I guess this could have equally gone in the survival forum; this seemed a slightly better fit.
How much stuff in your PFD pockets (and attached to your PFD) is too much stuff? I wear a type 3 PFD and have been adding "stuff" to it as I prepare to spend more time, and go more places, in my little boat. That stuff, thus far, includes a strobe light, a PLB, a whistle, and a flare pistol and 4 flares. I would like to add a VHF hand held radio, maybe. A knife and/or even a very minimal first aid kitt is a possibility as well. Pockets are already mostly full. I'm aware that, at some point, I will weigh the PFD down to the point that it will not be so good at keeping me afloat. Does anyone have any idea what that point is? How best does one balance the need to have emergency gear on your person against degrading the effectiveness of your PFD. (Or am I just over thinking again?)