by Gayle Picken

With Father’s Day just around the corner, we’re thinking about gifts for the men in our lives who love the outdoors and adventure. Keep these items in a day trip “go bag” and you’ll be ready for a spontaneous road trip or weekend getaway any time of year!

Check out our 7 Gift Ideas for Men:

1 – Waterproof Binoculars

Check out the view with this great set of Bushnell BSH134211 H2O Series 10×42 Wp/fp Porro Prism Binoculars. They are the perfect size to bring along in the car for when you stop at viewpoints or stash a pair in your backpack when you go on a hike! Enjoy a closer view of the beautiful Pacific Northwest scenery, wildlife and birds and don’t worry about getting them wet in the rain!

Tip: A great accessory to add with binoculars is an adjustable harness like the Cronyoptics Comfortable Bino Harness. This makes it easy to carry binoculars while you walk–no annoying bouncing like you get with a neck strap–and you have instant access when you need them!


2 – Inflatable Solar Lamp

These handy MPOWERD Luci Outdoor 2.0 inflatable solar lamps are lightweight, waterproof, collapsible and can be used anywhere! We’ve used them as an easy way to add light in the tent while camping and a waterproof lantern while kayaking or sitting in the hot tub! They even float!

Bonus: Keep this lantern charged up near a window and you’ll have instant light for a whole room if the power goes out!


3 – BBQ Grill Mat

How many times have you tried grilling vegetables only to have them fall through the grate on your barbecue? No more worries! With this brilliant BBQ Grill Mesh Mat Set, you’ll be able to savor delicious grilled veggies, fish, meat and even pizza while preventing even the smallest morsel from falling through the grates! Non-stick and easy to clean, these mats work on any type of barbecue.


4 – Ultra Light Portable Hammock

Nothing says relaxation more than lounging in a hammock under the trees near a pristine alpine lake or next to an idyllic Northwest island beach. There are many brands and styles of hammocks available, including this one by Wise Owl Outfitters made of parachute nylon, adjustable straps and built-in pouch to make it easy to pack. These are small and light enough to fit in your backpack! Get two!


5 – Adjustable Trekking Poles

With the lightweight, collapsible trekking poles in your car, you are always ready for adventure no matter where you go! The TrailBuddy Lightweight Trekking Poles are adjustable hiking or walking sticks made from strong aircraft aluminum with quick adjust flip-locks and cork grips with padded straps. These walking sticks help keep a steady balance for an all-ages adventure!


6 – Seahawks Cooler

Perfect for road trip snacks and family picnics, this cooler by Logo Brands NFL Seattle Seahawks Cooler will be a hit with Dads across the Pacific Northwest. It holds up to 24 cans and keeps ice cold for 24 hours. Calling all 12s! This is a great gift anytime of year!


7 – Men’s Outback Hat

Fashion and function make a winning combination in the Dorfman Pacific Men’s Outback Hat that fits the bill for fun and adventure! This imported outdoorsmen hat is 52% cotton for breathability in the heat and 48% polyester for increased strength and wrinkle- and tear-resistance.


After the COVID-19 quarantine, we’re all itching to get out and explore our beautiful state of Washington. Gift the gift of adventure to the men in your life this Father’s Day and don’t forget to treat yourself as well!

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Gayle Picken

Gayle Picken is a writer and video creator who loves yoga, hiking, kayaking, connecting with people and exploring the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest. She founded Day Trips in Washington to inspire you to get out and go on adventures in all of the towns and cities across Washington state.
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