A go bag (also known as a emergency bag, bugout bags, grab and go bag) usually have the following: thermal blankets, fire sticks, tarp, shelter, poncho, Swiss Army knife, clothing, food, water filter, etc. Some other important items to bring are your passport, cash, and immunization card. Another thing most people need to keep in mind is that a bugout bag’s contents (depending on the need or disaster) should last at least 72 hours. And finally, it is important to have items that best suit you and your needs, not items that you do not know how to use and end increasing the weight of your go bag unnecessarily.
Even though these are the typical items and things to consider for any go bag, there are some key differences when it comes to who is carrying the bag. These bags for men and women can vary from the typical items mentioned above. Typically, women’s go bags need to factor in their skills, overall experience, footwear, clothing, dietary preferences, and various general equipment that men may not necessarily need.
Weight of Your Pack
It is a good idea to be aware of how much weight you can physically carry over long distances. A good rule of thumb for women is to have a bag that is ¼ their own weight. Also, filling your bag to its maximum weight is discouraged. Ultimately, keep in mind your own ability and physical fitness for packing your go bag.
This should be the first concern for women. It is important to keep in mind that a good majority of boots sold are based on male fit and sizes. So, be sure to look for a good brand such as Merrell that sells boots geared toward women. But, if you don’t have a choice and have to choose a brand that only sells male boots, there are lacing techniques that can give you a better fit, or you can have customized insoles made better comfort. I wrote an article last month on shopping for women’s boots in a man’s world – check it out here.
Finally, whichever boots you decide buy, make sure the boots have been broken in prior to wearing, or look for boots that do not require a break-in period. If not, you will run into problems such as blisters and various other issues.
While clothes and footwear are extremely important, food is essential to anyone’s survival. Generally, women need fewer calories compared to men based on factors such as age, muscle mass, metabolism, and weight. Also, it is important to keep in mind that exercise impacts both genders differently. For example, after a hard workout (such as climbing a rocky terrain or walking for long distances) women need to take in 25 – 30 milligrams of protein 30 minutes after. Men only need 20 – 25 milligrams of protein 2 hours after.
Lastly, there is some miscellaneous remaining equipment that women need to pack in their grab and go bag that won’t make it into a man’s bag:
- Tactical equipment: a lot of tactical equipment for women is colored pink. Some may think this is “too girly,” but the truth is a piece of pink equipment is a lot easier to see than black or dark green. This is especially key during an accident or emergency because the pink equipment could be easily seen by others.
- Hydration: hydration is another thing women need to consider. Women and men’s hydration requirements are vastly different, especially when thinking about women’s premenstrual and menstrual cycles. During these times, women lose up to 8% of their plasma levels and experience a huge influx of progesterone (a hormone that can make women lose total body sodium). Therefore, women need to hydrate with liquids that contain sodium and potassium to keep these levels stable.
- Feminine hygiene products: women need different hygiene products that aren’t used by men. Commonly, they typically need to carry hygienic products for their menstrual cycle, such as pads and tampons. Another important item that women may want to consider is the Feminine Urination Device. This device allows women to be able to relieve themselves anywhere without any issues.
In the end, your skills, experience, and personal preferences and needs are important to consider for your go bag. Make sure to only take the equipment that you have the skills to use and the ability to carry in any given situation or disaster.
Disclaimer: The content in this article is the opinion of the writer and does not necessarily reflect the policies or opinions of US Patriot Tactical.