Do you like to exercise outdoors?
Whether you prefer brisk walks around your neighborhood, long jogs through the park or hikes along the trails, it’s always smart to carry some sort of identification on your person. In the event of an emergency, ID will help medical professionals–or Good Samaritan bystanders–know whom to contact.
Here are the basics that should be included on your ID:
•The name and phone number of an emergency contact (such as your spouse)
•The name and phone number of a secondary emergency contact (such as your sibling)
•Any allergies (such as a penicillin allergy)
•Any medical conditions (such as asthma, diabetes, etc.)
But carrying around a bulky wallet or pack can get cumbersome, especially on long runs or walks. So here are some simple, convenient, and inexpensive ways to ensure your personal information is always available when you exercise outdoors.
Pet Tags: Many people have tags on their pet’s collars with identifying information in case Rover or Fluffy gets lost. Well, you can use those same tags for your own ID! Many pet stores have machines that allow you to design your own pet tag. Just type in all your information and presto! You’ll have a custom designed ID tag that easily slips onto the laces of your shoes.
Specialty Tags: There are specialty tags designed for the runner or walker. Retailers who sell these tags will engrave them with all your information. The tag can then be worn in different ways, such as on a bracelet, anklet or attached to your shoe laces. These are the most expensive option, and can cost as much as $20.
Luggage Tags: If you just want something simple and basic, an inexpensive luggage tag may be a great choice. You can handwrite your information on the tag, and then attach it to the zipper of your jacket (or wear it on a cord around your neck).
Medical Tags: Medical professionals are taught to look for medical bracelets and necklaces. If you have a serious medical condition, consider wearing one of these tags so emergency personnel will be able to treat you quickly and appropriately.
Your Shoe: Need only minimum identification? Use a permanent black magic marker to write your name and emergency information on the side of your shoes. You may have to freshen them up occasionally over time, but it’s the easiest–and cheapest–way to make sure your ID is always available.