How to Prepare, Prevent and Protect Yourself This Summer

safety tips for women

There is never a more important time to share safety tips for women than in the summertime. Summer means lots of beach days, music festivals, refreshing drinks on restaurant patios, and exploring new cities in the United States (or abroad).

Regardless of your summertime activities or where they are, it’s important to advocate for your personal safety, especially if you’re flying solo.

Here’s a few essential tips on how to Prepare, Prevent, and Protect yourself this summer.

1. Prepare: Know Where You’re Going

Before you head out to the hiking trails or drive to the beach, make sure you familiarize yourself with where you’re actually going. Identify the rest areas on your route, and know where the hotels, common roads, police station(s), public areas and transportation access points are in that area. 

Your phone is your biggest asset here. Pin these places in your maps app, so that you can easily find where you need to go. Think ahead in case you lose cell servicewrite down directions or bring a printed map with you.

Most importantly, make sure you tell a friend, family member, or roommate where you’re going and when you expect to return. This is extremely important, as in the case of anything unfortunate happening, at least one person knows where you should have been and how long you should have been gone. 

2. Prevent: Pack Light

When going out solo this summer, pack essentials only. Overpackers, read that line again. 

Here’s a list of some packing essentials:

  • drivers license or I.D.
  • limited amount of cash
  • credit card/debit card
  • water
  • sunscreen
  • self-defense device, such as pepper spray and/or a pocket knife

Why are we suggesting such a limited packing list? This is because the bulkier the bag, the easier it is for someone to pick-pocket or steal it entirely. 

Therefore, leave the expensive jewelry, extra clothes, important documents such as a passport or birth certificate (unless absolutely necessary) or expensive equipment at home. This is unless, of course, you can keep it on your person or packed in an anti-theft device. 

Additionally, you should bring a “dummy wallet” if you think you might be traveling to a high-risk area. A cheap wallet with a few bucks and some fake credit cards might just save your life if you’re confronted with a predator. 

Pro-tip: If you’re by yourself and have to momentarily leave your items unattended, disguise your items in something that someone wouldn’t think to steal; an empty sunscreen container, within the pages of a book, or even buried in the sand covered with a towel.

3. Protect: Walk the Walk and Talk the Talk

Even if you’re not completely sure where you are, walk with confidence. Head up, with your shoulders back and constantly scanning your surroundings.

If you can, walk among groups of people. Predators’ number one targets are individuals that are alone, distracted, and displaying vulnerability by looking down at their phone. If you’re lost, ask an individual who appears to be safe for directions or help (think a family or an older person). 

If you’re sipping on refreshing drinks on the restaurant patio, enjoy yourself! Just make sure you don’t over indulge, so that you can get yourself home safely and coherently. When using ride-share apps, make sure that you confirm your driver’s name, license plate number, and make/model of their vehicle. 

No matter how nice they seem, it’s best to remain cautious and not tell them that you’re traveling alone. Say you’re meeting your friend or parents, and don’t reveal any other details that may make a predator think they have a chance. 

Finally, we want to reassure you that it’s okay to be “rude.” As women, we’re conditioned to be nice and accommodating no matter what. However, if you don’t want to do something or feel a situation growing increasingly uncomfortable, being “rude” might turn off a potential predator from choosing you. 

Remember; you are your biggest safety advocate.

Prepare, Prevent and Protect Yourself This Summer

No matter where you go this summer, remember to know exactly where you’re going, pack only the essentials, and act confident in every situation. 

Take those photos, make new summer memories, and go on those once-in-a-lifetime adventures. However, make sure you follow these summer safety tips so that you can Prepare, Prevent, and Protect yourself this season—while still having fun!

If you’re ready to take charge of your own personal safety, contact us today! We offer customized training programs, both professional performance and personal coaching and consultancy to help you develop an empowered mindset.

On Key

Related Posts

campus safety tips

Campus Safety: Escaping the “Red Zone”

First-time college students rely on various campus safety tips to navigate their first year. The first few weeks of the fall semester consist of making new friends, navigating campus, staying on top of classes and trying to find downtime in between. During this time, college students typically experience stress over the new and unfamiliar surroundings.  While completely natural, these feelings can take focus away from staying vigilant in your personal safety. According to a 2016 study done by the Bureau

talking to your child about safety

Let’s Talk About Vigilance

We live in a scary world, but we don’t have to be scared.  Being vigilant means being careful, and in doing so we can protect ourselves and others from danger. Learning how to be vigilant is an important skill to master whether we think we are in a vulnerable situation or not.  Having a discussion with our children, young adults, and even college aged kids about the reality of the world we live in and teaching them vigilance and safety

how to walk with purpose

Walk Like You Always Know Where You’re Going—Even if You Don’t

Learning how to walk with purpose is extremely helpful in this day and age, even if you’re not sure where you’re going. Did you know that almost half of all women feel unsafe when walking alone after dark?  Whether you’re alone or with someone after dark, or in the middle of the day, these safety tips can help you in any situation where you feel unsafe.  How to Walk with Purpose: Confidence is Key Whenever you feel unsafe while walking,

safety tips for women

How to Prepare, Prevent and Protect Yourself This Summer

There is never a more important time to share safety tips for women than in the summertime. Summer means lots of beach days, music festivals, refreshing drinks on restaurant patios, and exploring new cities in the United States (or abroad). Regardless of your summertime activities or where they are, it’s important to advocate for your personal safety, especially if you’re flying solo. Here’s a few essential tips on how to Prepare, Prevent, and Protect yourself this summer. 1. Prepare: Know