7 items that will instantly make you a smarter traveler

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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.

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

Eagle Creek

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