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Family Travel Gear to Make Your Next Trip a Breeze

From strollers that fold and fit into the overhead bin to laundry bags you can hook onto a key chain, these smart products help lighten your vacation load.

gb Pockit

A stroller that stows in a handbag? Yes!

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Once upon a time, you could pack for a two-week European tour with one teeny carry-on. Flash forward, and you're a working mom who needs gear to get you through family trips. New flash: It needn't be bulky and can make your life easier. Here, clever travel products that save space and cut down on luggage weight.

gb Pockit Stroller

gb Pockit Stroller

This baby actually holds the Guinness Book of World Records title for the world's smallest folded stroller—you can compress it to the size of a handbag, making it small enough to fit under an airplane seat. And at only 10 pounds, it won't break your back ($250, gb-online.com). Enter to win one here.

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Babyzen YOYO

Babyzen YOYO

It's not just a travel stroller. The Babyzen YOYO is designed to be your only stroller. Winner of the JPMA innovation award at the ABC convention in Las Vegas, the YOYO starts out as a lie-flat stroller for infants and then converts as your child gets older, so you only need to purchase one frame. Plus, it folds up small enough to fit into an overhead bin ($500, diapers.com).

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Nuna Sena

Nuna Sena

The last thing you want at the end of a long day of travel is to fight with the poles and netting of your travel crib. The handsome Nuna Sena, available in two sizes, is designed to unfold easily—and re-fold with one hand. It comes with both a quilted mattress and bassinet attachment, so it can accommodate any size traveler from birth to 3 ($180 for Sena Mini, $250 for regular size, nuna.eu).

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Inglesina Fast Table Chair

Inglesina Fast Table Chair

This ultra-light portable chair hooks onto almost any table for an instant high chair, making it ideal for bringing to restaurants that may not have high chairs. The back has a pocket to stow a small toy for a quick distraction should the need arise ($70, inglesina.us).

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Babymoov Traveller Bag

Babymoov Traveller Bag

Babymoov's oversized Traveller Bag is a diaper bag and overnight suitcase in one. It offers all the space, pockets, pouches and changing mats you'll need for a 48-hour journey with baby. Baby due soon? It also works as a hospital bag ($80, amazon.com).

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J.L. Chlidress Gate Check Bag

J.L. Chlidress Gate Check Bag

Gate-checking strollers and car seats makes for easier airport navigation but, ew, airplane germs. So cover up your seats—and make them unmistakably yours—with J.L. Chlidress' bright red travel bags, which fold into their own compact pouches when not in use ($10-$18, amazon.com).

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BubbleBum Booster Seat

BubbleBum Booster Seat

If your kids are between 4 and 11, you could consider leaving the car seat at home and swap in a booster. BubbleBum Booster Seats prevent slouching in kids and helps position their seat belts in the right spot. They deflate and fold tight, so you can shove them in the glove compartment when not in use. And, since they don't take up much room, you can fit three kids in the back seat with plenty of elbow room for all ($30, bubblebum.co).

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Kids Fly Safe CARES Safety Harness

Kids Fly Safe CARES Safety Harness

Whether or not you're gate-checking your car seat, what will keep your tot safe on the plane? The CARES Safety Harness augments the safety of the plane's regular lap belt by turning it into harness. It's the only harness-type child safety restraint approved by the FAA. When not in use, it can be folded up and stashed into a purse ($75, kidsflysafe.com).

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Puddletons Packable Rain Boots

Puddletons Packable Rain Boots

Is there anything more annoying than packing rain boots? Yes, the whine of your wet-footed kid when you don't pack boots and get caught in a storm. Puddletons has the solution: rain boots that folds up for easy packing but keeps little feet warm and dry. Bonus: They come in adult sizes too, so you can snag a pair to throw in your work bag once you get to the office ($30, puddletons.com).

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BabyCaps

BabyCaps

When you get to your vacation rental, you have no idea what the glassware is going to look like. Instead of weighing down your bag with loads of sippy cups, slip a few BabyCaps into your bag. These pliable silicone caps stretch over any non-greasy 2- to 2.5-inch opening, so you can turn any glass into a sippy cup with a straw, nipple or spout opening ($8, mastrad-paris.us).

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Matador Droplet

Matador Droplet

Let your kids run on the beach and get all wet, dirty and sandy without fear of messing up your car. If you have the Matador Droplet, you can throw all of their damp and gritty towels, cover-ups and, if there's a changing place, bathing suits right into Droplet waterproof laundry bags. Each bag is big enough for one whole outfit and, when empty, folds up so small it fits on a keychain. So much clean for so little space ($15, matadorup.com).

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