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Women’s Emergency Kit Essentials

Updated: May 3, 2021

Many women carry a purse when they leave their home. It usually contains essentials they know they may need. An emergency kit ought to contain these same items. Women have specific needs that are not met by basic emergency kits. Men can also improvise with these same items or include them to help a woman in need. Think of the many ways you could use each everyday item listed below in an emergency:

  • Chapstick

  • Hand sanitizer

  • Elastic hair ties

  • Bobby Pins

  • Compact makeup mirror

  • Tampons

  • Maxi Pads

  • Lotion (Corn Huskers)

Chapstick - Chapstick is basically a tube of wax. There are many uses for chapstick:

  • Lip balm

  • Chapped hands

  • Keep foreign matter out of a wound.

  • Keep infection away from sores.

  • As a fire starter, pull cotton off the tip of the q-tip, fluff it out, take a bit of the chapstick and rub it into the fibers, then use a lighter and touch it to the cotton. The wax makes the cotton burn longer. You can also use the juniper tree bark and rub the wax into it. Put the other end of the q-tip into the top of the chapstick and it will burn quite a while as you turn the canister. The longer your makeshift lighter works, the more likely you will be able to get a real fire going. It can also serve as a makeshift birthday candle.

  • Chapstick can lubricate wire threads like on a flashlight and can make it more waterproof.

  • It can protect steel knives and keeps them from rusting.

  • It helps with friction when using tools like a grip or vice - smooths it out.

  • It helps with anything that needs lubrication.

  • Reading glasses - smear onto glass; the layer of chapstick can then be polished and keeping it from fogging up.

  • Lubricate zippers by rubbing chapstick over the zipper, running it back and forth, and it will be in better condition and longer lasting.

  • Leather - protects it and helps make it more water-resistant - same for canvas.

  • Can remove a ring from off the finger quickly

  • Old drawers or windows - helps them open and close.

  • A pinprick in a tent can be helped by rubbing some chapstick onto it.

  • You can use a chapstick canister to hide money (stash)

  • Corrosion on car batteries

  • Relieves pain on feet from blisters. Same for nose sores

  • Keep eyes from getting too much sun - rub under your eyes.

Hand Sanitizer - many uses since it typically contains alcohol

  • Removes clothes stains

  • Fire starting aid

  • Emergency deodorant

  • Clean smartphone and computer keyboard

Elastic Hair Ties - basically an elastic version of paracord

  • Tightly close bags

  • Cordage

  • Money clip

  • Secure candles

  • Makes waistbands looser

  • Tie-dye fabrics

  • Cord tamer

  • Mark drinking glasses

  • Keep sleeves up

  • Sock saver

  • Bookmarker

Compact Makeup Mirror

  • Signaling - Morse code

  • Firestarter

  • See behind you

  • Store things inside

Bobby Pins

  • Picking locks

  • Money clip

  • Zipper head

  • Keep survival food fresh

Tampons - one of the most versatile items women carry

  • Gunshot wounds

  • Filters large sediment from water

  • Fire kindling

  • Dressing for a wound

  • Apply sunscreen

  • Earplugs

  • Toothbrush

  • Add a little eucalyptus oil on a tampon and stick it up the nose

  • Sachet to clean bag smelling clean

  • Use to filter water

Maxi Pads

  • Kindling

  • Wound dressing

  • Extra padding

  • Utilize tape side

  • Sleep mask

  • Puffy eyes

  • Underarm to protect clothes

  • Soothe tired eyes - put in the freezer

  • Temporary slippers - one on the bottom of the foot and another across the top.

  • Remove makeup with micellar water.

Corn Huskers Lotion - an essential part of emergency kit

  • Chapped, cracked, and irritated skin

  • Prevents trench foot

These are just a few uses for women’s essential purse items. Comment below on other ways you've used everyday items for emergencies.

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