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Featured invention at the DaVinci Inventor Showcase 2010

The tugo is a cup holder that keeps your drink suspended between the upright handles of your rolling bag. Its unique design keeps your cup level to prevent sloshing. Easily attached and removed, tugo collapses to fit in any pocket of your carry-on luggage.


Tugo has a simple tie-between-the-handles set-up and easy stowage. Preventing a drink from spilling is central to the Tugo’s description: once you begin dragging your rolling luggage behind you, the holder pivots your cup so it remains perpendicular to the ground. Once you return your bag to its upright position, the holder pivots your cup back to its default position in line with your bag’s handles.

Karen Porte had an idea. The space between the upright handles of a rolling bag is just about the right size to hold a coffee cup. So Karen rolled up her sleeves and went to work inventing the tugo. Clearly, this multi-tasking mom and emergency room nurse is a problem solver.

“It happens to all of us,” says Karen, “Travelers have their briefcase, laptop, handbag, and carry-on, in a hurry to get to the gate while juggling a meal and beverage purchased in the terminal – they just run out of hands.”

But Karen and her husband, Tom, want to do more than just solve problems. They want a product designed, developed and produced the right way. The tugo is manufactured in the USA and is made using materials without phthalates. The packaging is recyclable paperboard.

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