This piece is part of our GATEZERO hub — a travel-focused content series celebrating GATEZERO, our concept store at Zurich airport.
Checked luggage may be big, but fitting everything you need (or think you need) into your suitcase can sometimes be a game of inches (or grams). As a general rule of thumb: if it doesn’t bring joy or work with multiple fits, keep it at home.
To master the art of packing everything you will want, while keeping the bag under the necessary weight limit for your hold luggage, the key is versatility. Choosing items that can be worn with a range of outfits along with useful pieces of tech is the aim of the game. As with all packing, it is about removing the unnecessary and deciding what it is you actually require.
Ranging from, luxury umbrellas to practical footwear options, here are 10 items that we believe you will be using regularly at your arrival destination, as well as in your everyday life.
Louis Vuitton Monogram Suitcase
Having started life as a purveyor of luggage, Louis Vuitton’s monogrammed bag is an iconic design. This suitcase is from the ’90s and features the classic rectangular shape we have seen favored by Tyler, The Creator.
There are few things that are more essential than socks, and these will serve you perfectly on your travels. The thick cotton can keep your feet warm in colder climates and the graphic motif makes them the perfect flex with shorts.
Salomon Quest 4D GTX
Whether you are packing for a hardcore adventure or a short city break, a pair of practical walking boots are going to make the trip a hell of a lot easier.
Highsnobiety HIGHArt Notebook
You can't always rely on your phone when in foreign land, so it's important to have an analog option with you. Write down travel suggestions, useful local phrases, or enjoy a game of hangman by the beach with this notebook.
Marni Striped Scarf
Wrap up for a long day of sightseeing with this scarf. Marni's fluffy and colorful knitwear has become a signature of the label and this design is another great example of why.
Online Ceramics Cap
Replace the tired, sun-faded cap you have been wearing on holiday for years and keep the sun out of your face with this design from the Los Angeles label Online Ceramics.
Unfortunately, it is not always possible to escape the rain on your travels, so make sure you are prepared in style with this Fendi umbrella. Of course, it can also be used to create shade from the sun if you do get lucky with the weather.
Junya Watanabe Fair Isle Sweater
One for the people who are going away for the winter holidays, this Fair Isle jumper from Junya Watanabe gets you into the festive spirit.
Getting away often means finally having the time to read that book you have been waiting to open. This zine, that explores the life and works of iconic American artist Futura, will not disappoint. Inside, it includes excerpts from his associates such as the late Virgil Abloh and KAWS along with the artist himself answering questions posed by his contemporaries.
Fujifilm Instant Camera
Capture the memories from your travels with this instant camera from Fujifilm. Scrolling through holiday pictures on a phone is one thing, but having a physical image to remember your adventures by is something you will treasure.