When his time and energy are both in short supply
My second Father’s Day is coming up this Sunday. With a year and a half of fatherhood experience under my belt, here are several things I turn to that make keeping up with an outdoor-loving kid a little easier.
Supergoop Sunnyscreen Mineral Lotion ($26)
Sunscreen might seem a lamer gift than a tie or (yet another) historical-fiction novel, but hear me out. If, per my preference, a Father’s Day gift helps me get outside more easily, then a nice slathering of SPF-rich lotion fits the bill. Like many dads, I wouldn’t spend $26 on sunscreen for myself, but if I get it as a present, then I’ll use it in my battle against bacon face. And Sunnyscreen is meant for kids, so I can make sure my daughter is covered as well.
Taylor Stitch Heavy Bag Tee ($45)
My house has gotten more cluttered since I became a father. I don’t mind making room for extra food and diapers for my daughter, of course, but I do find myself craving a little more simplicity in my own closet. That’s why the cotton-polyester Heavy Bag tee is perfect. As the name suggests, the shirt is extremely durable—I’ve had it for over a month (and hiked dozens of miles in it), and it has held up through everything so far. The tailored fit and classy colors give it more dress-up potential than even some of my collared shirts. It’s also damn comfortable. The Heavy Bag is the one tee that (almost) does it all.
Voke Tablets ($60 for 60)
I’ve become much more aware over the past year and a half of how remarkably finite my time and energy are. Voke tablets help me make better use of both in the form of 77 milligrams of caffeine per chewable—about the same as a shot of espresso. With them, I’m able to squeeze in a few extra workouts each week, as well as a late night or two to catch up on writing. Full disclosure: Voke tabs taste terrible, but the buzz—which comes mainly from green-tea leaf—is easier to take in controlled doses than it is with coffee. Though my taste buds object, it’s worth it.
Five Tennie Approach Shoes ($125)
Most of my hikes nowadays are considerably easier than they were pre-kiddo, but the stakes are almost higher because I have a toddler strapped to my back. Luckily, the Five Tennie’s extended rand on the toe and legendary Stealth rubber on the sole deliver sure footing. The retro styling makes me feel—dare I say—cool when I walk around in them with jeans. In the two months I’ve worn the Five Tennies, they’ve become both my go-to hikers and daily-errand-running shoes.
Veer Cruiser ($599), pictured with Retractable Canopy ($49) and Comfort Seat for Toddler ($79)
The Veer Cruiser is currently my favorite piece of gear. If a wagon and a stroller had a love child, this would be it. Nothing in my garage makes adventures with my daughter—like our daily walks—easier. The burly, oversize hard-plastic wheels and front suspension handle light trails with aplomb, and the three-point harness keeps my daughter safe. She prefers riding in this wagon to being strapped to me and loves eating out of its snack tray. Yeah, it’s expensive, but the Veer is absolutely a win-win: I get to stay active, and she gets to have fun.