The final countdown has begun! ESSENCE Fest launches this Thursday (July 5), and after months of prepping, it’s hard to believe the three-day festival is only days away.

While we’re certain you’re already packed and have your makeup looks planned out, we’ve got a checklist to ensure you don’t forget the essentials (think: sunscreen and braid spray). Ahead, check out a few essentials you shouldn’t leave home without. 

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