By Hoptown Families
Food and water — It will be HOT. Yes, the moon will be blocking the sun for a couple of minutes, but the rest of the day will be like any other August day in the Bluegrass. Don’t forget to eat and hydrate. Stores and restaurants are preparing to have more food and water in stock, but because you live here, save yourself the stress of the day and buy an extra case of water and snacks the next time you’re at the store.
Map it out — Googling everything is fine and dandy until everyone is trying to Google the same thing within a few-miles radius. Cell service might be slow with all the extra phones on the network. Be prepared with a map of the county and a list of places and events you might want to attend that weekend. Pick your plan, map out your route and stay the course.
Stay safe — School’s out and kids are sure to be in and out of the house looking up at the sun. Keep them slathered in sunscreen and protect their eyes from dangerous ultraviolet rays with the proper eclipse glasses. Many local businesses are selling shades with the appropriate UV-blocking lenses. Here’s a list of where to get yours:
– Thomas Street Recreation Center
– Hopkinsville Convention & Visitors Bureau
– Casey Jones Distillery
– Christian Way Farm
– MB Roland Distillery
– Max Fuel
Stay connected — There’s nothing worse than your phone dying in the middle of making a memory or trying to contact a loved one at a big event. Keep a car charger and an extra battery pack in your bag to stay charged and connected when you need to.
Have an emergency plan — If something goes awry, it’s better to have a plan in place than to just wing it. What should your son do if you all get separated at a crowded event? Where should you meet when it’s time to head home? Who do you call if the car runs hot in traffic? This isn’t an attempt to alarm you, but a chance to get in front of the unknown circumstances that could ruin an exciting weekend.