Tips on What to Wear and Take to a Protest or March

The right to protest is enshrined in the U.S. Constitution, and there are a lot of reasons to protest these days.  Here are my tips for what to wear and take when protesting.


Pick shoes you can run in-sneakers or broken-in  boots are your best bet.


Your clothing can protect your skin from not only the sun and other weather, but also pepper spray. Choose long pants, long sleeves, and a jacket or shirt with a hood. Layers are good for fluctuating temps, too.


Safety goggles aren't expensive and will protect your eyes from pepper spray, tear gas, and debris. If possible, choose to not wear contacts and use your glasses.



face mask

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If you need a bag, make it a backpack. You may have to run, crouch down, and hide in places.  This will be easiest with a slim backpack carrying only the essentials.





Bring your ID, your insurance cards and medical information, one credit or debit card, and $25-$40 in cash.


Let three individuals who are not joining you know where you are going, when you are going, and when you plan to be back.  Ensure they will answer the phone if you need to call.


Turn off BlueTooth, go into Airplane Mode, and turn off your fingerprint or Face ID feature. If you are using your phone to document the event, do not take any photos of protesters' faces to protect their identity.



There is a good chance you will be separated from your group and any location within the area of the protest may be blocked off. Choose a location far enough away from the protest area to meet up at the end of the night.

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