Survival Tips for Females? As the fairer sex, there are so many things we need to consider when looking at any kind of emergency situation. The thing is though, many of them are the same things we have to deal with on a daily basis so it cracks me up to read what the men have to say about it.
I was reading articles from other survival blogs and get frustrated with the men talking about us ladies. They talk about us like we are commodities and how they need to be concerned with taking care of women if we have to go through some type of SHTF moment or time period.
We are fragile little flowers that everyone seems to be concerned with protecting. They talk about veritable bubble wrap to keep us safe from bad things or bad men.
I don’t know if it is the conservative collective thinking we are all helpless, or if they believe that we all need to be kept in our place, but today – we are going to talk about survival tips for females. From a female.
Five Survival Tips for Females
Not everyone feels comfortable with lethal force. Add that to varying concealed carry laws across different states and it can be a little confusing to figure out the best way to keep yourself save and prepare ahead.
Stay Vigilant at All Times
This is something every young girl is trained on – almost as a right of passage. Sadly. With one of every three females experiencing a sexual violation of some sort, this is a serious issue. One in five is actually raped.
The target age of victims is between the age of 12 and 34, at least according to statistics that are reported. Twelve years old.
Isn’t that insane?
As women, we learn always be on the lookout for an attacker. We park near street lights, walk in a crowd, keep our keys between our fingers, look inside our cars before unlocking them, keep a noise/alarm handy like a whistle or our key fob.
It’s much harder to defend yourself when they take you by surprise – and we make sure to drill that into every upcoming potential victim, hoping that knowledge is power and the key to preventing it from happening to them.
Carry Nonlethal Weapons for Self Defense
This is where you are going to step it up a little bit! Stun guns, pepper spray, and similar nonlethal weapons should be used to fight off attackers instead of trying to fight unarmed if at all possible.
A stun gun usually has two prongs on the end of it that transmit a non-lethal dose of electricity through them. These stun guns are effective because they take advantage of how the human body actually works.
Your body’s cells use electricity to communicate with your brain and muscles. Sending an extra jolt of electricity through your body causes your muscles to contract and expand against their will.
This is ultimately harmless, but at the time, will be very painful and immobilizing for your attacker. The most common stun gun company is Vipertek, and they make many reliable and inexpensive stun guns available on Amazon.
The other most common form of self-defense is pepper spray. Pepper spray is, as the name implies, a spray infused with pepper and other chemicals, notably oleoresin capsicum, or OC.
OC is derived from cayenne peppers, and it works even better than tear gas, because tear gas won’t always stop victims who feel less pain, such as drunks and druggies. OC will cause temporary blindness and restrict the victim’s breathing, while not cutting it off completely.
The blindness will last at least 15 minutes – 30 at most. The burning feeling lasts 45 to 60 minutes, the coughing from it getting in your lungs lasts up to 15 minutes. These combined factors give you more than enough time to make your escape while your attacker is incapacitated.
One of the best companies for pepper spray is SABRE. SABRE is used by some of the largest police forces, including NYPD, LAPD, and Chicago PD. SABRE combines the tear gas mentioned earlier with the OC to create a perfect defense weapon.
It also includes a UV dye, so that the suspect can later be identified by holding up a UV light, without him knowing that he’s been marked. You can also get a pepper gel from SABRE, which works the same as pepper spray, but it sticks to your attacker, making it safer to use indoors.
Pepper spray may be a better first line of defense over the stun guns, due to the fact that they have a much longer range. Finally, there is the least common form of self-defense – a Taser.
Taser is a company that makes an advanced, long-range version of the stun gun. Tasers are legal in 45 states, so make sure you check the legality of Tasers in yours. A Taser is a small weapon that fires two little prongs, much like the prongs attached to the stun gun, which stick into the victim and shock them.
For non-law enforcement consumers, the maximum range for a Taser is 15 feet. This is still plenty of room, and the Taser will lay anyone and anything out completely. It’s essentially a much more effective stun gun.
The only downside to the Taser is its price tag. A Taser will usually run you about as much as a regular gun costs. However, this does not stop them from being very effective pieces of self-defense technology and it’s perfect for those who have a moral problem killing another person, even in self-defense.
10 Safety Tips for Women
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Survival Tips for Females: Take Some Female Self Defense Classes
What is the difference between taking a FEMALE self defense class and just taking a self defense class? A female class teaches you how to fight dirty, yet effectively to fend off people. It gives you hints and tips to work with smaller body size, smaller muscle mass, use your available environment as a tool, and so much more.
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What kind of things will you learn besides someone standing there and telling you to scream or try to pee your pants?
- How to attack with a hammer strike.
- How you can use your car keys to defend yourself.
- a good groin kick.
- how a heel palm strike to try and break their nose.
- Elbow strikes
- How to escape from a ‘bear hug attack’, when your hands are trapped, and even how to escape from side headlock.
Going to a local martial arts training location can be beneficial as well. Some of the most effective martial arts styles for self-defense are Krav Maga, Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, and Muay Thai.
Krav Maga is the style used by the Israeli army, and is great for street fights. Brazilian Jiu-jitsu was developed for those who didn’t have the muscular power to perform traditional Jiu-jitsu effectively, making it perfect for the average person.
Finally, there’s Muay Thai. Muay Thai has become very popular as a self-defense technique, and for good reason. It’s heavily associated with MMA and UFC fighters. It’s a form of kickboxing that has been adapted to make use of the elbows and knees as well, hence the Thai nickname, “Science of 8 Limbs.”
Those are just a few things that you can learn from a local person – if you hunt out a Karate-type studio that has women only courses, or maybe check your local parks and recreation community guides.
If there is nothing you can find locally that suits your needs, you might need to go online for Martial Arts Options for Hand to Hand Combat.
Sometimes you’re caught off guard without being able to defend yourself with weapons, so you have to teach yourself how to fight with your bare hands. There are many different ways to go about learning hand to hand combat, and there are a few that are most desirable for self-defense.
One great resource is Udemy. Udemy is an online academy that, for a small price, will teach you anything and everything. Some lessons last as long as you want, and some expire.
Udemy offers a course on military style hand-to-hand combat for only $20. It includes 24 lectures, 6 hours of video, lifetime access, and a certificate of completion. This course is designed to teach you how to take down opponents who would normally be the winner in a fight, military style.
There are also many books that will teach you these fighting skills. They can be found on Amazon at a relatively cheap price and can be a wealth of information. One great book is 100 Deadly Skills, by Clint Emerson.
This book employs Navy SEAL tactics to fighting hand to hand, fighting armed opponents, and everything else. Clint Emerson is a retired SEAL who took to teaching others how to use the same strategies he used to fight overseas, and his book is available for $22 on Amazon.
Similarly, you can buy the USMC Martial Arts program for $15 on Amazon. This book teaches you how to use everything: knives, improvised weapons, and of course, your hands.
Martial arts should be trained with often if you intend to have to use them in a self-defense scenario. If not practiced regularly, your skills can quickly become rusty and cost you your life when the SHTF.
How to Handle Your Menstrual Cycle During Survival
With self-defense covered, it’s time to talk about nature. Sorry ladies, our periods won’t stop because it is inconvenient for us. It can also be a hassle to stock up a lot of tampons/pads for a SHTF scenario or even for bugging out. This really is one of the Survival Tips for Females that needs to be addressed.
We do have a few options that are available to take up less space, be less disposable, and make this a little easier. Who wants to be slowed down by our own bodies?
The disposable inventory isn’t even the largest problem, the problem is the fact that you have to dispose of those items. When on the run, or if you are limited to things like a composting toilet, you are going to run into issues long before your inventory runs out.
Let’s look at some options:
Reusable is the key – it saves you a lot of space in your prep stash, is easier to take on the run, and more eco-friendly.
First things first – reusable pads.
Not only will these pay for themselves in two to three months, you will never have adhesive sticking to your nether region again. (ouch!)
There are a ton of cute options – but aim for a reusable pad kit that has a few different sizes, a container of sorts to keep them all together, and some kind of wings with a snap closure. After all, we don’t want leaks and we want them to stay in place!
These can be healthy and eco-friendly at the same time without all the toxic chemicals added to the disposable varieties. I am a fan of bamboo. Bamboo charcoal fiber is soft and natural, it is very easy to clean and dries quickly, so it will not produce peculiar smell or harmful ingredients, reusable and washable. I like this kit HERE.
If pads aren’t your thing, Just try the underwear that is designed to act like them, but be a lot more comfortable.
Again, they are usually a bamboo fabric and you want to look for full coverage area from the front to the back. This helps when you are active or sleeping and helps keep you safe of any leakages.
These are ideal for light days but are not meant to replace pads or tampons for a normal period or heavy flow. They usually have an absorbency up to 18ml. You can see some HERE.
If you hunt them out – you will find some that boast 4 tampons’ worth absorption to lock in menstrual flow. Personally, I would want to test them out before a SHTF scenario. You can see the brand I am looking at HERE.
These would also work well for incontinence issues.
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A menstrual cup
What a lot of people fail to mention is that usually these are only ideal for women between the ages of 19 and 34, who haven’t given birth vaginally.
Y’all know how many females that doesn’t include?
There are a lot of brands besides the Diva cup, but that seems to be the best known. Regardless of which brand you choose, a menstrual cup is an eco-friendly, cost-effective, durable, and chemical-free vaginal cup that will save you both money and time.
By switching to one of these you will no longer produce 300 pounds of waste, which is about how much an average person creates in a lifetime using disposable feminine hygiene products. This also means no more spending tons of money on pads and panty liners, since these menstrual cups last up to a year– some up to five years.
Whichever one you choose to try, make sure it has a simple to grip for easy removal. If you ever had a diaphram, you know how fun it can be trying to get it out of you when you are a rookie.
Practice with your cup before you just pop it into your bug out bag – it really isn’t something you want to learn on the run.
Prepare Yourself Mentally
In any survival situation, whether you’re in a self-defense scuffle or lost in thick woods, the most important factor remains the same – your mental state. As long as your mind is sound, you will have a much easier time surviving whatever situation you’re in. This is huge when looking at Survival Tips for Females.
Get in the right headspace
In fact, this is the first thing that you’re taught in the US Army Survival Manual. This field manual can be bought in full on Amazon for about $13. The strategy for mental stability that you learn first in this book is S.U.R.V.I.V.A.L., which stands for Sizing up any situation that you’re in, Undue haste makes waste, Remembering where you are, Vanquishing fear and panic, Improvising when you need to, Value-based living, Acting like whatever natives do in the area, and Learning basic, necessary skills.
Doing all of these things will ensure that you are both confident and mentally stable during stressful situations. Many sources consider mental preparedness to be the most important factor between life and death.
WWII and Korea veterans who had to survive the wild and hostile environments of the jungle and forest swear by the effectiveness of being mentally prepared. The main disadvantages of being stressed and freaked out during these times are plentiful.
First, you’ll be less efficient. If you’re confident and feeling good, you’ll get to work on finding food, water, and making shelter – or in a threat situation, protecting your life. However, if you spend your time freaking out and panicking, you’ll barely get anything accomplished, let alone accomplished effectively.
Save your energy
Second, you’ll have less energy. If you’re calm, you won’t waste much energy and will be actively thinking about preserving yourself. If you panic, you may find yourself pacing and wasting time and energy.
This will help you conserve water, food, and other resources. If you aren’t thinking and you’re blowing through everything, you’ll probably run out of water before you know it. This also has an effect on basic self-defense.
Doing what needs to be done
For example, if you keep a level head during a fight, you can probably get the upper hand on your opponent – especially if they’re inexperienced. The most important thing you should mentally prepare for in self-defense is the reality that you very well may have to kill your attacker.
For many, this idea is horrible – having to take another human being’s life. You should prepare for this kind of mental anguish in the event that you actually have to take major action that could result in the death of your attacker. Being mentally prepared is more worthwhile than being physically prepared.
The bottom line with Survival Tips for Females?
We aren’t fragile little flowers that need to be protected from the boogey men. We have the ability and skills available to make sure we can handle ourselves in any situation. Like everything else, it just means taking the time to be prepared. Be the beast you can be!