5 THINGS YOU NEED FOR ESSENCE FEST
Essence Fest is right around the corner and if you're anything like me, you are frantically trying to figure out what to pack. Don't worry, I got you! Last year was my first year at Essence Fest and I had so much fun! I wish I read an article like this last year because I definitely overpacked and didn't even touch some of the items I brought with me but that also could be attributed to me being a chronic over-packer but I digress! Here are the 5 things I think you need for Essence Fest!
I am so glad that I packed flats and my trusted converse last year! If I hadn't done that, my feet would have been barking after hour one of Essence Fest. There's a lot of walking involved at the festival, whether it's at the convention center, in the French Quarter, or on Bourbon Street. Even when we hit the parties at night, I always had a pair of flats with me. After the parties, we ended up on Bourbon Street taking in the scene and exploring what was happening. Comfortable shoes are definitely a must!
If you didn't know, New Orleans is very hot and humid, especially in July. Cotton and linen should be the only types of clothing you bring. I can't tell you how many times I was thankful that I packed cotton blends over polyester for the trip. That humidity was nothing like anything I've ever experienced and I grew up in Atlanta.
I got my entire life in my headwraps during the trip. It saved me from having to do my hair many of times and I didn't have to worry about the humidity during the day messing with my curls. The headwrap is also a fashionable statement that helped elevate my outfit to the next level.
Fanny packs/bum bags/belt bags, whatever you want to call them, are having a moment right now. This would be ideal to keep essentials with you throughout the day. Also, you don't have to worry about carrying anything in your hand. Last year, I had a cross-body bag because I was carrying my DSLR camera with me and needed the room that a fanny pack didn't afford me. In addition to my camera, I carried extra deodorant (can't be funky), roll-on perfume, handheld fan, wipes, lipstick, and of course, my phone (of course). Either way, having something with you that's hands-free is ideal for NOLA.
This was the best accessory for sure! As I stated, New Orleans is hot and humid the entire time. The sun was always out, which is why you need a cute pair of sunnies. They pull double duty- block the sun from the eyes while also making a cute accessory.
A bonus- Your best friends!
This trip is nothing without your best friends on hand to enjoy the fellowship of all the lovely melaninated beauties that can be seen at Essence Fest. I don't think I would have had as much fun if they weren't there.