GO-ID Personal Emergency Identification Kit Review

| November 12, 2014 | 2 Comments

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Sometimes I like something so much I put my money where my mouth is — literally. I did it with the Law Tactical Gen 3 folding adapter and I’m about to do it with the very clever GO-ID personal emergency identification kit.

The GO-ID is a lightweight, sturdy metal disc that could contain any information you want, including but not limited to:

  • Your name
  • Emergency contact information
  • Pre-existing medical conditions
  • Allergies
  • Blood type

There are three different sizes. The small size is about the size of a dime; the medium is a quarter; the large size is a half dollar. The ID tags are made out of your choice of aluminum, stainless steel, or chrome (I chose aluminum).

What you get

  • One GO-ID tab
  • One silicone cover
  • One zipper hook
  • One hook fastener (the pointy side)
  • Two loop fasteners (the fuzzy side)
  • Three laser printer labels
  • Three inkjet printer labels
  • Two clear protection labels
  • One reflective GO-ID sticker (for fun, not related to the ID product)

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How it works

Create a free account on go-id.org, and then step through the very easy instructions. You can customize what you want on your GO-ID (they provide suggestions). There’s a template you will use for practice, and then you tape the label over the template and then print it again. This results in a perfect sticker that you affix onto the GO-ID tab. It works really well and is very simple.

You can print you information either in horizontal lines, or in a tight spiral. The spiral is harder to read, but allows for a lot more information. I opted to use the normal horizontal lines. I put my name, three emergency contacts, and my medical allergy.

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The form fields are all optional, and you can play with them to get what you want. I left the two top fields blank in order to center the rest of my text.

The clear protective sticker keeps the printed label from wearing out or being damaged by rain. I don’t know what would happen if the GO-ID was completely submerged for a long period of time, but a quick dip in a glass of water didn’t hurt my personal GO-ID.

Beware the zipper hook

I don’t recommend you use the zipper hook on a zipper. I did, and I found myself using the GO-ID as a pull. After a few days of use I unzipped my fleece jacket and the GO-ID came off in my hand. The metal edge of the zipper hook cut through the GO-ID’s silicone case.

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I recommend using a shock cord or maybe even thin paracord instead of the zipper hook.

Conclusion

At $18.95 (plus a portion of that going to first responder organizations), the GO-ID is a good product that everyone should have. If you have kids or a serious medical allergy / condition then you should definitely buy one. If you are the adventurous sort (or ride a motorcycle like I do) then you may want one in case you can’t speak for yourself.

Another reason I like the GO-ID is that I used to keep my In Case of Emergency (ICE) information on my mobile phone. However, with recent rulings that law enforcement can look at your phone without a warrant if your phone is unlocked, I always lock my phone. This means people can’t see my ICE contacts in my address book. Now I have the GO-ID for that.

Special offer

I think everyone should have one of these. I know the holidays are coming up, and at less than $19 before shipping the GO-ID is a really good deal. However, I want to encourage you to buy some for yourself and your loved ones, so I did a group buy and am offering to my blog readers and YouTube followers for $14.95 before shipping.$5 isn’t going to break the bank, but if you are going to buy a bunch then every little bit helps. We need four in our household, plus a few for gifts. That’s like getting one or more for free.

This price is only available until I run out of my bulk buy.

$14.95 limited time buy here

About the Author:

Short Barrel Shepherd Short Barrel Shepherd is a regular guy and works to make Web sites and mobile apps easier for people to use. He spends his free time attending fight-focused firearm, knife, and combatives training, motorcycling, writing, and playing games. His daily carry is a Glock 19 pistol and an AR15 .300 Blackout pistol in a backpack.
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2 Comments on "GO-ID Personal Emergency Identification Kit Review"

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  1. kyle says:

    Thanks for the review. I just bought some. I think they are a great idea, and I think they will make awesome stocking stuffers for family.

    • Short Barrel Shepherd Short Barrel Shepherd says:

      Thanks for your support! I hope your family will have fun creating their IDs together — and that no one has to ever use them.

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