PSA: Bag Guidelines For The Women's March

by Megan Grant

With the Women's March On Washington right around the corner (on Jan. 21), details of security are becoming a bigger matter. Like any large-scale event, this one has rules surrounding what you are and are not allowed to bring with you. The bag guidelines for the Women's March On Washington are very specific, so it's in your best interest to familiarize yourself with them ahead of time.

Security is of utmost importance to the organizers of the event; they've gone to great measures to strive for a peaceful, responsible demonstration and the safety of all attendees. The permit obtained has kept police and other city agencies involved in the planning of the March, from start to finish. A private security firm will be present the entire time, and over 1,000 trained marshals will be there to ensure that the situation stays under control. But having a successful March isn't only up to the professionals; it largely relies on the people in attendance and having their full cooperation.

Unsurprisingly (and understandably), all bags and backpacks may be subject to search. Anyone found to be in violation of their standards may have their bag confiscated or could be asked to leave it behind. As the requirements for your bags are quite particular, here are the details you need to know, plus a few extra details. Check out the Women's March FAQ page for more information.


All Bags Have To Stay Under Certain Dimensions

Any bag, tote, or purse that you bring can be no larger than 8" x 6" x 4". Backpacks are allowed, but only if they are clear (and no, colorful transparent bags aren't permitted) and no larger than 17" x 12" x 6".


There's An Added Rule For People Who Want To Bring Food

It's a long day, and the March is OK with snacks; however, you're only permitted one additional plastic or gallon bag no bigger than 12" x 12" x 6".


Regarding Mothers And Anyone With Medical Needs

If you require special medical care or you need to bring a breast pump, it must fit into clear backpack specified above. One backpack per person is allowed.


Members Of The Press

If you have equipment that does not fit into the specified bags, you need to contact the National Communications Team ahead of time to obtain press credentials and permission to bring your equipment to the rally site.


For Individuals With Disabilities

If a disability requires the use of related equipment that doesn't fit into your bag, you can enter the March via the ADA Accessible route, which is 4th St. SW from C St. to Independence Ave. If you are using the Metro to get to the route, get off at the Federal Center SW stop and use 4th St. to enter the rally site.


Individuals Who Need Help For Mobility

If you regularly require a cane, walking stick, walker, or portable seat, you can bring these with you to the rally. (Folding chairs are not permitted for anyone else, though.)


An Extra Word Of Caution

This probably goes without saying, but don't bring anything that even remotely resembles a weapon. This includes poles and wooden sticks — so if you're bringing a flag or a sign, make sure they're pole-less, stick-less, or carried only on a cardboard stick. When in doubt, leave it out.