Andrea's It-List: 6 business travel essentials you should be carrying

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The below is from editor-in-chief Andrea Thompson's weekly newsletter, Andrea's It-List. Subscribe here.

As someone who travels a fair bit for business, I’m used to packing smart with hand luggage only. But I’m visiting Paris for our Marie Claire International Editor’s conference which presents a specific set of challenges. What do you pack for a three-day trip when you start with 8 am breakfast meetings in chic Parisian hotels, go directly into a day of presentations and panels in packed conference rooms, and then follow with cocktail receptions and dinners with clients till late? I’m yet to decide on my outfits (more of which next week), but my holdall of basics is ready to go. The truth is, I always take the same selection of health, beauty and fashion accessories on every trip (I even keep a small toiletries bag packed with them ready to go under my bed). What do these items have in common? They’re my tried and tested arsenal to optimise sleep, hydrate my skin and make any outfit pop. Here are my favourites.


Highlight of the Week

This week there's been lots of talk about investment bags over on Marie Claire. If chosen wisely and cared for over time, the designer handbag is that key piece in your wardrobe that will never date and you may even get to pass on to the next generation. The iconic Gucci Jackie is just such a gem, which is why we landed on it for this month's The One. First issued in 1961, this bag takes its name from First Lady Jackie Kennedy, who carried the bag so many times using it to shield herself from the paparazzi, that it was eventually renamed after her. The timeless design is a testament to the bag’s enduring appeal. It has been a fashion mainstay for decades and is a favourite with Zoe Saldana, Dua Lipa, Jodie Turner-Smith, Jessica Chastain and Jodie Comer. The latest incarnation by Gucci's creative director, Sabato De Sarno, features a metal clip closure and high gloss finish, with an evening version which showcases a cute chain strap. We're loving the Oxblood, which is an instant classic.

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Editor in Chief

Andrea Thompson is Editor in Chief at Marie Claire UK and was named by We are the City as one of the UKs top 50 trailblazers for her work championing gender equality.

Andrea has worked as a senior journalist for a range of publications over her 20 year career including The Sunday Times, The Guardian, The Daily Mail, Channel 4, Glamour and Grazia. At Marie Claire UK, Andrea oversees content, strategy and campaigns across fashion, beauty and the brand's purpose pillars. Her weekly newsletter and column Andreas It List showcases her curated edit of the very best in fashion and beauty. Andrea is a keen advocate of women's empowerment, sustainability and diversity and is a regular speaker at events on these themes. She sits on the committee of the British Society of Magazine Editors where she acts as Vice Chair and looks after Diversity and Inclusion and regularly mentors young women from under represented communities trying to break into the media industry. Follow her on instagram at @andreacanwrite