Load Bearing Vest

Load Bearing Vest

 I recently obtained a Load Bearing Vest. I have used a Fisherman’s vest to this point, and this is far more comfortable… much more compatible, and more flexible as well! I put the kit together so as to be able to go into the Bush for a few days or more without anything else except perhaps a change of clothing. So here is the kit.. along with a description of the modular units and what they contain…

Utility Kit

  • Knives (Swiss Army, Small Straight Blade, Toolman)

  • 150′ #550 Paracord (50′, 50′, 20′, 20′, 10′)

  • Sharpening Stone, Diamond Stone, and Diamond Rod

  • Dental Floss

  • Duct Tape

Fire Kit

  • Strike Force Ferro Rod

  • Magnifying Lens

  • Cotton Balls (In Match Case)

  • Matches in Case

  • Char Cloth in Case

Shelter Kit

  • 2 Large Garbage Bags

  • Light Poncho

  • Space Blanket (Rolled Around Water Bladder – Not Shown)

  • Head and Butt Rags

  • Work Gloves

  • Extra Socks and Knee Highs (Not Shown)

Water Kit

  • 100 Oz Water Bladder with tubing

  • 10′ Fish Airline Tubing

  • 3 8oz Gerber Milk Bags

Food Kit

  • Peterson’s Guide to Wild Edibles

  • 3’X3′ Aluminum Foil

  • Fishing Kit with Whistle (Pictured in Fire Kit)

  • Spice Packet

  • Power Bars & Gum

  • Oatmeal, Hot Cocoa, Bouillon Cubes, Tea Bags

  • Dehydrated Meal (MRE type – Not Shown)

Light Kit

  • Candle with Base

  • Headlamp

  • Gerber Infinity Light

Medical & Personal Kit

  • Small First Aid Kit – (Bandaids, Gauze Pads, Benedryl, QTips, Snakebite Kit)

  • Hand Sanitizer

  • Vaseline Lip Therapy

  • Water Purification Tablets (Not Shown)

  • 2 Vinyl (Surgical Gloves)

  • Scented Baby Wipes

  • 2 Antibacterial Mask (N95)

  • Brush

  • Toothbrush

  • Small Mirror

  • Soap

  • EZ Awl Needle (In Fishing Kit Case)

Other Items Not Shown

  • Small AM/FM Radio w/headphone – Extra Batteries

  • Small Digital Camera

  • Local Map

  • Reading Glasses/Sun Glasses

This Vest has straps on the bottom to which I can attach my Sleep Kit which isn’t pictured here. It consists of a Tarp, Wool Blanket, #550 Paracord, Tube Tent, and Tarp Clips. I will also be carrying a 1 lb. Coffee Can Cooker. Below is a picture of the packed Vest ready to go into the Bush. See you on the Trail!




  1. You actually make it seem really easy with your presentation however I to find this matter to be actually something which I believe I would by no means understand. It kind of feels too complicated and very extensive for me. I am taking a look ahead in your subsequent publish, I will try to get the hold of it!

  2. I am just starting to look into this kind of thing. What brand and model vest are you using here and any suggestions as to where to buy them? As i am just starting out do you have any recommendations as to which “kits” should be acquired first?

    If you could reply through my email would be really great. Thanks in advance for your help.

    Geoff Adams

    • Hey Geoff..

      This was a vest I got at Walmart for about $30. Not the lightweight fishing vests.. it was a heavier model. You can also get vests online rather inexpensively today.. There are many outfitters that sell them! Try Cabela’s for example.I’m not sure what you mean by “which kits should be aquired first”.. but the rules of 3 always applies. Your priorities should be Shelter, First Aid, Tools, Fire, Water, Food. Hope that Helps!


  3. Choosing a tent for camping is the first task for any camping trip. What type of weather conditions are you expecting? Always be prepared for the worst, rain, wind, and cold. There are three season and four season tents available. Four season tents are heavier than three season tents. They tend to have more poles than three season tents to help them withstand wind and snow fall. Of course, most of us are fair weather campers. A three season tent will be fine for us. So, now, what style of tent do you want?;

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