We all know that 2017 is guaranteed to be a powerful one, and with inauguration week coming up I look forward to participating in the Women’s March On Washington. Whether you’re traveling to our nation’s Capitol or standing ground in your home city, one thing is for sure: the day will be filled with passion, empowerment, activism, and very specific do’s and don’ts. Fear not! Homeland Security might take our oversized toothpaste, but they will not take our style!
Below are suggestions, not endorsements. For further information please go to http://www.womensmarch.com
LOTS AND LOTS OF WARM CLOTHES. BUT ACTUALLY.
Growing up in New England has taught me one thing: there is no such thing as too many layers. Tank top! Long sleeve shirt! Sweater! Fleece! Thermal leggings! Other leggings! Coat! Windbreaker! This is no time for vulnerability, especially to the weather!
SMALL BAG/TOTE/PURSE/FANNY PACK: NO LARGER THAN 8x6x4
Phone, wallet, keys, Tampons, pills, snack, chapstick, extra phone charger. Whatever you need, fit it in a small bag no larger than 8x6x4. Think small tablet size or what Regina George would carry. (Featured above: Triple Zip Bagg by Baggallini)
ONE 12x12x6 PLASTIC OR GALLON BAG
As mentioned on the Women’s March FAQ page, each person is allowed one additional bag (specifically for food) as long as it is plastic or gallon.
CLEAR / TRANSLUCENT BACKPACK
While backpacks are not permitted, if you need to carry medical supplies, baby bags/breast pumps/etc., you may bring a clear (not colored) backpack no larger than 17x12x6.
WATER & SNACK
No one wants to faint mid march. Being on your feet and on the go means that you need to stay hydrated & healthy, no matter what. Access to public water may be limited, so bring your own.
Mother Nature doesn’t care if you think climate change is real or not and for a coastal city like Washington D.C., cold rain is not out of the question.
I will be wearing my trusty hiking boots as I often do – nothing gives your knees a break like good arch support and rubber soles. Whether it’s sneakers, booties, or lace ups, be kind to your body – walking a mile on pavement is much different than a mile jaunt on grass or dirt.
We’re playing the long game and when your hands get clammy it’s always good to have back up ready.
WINTER ACCESSORIES: HAT, SCARF, MITTENS
Do not underestimate these pals. Sure, people wear scarves for fun and maybe you’re a hat person, but when you’re outside in January above the Mason Dixon line, a hat, scarf and mittens will keep you going strong.
PATIENCE, LOVE AND POWER
Make a sign! Big, bold and beautiful as long you do not have a wooden stick or pole, (all signs and flags must be handheld or made with cardboard) you are good to go!
With over 200,000 people expected to be in Washington D.C. and over 300 sister cities, it will be crowded, busy and a little disorienting. Don’t panic! The best thing to do is keep patient, ask questions and respect those along the way.
If you or someone you know would like to go to the Women’s March on Washington but need a ride or place to stay, check out March Match for resources!
See you there!
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