Looking for a personal safety device? Check out this review of She’s Birdie, a small yet powerful safety alarm.

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As a seasoned solo traveler with over two decades of exploration under my belt, I’ve learned that personal safety is paramount — especially when embarking on adventures in unfamiliar territories, even in your own city.

Throughout my journeys, I’ve encountered a few situations when I only had myself to rely on to get out of harm’s way. Thankfully, things never got more dangerous than my feeling mildly uncomfortable.

Back then, I never carried any kind of protective device with me, even though I was given pepper foam my freshman year of college (on a first date on Valentine’s Day… but that’s a tale for another time). I just never felt comfortable carrying the pepper foam because I was nervous about laws pertaining to concealed weapons, issues when crossing state lines, and TSA flight carry-on restrictions.

The writer traveling in Banff, Canada. Photo courtesy of Jen Hammel.
The writer traveling in Banff, Canada. Photo courtesy of Jen Hammel.

Even though it was pepper foam instead of pepper spray, I was nervous about blinding myself with the dang thing. It caused me far more anxiety than peace.

Fast forward to 2022 when I learned that things like personal safety alarms now existed.

I was gearing up for a two-month road trip through multiple states and a mix of cities that I really didn’t know all that much about in terms of safety.

Yes, I’d done my research and felt comfortable enough, but I also had people in my ear telling me to proceed with extreme caution and I was admittedly a little nervous about walking around late at night when my dog would need to go out for some potty relief (Trust me, she would have wanted to kiss any attacker who approached instead of defending me and would have been zero safety help on this trip).

I wanted to bolster my safety measures, and so I searched Amazon for “women’s safety devices.”

I initially ordered another brand, however, when I got it in hand and actually put it to the test, it was not nearly loud enough.

I sent it back and dove back into Amazon’s list of recommended products and realized that I recognized a brand name. I couldn’t recall how I’d become aware of She’s Birdie, but I decided that even though it looked like the other alarm I had just tried, I was going to take a chance on it.

I am so grateful that I had time to purchase She’s Birdie before I hit the road. From the moment I attached my Birdie securely to my bag, I felt a newfound sense of assurance. This tiny little device was powerful, and delivered a piercingly loud alarm plus a strobe light that demanded attention. I felt like I had a successful tool to easily and effectively deter potential threats from both harming me or snatching my possessions.

From the moment I attached my Birdie securely to my bag, I felt a newfound sense of assurance.

Jen Hammel

Original Birdie Specs:

  • 130dB siren with strobe light
  • Easy pull-pin activation
  • Replaceable batteries that can last up to 40 continual minutes
  • Lightweight: 2.08 ounces
  • Dimensions: 3.5” x 1.25” x 0.5”
  • Solid brass keychain
  • TSA Approved
  • Affordable price point

New Birdie+ Specs:

  • Same specs as the original, plus…
  • Optional membership subscription allowing:
    • Access to a 24/7 representative with two easy clicks
    • Fake Call with one-tap allowing you an easy-out excuse to leave
    • Contact your emergency contacts with a three-second long press

How It Works:

The Birdie can be worn on your person while hooked to a belt loop, or can clip to a bag for easy accessibility. Photos by Jen Hammel.
The Birdie can be worn on your person while hooked to a belt loop, or can clip to a bag for easy accessibility. Photos by Jen Hammel.

She’s Birdie easily attaches to your purse, belt loop, or backpack, or it can be held in your hand. All you need to do is pull the top and bottom sections apart, which detaches an internal pin, and it immediately delivers the siren and strobe light alarm system. To silence the alarm, just push the two halves back together. Additionally, She’s Birdie just launched their new Birdie+, which allows you the option for monthly subscription where you get the additional live features with different click and hold sequences.


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Beyond the safety aspects of the Birdie, I was pleased to learn of its origins.

Crafted by Amy Ferber & Ali Peters, two travel-loving sisters, this personal alarm is designed by women, for women — a testament to the power of female ingenuity and solidarity. They even donate 5% of profits to partner organizations that support women’s safety, shelter, and health!

I wholeheartedly endorse She’s Birdie as a must-have companion for solo travelers, adventurers, and anyone seeking an extra layer of protection in an uncertain world. By equipping yourself with this innovative tool, you take proactive steps towards safeguarding your well-being. In a world where one in three women is assaulted in her lifetime, safety concerns can often overshadow the joys of exploration. She’s Birdie offers a beacon of reassurance and peace of mind allowing us to wander to our heart’s desire.

To purchase your own Birdie, click here and be sure to use the coupon code JENSADVENTURE15 to get 15% off your order (and you can apply this on top of any website bundle savings!).