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Marching This Weekend? Make Sure Your Bag Is Regulation

Backpacks must be clear; purses must be smaller than 8 inches.

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As a lot of us are preparing to march for women’s rights in DC and across the country this weekend, what we’ll be wearing and what we’ll be bringing with us to the protest has become a topic of conversation around the office. Of course, this is both for practical reasons, like how to stay warm, as well as out of the desire to outwardly show solidarity, whether it’s with merch that supports women’s causes or homemade T-shirts and pins.

Something that came up this afternoon — after a reader tweeted at us to ask if we had any suggestions for fanny packs that can take you from protests to concerts — is the fact that all bags carried with you (which are subject to search, just FYI) must be of a certain size. Those not meeting regulations might be confiscated, or you might be asked to leave them behind.

According to the FAQs on the official Women’s March site, backpacks must be clear (colored translucent bags don’t count) and no larger than 17"x 12"x 6"; purses and personal bags must be smaller than 8”x 6”x 4”.

That’s pretty damn small. A mini crossbody bag will probably work, but just in case you don’t have anything that already fits the bill, here’s a quick survey of what’s available at stores you can probably find in most American cities, as well as a few smaller makers in New York and DC.

Read up on your rights as a protester and the rest of the FAQs before you pack your bag, and please read Arabelle Sicardi’s story “A Practical Beauty Guide for Fighting Facism“ for a few useful tips (like wear glasses instead contacts just in case of the unlikely possibility of tear gas). Be safe, and stay strong!

Clear mini backpack with black straps.

Urban Outfitters Transparent Mini Backpack, $34

small rectangular crossbody purse in pink

Baggu Mini Crossbody Purse, $122 (available in NYC at 242 Wythe Ave, Brooklyn)

Black fanny pack belt bag.

Urban Outfitters Dylan Belt Bag, $29

Black suede shoulder bag with varsity stripe strap detailing

H&M Shoulder Bag, $24.99

clear pink backpack

Toys R Us Pink Transparent Backpack, $14.99

Navy fanny pack belt bag.

LeSportsac Convertible Belt Bag, $60 (available at Macy’s)

nylon fanny pack

American Apparel Nylon Cordura Fanny Pack, $22 (+ 40% off)

clear backpacks shown with magazines

Liberty Clear Backpack, $9 (available at Walmart)

Black crossbody foldover bag faux leather.

Mossimo Supply Co. Faux Leather Crossbody Bag, $12.99 (available at Target)