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Your Perfect (Sustainable) Women’s Packing List for Los Angeles

Chances are, if you’re headed to Los Angeles, you’re down with some form of eco-friendly living. Maybe you’re going to enjoy some world-class vegan meals, go hiking, or indulge in some non-toxic beauty treatments. So when it comes to what to pack for your time in LA, do it in sustainable style, by bringing some ethical and eco clothing for your West Coast adventures.

First, a quick overview of LA style. LAers tend to gravitate toward the colors of the desert and the sunset. But Los Angeles isn’t a monolithic group –– you have tribes ranging from laid-back surfers, to vintage hipsters that have a cowgirl-meets-1970s-flower-child vibe, to actresses with professional makeup and blow-outs. It all depends on what neighborhood you’re in and who you’re meeting up with. Personally, I’m a Brooklynite, and I tend to hang out with creatives and other New Yorkers who have recently moved to LA when I visit. So my style reflects that (and probably involves way too much black.) I’ve built this list is for someone who is just doing the basics –– if you’re going to hang out with surfers, go on a hike, or go out to fancy clubs when you visit, add to this list accordingly!

Los Angeles is a city of sunshine, but it’s in an arid region, so when the sun goes down, the temperature drops. You’ll want to include some layers.  I personally like to walk as much as possible, but Los Angeles people prefer driving, so you don’t actually need to stress over packing particularly comfortable shoes or a raincoat.

I’ll give specific recommendations for each item below, but first I wanted to share some brands where you could literally buy anything they offer, and it would fit right in LA’s style: GALERIE.LA, Alternative ApparelDazey LA, Reformation, Able, RE/DONE, Whimsy & Row, Triarchy, Dôen, Raven + Lily, Mara Hoffman, Bella Dahl, and Urban Renewal.

And here’s where to go shopping for sustainable clothing when you arrive! 

With that out of the way, here’s my complete list of what you should pack for a visit to LA:

On the Plane

In Your Suitcase

In Your Toiletry Bag

Los Angeles is dry, with incredibly mineral-y water. These in tandem will wreak havoc on your hair and skin. Hopefully where you’re staying has a filter for the showerhead, but here’s what to pack just in case: things that let you go a while without washing your hair, and ultra-moisturizing products.

  • Argan oil –  I can’t live without argan oil for making my hair shiny and smooth, plus sealing in moisture on my face after a shower.
  • Super moisturizing body lotion
  • Dry shampoo – so you can avoid washing your hair as long as possible.
  • Ultra moisturizing night face cream – Night regenerative balm from Apoterra is a lifesaver for dry climates.
  • Coola Tinted SPF BB cream – This is my absolute favorite tinted SPF cream
  • Micellar water – I prefer Micellar water to face wash. I like Yes to Cucumbers, which you can find in the travel size in your local CVS or Walgreens.
  • Reusable cotton pads
  • Deodorant – here are my favorites
  • Your preferred makeup
  • Mini hair iron, curling iron, and/or hairdryer
  • Mini hairbrush
  • Tweezers
  • Hair elastics
  • Shampoo & conditioner
  • Multipurpose soap – this one by Akamai is amazing for shaving as well as cleansing.
  • Soap box
  • Shower cap
  • Shaving razor
  • Sunscreen

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