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7 items that will instantly make you a smarter traveler

by Emily Slawek / / Source: TODAY

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Summer is right around the corner and that means ... it's vacation time!

Traveling is supposed to allow you to relax and explore a new place, but we all know how stressful it can be — especially if you're with kids or a large group.

Here are a handful of must-have items that will make your life a whole lot easier so you can actually enjoy your time off.

TODAY editors, writers and experts take care to recommend items we really like and hope you’ll enjoy! Just so you know, TODAY does have affiliate relationships. So, while every product is independently selected, if you buy something through our links, we may get a small share of the revenue.

The Sandless Foldable Beach Wagon, $150, Hammacher

Hammacher Schlemmer

No one likes sand in their sandwich. This sand-proof wagon will be a savior for picnics or days spent on the beach.

Nintendo Switch with Gray Joy-Con, $300, Nintendo

You can game at home on the console or take this video game player with you in the car for a long road trip. "Are we there yet?" just became extinct.

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Lifepack Backpack, $269, The Grommet

The Grommet

Step up your backpack game! With a solar-powered bank, integrated lock, rain cover and Bluetooth speakers, this backpack does it all.

Clevercrate Collapsible Crate, $18, The Grommet

The Grommet

These containers are perfect for storing basically anything and everything. And after you're done using them, they collapse them down to a slim layer. It couldn't be easier!

Aquabot Sprayer Bottle Top & 24oz. Bottle, $26, The Grommet

The Grommet

This water bottle has three settings: spray-mist, jet and shower. Each setting has a bunch of uses, both practical and fun.

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Zubits Magnetic Shoe Closures, $21, The Grommet

The Grommet

Say goodbye to tying shoes! These magnetic shoe closures will do all of the work for you.

Pack-It Specter Compression Cube Set, $40, Eagle Creek

Packing cubes
Eagle Creek

You'll never have to search for socks in your suitcase again. These cubes are seriously life changing.

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