What are the best travel essentials for men?  I’ve asked a diverse group of men, all frequent travelers, and the responses were remarkably similar.  They ranged from luggage to cool gadgets to travel reference material.

These thoughtful suggestions evolved into a curated list of travel accessories for men who love to travel.  These items make great gifts for the business traveler as well as the world explorer. Good for any occasion whether it’s a birthday, anniversary, or the holidays.

20 Travel Essentials for Men Who Love to Travel

Men’s Premium 20 Count Necessities Travel Kit 

Maybe you don’t have time, or are not inclined to think too much about packing toiletries. Get a pre-packed kit of everything you’re likely to need, then replenish as needed.

Travel Essentials for Men - Men's Toiletries

This kit has a great assortment of men’s travel-sized toiletries such as deodorant, shampoo, shaving cream, and more. No need to go out and buy all of these separately!

Landmass Scratch Off Map of The World – 17 x 24 Travel Tracker Map

This is a project the entire family can be engaged in.

Travel Accessories for Men - World Map

What a fun idea! Each time you visit a country, you scratch off the area revealing a colorful world map. Makes a great addition to an office or living room.

BAGSMART Travel Universal Cable Organizer 

This is the type of product that you never knew you needed but now can’t imagine living without.

Travel Accessories for Men - Cord Organizer

Charging cords are a pain, right? They get into a tangled mess unless you have an organizer like this one. It’s compact for travel, but you can fit a TON of adapters, cords, and SD cards.

ATECH Multifunction Pen 

Travel Items for Men - Multifunction Pen

This is a great invention and is one of our favorite travel essentials for men! It’s a ballpoint pen, stylus, bottle opener, mini flat-head, Phillips screwdriver, metric and inch ruler, and phone stand combined into one compact tool you can carry with you anywhere.

50 States, 5,000 Ideas: Where to Go, When to Go, What to See, What to Do

It’s fun to go through this book with the family.

Travel Items for Men - Nat Geo Book

Planning a road trip across the United States? Or maybe you have a goal of visiting each state as part of your travel bucket list. Don’t go without this book.

Ultimate Journeys for Two: Extraordinary Destinations on Every Continent

This is a very romantic journal to share with a significant other.

If you need some inspiration to plan your next trip, you need this book.

42 Travel Hanging Toiletry Bag

On of the benefits of this toiletry kit is that you pack it, take it on the trip and when you return you just leave it in the luggage. It can be your “travel kit”  so you don’t have to pack and unpack toiletries.

Travel Items for Men - Hanging Toiletry Bag
With 17 compartments, this hanging toiletry bag will keep all of your shampoos, soaps, toothpaste, etc. organized even if they aren’t travel-sized. The fact that it hangs up and compresses to fit in your suitcase when not full are added bonuses.

Zomake Backpack

How many times have you gone on a trip, bought more than you expected then couldn’t fit it all into your suitcase? If you don’t want to buy another piece of luggage, this travel accessory is ideal.

Travel Items for Men - Backpack

This backpack is great for travel because it’s lightweight yet sturdy and holds a good amount. It’s great for day hikes, or to take with you in case you need an extra bag when you return from your trip. When you’re not using it, you can fold it up into a pouch that’s no bigger than a sandwich bag.

Starling’s Car Trunk Organizer – Durable Storage SUV Cargo Organizer

Half of the guys who contributed to this list of travel essentials for men mentioned some sort of car trunk organizer.

Trunk Cargo Holder

Keep your trunk organized during your next road trip with this sturdy cargo organizer.

GM GOLAIMAN Men’s Dress Shoes

Don’t want to live in sneakers but love the comfort. Here’s an alternative.

Travel Essentials for Men - Men's Shoes

These shoes, which come in a multitude of colors, are a great addition to your travel wardrobe because they serve both as casual dress shoes and sturdy walking shoes for exploring.

4x USB International Power Adapter Travel Items for Men - International Travel Adapter

When traveling overseas, you used to need a whole set of power adapters. Not anymore! This little block charges all of your gadgets. Note that it is NOT for high-power items like hair dryers.

Conair All-in-One Men’s Grooming Tools Gift Set

Looking goooood, dude.

Travel Essentials for Men - Men's Grooming Kit

Does he need some new grooming tools? Then this is another must-have item on our travel essentials for men. This gift set contains travel-sized men’s grooming items and a stylish carrying case to boot.

Hidden Money Belt, RFID Travel Wallet Passport Holder

I love the feeling of security I get from knowing my valuables are safe on my person.
Travel Belt

Keep your valuables and personal identification safe while out and about on your trip. Holds your passports, money, phone, and more, all hidden away under your clothes. Also has RFID protection to keep your cards from being scanned and account numbers stolen.

Occer 12×25 Compact Binoculars

Critical must-have on a wilderness or hiking trip.


Heading off on an outdoor adventure? Don’t forget your binoculars to catch close-ups of wildlife without disturbing their natural habitat.

TRAVANDO Money Clip Wallet

Here is another way to ditch the fat, uncomfortable wallet protruding from your back pocket.

Travel Essentials for Men - Men's Wallet

While this wallet looks small, it holds a lot. There are 7 card pockets and an integrated money clip. Also comes with RFID protection to protect against data theft.

20 oz Stainless Steel Tumbler – The Man, The Myth, The Legend 

Useful, cute and will be appreciated by whoever receives it.

Steel Tumbler with Lid

This stainless steel tumbler keeps your cold drinks cold, and your hot drinks hot. It will also fit into any cup holder, making it a great gift for an upcoming road trip!

APG Men’s Brown Canvas Leather Single Shoulder Cross Body Bag

Travel Essentials for Men - Messenger Bag

This stylish cross-body messenger bag makes a great addition to your luggage as a carry-on item. You can easily fit a tablet, your wallet, medication, and more in comfort.

Love these quick-drying travel essentials for men

ECOdept Microfiber Travel Towel

Travel Items for Men - Microfiber Towel

Microfiber towels are a must-have item for frequent travelers. They are lightweight, absorbent, and quick to dry.

Men’s Quick Dry Convertible Hiking Pants

Travel Essentials for Men - Men's Convertible Pants

Be ready for any type of weather with these convertible hiking pants. Need shorts instead? Just remove the lower part of the pants at the zipper!

Men’s Quick-Dry Cargo Shorts

Travel Essentials for Men - Men's Cargo Shorts

If you know you’ll be in warmer climates, then don’t leave home without these cargo shorts. They are lightweight, spacious, and quick to dry.

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Talek Nantes

This blog was created to inspire your travels and to explore experiences in fascinating locations. What you will find are thoughts on how to immerse yourself in local culture, food, history and people. On your way to these adventures I hope to provide you with useful information to help you get there. Come see the world with me!


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