the usual care when running or hiking anywhere.  Glasses cannot take the place of vigilance to prevent tripping or falling.

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

European Union Formalizes Reopening, Barring Travelers From The United States

Starting tomorrow, July 1, 2020 the European Union (EU) is going to permit travelers from 15 countries to enter the EU but exclude travelers from the United States, India, Brazil and Russia. China will be permitted subject to some reciprocal conditions.

This decision is agreed upon by 27 member nations of the European Union plus four other nations in Europe’s visa-free Schengen travel. UK which made an official exit from the EU on January 31, 2020 is also partaking in this decision to restrict entry to travers from the US.

Starting tomorrow, July 1, 2020 the European Union (EU) is going to permit travelers from 15 countries to enter the EU but exclude travelers from the United States, India, Brazil and Russia. China will be permitted subject to some reciprocal conditions.

This decision is agreed upon by 27 member nations of the European Union plus four other nations in Europe’s visa-free Schengen travel.  UK which made an official exit from the EU on January 31, 2020 is also partaking in this decision to restrict entry to travers from the US.

Not allowing US travelers is a decision that will be revisited in the next two weeks, subject to whether the US Covid curve can be flattened soon. Last week,the number of infected cases in the US soared back to what it was at its peak in April.

When Can US Travelers Resume Travel To Europe?

Americans form a big percentage of tourists in Europe. This entry ban is for two weeks starting in July and will be revised depending upon the spread of the infection rate.

In order to be exempted from the entry ban, the United States have to fulfill the following criteria:

  • The US should have a comparable per capita number of COVID-19 cases to those in the 31 European countries over the last 14 days;
  • The US should take several measures to decrease the number of infections;
  • EU will evaluate US’ efforts on virus testing, surveillance, standards in contact tracing and treatment;
  • The US should be able to project reliable data on its virus spread.

Who Is Exempted from The European Travel Ban?

  • Non-EU citizens who are already living in Europe;
  • European citizens and their family members wanting to enter EU member nations;
  • Long-term EU residents who are not citizens of the bloc;
  • Travelers with “an essential function or need,” regardless of whether their country is on the safe list or not. 
  • Medical experts who happen to be US citizens.

Who Can Travel To Europe?

The approved countries have been selected on the basis of the reliability of their data, lower infection rates and reciprocity.

Travelers from the following countries can enter EU member states –

  • Algeria
  • Australia
  • Canada
  • Georgia
  • Japan
  • Montenegro
  • Morocco
  • Andorra
  • Monaco
  • Serbia
  • San Marino
  • Vatican City
  • New Zealand
  • Uruguay
  • Thailand
  • South Korea
  • Rwanda
  • Tunisia

For snapping great photos wherever you travel with your phone, we recommend the Photogrip Qi.  Grip your phone like a camera. Shoot with the Bluetooth shutter remote. The wireless charger keeps your phone’s battery fully charged.

Where Can US Travelers Go To?

During the initial lockdown, several travelers were either frantically trying to get out and head back to their home country or got stranded unable to fly back.

Now as international travel is slowly resuming for the summer, the following countries will allow US travelers to enter their country. Some continue to have restrictions like self-imposed 14-day quarantine to wearing masks in public.

LTD suggests you consult with the Embassy of your destination country before confirming travel plans.  The STEP app from the US Department of State is another useful tool to stay to stay informed about border closures.

  • Mexico
  • Tanzania
  • Caribbean islands
  • Turkey
  • Dubai
  • Rwanda
  • Jamaica
  • French Ploynesia
  • Maldives
  • Aruba
  • Dominican republican
  • Serbia
  • Bahamas
  • Barbados

Potential Border Openings for US Travelers In the Near Future

  • Bali
  • Sri Lanka
  • Belize
  • Malta
  • Greece

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Sunday, June 28, 2020

The Best 2020 Father's Day Gift Ideas for The Dad Who Loves to Travel

This Father's Day, spoil your Favorite Dad who loves to travel with traditional gifts, but kicked up a notch.  Use LTD's 2020 Father's Day Gift ideas to keep him healthy, safe, worry-free and traveling in style!  Click on the picture to learn more or buy!

Are you a Son, Daughter, Wife or friend looking for a gift for you favorite Dad or Husband?  We’ve got you covered for travelers of all types with our favorite things, perfect for all budgets! Maybe even the family pet needs to find something for its traveling Daddy!  

❤️❤️There is still time to order for Father's Day. Remember, all proceeds from our links go to charity like the Navy SEAL Foundation that helps GOLD STAR FATHERS who have lost their Military Sons and Daughters and for whom Father's Day is not the same. Please SHARE this post to help...❤️❤️

1.  Montem Hiking Poles

 Use LTD's Father's Day Gift suggestions to keep him healthy, safe, worry-free and traveling in style!

 LTD always stresses that healthy traveling is important for everyone!  We are sure you know some Dads who are starting to be couch potatoes because of aches or pains or mobility issues.  Encourage your favorite Dad to get out this summer and walk, hike or go sightseeing by getting them a great set of Hiking/Walking/Trekking Poles.  The Montem Hiking Poles are fully adjustable with bolts to allow adventurers of any height to quickly lengthen the poles from 24” to 53” in order to achieve the perfect height for his needs. These poles come with nylon straps to ensure there is no worry about dropping his trekking poles. With a weight of 9.6 ounces per pole he will not feel weighed down. Crafted out of the same material used to build airplanes, these are truly strong trekking poles.

2. Call Sign Chaos

For the patriotic Dad, get him a clear-eyed account of learning how to lead in a chaotic world, by General Jim Mattis--the former Secretary of Defense and one of the most formidable strategic thinkers of our time--and Bing West, a former assistant secretary of defense and combat Marine.
Call Sign Chaos is the account of Jim Mattis's storied career, from wide-ranging leadership roles in three wars to ultimately commanding a quarter of a million troops across the Middle East. Along the way, Mattis recounts his foundational experiences as a leader, extracting the lessons he has learned about the nature of warfighting and peacemaking, the importance of allies, and the strategic dilemmas--and short-sighted thinking--now facing our nation.

 Great Dads Deserve Perfect Presents! The TOP Father's Day Gifts for the Dad Who Loves to Travel.

3.  Grayl Ultralight Purifying Water Bottle

This bottle is ideal for the World traveling Dad who is worried about impurities in their water.  This bottle is fast and easy-to-use -- simply Fill. Press. Drink.™ No sucking, squeezing, pumping, prolonged waiting, ultraviolet bulbs, or batteries are required.  Its award winning design makes clean, purified drinking water in only 15 seconds from virtually any fresh water source in the world by removing 99.9999% of viruses (e.g. Hepatitis A, SARS, Rotavirus); 99.9999% of disease-causing bacteria (e.g. E. coli, Salmonella, Cholera); and 99.999% of protozoan cysts (e.g. Giardia, Cryptosporidium).  In addition it filters particulates (e.g. sediment, silt), many chemicals (e.g. chlorine, benzene) and heavy metals (e.g. lead, arsenic) with zero aftertaste or bad odors, improving clarity and flavor.  Tell your favorite Dad to read LTD's survival guide for international travel to keep him safe and healthy!

4. ThermoPro TP-08S is a Dual Probe Digital Wireless Thermometer  

Keep things healthy!  With Coronavirus fears this year, more Dad's are cooking at home or will be at Airbnb's.  We love digital thermometers like the ThermoPro TP-08S which is a Dual Probe Digital Wireless Thermometer that allows him to accurately cook by monitoring both Meat and Oven temperature remotely from 300 feet away. He can stop getting up and sitting back down to check on the meat and just await the TP-08S 's alarm when the meat is cooked to perfection or when the BBQ/Oven/Smoker is at the set temperature range.

5. Theragun G3PRO

Whether dad's a fitness buff or just dealing with daily aches and pains, help him limber up with Theragun's percusive therapy which gently eases cramping and tightness in minutes.  It comes with a travel case and since he may not always have time for a massage on the road, he can use this himself with the adjustable arm with 4 angles for an ergonomic full-body reach.

6.  The Ridge Slim Minimalist Front Pocket RFID Blocking Metal Wallets for Men with Cash Strap

Don't let your favorite Dad be a victim of identity theft when traveling!  The Ridge Wallet was built with design and functionality in mind -- a wallet that's minimalist without being limiting -- so that he can carry less and always have what he needs at home or away. The Ridge is a slim, RFID-blocking wallet designed to streamline how he carries his cash and cards.  We like the integrated cash strap – The cash strap allows him to clip several bills inside his wallet.  This is also available with a money clip if the cash strap isn't for him.

7. Castaway Travel Hammock

You should definitely buy this hammock for Dad!  It's incredibly easy to set up, and is really lightweight and portable. Who doesn’t like to chill out in a hammock? But Dad may have to fight the rest of the family to use it first! The best thing about the Castaway Travel Hammock is how affordable it is. The price kind of depends on the color combination you choose, but in general you can get the single one for less than $30.

8. The Pacsafe GII Portable Travel Safe

Don't let your favorite Dad be a victim of theft when traveling!  We all know the dangers of pickpockets while traveling, but rarely do we ever think about the theft that can happen in our very own hotel rooms. It’s easy to assume that once we head off to explore the city with our doors locked, our valuables are safe. Unfortunately, sometimes that's not the case, especially if he's staying in an Airbnb or a hostel.  Even the safe in his hotel room isn't always a secure option.

So what can a traveler to do? Portable safes like the Pacsafe GII Anti-Theft Travel Safe are a great option and easier to pack than you might think.  Enjoy our video review and instructions on how to use the safe!

9. Kaatsu

If your Dad loves cutting edge health and fitness products, he would love KAATSU!  What is KAATSU?  It's hard to summarize in a few sentences, so take the time to read more about it!  Essentially, KAATSU is a safe and effective form of exercise, rehabilitation and recovery invented in Japan in 1966.

The patented pneumatic equipment enables your arms and legs to modify venous flow which leads to a cascade of positive physiological effects. KAATSU is supported by decades of extensive research at top academic institutions, specific protocols proven over millions of users in 32 countries, and patented procedures in sports, exercise, rehabilitation and wellness activities both in the water and on land.

KAATSU is a Japanese word and trademarked term where KA (加) means “additional” and ATSU (圧) means “pressure”.

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10. Injinji Toe Socks

Every avid traveler is bound to get blister at some point!  Injinji socks are the perfect solution for this!  Offering restriction-free movement while eliminating skin-on-skin friction, which is one of the primary causes of blisters, Injinji Lightweight Socks have a five-toe sleeve design.  From no-show to crew length there is bound to be something he can use on the road!

11. Improve His Sleep with chiliBLANKET

By now you’ve probably heard us speak about the benefits of the of the sleep brand chili. They are making 2 water-powered temperature-controlled bed pads that we have previously reviewed (chiliPAD and OOLER).  Meet chiliBLANKET™ + chiliPAD control unit, the world’s first hydro-powered, temperature-controlled weighted blanket + control unit combo.  Why would he want to use a weighted blanket? Using one can increase serotonin, decrease anxiety, and reduce restlessness and we all know how travel presents problems for restorative sleep so it's important that he starts with good sleep at home. But what if he tends to be hot and never uses a heavy blanket? That’s where the temperature-controlled aspect comes in perfectly whether he's typically hot or cold, he can find the best temperature for him!

12. True Energy Over the Calf Socks

For the Dad looking for the latest technology in his travel socks, give him True Energy, the next advancement in anti-inflammatory, pain relief and cellular recovery. True Energy socks evolved from research designed to help astronauts maintain normal metabolic function while in space. When the infrared nanoparticles blended into our yarn are combined with body heat, it produces a beneficial cellular stimulating effect.

13.  Nathan Hydration Vest

For the Dad who runs, walks or hikes long distances, summertime makes hydration even more important.  The best solution to carry fluids is a hydration vest.  The Nathan VaporAir is our favorite because it provides comfort over the long-haul, regardless of pace, distance, terrain…or how much he sweats, which is key in our opinion.  The back on this vest breathes so well that he won't get hotter out exploring. He can unzip the two front inside pockets to reveal hidden adjustment straps that cinch the side panels tight, for a snug, close fit that stays secure mile after mile.

14. Sharkbanz

Give him the world's first active shark deterrent band. Designed for beachgoers, swimmers and surfers, Sharkbanz use patented magnetic technology developed by marine biologists to deter predatory shark species.  It is:

  • EFFECTIVE - Technology based on proven science, published research and testing 
  • SIMPLE - No batteries, no charging; always on 
  • AFFORDABLE - Safety for everyone 
  • STYLISH - Ergonomic design and premium materials for enhanced comfort Worn on Ankle or Wrist 

15. Wisdom Panel Health Canine DNA Test

Help him understand who is protecting the house while he is away!  What a great gift for the Doggy Daddy!  Has your Dad been wondering if Fido is a husky? A malamute? Wisdom Panel is like 23andMe for dogs and can tell him his rescue’s breed profile, and this kit also screens for specific genetic conditions.

16. Peepers by PeeperSpecs Unisex Clark Focus Square Blue Light Filtering Reading Glasses

Is Dad always losing his reading glasses?  Get him a new pair, but this time get him ones that he will never forget!  Peepers was one of Oprah's 2019 Favorite Things.  The quality of these readers is amazing, but even more important are that they offer blue light filtering lenses to reduce the harmful effects of looking at computer and device screens all day.  Plus the cost of these fit most budgets!

17.  Bose SoundLink Micro Bluetooth Speaker, Bright Orange

This travel-friendly speaker from Bose is perfect for sticking in a carry-on and bringing just about anywhere. It’s fully waterproof. It also has a strap on the back and a durable rubber coating, so it’s great for camping trips and outdoor activities.

18.  Spikeball 3 Ball Game Set

If Dad has been looking for some way to channel some physical energy while engaging in some healthy competition home or away, set him up with the Spikeball — a Shark Tank original that’s become a backyard, beach and travel hit.

19. Osmo Mobile 3

If you’re the sort of person who regrets how little video footage your Dad shot of you growing up, or how poor his video was, then perhaps you could get him the Osmo Mobile 3, from the drone company DJI, so he can shoot ultra-steady videos of you and the grandkids.  The Osmo Mobile 3 is an electronic gimbal, like the one you’d find stabilizing the camera on a drone, except it’s handheld and holds a mobile phone rather than a camera.  We love the combo kit for just a little extra and useful accessories like a tripod.

20. AfterShokz Aeropex Open-Ear Wireless Bone Conduction Headphones with Sport Belt

Aftershokz Aeropex wireless bone conduction headphones are the company's best yet for running and cycling.  If he cycles or runs outdoors he may have heard of bone conduction headphones. They will let him enjoy music while keep hearing your surroundings, helping keep him safe.  The sound is incredible and he will barely know he's wearing them!  These are water resistant and connect via bluetooth. Is he a swimmer too or doesn't like to carry his phone while training?  Check out our video review of Aftershokz Xtrainerz (pronounced "Cross Trainers") for Aftershokz newest FULLY waterproof option with internal storage for podcasts and music!  While you're at our YouTube channel, please SUBSCRIBE to support our charitable giving!

21.  Espro Travel Stainless Steel Coffee Press

 Great Dads Deserve Perfect Presents! The TOP Father's Day Gifts for the Dad Who Loves to Travel.
Who doesn't know a Dad who loves coffee?  The ESPRO Travel Press is designed for people that want great tasting coffee when they’re on the move. Unlike other presses, the patented double micro-filter gives you deep, rich flavor without any grit in your mug.  Insulated, double-walled stainless-steel keeps his brew toasty for hours and won’t ever break or leak. After pressing, extraction stops instantly, so every sip tastes perfect.  With a lifetime guarantee, and its BPA, BPS, and phthalate free composition, this is sure to please your favorite Dad!

22.  Bottle Bully Travel Bottle Protector

For the traveler who likes to bring or return with wine or his favorite spirits.  This bottle protector is large, but is perfect for various sized bottles that he may wish to transport.  Composed of heavy cardboard with inflated air chambers that protect and insulate bottles and other fragile goods with 360 degree coverage.  Plus it is reusable!  For an even better gift, put his favorite bottle inside!

23.  Pacsafe RFIDsafe V125 Anti-Theft RFID Blocking Trifold Wallet

The RFIDsafe V125 Anti-Theft RFID Blocking Tri-Fold Wallet from Pacsafe is the ideal travel wallet to keep his personal information and valuables from falling into the wrong hands. Most ID cards and credit cards contain a RFID micro-chip that contains sensitive information, which can be accessed from up to 10 feet away with an RFID reader. Pacsafe’s award-winning RFIDsafe blocking material that’s built into the RFIDsafe V125 helps prevent the transmission of this data between 10MHz – 3GHz.

The detachable, hard-to-cut Dyneema webbing strap adds another layer of protection to help prevent pickpockets by wrapping it around his wrist or securing to a belt loop while in his pocket. The RFIDsafe V125 has internal organization that includes a zippered note slot, six card slots, an outer zippered coin pocket, and Velcro closure.  Don't let your favorite Dad be a victim of identity theft when traveling!

24.  YETI Rambler 10oz Vacuum Insulated Stainless Steel Lowball with Lid

 Great Dads Deserve Perfect Presents! The TOP Father's Day Gifts for the Dad Who Loves to Travel.

Men LOVE YETI's.  Perfect for coffee or his favorite cocktail, the YETI Rambler family is tough as hell, and will keep your drinks as cold (or hot) as science allows. With 18/8 stainless steel construction, double-wall vacuum insulation, and No Sweat Design, they’re perfect for the deer stand, tailgating, or just the down time in between exploring.  Singles, two-packs and four-packs are available with many colors to choose from!

25. Travelon Anti-Theft Urban Backpack

The Travelon Anti-Theft Urban Backpack makes an exceptional commuter and travel bag. It features clean, modern design with thoughtful organization. The roomy main compartment features a padded and fleece lined compartment for his iPad or tablet. A separate front zippered compartment features RFID blocking card and passport slots, a zippered wall pocket, a pen loop, and a tethered key clip with led light so he can stay organized. There's a padded fleece lined compartment for a laptop to 15.6". The exterior has front zippered pocket and mesh expansion pocket for a water bottle. The air mesh back panel and straps are comfortable to wear. The top grab handle with neoprene is comfortable too. Slide the backpack over the handle of a wheeled carry-on with the add-a-bag strap to move effortlessly.  A backpack like this is important for security when traveling overseas!

26.  Jewelry Is Always Great For Anyone, But Give Him A Bracelet Reflecting A Meaningful Place In The World!

A unique way to remember a special place.  Never get lost when you have the place he loves right on his wrist!  What a great idea for a cuff bracelet!  The bracelets are created by "printing" on to aluminum cuff.  The light weight of the bracelet makes it a perfect gift for the favorite traveler or outdoorsman in your life. Doreen from December Moon Designs creates bracelets with maps from all over, so no matter where he goes, he will always have a guide right on his wrist. Click this link to find more locations!

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27.  Cool Compression Socks

His socks aren't cool but these are, and they are good for his health!  These socks are perfect for runners, athletes, fitness workouts, gym, hiking, tennis, cycling, office workers, airplane travelers, skiing, cross fit or anyone (e.g. doctors and nurses) who are on their feet all day!  GRADUATED COMPRESSION of 20-30 mm Hg is recommended for improving venous return with its strongest compression happening at the ankle, and gradually decreasing moving up the leg.  The quality of these socks are awesome and the price is outstanding!

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28.  Lululemon Men's Classic ABC Pants

 Great Dads Deserve Perfect Presents! The TOP Father's Day Gifts for the Dad Who Loves to Travel.Our favorite men's travel pants are sure to please the avid traveler.  These classic-fit casual pants are inspired by the timeless details of 5-pocket jeans. Technical fabric and our ABC engineering give freedom of movement and all-day comfort. Your favorite Dad can store his phone or passport securely in the hidden zippered back pocket and he can flip the cuffs to reveal reflective detailing for safety.

29.  For the Athletic Running Dad

Made and quality tested in North Carolina, Crazy Compression is a family run business with 80 years experience in the sock industry.  Crazy Compression over the calf socks and running sleeves have 15-20 mm Hg graduated compression because it is the amount of pressure many need to get the most out of compression. It works for the person that runs 1 mile or 20 miles to help with muscle fatigue and recovery. Crazy Compression has MANY designs with options including over the calf, sleeves and low profile socks, all incorporating this level of compression.  Sizing is unisex and we love this Patriotic Fourth of July look!

30. For the International Traveler

This is a great universal adapter that doesn’t cost a lot!  With worldwide adapters, this 100-240V USB wall charger will work with US AU UK EU plug adapter (the us/au prong is rotatable to choose) to fit 90% countries in the world, ideal for worldwide travel or home use.

31.  Great Travel and Hiking Pants

These Eddie Bauer pants not only look great, but are affordable, comfortable and travel well.  There are lots of colors and sizes available for any deserving Dad!

32.  For Road Warrior Dad with Low Back Pain

In the car or on a long flight, a memory foam cushion does wonders for those aches and pains. 

33.  Cole Haan Zerogrand Winged Oxford

They walk like a sneaker but they don't look like a sneaker!  He will put the miles on these but look great at the same time!

34.  Solid Shaving Soap

Why should your Dad carry heavy cans of shave cream that are subject to TSA regulations?  Give him the gift of solid shave soap and we love this brand by Sir Hare.  It provides a smooth shave and smells great too! It comes in an 8 ounce container so that he can use it without a shaving bowl - one less thing to carry.

35.  Osprey Sojourn Wheeled Backpack Carryon

It looks great and provides the versatility to use as a backpack or wheeled carryon -- whichever he needs.  Compression straps allow him to fit more if needed.  

36.  Lewis and Clark Triple Security Lock

We love this useful TSA lock because he can use it to prevent theft from happening by locking a piece of luggage to a fixed object, or locking cabinets in a rental unit.

37.  Marlowe Solid Face Wash

Help him out by keeping his carryon weight low and help him breeze through security by eliminating the requirement to remove liquids.  This solid face wash is a TSA compliant facial cleanser. This Natural Solid Charcoal Face Wash is non-toxic, paraben-free, sulfate-free, cruelty-free and vegan friendly! It is TSA approved, travel-friendly and is perfect to take on-the-go. Proudly made in the USA.

38.  Bellroy Hide and Seek RFID Wallet

Airports can be stressful, and keeping your passport, tickets, boarding passes and foreign cash neatly stowed exactly where he needs them is important for a relaxed transit. The Travel Wallet enables him to keep all of his important documents in one place while fitting snugly in his pocket. 

39.  CarbonKlean SmartKlear Electroplated Smartphone Anti-Bacterial Screen Cleaner 

This compact smartphone cleaner kills bacteria and wipes smudges, streaks, and oily fingerprints right off the screen. SmartKlear uses an invisible carbon substance that repels dirt and oil—the same technology used in the NASA space station. 

Didn't find the PERFECT gift? Take a look at our Valentine's Day Gift Ideas or our sister website, Travel Gadget Depot!  

Remember, if you have questions related to your health, always consult your doctor or medical professional. The information presented here is informative only and is not medical advice.

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