Tips for Residents of the Path of Totality
- Pick up any prescriptions early. You won’t want to deal with the crowds to pick up your medicines. Picking them up early means that you will avoid the crowds, plus you will avoid any shortages that may come from the extra visitors in your area.
- Conserve energy. The eclipse is happening in the middle of August, which is already prime time for energy blackouts due to high usage from A/Cs, etc. With thousands of extra people in your area, this will strain the infrastructures even more, so do your part by conserving as much power as possible.
- Grocery shop early. In order to beat the crowds, it is best to do your grocery shopping at least a week before hand. This also gives your local stores a chance to restock before the crowds hit.
- Fill up your tank. Be sure that your vehicles are filled up with gas. Your local fuel stations are going to be overwhelmed with demand and may run out of fuel. If nothing else, the lines are going to be awful.
- Head to the bank. Like all of the other local businesses, your local ATM machines are going to be overwhelmed with customers. Head to the bank and pick up cash early the week before the eclipse, so that you are not left searching for an ATM that still has cash in it.
- Plan a weekend at home. In all likelihood, the weekend festivities will be starting on the Thursday prior to the eclipse. Be sure to get all of your errands done before that and just plan for a weekend at home. Unless you love to drive in heavy traffic that is.
- Get your viewing supplies. Just because you are not a tourist, doesn’t mean you can’t take advantage of this awesome sight. Don’t forget to get all of your supplies (eclipse glasses, lawn chairs, etc) well in advance so you can beat the rush.
- Be patient. Yes, there will be lots of people, major crowds, too much traffic and frustrations from the headache of it all for a couple of days, but remember, this is a once in a lifetime opportunity. The experience is going to be well worth the inconvenience.