PORTABLE BATTERY CHARGER
We live in a techno-savvy time and navigating the Essence Festival is no exception. Items like paperless tickets are dependent upon electronic devices. When your phone is dead, you have to stay close, waiting on it to charge, before you can hit Bourbon Street for a hand grenade or gain entrance to one of the hot white parties happening during the festival.
This year, grab a device like the PocketJuice, a portable battery charger that can give your device a hefty boost of battery life without interrupting your Essence Festival flow.
The festival is always dry, for the most part; however, it is not without several wet patches throughout the weekend. The rain usually doesn’t last long but it can be a headache to get out in, even with an umbrella. A poncho is a better option because it allows you to better concentrate on getting from point A to point B without toting that pesky little umbrella in your hand.
A phone, Bluetooth headset, portable phone charger and Bluetooth speaker could take up every outlet available in your room, leaving your roommate’s devices powerless or running the risk of something being unplugged without your knowledge. Extra outlets are a convenience that you don’t know you need…until you need it. Trust me, pack one!
CORKSCREWS AND BOTTLE OPENERS
Lack of these items can throw you into unwitting despair! No matter how creative you get, OPENING A WINE BOTTLE REQUIRES A CORKSCREW! There is seriously no way around this besides breaking the bottle, believe me, I have tried!
NOTIFYING THE BANK
Frequent withdrawals, suspicious transactions or trends outside of your normal spending habits can trigger a freeze on your checking account. This can be devastating when it is Saturday night and your bank doesn’t open again until Monday morning. In an attempt to combat the ever growing fraud issues, more and more banks have adopted this practice so notify your bank prior to your trip!
HEADACHE & UPSET STOMACH MEDICATION
There is nothing like a hang-over headache or an upset stomach from spicy foods you are not used to eating. What’s worse, is when you drag yourself out of bed, desperate for some relief, only to find that 6 Tylenol©, at a drugstore in the French Quarter will cost you about $7. Before you leave for New Orleans this year, visit the travel section of Wal-Mart or Target, to grab cost effective and extremely convenient travel size medications like Tylenol©, Imodium© and Dramamine©.
WHAT ITEMS DO YOU ALWAYS FORGET?
This article was written by journalist and author LeAndrea Mack for Darron Wheeler Entertainment. Join author LeAndrea Mack at this year’s Essence Festival for the release celebration of her newest novel ENVY, during the All Star Converse Just Wear White Day Party!