5 Must Have Self-Defense Tools

What’s in Your Womanly Self-Defense Toolbox?

With so many great self-defense tools available, it’s difficult to narrow this list to just five, but I must. In considering each item, I’ve taken into account purse/bag size. So, some of these are better suited for a “normal” size purse or bag versus a clutch purse (kind of useless, really, but I know all of us want to wear our fancy clothes once in a while and a bag would clash.)

  • A small, tactical flashlight. Check out the Securitylng 600. It’s reasonably priced and the reviews are good. A few things to note: You want something with a minimum of 60 lumens to temporarily blind someone. It needs to be small enough for everyday carry, be an LED, and ideally have some kind of waterproofing.
  • A multitool. I recently bought the Wallet Ninja for $5 at Wal-Mart. It’s an 18 in 1, multitool kit. It’s a flat piece of metal that can fit in your clutch.
  • A bobby pin. Watch this video by Jason Hanson. Damn things are pretty useful.
  • Mace. In my younger years, I carried this all the time. Thankfully, the only time I almost used it was when a dog came after me. I’m not sure why I ever took it out of my womanly toolbox. It might have been because I couldn’t travel on planes with it (at least not in my carry-on, which is what I frequently had.) Here’s a link to the TSA guidelines. And, here’s a video I found that’s includes some useful info.


  • A tactical pen. It works as an actual pen, too! I’ve researched a few different tactical pens and this one made my short list.

When you’re thinking about self-defense, remember that almost anything can be used, including your purse or bag. I once had a small, brass purse with a chain strap. I got it in Cincinnati at a little Middle Eastern shop. Back in the day, that purse was always with me when I went out clubbing, or on a date.

Something like this

Something like this

Alright ladies, start packing your womanly toolbox! And, don’t leave home without it!


A bit large, but hey, if it works, use it!

A bit large, but hey, if it works, use it!


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About KMiller

Kori Miller began studying self-defense when she was 17 years old. Over the years, her formal practice has seen its ups and downs, but her desire to continue learning never has. She's trained in Tae Kwon Do, Shotokan Karate, and Hapkido. It is this last style that won her heart. Her philosophy is, "don't be there, but if you must, then protect yourself." Your personal safety starts with a healthy respect for situational awareness and using powerfully, positive body language. Kori is an author, speaker, and trainer.
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