When SHTF strikes, a systematic getaway is what we need the most. When you have to get out of danger quickly, the gear you may find yourself depending on has to be up to the task. This article is intended to be a focus on the best doomsday gear for female preppers, conceived and developed from a female perspective.
Before we get into the actual recommendations on gear for female preppers, we should back up and look at what we are trying to do. Being prepared consists of several factors:
- Having a rational and focused mindset
- Building an efficient and pragmatic attitude
- Learning and mastering new skills
- Obtaining appropriate survival gear and becoming proficient with its implementation
- Diversity in your group – Not race, but skills, expertise, personal inclinations, and duties necessary for survival
- Thinking through the potential threats you could face and work on a more detailed plan
Being caught off guard by poorly developed survival skills as well as untested gear is such an inexcusable mistake.
The weight of knowledge
Knowledge is not only related to the expertise you gained in the field in learning how to start a fire, to build a long-term shelter, and so on. In fact, knowledge stands also for the features (and issues) related to the gear you should have carefully selected and put inside your Bug Out Bag. And I mean, every single part of it.
In fact, without an accurate apprehension of all the characteristics, you simply cannot claim that it is 100% reliable. In few words, if you rely on it, this means it could literally save your and/or your beloved ones’ life.
The concept of reliability cannot be separated from other important aspects like durability, adaptability, and resistance. For this reason, being informed on all the characteristics of a blade, for example, can help you in figuring out if a particular tool really deserves to be picked up from the market and being part of your Doomsday gear. We will cover soon all these aspects.
Knowledge, in terms of being informed as well as being able to do things, weights nothing.
Don’t forget to put it in your gear!
Being a woman surely means having different needs than men, but not different survival priorities. Food, water, a safe Bug Out location, and the means to reach (and to defend it) stand as the very basis in a worst-case scenario.
By saying that, the selection of your gear should address the very essential priorities of every human being. To pursue that, get all the unnecessary gear items off your mind and start to think in a primordial way. There are a lot of things that if you stock up on them, could make your life better in a grid-down scenario but they won’t help you survive. These priorities have to be fleshed out first.
No one will do that for you.
Establishing priorities does not mean giving up on our femininity, not at all. Taking care of ourselves is still something that we, women, can (and must!) do after a possible apocalyptic event.
Assessing essential features in your gear for female preppers
What do you look for in your Doomsday gear?
Generally speaking, good gear should have the following attributes:
Let’s say that you are already in possession of some good survival items you have evaluated on the field and they answered the topics covered above.
In this case, you can actually consider purchasing a second item for redundancy. Same model, same brand. What worked for you on other occasions, could serve you well in an apocalyptic scenario too. Look for any manufacturing defects, and don’t forget to pay a lot of attention.
One mind, one body, one gear
Selecting and testing the best Doomsday gear should involve three different phases.
Do your gear research on the web before purchasing
Making several types of research on the web is obviously the most important starting point. A Female Prepper cannot jump into the first website which suggests a list of items, drop down a list, and go to Cabela’s to purchase them in one fell swoop. This sounds like a prelude to a guaranteed disaster. Instead, consulting various websites, reading articles, watching videos, and asking for advice from people you really trust is the best way to go.
Purchase quality without breaking the bank
There are a million examples of cheap survival items out there and I’m sure you have all seen at least one. The amount of money you should be willing to part with in some cases should be weighed by the importance of the item you are considering.
Take survival knives for example. You can get a knife for less than $25 and you can also pay upwards of $500. There are thousands of options in between, but the absolute cheapest items, with obvious shortcomings in terms of reliability and durability, should be avoided like the plague.
Sure, they may work for a while, but at a certain point, you will surely regret having wasted your money in purchasing them. Focus on the real value of the gear you are purchasing in a survival situation, not on the remote possibility you have to use them.
Test your gear
Once you bought your gear, don’t forget to test every piece of it. As I mention in the first part of this article, you can dedicate one day to test a knife, another to ax, another one in setting and dismantling a tarp. Do it several times, in different physical and mental conditions, and with various climatic and weather conditions.
Your gear should become an extension of your body, so be sure you are really able to handle it in the proper way. An over-sized knife, for example, could be a threatening tool in case of aggression, but are you 100% sure you will be able to control it when the time comes?
Ask yourself this simple question and take your time on the field to see if your gear is good enough for you and vice versa.
Learn how to take care of your gear
Learning how to properly maintain your gear is one of the most important duties of both Male and Female Preppers. Take extreme care in selecting the place where you store your gear: excessive heat or humidity can soon damage some items quickly. Actually that should factor into your gear selection also.
Check it periodically, and clean it after every test you make. Your gear should be serviced and ready to go when you need it. You don’t want to run out of the house with rusty, dirty, or missing items in your survival kit. Think of your survival medical supplies, these should not be depleted at all when you need them.
The concept of πολυτροπία
This Ancient Greek word stands for something which has several functions. Specifically in the case of Doomsday events, owning a tool that has different functions means relying on an item that has a lot of benefits.
Think about the common example of storing some tampons along with your gear. Being made of cotton, they are an excellent tinder to start a fire, or they can be used to stop a bleed too. Just shove them in the hole. When setting your Doomsday gear, don’t forget to consider how many functions a single item can have. The more versatility your items have in terms of saving your life, the more it deserves to be inside your Bug Out Bag.
Selection of the best apocalypse Gear for Female Preppers
This is obviously my personal choice of tested gear. You have to use the techniques above to find the best survival gear for your needs.
Wander Tactical Knives are surely one of the top options for survival knives on the markets in terms of durability, efficiency in cutting, chopping, batoning, and defending yourself from potential aggression by predators.
- Full tang heavy duty field knife suited for camping chores.
- Made in Olean New York, U.S.A
- Designed by Ethan Becker
- Manufactured by KA-BAR Knives Inc.
- Comes with a hard shell black nylon sheath.
Winkler Combat Axe is perfect for female handling, without losing kudos in performances.
Leatherman Wave is definitely a must-have multitool which includes knife blades, screwdriver, scissors, saw blades, pliers, bottle opener, file, wire stripper, and cutter.
Chris Reeve Sebenza fits perfectly a female hand. And it can be stored in a pocket.
NapSack Hammock Tarp with Zip Closure Doors It is made of 40D 260T Ripstop Nylon with one side PU Coated and the other Silicon and it is extremely light to carry.
NapSack Trekker Plus Hammock provided in a tiny bag, this hammock can be combined with the tarp, offering the best insulation and coverage.
Carinthia Survival One Sleeping Bag is my personal choice for sleeping outside on temperatures hitting severe standards.
Zulupack Smart Tube 40 L helps me to keep food dry and off from humidity.
- RELIABLE PROTECTION: We believe our earth pak dry bags are the best out there--bar none. These dry bags are meant to last for years and provide waterproof protection for even the most rugged users.
- SHOULDER STRAP: 10L & 20L dry bags come with a 24-42 Inch single shoulder strap. 30L, 40L, and 55L waterproof backpacks are equipped with backpack style shoulder straps that also come with a sternum strap for added stability. Our new 55L also comes equipped with a heavy duty waist-belt, which relieves added pressure and helps support your load.
- IPX8 CERTIFIED WATERPROOF PHONE CASE: We have included our IPX8 Certified 6.5 Inch waterproof phone case that will fit even the largest of phones. This case features a very simple snap and lock access that has dual-sided clear windows that allow to take pictures while still inside the case. Suitable for phones up to 6.5 Inches of diagonal screen size.
- IDEAL FOR TRAVEL: Our water bag is very lightweight and compact making it an essential dry bag for all your travel plans. Easy to fold and pack tight in any sized luggage!
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Powertraveller Tactical Extreme works with a solar panel and it allows me to recharge different devices at the same time.
- 25000mAh High Capacity: With its high capacity Lithium polymer battery, this charger has 9 charges for iPhone 8, around 8 charges for S6 and at least 2 charges for tablet, ideal for long trips.
- Large Solar Panels: 4 foldable solar panels captures solar energy almost equivalent to an ordinary 5W wall charger, the max solar charging speed is 6W solar power and 1A current under direct sunlight.
- Dual 2.1A USB: The solar phone charger can charge two devices simultaneously. A 2000mAh phone can be fully charged in 1-1.3 hours and a tablets is about 2 to 3 hours.
- Waterproof and Practical: It has a waterproof cover, built-in bright LED light with 3 modes (Steady-SOS-Strobe), perfect for camping, hiking and more outdoor activities.
- What You Get: 1× 25000mAh solar charger, 1× micro-USB cable and 1× user manual. Make sure your smart devices keep powered all the time!
Due to the strict legislation in Europe, I do not have a personal self-defensive weapon. Anyway, I still can count on the ax and the knife. For those of you in the states, there are plenty of recommended firearm options.
It consists of several Ferro rods, different tins containing birch tinder, char cloth, fatwood, cotton, tampons, wax, windproof matches, and so on.
I use an Esbit Stove with solid fuel tablets. No smell, no big fire, easy to store.
As Meals ready to go my choice goes to Adventure Menu and their sterilized meals ready to eat as well as lightweight vacuum-dried meals. I have also several packages of Bivo, a meal replacement gluten-free made of oat flour, pea protein, vegetable fiber (natural prebiotic, from chicory), coconut oil, rice protein, linseed, borage oil. By adding some water, I can also make some bread out of it!
GRAYL Geopress is one of the best water purifying devices on the market. Grayl removes all pathogens: Viruses, bacteria, and protozoa – from any freshwater source on Earth. It filters pesticides, chemicals, heavy metals, and microplastics and improves taste.
- PURIFY WATER ANYWHERE: Make sketchy water safe and clean to drink. Ideal for outdoor adventures (hiking, camping, backpacking, fishing, hunting, bushcraft), global travel, and survival situations. Simply – Fill. Press. Drink!
- REMOVES ALL PATHOGENS: Viruses (e.g. rotavirus, norovirus, hepatitis A), bacteria (e.g. E. Coli, salmonella, dysentery), and protozoa (e.g. giardia, cryptosporidium, amoebae).
- FILTERS & CLEANS: Particulates (e.g. sediment, silt, microplastics), many chemicals (e.g. chlorine, benzene, chloroform), and heavy metals (e.g. lead, arsenic, chromium); Improves taste, smell, and clarity.
- UNRIVALED SPEED & EASE: Purifies 24 oz (710ml) of water. Requires no setup time, pumps, hoses, sucking straws, batteries, chemicals, or prolonged waiting. Effortlessly purify from any spigot, hotel sink, murky river, lake, or well.
- EMERGENCY PREPARATION: Equipped with replaceable purifier cartridge good for 65 gallons (250L). Perfect for home or car prep kit so you are ready for any natural disaster, water emergency, or survival situation.
Being prepared is a state of mind, no doubts about that. Be ready involves not only your mental attitude but the status of your gear too. Quoting a popular motto, take care of it, and it will take care of you.