What is it? Road ID bracelets were originally designed for runners, but they now market their products to all outdoor enthusiasts. You don't even have to be "outdoorsy." You just need a heartbeat. There are many styles to choose from, but basically you inscribe the replaceable metal dog tag with anything that you want. You can click my photos for a closer view. I've added basic emergency contact stuff, the fact that I am an organ donor, and a request to look for my dog or horse if I'm found unconscious. I'll let you check out their site yourself to see the variety of products they offer.
Here's what I use, and how ...
You can see from the pictures that I've posted that I have four of these ID bracelets. They are so comfortable that I wore the yellow one on the right for two solid weeks in Peru and didn't even know I had it on. I took it off only to shower and sleep. The one on the far left is the one that I use for daily riding, schooling, or trail work. The bracelet stays on the helmet chin strap ready to wear, with my gloves tucked inside. When I grab my helmet, I strap on the bracelet, slip on my gloves, and I am ready to go. When this bracelet gets too gross, I'll re-order it in red. The yellow was pretty bright when it first arrived, but it's turned into a dingy shade that isn't very easy to see on my wrist. The things are so well made however, that I may just have to re-order before it wears out!
The middle bracelet is the one that stays with my show helmet. Since it's black, it blends in with my coat and doesn't interfere with my show ready "look." When I fill out my show premiums I always add, rider wears emergency ID bracelet, below the emergency contact number.
The pink one stays inside my running shoes. When I go for a run, I strap it on, tie my shoes, and go. The other yellow one is for traveling. Silly, I know, but international travel can be dangerous and I am slightly worried that I'll be in a bombing, or other terrorist-inspired disaster. If I'm knocked out, I want emergency responders to at least know who I am traveling with and which country I am from!
Two, slightly funny stories about the ID bracelets ...
When we were in Peru, EVERY hotel had to have our passport numbers. I realized that I didn't even have to take my passport out of my hidden money belt because the number was written on the bracelet. VERY convenient.
Last summer I had a pretty big wreck with Speedy G. I was thrown into a fence and knocked out briefly. Needless to say I was very disoriented and not thinking too straight. The barn manager and his wife needed to call my husband for an ER run, but I couldn't remember his cell or work numbers. I also forgot that the number was right there on my wrist! I guess the thing only works if you're knocked out and OTHER people check you over for ID or injuries!
It was Yozo's Mom who turned me on to the Road ID products AND who gave me the idea to keep the bracelet on the helmet. Smart rider!