Your Essence Fest Packing Guide

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Essence Fest, one of our favorite gatherings of black women, is less than a month! Some of you have had a countdown timer going since last year’s Essence Fest ended, and some of you are reading this and wondering where the year went. Some of you are wondering what Essence Fest even is. The event is part music festival, part black beauty extravaganza with The Big Easy as a balmy backdrop. You’ll want to pack enough to be prepared for wherever the Essence Fest festivities may take you while leaving room in your suitcase for the goodies that are sure to come home with you. Here’s what we’re packing for Essence Fest 2018.

Multi-purpose everything

With all the freebies and vendors on-site, it’s easy to overfill your suitcase if you’re not careful. That’s where strategic packing comes in. Try to pack clothes and beauty items that can serve more than one purpose. A maxi dress that looks just as good as a cover up at the hotel pool as it does as festival wear. Makeup that can be blush, lipstick, or eye shadow. Whatever combos you have on hand that can make your suitcase a little lighter.

Sunscreen + a water bottle

New Orleans can be sweltering. Don’t let dehydration or sun poisoning ruin your Essence Fest experience. Drink plenty of water, and wear sunscreen to protect that beautiful skin of yours.

Your beauty essentials

Everyone glows up for Essence Fest. Bring the staples that make you look and feel like a goddess. We’ll certainly be packing our  Whole Food Vitamin and our Hair & Scalp Growth Elixir to give us a glow from the inside out. Pack your own go-to products.


Statement pieces

Essence Fest is the time to show  out. Have an incredible necklace? Pack it. A daring dress? Throw it in your bag. A showstopping head scarf? Bring it along for the ride. Essence Fest is the perfect place to wear the pieces you love but are never quite sure of where to show them off.

Cute but comfortable shoes

Essence Fest is a marathon, not a sprint. Pace yourself when it come to shoes. Your sky high stilettos are great, but wearing them for four days probably isn’t sustainable. We recommend stylish sneakers and wedges if you’re looking for the extra height.

Crossbody bag

We love big purse, but, for Essence Fest, simpler bags are better. With a crossbody bag you’re free to dance around and enjoy the moment. No need to ask your friends to hold your bag while you just a move.

What will you be packing for Essence Fest? Shedavi will definitely be there! Let us know in the comments below. And don’t forget to come say hi to us next month! We’ll be there.


  • Germaine : July 04, 2018

    I will be at the festival!! Looking for to seeing you all there!!

  • Sheryl Bailey: June 24, 2018
    just start using it at the moment can I see if it’s work or not
  • Pasco Wiggins: June 24, 2018

    I don’t think I’m going to make the festival this year but it is on my bucket list.

    I’ve heard so much about it through the years.

    Thanks for all the information this was very informative.

  • Donna Alston: June 24, 2018

    My hair was short around my edges and my hair was thinning all over. I have been using Shedavi for 30 days. My edges have returned and my hair is thicker. I will continue to use the product and have just ordered a refill of vitamins and the new crowned collection bundle. Thanks For such a great product!

  • Angela Gray : June 24, 2018

    I wish I could attend the Essence Festival, but unfortunately due to a bad accident in 2016, I am not able to travel by car for long lengths of time. Maybe one day I will be able to attend.

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