You May be More Prepared than You Think

By Suzanne Wiley published on in Camping & Survival

Don’t consider yourself a prepper? You might just be more prepared than you think. Quite a while ago in’s Survival and Preparedness forum, we started a topic about everyday items that could possibly save your life. I suspect surprise from readers by Survivalist Bear Grylls’ suggestions of typical items found in a women’s purse that could come in handy during an emergency. The following list includes some common items women carry in their purses, including a few extra odds and ends from my own purse that will come in handy during an emergency.

It might surprise you that the every day items you carry will help in a survival situation.

It might surprise you that the every day items you carry will help in a survival situation.



  • Hold and gather water
  • Crude water filter


Mint Tin


  • Signaling

Dental Floss

  • Fishing line
  • String for making shelter or fixing things

Paper Clip

  • Fishing hook
  • Splint for fingers and toes
  • Threading tool


Elastic Hair Tie

  • Sling shot cord
  • Secure and tie things together
  • Tourniquet


  • Patch tires
  • Fish bait

Tea Tree Oil Stick

  • Antiseptic
  • Rub on chest for cough
  • Alleviate bug bites

Can Koozie

  • Splint cushion
  • Wound cover
  • Makeshift glove


String Doll

  • String

Other Miscellaneous Items that will Come in Handy During an Emergency

What do you have in your purse that you can use in a pinch during an emergency?


Introduced to shooting at young age by her older brother, Suzanne Wiley took to the shooting sports and developed a deep love for it over the years. Today, she enjoys plinking with her S&W M&P 15-22, loves revolvers, the 1911, short-barreled AR-15s, and shooting full auto when she gets the chance. Suzanne specializes in writing for the female shooter, beginner shooter, and the modern-day prepper. Suzanne is a staff writer for Cheaper Than Dirt!

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