10 Tips for Female Preppers

There are a lot of strong, competent female preppers out there.  But, let’s face it: most of the voices and advice in the prepping community comes from men.  So, I thought it was time that I address prepping from a woman’s viewpoint.  Here are my top 10 tips for female preppers!

1. Being a Woman Doesn’t Make You Inherently Weaker

As Skylar talks about in her article about the mindset of a single female prepper, there is a bias saying that women can only be competent if they become “Rambo-esque” or “one of the guys.”

There is no reason you should have to mimic the guys in order to be strong.  True, women might not have as much muscle mass or strength on average as men, but we have a lot of other strengths which can be exploited for survival.

If you want to be prepared as a female, then the first thing you need to do is get your mentality straight!  Do things your way and not the way the boys say you should.

2. Time to Upgrade Your Menstrual Hygiene

Okay, here’s a topic that no male prepper wants to talk about! We need to talk about menstrual health or we won’t be able to prepare for it.

One option is to stockpile tons of tampons or pads.  That means a lot of expense and a lot of space.  Instead, maybe it is time to get started with a menstrual cup.

A menstrual cup is a reusable silicon cup that is inserted into your vagina to collect blood.  It is proven to be safer than tampons (which come with a risk of Toxic Shock Syndrome) and works really well.  The best thing is that one menstrual cup lasts about 5 years!  The cup doesn’t take up much space either, so you just need one item for all of your menstrual hygiene preps.

3. Take a Self Defense Class

Females are often seen as easy targets because they are perceived as weak.  Show attackers that they are wrong by destroying them with a strong blow to the vagus nerve or a Krav Maga groin kick!  Make sure that the self defense class is specifically tailored to women.  You’ll probably make some new friends there too!

Recommended Reading: Quick and Dirty Self Defense

4. Practice Emergency Conditioning

This is something that all preppers should be doing, not just female preppers.  Emergency conditioning is a mental training technique in which you visualize a disaster situation in great detail.  The exercise helps trick your brain into thinking that you’ve already gone through the ordeal and you’ll better respond if it does occur.  You can read more about mental training techniques here.

5.  Put Some Boots in Your Get Home Bag

A Get Home Bag is similar to the Bug Out Bag.  However, the GHB is meant to help you get home during a disaster situation.  For example, if a disaster struck while you were at work, the GHB would have everything you need to get home quickly and safely.

If you often wear heels or dress shoes when out, then you better have some boots in your Get Home Bag!  Do you really want to run through rioting mobs or piles or burning rubble in your heels?

6. Get In Shape

Don’t wait until SHTF to get in shape!  Fitness isn’t just about being able to handle Bugging Out in the wilderness and all of the trekking you might have to do.  You’ll need to be fit to handle the stress which comes with a disaster, the lack of food (you can’t always rely on your food preps), and situations that might require strength such as hauling items you’ve scavenged or climbing over walls.  So start getting in shape now instead of later! Read more on prepper fitness.

7. Cut the Weight from Your Bug Out Bag

A backpacking rule is that your pack should not weigh more than 20% of your bodyweight.   So, if you weigh 140 pounds, your pack should not weigh more than 28 pounds.

Ideally, your Bug Out Bag should be even lighter.  The 20% rule is okay for avoiding back pain when trekking long distances, but it isn’t suitable for situations when you might have to run with your pack in disaster situations!  Read this post about how to cut weight from your Bug Out Bag.

8.  Learn to Be Alone

There are lots of single female preppers who live alone.  But there are also plenty of women who have never really been alone.  We women tend to be surrounded by our spouses, children, friends and coworkers.

Having a strong support network is important, but it is also important to learn to be by yourself.  Spending time alone actually one of the best ways to build mental toughness.  So start doing things by yourself – like planning a weekend getaway all by yourself!

9. Embrace Your Feminine Side

I love reading survival stories and one of the most shocking things that I heard was about how women survived the Siege of Sarajevo during the 4-year Bosnian War.  Whenever there was a bit of extra water or the electricity would go on, the women would go to the hair salon to beautify themselves.  They even held a beauty contest with the contestants holding a banner reading “Don’t Let Them Kill Us.”

Mental survival is just as important as physical survival.  So go ahead and stockpile something that makes you feel good as a woman.  Depending on your style, it might mean having a hairbrush in your Bug Out Bag or some stockpiles of your favorite face cream at home.

10. Meet Other Female Preppers

The prepper community can feel a lot like a Boys’ Club at times.  Aside from the occasional post about “survival uses for tampons” or something similar, you rarely hear prepping talked about from a female perspective.

This can be very isolating.  And when you feel isolated, you won’t get the encouragement and support you need to continue prepping.

I recommend reaching out to other female preppers.  See if there is a local preppers meeting in your area where you can meet other likeminded women or join our new female only Facebook group.

Are you a female prepper? What tips can you share with other women?  Let us know in the comments or join us in our new female only Facebook group!


Image credits

Diane Vukovic spent her childhood roaming the woods of upstate NY, making brush shelters, backpacking and orienteering.

Now she is the proud mother of two adventurous girls whom she takes wild camping and teaches survival skills and self-defense. Learn more about Diane here.

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  1. I am not only female but getting older (67). Physical fitness is a priority for me. I am former military so have self defense moves I practice. We trained in a coed company and saw each other’s strengths and weaknesses. More women were mentally tough to begin with than men. Yes, they usually have greater upper body strength but women have always had to think of away to accomplish things with out that strength so we do. We appeared to have a higher level of stamina at our own pace. So ladies don’t underestimate yourselves. P.S. if we are protecting our kids these abilities increase exponentially.

  2. Thanks so much for this! A note on diva cup- it does require rinsing which requires water, and doubly so bc you need cleanish hands to handle it without introducing infection… I would love to know indigenous methods- moss? Thoughts? I pack tampons which double as first aid for any bleeding esp nose bleed. Note: unless I’m
    Misinformed, TSS is only an issue bc of bleach in cotton- there are non-bleached cotton ones available, but space and waterproofing is still an issue…

  3. I’m a 61 year old retired widow living just outside Tucson with my Doberman, and I almost never find anything written about those of us in my age group and “social status”. It’s always geared toward men and families, but I’m sure there are people like me out there who would love more information about prepping and survival. I’m not ready for the “old folks home” anytime soon, yet anything written about “seniors” is centered around those that are really weak, frail, etc.
    I don’t plan on bugging out, as all my peeps and garden are here at home, and the only “threat” here in the desert might come from fire. Surely there are more like me out there.

  4. i am a 49 female i have just started prepping and getting things together.i have hunted with my dad i grew up on a farm. but i would like to get to know more ladies and what they are doing bugging in or out i have some medical knowledge and now trying to grow a herb garden i had to move back into an apartment i had been living total off grid for 12 years i miss it

  5. Im a single 52 year old female that just got the nerve up to make my jump into prepping and being self sustaining. I have 2 chickens i have raised from 2 days old. They just started laying. Yea. Im growing my first fall garden. And my 70 yr old mother is teaching me to can. Im really glad to see more female preppers in my age range. Thank you for this article. I see i have more to work on.

  6. MY 19 LAWS FOR LIVING WITH: PLANET-SAVING – EMISSION-FREE – POLLUTION-AVOIDING – NEAR-FREE – CLIMATE-CONSTANT – HAPPY-HEALTHY – MINIMUM-EFFORT – RE-INDUSTRIALISATION:
    1. DON’T GET ANYTHING THAT HAS ONLY 1 USE like plastic, newspapers, matches & mags for which my FREE Internet Library now has a big part; remaining mags & papers to Doctor’s etc waiting rooms – 2. ONLY ALLOW PLASTIC THAT CAN BE EASILY MELTED & FORMED INTO OTHER ITEMS – 3. DON’T MAKE OR BUY ANYTHING THAT HAS A SHORT LIFE, OR CAN’T EASILY BE RECYCLED, RESTORED, REUSED, REACTIVATED, REMODELLED, REDESIGNED, REHABILITATED, RECONDITIONED & RENEWED; avoid all PLANNED OBSOLESCENCE items – 4. BE VERY FRUGAL buy 2nd hand, garage sales; also MAKE, FIX & GROW or Find as much food as possible like our near zero-effort ¼ acre edible dwarf tree-food jungle including native-edibles + sea life; note from Brisbane to Melbourne we see about 1 food tree in only 10 total front gardens! – 5. OWN SOLAR-CHARGED VEHICLE; MY 1950S DACHSHUND-DOG HILL-ASSISTED LONG-DISTANCE CYCLING; USE PUBLIC TRANSPORT while carrying tiny 11kg folding micro scooter; HITCH-HIKE PICKUP ALL FIJI PRIVATE-VEHICLES INCLUDING TAXIS FOR ABOUT $2 = EMISSION-AVOIDING BUDGET BUS FARE; NO FLYING to AVOID disasters & gross pollution; SAIL BEST; – 6. OWN POWER LIKE SOLAR OR WIND ETC, including glassed-veranda house-heating – 7. PRESERVING in SUCH AS FRESHIELD VACUUM, OR WATER BAGS in the wind – 8. COOK SOLAR OR 1-STICK STOVE – 9. BIRTH CONTROL – 10. STOP MOST ALL TOTAL RADIATION – 11. OWN CLEAN WATER like rain tank, stream, clean well – 12. COMPOST TOILET saves water, SEPTIC TANK OR DOWN A HOLE – 13. FOOD & GARDEN SCRAPS TO COMPOST, MULCH OR BURY – 14. HOME 12-VOLT APPLIANCES WE MAKE, OR GET FROM CARAVAN, SURVIVAL, CAMPING OR BOAT SHOPS – 15. STAND ON LAUNDRY IN A BOWL WHILST SHOWERING – 16. NEVER SMOKE, DRINK, GAMBLE or DRUG – 17. SOLAR DESALINATION IS VITALLY NEEDED, AS IN PART OF S.AMERICA; VAST DESALINATION & PUMPING FOR THE WORLD’S DROUGHT AREAS IS THE JOB FOR A CHEAP NUCLEAR REACTOR, INCLUDING HEAT-EXCHANGERS, EVEN DISTRICT-HEATING – 18. PINE TREE MEALS – 19. A PARTNER GIVES PROVEN MORE HEALTH & HAPPINESS; OPTIMUM LOW COST FAMILY is when one partner works or has village business, the other helps family become highly self-sufficient. Swap jobs every 6 months or less! We are not rich because we have the most, but because we need the least… WE ENJOY ALL THE ABOVE IN TOTAL LUXURY at our healthy ages of 85 & 69, thriving on less than 5% pension!! ANY MORE SUGGESTIONS WELCOME?

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