LCI Brands Distributes Luggage Drink Holder

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Travel and outdoor accessory company begins offering drink carrier for travelers.

“We had been in contact for a few years and knew that this would offer our customers something practical and useful,” said Bob Giacolo, Senior Product Development Manager.

The tugo®, an innovative luggage drink holder, is now being distributed by LCI Brands™. Created by emergency room nurse Karen Porte in 2009, she thought of the idea on one of her frequent trips to visit a sick parent. While trying to find a place to set down her coffee, she said, “I looked at the extended handles on my rolling luggage and thought, ‘Of course, I should be able to put it right here!’”

Soon after she went to work on developing a flexible, durable, and phthlate-free drink holder that could also be manufactured in the US using recyclable packaging.

With the average traveler carrying multiple items, Porte envisioned the tugo as a much needed extra hand in an often stressful situation. Porte said, “It’s aimed at helping airport travelers manage the unique combination of rushing and then waiting about 1.25 hours in the airport.”

Introduced at the Travel Goods Show in 2009, the tugo has won awards at the INPEX Inventors Show and the DaVinci Inventors Showcase, and has been sold in places as diverse as Germany, Mexico, Australia, and Kuwait.

The tugo accommodates juice, coffee, water, soda, and other drinks, and can be collapsed to fit into a carry-on. It will be available through LCI Brands in the first quarter of 2015.

About LCI Brands

LCI Brands, formerly known as L.C. Industries, Inc., began with the manufacturing of luggage caddies in 1971. Since then, it has expanded to offer over 500 products in categories such as security, comfort, organization, and health. LCI Brands has several internal brands, including Lewis N. Clark®, Belle Hop®, and UrbanGear™. For more information, visit

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