By Casey ONeill on 23 August 2016

Father’s Day is less than 2 weeks away! Children everywhere are heading to the store in search of socks, scorched almonds and 3 pack boxer briefs. Maybe this year it’s time to give dad something a bit different - something practical and exciting to show you’re thinking of him.  

If your Dad loves to travel then one of these nifty gadgets might do the trick. From smart pens and smart luggage tags to music amplifiers and waterproof phone cases, these handy high-tech gadgets are the perfect Father’s day 2016 gift for a travelling dad. 

top three gadget gifts for travelling dads

1. Neo Smartpen

If your dad keeps a travel journal then the Neo Smartpen is an ideal gift. Using Bluetooth Light and an easy-to-use app the Neo Smartpen will transfer your dad’s hand-written travel notes direct to his smartphone.

This pen marries smart technology with smart design. It has the shape and size of a traditional pen with a sleek, ergonomic design. It is slim, light and durable which makes it an easy addition to any traveller’s hand luggage.

The Neo Smartpen N2 is currently on sale for $249 in silver white or titan black.

2. Uamp Headphone Amplifier

Why not add some quality music to your dad’s next adventure? Uamp is a bite-sized amplifier which provides high quality sound and fits in the coin pocket of your jeans.

This Adelaide-designed micro amp works with any device that has a 3.5 mm headphone output. It has raised more than $400,000 AUD on Kickstarter and BackerKit. You can pre-order for $65 (USD) via the company’s BackerKit page.

3. idtagit Smart Travel Tags

Help your Dad to keep his luggage and valuables safe! Smart Travel Tags by Australia’s ‘lost and found experts’ idtagit allow a traveller to track lost items online.

Travel insurance can cover the cost of lost items like luggage and electronics but, it won’t get your actual things back. Your dad can avoid the hassle of police reports, claim forms and replacement shopping by using idtagit tags to recover misplaced items before they are permanently lost. Even better, the tag allows people who find your goods to notify you via the website.

You can buy a 10 pack of smart tags for $29.

Bonus Idea: Overboard Waterproof Phone Case

There are few travel devices more useful than the smartphone – they fill in for maps, cameras, train tickets, boarding passes and travel planners.  Unfortunately, they are also very fragile.

Overboard phone cases are the perfect option for protecting your Dad’s most valuable travel gadget. They are water-proof, snow-proof, sand-proof and dirt-proof. Using Overboard your dad can call, text and browse from beach, desert or snowfield without putting his phone at risk.

Overboard cases are available from $34.95 at the overboard website.

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