Tomorrow, thousands upon thousands of women are expected to descend on our nation's capital to participate in the Women's March on Washington, and countless others will walk in solidarity in 60 countries across the globe. In fact, as of this morning, there are plans for sister marches to be held across all seven continents—members aboard a ship off the coast of Antarctica have announced a rally as well.
If you're participating, you've already committed to lending your voice to the cause—and of course that's the most important thing to bring. But those of us who have marched before can also suggest a few other items to carry along, all in the name of sticking with the crowd for as long (and as comfortably) as possible.
Keep scrolling for your checklist of what to bring, according to women who have marched before.
You'll likely be walking several miles (and chanting, to boot) so it's important to stay hydrated. Don't feel like carrying a bottle in hand the entire time? "A CamelBak ($49) makes for easy access," suggests my friend Becca.
It kind of goes without saying, but of the previous march participants I polled, this was the number one answer. Reinforce that comfort with a nice layer of blister block.
I made it about an hour into my last march before I began to grow hoarser with every new chant. Honey-based cough drops will help lubricate your throat—and I love that these contain echinacea, which will help keep your immune system humming along too. (If you're in a flu-prone city, it might be wise to bring along some Emergen-C, $4, too.)
You obviously want to dress and prepare for whatever climate you're in—"I'll be wearing my thermo underwear," says Judith, who is marching in Copenhagen—but sunscreen is a universal non-negotiable. No matter if it's 20 degrees and overcast where you're participating: If you're spending hours outside, a burn can creep up on you, even in the dead of winter. Play it safe by lathering up before you head out. And if you live in a sunnier climate, definitely don't forget to reapply.
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