4 Tips for Staying Safe when You Can’t Carry

1 in 3 women will be assaulted during their lifetime - that means over 7.5 million of us are at risk every single day. We know not everyone feels comfortable or confident carrying lethal protection, and even if you do, you can’t carry everywhere. Relying solely on a single form of personal protection is not enough, and it’s wise to be prepared for any situation. Here are our favorite safety tips for staying safe when we can’t carry.

1. Carry non-lethal protection

When we can’t carry a firearm, the next best thing is non-lethal personal protection, like pepper spray, a taser or tactical pen. Like your firearm, it’s important to practice with your defense weapon of choice. Never carry any sort of personal protection you aren’t 100% comfortable with using.

2. Staying safe on the trail

Our founder, Ashley, is an avid runner and runs solo most of the time. While we love a good pair of concealed carry leggings, it's not always practical or safe to carry when working out. Instead, she grabs the Mace® handheld stunner. When used in conjunction with basic self-defense training, it becomes a power tool that gives you time to get away. We also recommend using a personal alarm and sharing your route with friends and family. Exercising with friends is also a great way to stay safe - attackers usually avoid groups.

3. Take self-defense classes

We think everyone should take a self-defense class. It’s like being CPR certified - you hope you never need it, but it could mean the difference between life and death. From free one-time classes to advanced defense training, there’s something for everyone at every skill level and price point. We recommend taking on-going classes as part of your regular workout routine, but a one-time free class is still worth your time. If you’re a mom, consider signing your kids up for self-defense classes, too.

4. Follow basic safety protocols

Basic safety tips that we’ve all heard a million times really do matter. Be smart when you’re out and about, whether you’re carrying or not by

  • Being aware of your surroundings.
  • Carrying a personal alarm.
  • Checking in with friends and family - share where you’ll be and when you should be back.
  • Share your location with someone you trust.
  • Know how to use emergency services on your phone.
  • When in doubt, get out.


Our goal is to empower women to safely and confidently handle whatever life throws their way, and that includes helping women stay safe when they can’t carry. Our concealed carry bags are designed to carry more than just a handgun - they also work well for tasers, mace, stunners or personal alarms. Stay safe, ladies.