if you’re protesting and need to take medications with you, make sure they’re in clearly labeled containers- no mini jars or anything. because if you get arrested or searched, there is a high likelihood that they will think you are carrying illegal substances with you.
of course, don’t go to a march high or drunk, but be careful to make sure you’re not accused of being high or drunk or selling or whatever.
water will make pepper spray worse. use milk, or a combination of a liquid antacid and water. if you wear contacts, DO NOT WEAR CONTACTS TO A PROTEST. i don’t care if you don’t have glasses that fit your prescription- tear gas and pepper spray will both get absorbed into contact lenses.
if you’re tear gassed, here’s what to do when you get home: bag the day’s clothes in a plastic bag to decontaminate or dispose of later, and shower with cold water. the cold water won’t immediately open up your pores, but will get a lot of the residue off. be gentle to yourself in the shower. avoid showering with warm/hot water for at least 3-4 hours afterwards.
come with people you trust. do NOT get separated; and try not to panic if, by chance, you do. it may be a good idea to pick a rendezvous spot in case you get separated; one on-site, and one a bit farther off. if you are planning to separate, pick a time to meet to make sure you’re all okay.
a good idea in case of accidental separation is to wear a wrist cuff; wave your arm in the air and they’ll see you.
that said, wear a mask. the far right is very good at combing through pictures.
beware undercovers; beware collaborator ‘peace police’ even more. beware anyone inciting violence, because most of them are police.
write any necessary phone numbers you may need directly on your skin in sharpie. if you do sigils, draw some of those too. you can never be too careful.
make sure all mobile devices are charged!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
if you plan on going to jail, plan it: bail, lawyer, time off from work, witnesses i.e.: a cadre. train for jail.
if you’re gonna be walking for a long period of time and there may not be a bathroom, wear a diaper or pad.
depending on the amount of time you’ll be there, it may be a good idea to bring snacks. this also depends on how much stuff you can take with you, but if you need to pack a mini-meal, do it. bring water in a reusable bottle. if you have blood sugar issues, a sports drink or juice may be a good idea, but you probably thought of that already.
be courteous to those around you. even though people are likely to be wound-up, remember to be kind to them. be friendly, etc., etc.
if there is a riot, the choice is yours as to what you do. there is no shame in hiding or leaving if you see people starting a fight. if you need to back away or leave completely, that’s okay. however, if you choose to stay, please be careful and refer to the first two parts of this post.