What to Bring to an Action


  • Pants with deep pockets
  • Long pants even in hot climates.
  • A tee shirt and long sleeved shirt for sun protection.
  • Sweaters, sweatshirts or jackets as needed.
  • Appropriate colors, capes, patches, costumes, scarves, etc.
  • A sun hat!!!
  • Raingear may be necessary.
  • Sturdy walking shoes (waterproof boots if rain is likely, if not, sneakers may help you move faster.)
  • Sunscreen‹water based, not oil-based as tear gas and pepper spray bond to oil.
  • A light daypack or waist pack for food, change of clothes, etc.
  • A money belt/waist belt is handy for ID, some cash, etc.
  • Water!  A water bottle, waistbelt, or other system for carrying water is useful.
  • A bandana.
  • Food – trail mix, protein bars, compact stuff to munch on during the day.


  • A drum, rattle, finger cymbals, etc.
  • Sidewalk chalk.
  • A cell phone. (Don’t forget your charger.)
  • A watch.
  • Rescue remedy.
  • Toilet paper.
  • Patches, banners, signs, flags, etc.  Think of ways to write your message on what you wear as well as what you carry.
  • Extra glasses or contacts.
  • Fingernail clippers (will cut through plastic handcuffs.)
  • Wear two pairs of underwear if you are at risk of arrest. (if you can keep them both in jail you¹ll have one to wear and one to wash.)
  • Extra tampons or pads.

FOR TEAR GAS PROTECTION (if it’s that kind of day):

  • Have a second outfit for a second day of action.
  • A bandanna, soaked in vinegar or lemon juice, kept in a ziplock baggie to conserve moisture.
  • And shatterproof goggles. Or a paint mask or filter. Or a gas mask.
  • Water bottles with squirt tops for washing eyes.
  • Check with the medics for other supplies (solutions of half water, half Maalox or other liquid antacid are recommended for tear gas) (but NOT mint-flavored!)

If you wear glasses:  Either find goggles to fit over or put them on a string so you can take them off and put goggles on instead.

If you wear contact lenses: Contacts should be removed if you are hit with tear gas or pepper spray. I save my disposables when they can still take an extra day’s wear, wear them into action so I can just pop them out and drop them quickly if necessary.  I carry my glasses or a spare pair of lenses.  If yours are not disposable, keep a case with you and be prepared to remove them quickly.


  • At least two street outfits for multiple days of action, in case one gets tear-gassed.
  • One nicer outfit for doing media interviews if needed.
  • Layers of clothes for a variety of temperatures.
  • Bedding if needed.
  • Big markers.
  • Art supplies.
  • Cloth for banners, etc. (or make ahead and bring.)
  • Your own cup, plate silverware for those Food Not Bombs meals.
  • Originals for flyers, informational materials, etc. that you can get copied as needed.