Time for another haul of great prepper to prepper survival tips. This time, though, the ladies are in the spotlight: the moms, wives, and daughters that make the survival world go round. Here are some fantastic pieces of advice just for you, from hair to aprons to car repairs.
Lisa S: “I’d say the top of my list would be setting yourself up to have a safe and healthy pregnancy and unassisted childbirth if need be. What to do with limited resources or how to ensure you (or women around you) get enough adequate nutrition. What to do if no ones around during birth, cord care, warning signs. Also postpartum care of mom and baby, nursing, blood loss.”
Cindy B: “Aprons….1/2 Aprons, long aprons, heavy duty aprons. Aprons with pockets. Aprons to gather veggies and herbs. A girl can never have enough aprons. The colorful ones will perk up your spirit. Hair….scarves, hats or caps, rubber bands, head wraps.
Keeping your head covered will help on keeping it clean longer…because of lack of water.
Scissors to cut your own hair.”
Brighid U: “Since menstrual cups do not work for all of us, reusable pads are an amazing alternative. Simple to sew and easy to clean. Sewing in itself is a skill not just women but everyone should have also.”
Olivia added: “Totally agree! I have never been able to use tampons or menstrual cups…so uncomfortable. I use reusable cloth pads from Naturally Cozy. Really cute little online family business that makes good products. I recommend owning enough pads to see you through at least 3 days. That way you’re not having to constantly wash them so you don’t run out!”
Niesa F: “Diva cups, sea sponge or cloth pads with a wet bag. Self-defense training with hand to hand, knife and firearms. Learn general self-sufficiency from natural plant for food and medicine to sewing and hunting, butchering, tanning etc. Nothing to lose on you that can be grabbed easily. Keep your hair neat and controlled. Braided or such. Invest in a good sports bra and comfy undies. POCKETS. A gun that fits your hands. (Seriously, I have small hands, only one handgun so far fits me!!) A pstyle, she wee or something of the like that allows you to pee standing up without stripping off your layers.”
Mandy L: “Become a beekeeper! You will have a rare source of sugar, wax for countless purposes and they will make your garden bigger and better through pollination.”
Mike K: “I grow sage, started out for my wife, now she supplies half the neighborhood women over 50 who suffer night sweats…my wife takes 4-6 large unblemished sage leaves, boils water and pours it over the leaves, she lets it steep for 10 -15 minutes, then removes the leaves and allows the tea to cool, once cool she puts it in the refrigerator to chill and drinks it down that night. Sometimes depending on her mood, and the time of year (the sage leaves develop a stronger taste as the year goes on), she will add stevia, or honey while the tea is still hot. Sorry, I can’t tell from personal experience how it works, but as I said earlier, not only does she use it, her friends all come to the neighborhood sage supplier as well.”
Della Sheryl M: “Learning to sew on a treadle sewing machine. Trying to find an old sewing machine would be the problem. Getting the needles for them and the other stuff that goes along with it.”
Shelly P added: “You can still buy non-electric sewing machines through Lehman’s, who outfit most of the Amish homes. You can find them online.”
Lowdermilk J: “Learn as much as you can about the vehicles you own. Basic mechanical information, for example, type of coolant and how to fix repairs and figure out the source of a problem, etc. Putting in a new headlight isn’t as complex as a person might think. Iknow we can be somewhat limited by not having the muscle strength of men, but there is so much peace of mind that this skill provides. Also, even if it is just basic stuff know metric vs. inch, hex tools and how to open, close and maintain household items that require tools.”
Edena P: “Getting used to living in a sports bra or similar support. I know my pretty everyday bras don’t last long before they get a hole or start to hurt my shoulders. Sports bras last wayyy longer.”
Tuvalu C A: “UTI meds–over the counter or prescription. Same with over the counter yeast infection treatment. Granted- this issue only pops up a few times a year – if that – but when it does? Yowzers! Must have! Especially with an altered laundry routine, and possible dehydration while adapting to freeze-dried or dehydrated foods, this can mess with your business!”
What other survival tips for the ladies do you have? Share with us in the comments below!