When it comes to packing for summer outings, you need to be ready for anything — including the occasional downpour. The Patagonia WaterShed Duffel ($175) will keep your gear nice and dry, thanks to the bag's hybrid welded/sewn construction and ShiftLayer nylon fabric outer with a DWR (durable water repellent) finish. In addition, the bag features a gape-mouthed opening, a prismatic reflective lining for locating items in low light, a separate side pocket for shoes or wet clothes, and an internal zip pocket for travel documents.
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.