What ESSENCE Editors Are Bringing To ESSENCE Fest (And You Should Too!)

Still looking for last minute things to pack in your suitcase? These are the products our editors swear by!

Lauren Porter Jun, 21, 2017

1 of 13 Steve Madden

"I love all things metallic! And these rose mules are both stylish and comfy – perfect to jazz up any outfit." - Cristina Coppin, Digital Assistant Photo Editor

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"I’ll be carrying this adorable tote from ASOS. Since I’ll be running around, I need something that I can carry everything in, a bag that’s cute and functional." - Sydney Scott, Assistant Entertainment Editor

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3 of 13 Frends

"I have a huge travel playlist that gets me through any flight. These Frends headphones are stylish (I love anything rose gold) AND practical. They fold down to fit perfectly in your carry on." - Joslyn Winkfield, Photo Editor

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4 of 13 Nordstrom

"This bag is everything when packing. It's a great carry-on option that fits all the last minute things that don't fit in your suitcase but you can't live without while traveling. It's perfect!" - Julee Wilson, Fashion & Beauty Director

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5 of 13 Eye Buy Direct

"I'm a sucker for a classic tortoise-shell colored pair of sunglasses. These babies from Eye Buy Direct have Italian hinges and a chic black and gray finish. Love them." -Danielle Kwateng-Clark, Entertainment Editor

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6 of 13 J. Crew

"I carry my S'Well water bottle with me everywhere I go. Being in the New Orleans heat I know I'll need to stay hydrated and what a perfect thing to carry with me throughout the weekend. Plus in a vibrant color like the metallic gold, I'll be able to spot it anywhere and it'll go great with all of my outfits!" - Lauren Porter, Assistant Love & Lifestyle Editor

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7 of 13 Amazon

“It’s pretty appropriate that I'm re-reading this gem on the way to ESSENCE Festival, which in many ways is a gathering and celebration of the love Black folk have for one another. It reminds me to have meaningful relationships in life, not just romantically. A necessary read for all.”- Christina Coleman, Senior News and Culture Editor

8 of 13 Bloomingdale's

"There’s nothing worse than having the perfect photo op ruined by a dead phone. So, I’ll have my Mophie on deck at all times." - Nikki Brown, Associate Hair & Beauty Editor

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9 of 13 Amazon

"This camera has built-in wi-fi which is perfect for getting great pics for the ‘gram from right where you are." - Charli Penn, Senior Digital Love & Relationships Editor 

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"This is kind of a family signature scent. I love love love how Floris’ scents instantly transform any room into a floral paradise. The grapefruit and rosemary room scent by Floris is just…. Aaaahhhhh!" - Natasha Hatendi, Digital Art Assitant

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11 of 13 Cole Haan

“Flats are always a must have for ESSENCE Festival but this year I’m bringing scandals with extra cushion due to a recent ankle injury. It’s been a struggle finding cute and comfortable scandals but then I found these Cole Haan Zero Grand floral slides. I live in them. But for the Fest, I’ll be picking a pair in black and red. A girl needs options.” — Cori Murray, entertainment director and co-host of Yes, Girl! podcast

available at Cole Haan $112.00 Buy Now!

12 of 13 Urban Outfitters

"The Lumee Selfie Case is perfect for those Superdome low-light celeb-spotting selfies," --Charli Penn, Senior Digital Love & Relationships Editor

available at Urban Outfitters $60 Buy Now!

13 of 13 Amazon

"I never travel anywhere without a spacepak so I can fit more outfit options in my carry on which is ALWAYS a good thing for festival." -- Lauren Porter, Assistant Love & Lifestyle Editor

available at Amazon $46 Buy Now!