Here we have compiled a small check list of what you should consider and what you should take with you and what you should rather leave at home.
- Do not go alone, but with friends, preferably in a solid reference group.
- Inform yourself beforehand about the content and especially the character of the demonstration in order to be able to assess what can happen.
- Be well rested and physically fit, moderate your partying the night before and have a good breakfast.
- Choose your clothes according to practical, not fashion considerations.
- Long clothes will protect your skin from tear gas.
- Do not apply creams or makeup, as the CN/CS from tear gas will accumulate in the oils.
- Consider wearing (preferably shatterproof) glasses instead of your contact lenses. When tear gas is used, contact lenses are quite impractical and usually cannot be used after contact with it.
- Do not wear jewelry, especially large earrings and long necklaces, you can hurt others and especially yourself.
What you should take with you
- Identity card, if necessary passport and residence permit
- Pen and paper to write down memory protocols or the names of arrested persons.
- Enough water to drink and rinse your eyes (in case of tear gas or pepper spray use).
- Medication you need on a regular basis, at least in the amount needed for the next 24 hours (in case you are taken into custody).
- Phone card and change to make the calls you are entitled to in the event of an arrest.
- Granola bars or other snacks to meet short-term energy needs (a good breakfast in the morning can’t hurt).
- Sanitary napkins, if needed
What NOT to bring
- Any items that reveal personal things about you or other people (e.g., address books, calendars, etc.).
- Alcohol and other drugs.
- Any weapons or “dangerous items” such as knives, pepper spray, etc.