Everything I’m Packing for a Weekend in LA

The must-haves in my suitcase for Marie Claire's Power Play event.

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I’m off to LA this weekend for Power Play, Marie Claire’s intimate, invitation-only summit that connects today's most influential women. (I can’t reveal exactly what’s on the itinerary just yet, but I can recommend following along on Marie Claire’s Instagram for of-the-moment updates.) Over the two-ish days, I’ll be there myself with the MC team, where we’ll be hosting one-of-a-kind panels and networking moments, some wellness activities, and a fabulous cocktail party. Here’s what’s on my packing list, including the items I can’t travel without, plus a couple looks that can address all the aforementioned moments in the day!

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Editor-in-chief Nikki Ogunnaike photographed during fashion month.

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Holy Grail Items in My Carry On

When I board the plane, I’ll be coming off of running a half-marathon. Yes, you read that correctly. The morning of my flight I’ll be running the NYC Half Marathon and then taking the red eye to LA. Is this wise? I can’t say for sure, but it’s what’s happening. I’m making sure my carry-on has my Theragun mini (to deal with any soreness and knots), LMNT electrolyte packets (hydration is key to recovery), Cheribundi concentrate (it has a bit of melatonin and magnesium to help with sleep), and of course my favorite compression socks of all time by Bombas.

My Travel Outfit

My travel uniform is generally the same no matter the destination: a sweatsuit, a T-shirt or a polo shirt layered underneath, and sneakers that look intentional. If I’m spotted in this I won’t look like a zombie, even though I may feel like it after getting off this cross-country flight!

A Casual Yet Powerful Networking Look

LA weather is a bit all over the place—much hotter than New York City, but possibly rainy, and forecast to be a bit cold at night. At Power Play I’ll be running around a fair amount, but want to look polished while doing it. I’m going with a classic Nikki outfit idea: trousers (that work with both sneakers and heels), interesting blouse, and comfortable shoes. I’ll have a blazer on hand in case it gets really cold.

An Easy-to-Pack Cocktail Outfit

To save room in my suitcase (and save myself from overthinking), I often pack either a jumpsuit or suit and camisole for evening events. I love the dramatic top of Chiara Boni's jumpsuit, and I also have my eye on A.L.C.'s belted jumpsuit.

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Nikki Ogunnaike

Nikki Ogunnaike is the Editor in Chief of Marie Claire US. She has previously held roles at Harper's Bazaar, GQ, ELLE, Glamour, InStyle, and Vanity Fair. You may also recognize Nikki from her time as the host of Snapchat’s Online, IRL and IGTV's The Run Through. Based in Brooklyn New York, in her free time Nikki enjoys running half marathons, learning about wine, and watching reality TV without an ounce of shame. You can follow her at @nikkiogun.