WASHINGTON - The day after Donald Trump is sworn in as the 45th President of the United States, hundreds of thousands of people will be walking the streets of D.C. for the Women's March on Washington. If you're planning on attending, this guide will help prepare you for the walk.
If you still have some unanswered questions on logistics, they're all answered in this ultimate guide to the Women's March on Washington. But if you already know coordinates and times, the information listed here will help prepare you to have the best day possible at the event.
DRESS FOR COMFORT
What's the weather? Well, FOX 5's Caitlin Roth and Sue Palka say temperatures are expected to be in the upper 50's with light rain in the early morning on Saturday.
Taking weather into consideration, it's best to dress in layers. That way if you get a little hot, you can remove your jacket but still have a sweater to keep you warm.
Sneakers or insulated boots are a great option for the long walk. Ditch the cute shoes, unless they're comfortable. You're going to be walking for hours and the last thing you want is blisters-- so not cute!
Pro tip: Pack a pair of dry socks. Your feet will thank you after they march for hours.
CARRY YOUR THINGS IN ONE OF THESE
A fanny pack, small purse, or tote should be the perfect size for carrying your essentials. Keep it light! For a complete list of bag rules for the event, click here.
Remember, all you really need is money, your ID, cell phone, and a snack-- as well as any medications you might need. Pack light and don't weigh yourself down.
THINGS TO BRING
That said, it's going to be a long walk and there are many things that could happen. Create a checklist of items you feel will help make the march go more smoothly. Here are some ideas to help you get started:
- Plastic poncho vs. umbrella
- Portable phone charger
- Plastic bag
- Small first-aid kit
- Medication (if you need it)
- A bandana
- Feminine products (if it's that time)
- Index card with important numbers (in case your phone dies)
HAVE A SAFETY PLAN IN PLACE
Don't go it alone! It's an oldie but life-saving rule. If you're able to, meet up with a friend or find a group you can march along with. That way, people are looking out for you and vice versa. Don't engage any counter-protesters. Just walk away and keep the peace and love flowing.
Should anything happen, have a safety plan in place with your group. Have a set of meet-up spots throughout the journey in case anyone gets separated.
REST AT A WELCOME STATION
Many places in D.C. are offering a safe haven for marchers. Whether it's a quick bathroom stop or a refreshment to rehydrate yourself, check out one of these locations that are welcoming all with open arms:
1616 H St NW, Ste 105, Washington, DC 20006
AMAR U.S., located right by the White House, will be offering hot coffee, tea or cider, some snacks and a much-needed bathroom break! You can also learn more about how AMAR empowers women in the Middle East.
Capitol Hill United Methodist Church
421 Seward Sq SE, Washington, DC 20003
CHUMC invites all attending the Women's March for hot cocoa, snacks, and prayer.
777 I St NW, Washington, DC 20001
Del Campo is offering a complimentary care package that includes a hot beverage (chocolate, cider, or coffee), dulce de leche caramel corn with sliced almonds, and handwarmers!