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Eclipse Weekend: Safety Info You Need to Know

Eclipse weekend is here! We want to help you have an amazing experience, so here are a few things to keep in mind as you’re heading out for your adventure:

Confirm your group & carpool

Please make sure the group size you’re showing up with matches the size you indicated when you booked. If not, please update your group size on you trip confirmation page on http://www.hipcamp.com. If your group size is larger than your site can accommodate, please respect your host and book another site. No sites left? Contact your host and let them know. If you can’t get ahold of your host before you arrive, contact our Support Team.

If you’re coming in a large group, please carpool and minimize the number of vehicles you’ll be rolling up with — 1 vehicle per group of 4 is ideal. There will be lots of congestion on the roads, plus carpooling will help keep this weekend green.

Safe Eclipse Viewing

Remember when your mother warned you about staring into the sun? Well she was right, don’t do it! This is especially important during the eclipse when the partially covered sun creates a laser beam-like effect. Please make sure to use NASA-approved glasses like these Lunt Solar Eclipse Glasses. If you’re a do-it-yourselfer, build a solar viewer. For a full review of Eclipse viewing safety, check out our journal entry about it.

Prepare for the Journey

Make sure to allow extra time to get to your destination as this astronomical event drawing millions of people to the “path of totality” across the country. Expect heavy traffic and lots of people camping. If you’re expecting a private excursion, that may be hard to find this weekend. Instead, embrace this chance to connect with your neighbors and share the experience.

Pack a little extra patience, snacks, and maybe a road trip game or two if you’re bringing the kids along for the ride! We even made an Eclipse Spotify Playlist for you to enjoy on the road!

Fire Safety

Fire risk is ultra-high in most parts of the country at this time of year, and extra vigilance is required. If a campfire or camp stove is on your agenda this weekend (and your host allows them on their property,) be sure you’re practicing safe burning practices for building, enjoying, and extinguishing your fires. Here’s important information from the Forest Service and the Ad Council for all your fire safety questions.

Leave Everything Better

We pride ourselves on unlocking private land that enables more people to experience being outdoors every day. We hope that every person who shares in this amazing experience remembers that it’s our privilege to enjoy this land, and it’s our duty to leave it as pristine as we found it – or better if we can. Every time you camp, remember the 7 Leave No Trace principles.

Enjoy the Present

Get some dirt on your feet, go for a hike, soak in the world around you and all the interesting things that happen on eclipse day. Did you know you’ll be able to see all the planets during totality? You can even shut your phone off for a bit and immerse yourself in forest bathing – it’s good for you!

Share Your Experience with Us

Hipcampers are headed to every state in the eclipse path this weekend, and we want to see what it’s like! Share your pics on Instagram and tag #hipcamp and #eclipse. The best photo and caption will get $50 Hipcash towards your next camping trip.

Need help? We’re here

Our Support Team is on standby to help you this weekend. You can message your host directly from your Booking Confirmation page, and be sure to check our FAQ for general questions. We expect a large volume of support requests this weekend, so we appreciate patience on any delay. You can reach us by emailing support@hipcamp.com.

Happy Eclipse Weekend!

The Hipcamp Team

Hipcamp is an online marketplace where you can list, discover, and book campsites and accommodations on private and public land. Hipcamp is your go-to guide to getting outside. If you’re a landowner, Hipcamp creates new revenue streams for your business, which can help conserve your land and keep it wild. #FindYourselfOutside #LeaveItBetter

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