- 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.
SOME NICE THINGS TO HAVE:
- 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.
WHAT TO BRING TO THE OVERALL MOBILIZATION:
- 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.