Valentine's Day

For Valentine’s Day, all the overnight essentials

A girl has to be prepared. Our gift guide can help.

Sleeping over at bae’s is already enough pressure without also looking like you’re moving in when you show up with your spend the night bag.

So consider this a guide to packing an ideal spend the night bag, if you will, for Valentine’s Day and beyond, featuring all Black-owned brands. And if you don’t need the perfect overnight essentials, the following can be just a little something sweet for your sweet.

Brandon Blackwood Duffle Bag

Brandon Blackwood

Toss all of your unmentionables in this medium-sized duffle bag without fearing you’ll hurt your back


LIHA Beauty Idan Oil

LIHA Beauty

Idan is the Yoruba word for magic, so it’s no surprise this oil can pull double duty: Smooth both your body and your hair’s flyaways. Plus the oil smells decadent thanks to its tuberose scent.


Honey Sugar Starter Kit


This is definitely prep that should happen before you pack your spend the night bag. This at-home hair removal kit uses a compostable sugaring paste for less skin irritation than waxing.  


Octavia Morgan Dark Rose Eau de Parfum

Octavia Morgan

With its notes of plum, grapefruit, patchouli, and rose, the first spritz of Dark Rose Eau de Parfum is as sexy as its musky dry down.


Ami Cole ‘The Face’ Set

Ami Cole

Created by a Glossier and L’Oreal alum, this set — skin tint, lip oil, and highlighter — are everything Black women need to look like themselves, but better, in a pouch.


Kai Collective Acacia Silky Satin Printed Kimono

Kai Collective

The key to not overpacking is being able to transition from what you arrived wearing to what you wear when you leave. This silk kimono also comes with a matching headscarf. 


Lorraine West Seamless Hammered Hoops

Lorraine West

Designer Lorraine West created these hoops to make a statement without stretching or pulling on your earlobes.


Forvr Mood Soft Life Mini Candle

Forvr Mood

Tuck this mini candle into your spend-a-night bag to set the mood with its “decadent scent” made from “sugar, spice, and everything pricey.”


Forvr Mood Pink Pure Silk Pillowcase


Now, this is not an assumption about where you will be laying your head but just a way to guarantee you will rest on a pillowcase that’s anti-aging and anti-frizz.


Liner Notes

For an extra-spicy take on Black love, check out Andscape’s new feature film, Three Ways, premiering Feb. 10 on Hulu.

Channing Hargrove is a senior writer at Andscape covering fashion. That’s easier than admitting how strongly she identifies with the lyrics “Single Black female addicted to retail.”