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