Father’s Day Gift Guide: Unique Travel Accessories
Tusting lawn mower
Loved by royals, English brand Tusting make cult leather goods that last a lifetime. Founded in 1875 and still family owned, its classic Clipper comes in leather and canvas (from £500) and has padded laptop pockets, back slip pockets and two inside pockets. Bags can be engraved with a personalized handwritten message.
Fabbrica Pelletterie Milano Spinner Suitcase
The European stealth luggage brand, still handmade in Italy. Its 84 spinner case (£1,475) has a ribbed aluminum shell that’s lightweight and strong enough to keep your stuff safe. The wheels – stable, smooth and quiet have Japanese engineering to keep them on the road for decades to come, the interior is fully Italian in design, with two compartments, flexible straps and a zipped pocket.
66° North Inflatable Tent
Launched in March 2022, this inflatable tent (£825) is a collaboration between cult Icelandic heritage brand 66° North and German camping gear innovator Heimplanet. Originally founded in the early 20th century to provide protective clothing to fishermen and search and rescue teams in the North Atlantic, 66°North aims to create products that last a lifetime. that are designed for the outdoors and built to last a lifetime. It takes less than a minute to climb but with enough space for three people to sleep, plus luggage, or up to five people to sit together.
LG Tone Free UFP9 Headphones
Meridian Audio has worked with LG to create more immersive sound quality on its latest headphones, the UFP9 (£199.98), along with active noise cancellation and IPX4 for weather protection. When recharging, the case’s UVnano lamps kill 99.9% of bacteria, and the earbuds are available in anthracite and white.
Helly Hansen Modular Ride Infinity Jacket
With climates that tend towards extremes, the Nordic countries manufacture performance clothing extremely well and are pioneers in incorporating sustainability into the design process. For the cycling dad in your life, the new Modular Ride Infinity 2-in-1 Jacket (£450) has been made from 50% recycled content and finished with a PFC-free durable water repellent treatment. Lightweight (it weighs 650g) and with a removable and reversible vest, there is also a secure pocket and a reflective collar.
Ruark Audio R1 Audio
Launched in the 1980s, and initially best known for its speakers, Ruark has just as many fans for its R1 radio ($299). Compact enough for travel, there’s DAB, DAB+ and FM tuning, plus an OLED display screen, Bluetooth connectivity, USB-C charging and playback port, switchable auxiliary input and headphone output. It is available in Light Cream and Espresso finishes.
Barbour Block Boots
These boots (£125) from British outdoor designer Barbour switch happily between urban streets and light countryside and are light enough for summer travel. Featuring three eyelets and a padded collar, it’s crafted from leather with a pull tab at the back.
Solo cooker (£97)
For style-conscious and eco-conscious camping dads. This portable stainless steel and nichrome wire stove uses sticks, twigs and pine cones, with a ventilation system that draws oxygen through holes in the bottom and a double wall that creates a secondary combustion that aims to reduce smoke and a faster boil. Weighs only 486g.