This piece is part of our GATEZERO hub — a travel-focused content series celebrating GATEZERO, our concept store at Zurich airport.

A good carry-on has everything you need. A great one also has the frivolous things you’ll want. However, squeezing all of the essentials for a flight into a small handheld bag is truly a skill.

To help you nail this near alchemy, we have compiled all of the small-sized items that will ensure that you travel in comfort and style. This includes a range of items, from headphones to CBD pre-rolls, that you will find equally useful on your journey as you will once you have arrived.

Scroll down to take a look at some of the best carry-on essentials for your next trip.

Smythson Passport Cover

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Mara Passport Cover



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Depending on where it is issued, a passport is valid for up to ten years. Protect the ultimate travel essential with this calf leather cover to ensure that it remains in one piece for a decade.

Charvet Suede Slippers

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Suede Slippers



Buy at Matches

For those who like to travel in style, make yourself at home in the airport or on the plane with these suede slippers. Created by Parisian heritage label Charvet, this pair provides extra comfort through a supple-leather insole. It would be a shame for these to only be worn in the house.

Highsnobiety Large Tote Bag

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Large Tote Bag



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What good are all these items without somewhere to store them? This Highsnobiety tote has all the pockets your will need and comes in a range of neutral colorways that are sure not to clash with your airport fit.

Paul Smith Signature Stripe Pocket Notebook

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Signature Stripe Pocket Notebook


Paul Smith

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Control the temptation to spend every waiting minute in the airport staring at a screen, take some time out to make notes, draw, play hangman, or do whatever it is you find solace in.

STEVIE CBD Pre-rolls

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CBD Pre-rolls




Take some of the stress out of flying through these CBD pre-rolls. Ensuring you are relaxed but not impaired, the hemp flower in these pre-rolls is grown using organic and regenerative agriculture at a female-owned farm.

Bang & Olufson Beoplay HX Headphones

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Beoplay HX Headphones


Bang & Olufsen

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Drown out the noise and enjoy an onboard audio treat through the active noise cancellation from these Bang & Olufson headphones.

Gucci Football-Print Hooded Sweatshirt

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Football-Print Cotton-Jersey Hooded Sweatshirt



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A comfortable hoodie to ensure that you are cozy in the air is essential. Of course, you will also get the satisfaction of throwing it back into your carry-on bag if you land at a tropical destination.

Off-White™ Meteor Hair Comb

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Meteor Hair Comb



Buy at Farfetch

One for the portable grooming kit, this is the comb you never knew you needed.

Apple iPhone Pro 13

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iPhone 13 Pro



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The importance of technology in modern travel is undeniable. Make sure that you are able to check-in through an app and scan a virtual boarding pass with the iPhone Pro 13, which boasts the best battery life ever on an iPhone and super-fast 5G.

COMME des GARÇONS Leather Wallet

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Logo Print Leather Wallet



Buy at Luisaviaroma

A good wallet is essential for life, but the increased stress that airports can cause means that you will regret not investing in yours. We recommend this once from COMME des GARÇONS, with its wrap-around logo detailing and multiple practical pockets.

mophie Powerstation Mini Portable Charging Station

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Powerstation Mini Portable Charging Station



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Especially needed for a long-haul flight, get up to 12 hours of additional energy with this pocket-sized charging station.

Aesop Resurrection Hand Mist

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Resurrection Rinse-Free Hand Mist, 50ml



Buy at Mr Porter

The need to ensure your hands are clean, especially while traveling, does not need to be re-iterated. Cleanse your hands with this alcohol-based spray that also has moisturizing ingredients.

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