It's not everyday that you find a product that can truly be declared the best you've ever tried. But that's exactly what we found when we tested out the new West Loop Mug ($20) by Contigo. This sleek, dual-walled stainless steel travel mug features a patented technology called Autoseal, which once and for all prevents any spillage thanks to a powerful trigger that you push to sip your drink. Highly recommended.
As we've said before, one of the most irritating things about traveling is the onslaught of black bags. Keep your stuff noticeable and safe in the Lacoste Upright Carry-On ($425). This 30" bag, which may or may not be carry-on friendly, offers a durable red fabric covering, a zip-around main compartment, three front zip pockets, and silver metal hardware. Feet protect the bag's base, and a top handle makes for easy transport from the car to the terminal.
If the idea of waiting in another long security line only to be felt up by a gorilla-sized agent makes you want to stay in bed, get thyself a Clear Card ($100). With it, you'll be able to ditch that wait altogether at select airports. This card, which is biometric, is given to you after you've cleared certain TSA requirements and grants you fast lane and special attention benefits to speed you on your way.
It's not often that we find a product that combines collectibility and utility like this Star Wars Darth Vader Lightsaber Umbrella ($100). The grip is molded after Vader's own lightsaber, and the umbrella is 40-inches when open, and features automatic telescoping. Of course, it's not always going to be open, and when it's closed the red nylon sleeve fits over the end, making it look even more like a lightsaber.
Now that the TSA has the power to open any bag they want, it's hard to feel as secure about the contents of your locked bag. That is, unless you use a SearchAlert TSA Approved Luggage Lock ($9). This TSA lock lets you know with a colored window whether or not anyone has opened your bag with a TSA override device, so you'll know to double-check the contents.