Survival Vests

Too many people aren't prepared for disasters. According to FEMA, sixty percent of Americans do not have a plan of action or enough supplies to survive a tragedy. One excellent way to prepare is to have a survival vest packed with essential items to sustain life until help arrives.

You and your family will be more likely to get through a disaster if you have a strategy in place. Ideally, you will be able to grab your survival gear and go to a safer place. If you get separated from an emergency backpack or bag, you will still have all the equipment that you need to survive in a survival vest on your body.

What is a survival vest?

The prototype for the modern survival vest resulted from Vietnam War rescue techniques. Survival vests have evolved over the years. Opening a bag every time you need something is a hassle. A multi-pocket survival vest solves this problem. Most survival vests have pockets in various shapes and sizes which attach to the vest foundation. Survival vest systems include:

  • Modular (panels)

  • Slide-lock (slide fasteners)

  • MOLLE (pouches)

  • Harness (extraction and insertion capabilities)

These different systems secure the pockets onto the survival vest. The vests are often double sewn with powerful thread to avoid tearing. Some survival vests have a mesh foundation and are lightweight and breathable.

What supplies should be in a survival vest?



First aid kit and manual

Hygienic supplies

Fire starters (matches, lighters, etc.)

Mobile shelter equipment

Twine, wire, or para-cord (dental floss works too)

Strong garbage bags