But while it’s obvious that each one should be tailored based on one’s specific needs, there’s a need to discuss women’s EDC gear in more detail.
Why? Because when you’re a woman, you experience a unique set of issues that men don’t. You need stuff most men probably won’t think twice about.
Here’s what you should know about women’s EDC:
What Should Your EDC Help You With?
You’re not Mary Poppins. You don’t have a bottomless bag that can fit everything you own. So, it’s impossible to be 100% ready for all the surprises the world will throw your way.
Still, your EDC kit should give you a hand with the following:
- Small everyday emergencies: Zippers that won’t zip, blisters from torture devices they call shoes, and red stains during THAT time of the month are just some mishaps that can happen when you’re doing your usual routine.
- Hygiene issues: If you counted on both hands the number of times you dealt with vengeful periods or public restrooms with no toilet paper, you’d run out of fingers.
- Kids: Your kids (if you have any) see you as a superhero. They’ll expect you to put band-aids on their wounds, have an infinite supply of snacks, and protect them from strangers. Sounds like a tall order, but it’s all in a day’s work for parents.
- Unexpected waits: Getting caught in traffic isn’t anyone’s idea of fun, but if you do get stuck on the road for hours, you wanna be comfortable.
- Self-defense: The world has a ton of creeps living in it, so you have to be ready to face them at all times. It pays to have self-defense devices on hand besides knowing hand-to-hand combat.
EDC Gear Checklist: Things to Bring Everywhere You Go
Everything on this list fits the two requirements all EDC gear should possess: usefulness and practicality. Check them out:
Metal Water Bottle
You don’t wanna be caught without water, even if it’s only for an hour. Imagine having nothing to quench your thirst on a 95-degree day or while you’re waiting in line at the doctor’s clinic.
Even if you're really careful, there's always a chance a pickpocket may grab your wallet. So, you should never put thousands of bills and all your bank cards in it. Don’t give thieves a reason to celebrate.
Just bring what you need for the day. Use a money belt if you have to carry a ton of cash.
Here's another tip — don't keep your IDs in your wallet. They're a headache to replace. If your wallet does get swiped, at least you'll have these intact.
While we’re on the subject of cash and stolen wallets, it’s crucial to include spare bills in your EDC. You don’t need a lot, just enough for situations like your car running out of gas or you needing to pay for your bus or taxi home.
You can stash your backup cash in several places, including:
- Inside a sanitary pad or tampon applicator
- In your phone case
- A hairbrush with a secret hollow compartment
- Below your shoe insert (but store them in a plastic bag first)
Mini First Aid Kit
You don’t have to bring all the first-aid supplies you own every time you go out.
Yes, it’s good to be prepared but there’s a fine line between caution and overkill.
Our advice is to just carry a mini first aid kit.
Narrow your supplies down to the most essential — if you’re more accident-prone than the average Jane, have little kids, or live with a medical condition, then factor those in.
Here are some basic supplies to add to your mini first aid kit:
- Adhesive bandages
- Antiseptic wipes
- Medical tape
- Small scissors
- Your prescription meds
Ingrown nails. Your kid’s broken toy. An unplanned road trip. Being locked out of the house.
You know what can take care of all these problems? A multitool.
Multitools are generally compact and have scissors, bottle openers, tweezers, screwdrivers, and pliers in one gizmo. They’re perfect for emergencies you might face on the go. You can even use a couple of the tools to fend off anyone who tries to hurt you.
If you wanna more space, though, get this wallet multitool by TAC9ER. It’s small enough to fit your back pocket.
Your cellphone is like an extension of your body. Leave it behind when you rush to make it on time for work, and you’ll feel its loss for the rest of the day.
That tiny device comes in handy for almost everything — messaging your kids about their whereabouts, checking the map when you’re in an unfamiliar location, and alerting 911 about an accident you just witnessed.
Plus, you can read ebooks or play a few games on your phone when you need to pass the time.
Losing your cellphone would be horrible, so keep its GPS on to help you track where it is. You also need to set up an ICE (in case of emergency) number. If worse comes to worst, this will help the EMS call your emergency contact right away.
There are also apps that can help you if you’re ever in danger, like:
- bSafe: This nifty app allows a group of trusted people to see your location through GPS. It also doubles as an emergency alarm. If you hit it, it will give your location to your contacts and record both audio and video from your phone.
- Noonlight: Use this app if you’re feeling unsafe or need urgent help. You just need to press and hold the button. Then release it and enter your pin when you reach safety. If you get into some form of trouble, release the button and don’t enter your pin. Emergency help will come your way.
- One Scream: Activate this app's location feature before you leave your house. Should something bad happen, scream. The app will then notify the folks you listed previously.
What good will your phone be if it’s dead? Bring a power bank in case it runs out of juice.
This one doubles as a charger and power bank, so you won’t ever have to worry about your phone dying on you (unless the grid goes down or an EMP attack hits and you don’t have a Faraday cage lying around).
Remember when you were growing up and your mom always told you to carry a fire starter wherever you go?
Fine, maybe she didn’t, but it’s still solid prepping advice.
You never know when you’ll need some flames to boil water, cook food, or keep you warm at night. You can carry a ferro rod, but if you don’t wanna attract attention, we suggest going for a BIC lighter or waterproof matches instead.
While your smartphone has a built-in flashlight, you want to conserve its battery for other things. Use a tac light instead to help you see in the dark. Unlike regular flashlights, a tactical flashlight is brighter, sturdier, and also great at disorienting bad guys.
A bandana doesn’t just keep hair out of your face. You can also use it to:
- Make a tourniquet
- Signal for rescue
- Filter water
- Protect your lungs from air pollution
Who doesn’t want to feel fresh and clean? Add a hygiene kit to your EDC so that you’ll be ready for some serious hygiene emergencies.
At the very least, it should have:
- Extra pads or tampons
- Wet wipes
- Hand sanitizer
Some people bring a sewing kit with them in case of wardrobe malfunctions. But if that’s too much for you, keep a few safety pins in your EDC instead.
They’ll help your torn skirt stay together until you go home. Plus, they help with removing splinters and holding your keys.
You can even use a safety pin to protect yourself from attackers. Poking them with its sharp edge will make them wince and give you time to escape.
Chapstick isn't just a cure for chapped lips. Did you know that you can also use it for stubborn zippers, patching holes, and preventing blisters? Here’s an article on lip balm’s survival uses if you don’t believe us.
You know what sucks about being a woman? The fear that always creeps up when you head to your car in a nearly empty garage, walk alone on a dark road, or hear catcalls from slimy men.
But you can do several things to help you feel safer as you commute to and from work or have a night out with friends. You can take some self-defense classes and carry these non-lethal weapons in your bag:
- Pepper spray
- Tactical pen
- Personal alarm
Other Supplies to Consider
Still got room for a few more things? You may also want to include these in your EDC:
- Sunblock, shades, and a hat (for summer)
- Socks and gloves (for winter)
- Small notebook with pencil
- USB with copies of your important documents
- Rubber bands
- Nail clippers
- Tide stain remover pen
Women regularly face things that most men don’t experience in their lifetimes.
They have monthly periods, carry babies for 9 months, and get taken advantage of by folks twice their size.
Yep, it’s a scary world for women of all ages. But while you can’t control the environment or people around you, having an EDC kit can give you some form of control over small inconveniences and more serious threats.
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