I’m fed up! Everywhere I go to see Survival Tips; it’s been written by men for men. Looks like we don’t exist or we don’t have the right to survival.
So, I started my own list, with a couple of differences, since I’m nothing like the opposite sex.
As a woman, I understand the 1st thing on my mind after disaster hits should be, “How about my family? How ok are they?”
Only after that, I will think “How do I look after them & myself?”
That’s with this mindset that I wrote my first list of survival tips for women.
1. Gather. Tell everybody beforehand where will be the place to gather and rejoin for family members, in case of a disaster, all phones or internet services could be down. Or to post a postit on your fridge: something saying: “I am good, went to Aunt Martha’s.”
2. Cash. We live in a cashless society, hooked to the internet for all our payments, and that might be a problem in case of disaster: no more ATMs, no more Credit Card, who’s gonna accept your check? So, you need to put aside some real cash, the kind of cash that’s green and that everybody will accept.
3. Backpack. We live in an earthquake zone, so the idea that your house might fall down, or might being closed until given green light is looming high. So, a get away” or “bug out” bag is what we have at the door.
These backpacks can be filled with:
- a small 1st aid kit,
- tactical pens
- hard candy
- dried jerky
- diva cup
- water proof matches
- lighter or other means for starting a fire
- one change of clothes, especially socks, & gloves if the weather becomes cold
- a couple of emergency waterproof survival blankets. These are weightless and could save your life
- water purifying tablets
- bottled water
- water straw purification filter
- survival flashlight and extra batteries
- 18-function business card tool (style Wallet Ninja)
- For kids, a small toy.
- For infants, washable (not disposable) diapers, & baby bottles.
- carbon activated mask
- carabiner knife
- Duct Tape
- Butterfly Sutures
4. Water. You could survive for almost three weeks without food, but the maximum you can go without water is one week if you are very healthy and 5 days if you have special conditions. At least 60% of your body is made of water, and every cell needs it to keep functioning. Water acts as a lubricant for our joints, regulates our body temperature through sweating and respiration and helps to flush waste.
So, if you will be staying in a place for a while, you will need water, water, and more water. Bottled water, water filters, water purifying tablets, big plastic gallons of water, a hand pump connected to a well, and a portable water straw purification system.
5. Food. As much food as you can keep, as long it’s canned or dehydrated. Any dry food will work, including cookies. Remember that refrigerators and freezers will not work so that you will loose all your fresh and frozen food. Don’t forget baby food and pet food.
6. Medicine. Prescription medications if you need them but also over-the-counter drugs.
Having a way to treat and manage pain, as well as decrease inflammation, is an important part of every emergency medical kit.
- Aspirin, Tylenol or Ibuprofen
- Codeine or some type of pain killer
- Chemical Ice Bags
- OTC Meds – for arthritis, nausea, etc…
- birth control
7. 1st Aid supplies. There may well be no “Second Aid”, because doctors or hospitals may be overwhelmed or out of reach. Your First Aid Kit should also contain at least some of the following items:
- Disposable thermometers
- Disposable gloves
- Sterile eyewash & eye dressings
- Burn creams and dressings
- Medical manuals and basic first aid instructions.
- Splints – SAM and air splints
- Quick Clot Gauze
- Emergency dental kit
- Sterile needles and surgical blades.
- Grooming & cleaning tools: Soap, Fingernail clippers, Antiseptic wipes.
8. Sanitary supplies. Lots of tampons, pads, soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste, and shampoo are not only good for your health but your morale too. Alternatively, a menstrual Cup & Reusable Tampons are an excellent replacement for tampons. How about toilet paper? There is almost a civil war in Venezuela because toilet paper is missing. So, it looks like you couldn’t live without this. Plus, you may not have access to a store for quite some time; if there ever is an open store.
– Tampons & pads may be more important than you think. In an emergency situation pads are excellent for pressure dressing wounds & tampons may be useful for nosebleed & puncture wounds.
– Soap and cleaning products are often underrated in men’s survival lists, don’t forget them.
9. Survival Tools. A multipurpose shovel, a machete to cut fire wood or to build a shelter, but you will also need as an option.
- Pocket Knife
- Camp Axe
- Survival Laptop
- Plastic Trash Bags
10. Light sources if you are staying put. Candles, a can of Crisco, folding lanterns, survival flashlights. If I were you, I would look into cheap solar powered lights. The ones meant to be used outside since they would also work for inside at night.
11. Solar. When there is no lights or power, a solar or crank powered radio is the best way to go because you will still need to know what is going on. How is the radio powered and/or recharged?
- Hand-crank – essential!
- Charge from computer
- Plug into the wall (AC)
- Powered by batteries (DC)
- Built-in solar panel
NOTE: Because smartphones & computers continue to evolve, the connectors between the emergency radio and YOUR device/s will not match, eventually. When you purchase your radio, make sure to check for connecting compatibility. If necessary, buy the connector as a separate piece of equipment, even if you end up investing another $4-$15 to the price of your radio.
12. Entertainment. Let’s not forget about this when you have kids. Card and board games are working well. Books and hobbies for grown-ups. Knit some socks and hats! Keeping your mind buzy is crucial when you are in a shelter, and much better than worrying or stressing out!
That’s it for my first draft of the woman’s survival tiplist. These 12 tips might come 1st, but I bet your own list might be different from mine. If you think I have forgotten something, let me know in the comments below and I will be happy to update my list.
In the meantime, God forbid we ever have to use that list, but let’s take that as an insurance, so Good Luck, and do your best!