BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WDRB)--Whether it's the Kentucky Derby or Thunder Over Louisville, every big, annual event in the Bluegrass has several roadways to get you in and out without much of a headache.

Great American Eclipse viewing in Hopkinsville could be a different story. "They expect it to be gridlocked," explained WKU Professor, Dr. Richard Gelderman. 

Every official from Kentuckiana to the Tennessee line wants to make sure you're ready. 

Here are the five essentials to bring with you: 

Bottled water

Officials recommend about a gallon a day per person. You'll be outside for hours, and never know how long you could be waiting in traffic.

"If people will bring that, and maybe even a little cooler, that could be really helpful," said Wes Watt with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.


Find something that won't melt in the sun and heat. It will come in handy if you're stuck in a place that doesn't have food.

"Peanut butter and crackers, granola bars, those type of items will be good," Watt said.


A lot of people plan to be outside for hours to watch the eclipse, and sun burn can happen easily in August. 

"It's cheap and it's something we need people to plan ahead for," said Watt."

Protective glasses

"A lot of people think they can just throw on sunglasses, and look at the eclipse. However, those are not going to be safe at all," said Watt.

A full tank of gas

Gas goes fast, especially when you're stuck in traffic. Fill up as often as you can.

Also keep in mind, the closer you are to an eclipse hot spot, the more likely it is gas prices will be sky high.

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