Are You Ready for the Solar Eclipse?

Boulder, Colorado: Are you ready for the 2017 Solar Eclipse Across America? Check out our video and blog below for tips on preparing for this historic event! 

1. Know before you go: With over seven million people traveling to see the eclipse, you're sure to find lots of traffic, and little to no cell phone service, food, or other supplies available in the path of totality. Make sure you bring everything you'll need for a five to six day trip, since most agencies anticipate that roads in and out of the eclipse zone will be gridlocked at least two days before and after the eclipse. Bring all the information you'll need in a reliable (paper) format. 

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2. Water: You need this to survive, and there's no guarantee that you'll have a safe supply when you get to where you're going.

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3. Food: Most stores will sell out of staples before the eclipse occurs, and with traffic backed up, there's no telling when they'll get a resupply.

4. Stove and fuel: Much of the eclipse path is through high-risk fire areas, and there are campfire bans in effect in many states. A camp stove and extra fuel will keep you well fed and help protect the area you're visiting. 

5. Clothes for all weather: It's likely that you'll see hot sun, rain, and cold nights during your stay, so remember to pack for all possibilities. 

6. Shelter: Many eclipse viewers are planning to camp; bring a reliable tent, and make sure that you set up on a durable surface in a designated campground.

7. Trash bags: Don't add your litter to the pile. Plan to bring your trash and recycling home with you. You can reduce your trash by repackaging your food at home before you hit the road. 

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8. Human waste bags: There probably won't be enough portable bathrooms for everyone, so it's not a bad idea to bring some of these along. Remember to pack out your waste. 

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9. First aid and extra medicine: Don't be an unnecessary burden to local EMS and hospitals - have the meds and first aid supplies you'll need with you before you leave for the eclipse. 

10. Solar viewing glasses: If you want to view the next eclipse in North America, in the year 2024, you'll need your sight, so make sure to view the eclipse from behind solar viewing glasses. 

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Have a safe and enjoyable solar eclipse!

Enjoy Your World. Leave No Trace.

Jessie and Matt, Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers Team West

Leave No Trace's Jessie Johnson and Matt Schneider are part of the 2017 Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainer Program that provides free, mobile education to communities across the country. Proud partners of this program include Subaru of America, REI, Eagles Nest Outfitters, Deuter, Thule, Klean Kanteen, and Smartwool.