Women's March on Washington: Everything to know before you go

- 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: 

  • Snacks
  • Water
  • Plastic poncho vs. umbrella
  • Money
  • Portable phone charger
  • Plastic bag
  • Sign 
  • 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: 

AMAR U.S. 
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.

We are honored to be participating in the Women's March on Washington on Saturday, January 21st. This event is an...

Posted by AMAR U.S. on Monday, January 9, 2017

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. 

Coming to DC for Inauguration or the Women's March on Washington? You are welcome here!

Posted by Capitol Hill United Methodist Church on Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Del Campo
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!

The New York Avenue Presbyterian Church
1313 New York Ave NW, Washington, DC 20005
 
Not only is the safe haven offering a people place to stay overnight on Friday, but they will also be offering refreshments, bathroom usage, and a place to warm up on Saturday.  

We are hosting overnight and daytime guests for the Women's March on Washington! If you need a place to a stay...

Posted by The New York Avenue Presbyterian Church on Wednesday, January 11, 2017
 
Wolly Mammoth Theatre Company 
641 D St NW, Washington, DC 20004
 
Woolly Mammoth is opening its doors from 8:30 am until 4 pm to serve as a meeting place, organizing space, and rest stop for those in the Women's March. 

We are hosting overnight and daytime guests for the Women's March on Washington! If you need a place to a stay...

Posted by The New York Avenue Presbyterian Church on Wednesday, January 11, 2017
 

 

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