I am writing a female character serving in the military. She is on a ten day mission into neutral/hostile territory: Five days to search out, five days to return. She is part of a ten man infantry squad with three vehicles in support. They saddle most of their gear on the vehicles. Their mission is to locate isolated pockets of civilians to secure until rear units can move up to evacuate them. She has field-stripped her load-out so that she only carries the following items on her person. These weights are estimates. Body: -Fatigues, 2lbs -Sweat soaking jumpsuit, 1lb -Boots, 5 lbs -Web gear with pouches for magazines -Body armor, 10 lbs -Weapon, 10lbs -240 rounds of 10mm rounds in magazines, 10lbs -Ballistic mask/helmet, 5lbs -Tarpaulin, 3lbs -Wireless transmitter with radio, 10 lbs -In small pack on back: -Microfibre sleeping bag in compression sack, 5lbs -Underwear, 1lbs -480 rounds of 10mm, 20 lbs -Cell phone, few oz -Oilskin notebook, few oz -Ointment, few oz -Assorted dehydrated food bars, 1 lbs I am wondering what sort of considerations a female would have to take to embark on a push like this. I want authenticity in my setting, which I usually try to provide from my own experiences hiking, working out, etc. I know what little areas will chafe, what parts of my foot will ache, what parts of gear would be the most cumbersome, and all the minutia to deal with these little pains. I am a male, however, and lack an understanding of the considerations a female would take, if any. I can read about these things in coaching books or Wikipedia all day. This won't do. I need to feel it, but I can't. Please tell me about it.