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What's in your backpack?

Field organizers spend as many as 18 hours a day outside, pounding the pavement and talking to voters about the issues that matter most. That means that what a field organizer packs in their backpack is key to a successful day.

Jake Strassberger is the field organizer for Queens, New York, and this weekend he’ll be joining hundreds of other New Yorkers who are headed to Pennsylvania to talk to voters as part of the “It takes one” weekend of action. Jake gave us a sneak peek of what he thinks is essential to bring on Saturday. You can use it as reference when you join us on the bus down to Pennsylvania—there are still spots, and you can sign up for yours here.

  1. Water—first things first. It’s important to stay hydrated, especially in these summer months!
  2. Snacks—Jake’s packing an orange for this trip, and you can often find easy to carry and eat items (think granola bars, trail mix, pretzels) in other field organizers’ backpacks.
  3. Pens, paper and commit to vote cards—key to recruiting more volunteers.
  4. Information about the President’s accomplishments—to educate undecided voters on the progress we’ve made.
  5. Sunblock—goes without saying on a hot summer day. The last thing you want is to talk to voters while fending off a sunburn.

What do you keep in your bag? Share in the comments below.

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