The “Just in Case” File… Things to bring on your bike.
Accidents, they happen. What happens if you are involved in an accident and aren't able to speak? How will your loved ones be notified? How will you be able to communicate your allergies and the medications you take to the paramedics? Who will pick up your bike? That's why you have to be ready with “ICE” (in case of emergency).
You never know when an emergency situation will pop up while you're on the road, so you should always be prepared. Sounds simple, right? But are you really prepared for a true emergency while riding your motorcycle? There are some really simple things that you can do to help you get swift medical treatment with very little guessing.
I'm going to start with my wallet. I don't wear a chained wallet because I think it looks cool, or because it's a rebellious fashion statement. I wear it because it's practical for a motorcyclist. I make sure my wallet is attached to my body so I know where it is at all times. My driver's license, debit card, credit card, medical cards, AAA card, and a few business cards easily fit into my full-sized wallet.
The chained wallet also comes with a clip for my keys so they are handy and it has a pouch for loose change. I'm going to stop short of calling it a “man purse,” but that's pretty much what it is. Everything I need is within easy reach.
I carry my “ICE card” in my wallet at all times. Emergency personnel often look for this abbreviation so that they can quickly notify family members of someone who has been involved in an accident. Most commonly, “ICE” information is found in cell phone contact lists.
The card is really simple. It's a laminated florescent pink piece of paper that sticks out just beyond my driver's license. Rescue crews can learn just about everything they need to know to treat me safely. I have the medications that I take as well as my allergies to bees and penicillin listed right below the contact numbers for my wife and my mom. I even have a number to call to arrange for the pickup of the motorcycle.
I always cary my phone with me everywhere I go. The iPhone is great for sneaking some time on social media, watching some videos, and communicating with family & friends. If you are lost you can look up your location on your mobile map to get you going in the right direction. I've also used the weather application to successfully skirt quite a few storms.
Under the contacts on that phone, I have my wife listed as _ICE-Wife and my mom is listed as _ICE-Mom. I choose to put the underscore before their name so that those two numbers are listed at the top of my contact list. When an emergency responder looks at my phone, there is no question as to who to call or to get a medical history from.
In addition to the wallet and cell phone, I always make sure I have my EpiPen on board because of my bee allergies. I also carry a variety of bandages and alcohol wipes in a baggie. I'm a huge fan of sunscreen. I carry the spray on in my tour pack. It's not as messy and seems to apply evenly.
Before you head out for a ride, whether it's on the open road or around the block, you should always be prepared just in case of an emergency. It's really simple to do. Start putting things together now so that by the time the weather warms up, you'll be ready to go!