Total Eclipse 2024 Traffic Survival Guide: What to Pack for the Ohio Gridlock

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As the highly anticipated Total Solar Eclipse of 2024 draws near, Ohio officials are bracing for an influx of visitors that could bring major highways to a standstill. With projections of up to 575,000 extra travelers converging on the state’s path of totality, the chances of getting stuck in traffic for hours are high, especially on major routes like I-71, I-75, and I-77 around Akron and Canton.

While the eclipse itself will only last a few minutes, the aftermath of hundreds of thousands of people trying to leave at once could create gridlock that lasts well into the evening hours. To ensure you’re prepared for the potential traffic nightmare, we’ve put together this handy survival guide with all the essentials you’ll need to have in your car.

Total Eclipse 2024 Traffic Survival Guide

Food and Drinks:

  • Non-perishable snacks (granola bars, trail mix, crackers, etc.)
  • Bottled water and juices
  • Sandwiches or other easy-to-eat meals
  • Cooler with ice packs for perishable items

Medications and Personal Care:

  • Prescription medications
  • Pain relievers
  • Antihistamines (for allergies)
  • Spare contacts or glasses
  • Toilet paper and wet wipes
  • Hand sanitizer

Emergency and Comfort Items:

  • Blankets and extra layers (temperatures could drop while sitting idle)
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • Basic tool kit and jumper cables
  • Flares or reflective triangles
  • First aid kit
  • Portable phone chargers and car chargers
  • Entertainment (books, magazines, games, or downloaded movies/shows)

Don’t forget to top off your gas tank before heading out and make sure your car is in good working condition to minimize the risk of breakdowns. It’s also a good idea to have some cash on hand in case you need to purchase food, drinks, or other necessities along the way.

By being prepared with these essential items, you’ll be able to ride out any eclipse-related traffic jams in relative comfort and safety. And who knows? With the right supplies and a positive attitude, you might even be able to turn those unexpected hours on the road into an impromptu road trip adventure!

Total Eclipse 2024 Traffic Survival Kit:

  • Non-perishable snacks
  • Bottled water/juices
  • Sandwiches or easy meals
  • Cooler with ice packs
  • Prescription medications
  • Pain relievers
  • Antihistamines
  • Spare contacts/glasses
  • Toilet paper and wet wipes
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Blankets and extra layers
  • Flashlight and batteries
  • Basic tool kit and jumper cables
  • Flares or reflective triangles
  • First aid kit
  • Portable phone chargers and car chargers
  • Entertainment (books, games, movies)
  • Full gas tank
  • Cash on hand
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