On Assignment week of April 25: Jazz Fest Edition

It’s time for the Jazz Festival! We’ve waited two long years to get to the fairgrounds for the festival, and it’s finally here. Here are some of my must-have items you won’t want to forget to put in your bag as you head out for a day of food, fun, sun and music.


I like to bring a foldable camping stool, although many opt for more luxurious chairs or loungers, depending on your own festival setup. Since my style is more mobile, a small stool allows me to move quickly and easily from place to place. And it’s so light, there’s no problem carrying it around all day.


It’s always a good idea to anticipate a variety of weather conditions when going to Jazz Fest, but always plan for full sun exposure, even on overcast days. In addition to sunscreen, you might consider a sun protection shirt to layer over a t-shirt or tank top. Massey’s Outfitters in Mid City has some great options, like this a that’s both lightweight and offers UV protection, plus a wide variety of outdoor gear, from water bottles to sunglasses, shoes and more.

Stay connected

An external charger for your phone is a great way to ensure you don’t lose power, and it’s a great option to have on hand for summer travel or when hurricane season is upon us. the clutch charger is super thin and light and is easy to store in a fanny pack or bag. Plus, it comes with an attached charging cable, so you don’t need to carry any extra gear.

Skin care

Sunscreen is essential at the fairgrounds. I like the Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry Touch SPF 55 for everyday use. You can find it at any drugstore, it goes on without that slimy feeling, it’s inexpensive and is recommended by dermatologists and skin care experts. And don’t forget to take a lip balm with SPF. Vacations Bananas Foster SPF30 lip care provides protection, is vegan, and is inspired by the iconic New Orleans dessert.

stay dry

If it’s Jazz Fest time, better plan on at least one rainy day. Rain boots, a disposable poncho and an extra pair of dry socks are always good to pack. Bring along an inexpensive shower curtain liner to place on the floor to keep your picnic blanket dry and free from mud.


Ziplock bags: use these to store your phone in torrential downpours, to store essentials such as toilet paper, baby wipes and tissues, and to keep your first aid kit (bandaids, painkillers) in a safe place.

Empty Tupperware or Storage Container: Pack all your essentials from the top into an empty storage container and at the end of the day, use it to take home extra food or leftovers to enjoy when you get home.

Bandana: ideal for keeping your neck cool or out of the sun, for drying your hands after washing them, or as a placemat or makeshift towel.


A hand folding fan in funky colors and patterns to keep you cool

A pack or two of IV fluid to add to your water to help stay hydrated (recently spotted at Costco for a great deal)

Hand sanitizer (these handy spray bottles from Dr Bronner smells and works great)

An empty insulated water bottle, such as these funny versions from S’well, for water or to keep your adult drink cold

Ada J. Kenney