a) Water and snacks. Make sure you stay fed and hydrated. Bring a water bottle that has
a sports top—it’ll double as a squirt bottle for flushing out eyes or wounds if there are
any tear gas used.
b) Cash. Bring enough money in small bills to purchase food, taxi fare, or other
c) Your ID. Bring some form of ID and keep it on your body, like in a shoe or pocket.
d) Emergency contact information. Memorize it and write it down on a notecard or on
your arm—both personal contact and the number for help. If you have a medical ID,
e) Basic first aid supplies. Carry a few band-aids, pain killers, and any important
prescription medications you’ll need if you’re out longer than expected.
f) Your phone—with location services and biometrics turned off. You can use your
smartphone to communicate and take photos and videos, but make sure you disable
features that will make it easy for you to be tracked or for your device to be unlocked
by law enforcement.
g) A bag (maybe). If you can carry all of your items in pockets, great. Some protests and
gatherings may not allow bags, and some organizers recommend clear packs. Check
guidelines and recommendations before you head out.
h) Mask or Face coverings. You need to protect yourself from Covid-19. Also, carry a
What not to bring
i) Do not carry weapons, drugs, valuables, or anything you wouldn’t want to lose or be arrested with.
ii) Don’t bring more than you need, as it’s best to be able to move freely.
Finally, always, always check with protest organizers about how to prepare, and listen to instructions while you’re on the streets.