What to Wear on a Hot Air Balloon Ride
Have an upcoming hot air balloon ride on the calendar? It’s important to be prepared to stay as comfortable as possible. Here’s what to wear and not wear!
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Looking at the world from a bird’s eye view in the open air is a very alluring proposition.
The world is yours as you gaze past the clouds from the basket of your hot air balloon.
Suddenly, and startlingly you become alarmingly aware of yourself and your strange new surroundings.
You become particularly aware of what you are wearing, is it right for this expedition?
This stress has caused you to snap out of your daydream, which was at first relaxing and simultaneously exhilarating.
But there’s no need for stress.
To focus on your upcoming excitement and not to sweat the small stuff, check out our list of what to wear for your air balloon ride.
Avoid Skirts and Dresses
While the sights to be had during a hot air balloon ride are majestic, getting into the basket and landings won’t always be.
Depending on the weather and terrain, landings can be rough and baskets can sometimes tip over (don’t worry this is common!).
These are, however, not skirt or dress-friendly conditions.
You will also need to enter the balloon basket itself, and flexible pants would be much more friendly to this proposition.
Plan on wearing pants ideally to enjoy your ballooning experience to its fullest.
Since your hot air ballooning experience will be outdoors it’s a good idea to bring some sunglasses.
OK, this one might be a little obvious, but easy to overlook.
Also consider the time of day your flight will be.
If you are planning on a sunset or sunrise flight, bringing your sunglasses will help you enjoy the sights even more.
Comfy and Practical Shoes
Air balloon baskets as you may have guessed aren’t too spacious, and chances are you may be sharing your flight with other passengers.
You will likely be standing most of the time so wearing comfy shoes is a great idea.
Plus the whole landing and getting into the basket thing may be a little easier if you wear the proper footwear.
Sandals, high heels, and slip-on shoes are also not the greatest idea.
Sneakers or even boots are the practical choice.
Also plan on wearing good socks, preferably ones that will cover your ankles in case your balloon lands in a grassy field.
It’ll be a good idea to bring some layers for your flight.
The aeronaut (fancy word for hot air balloon pilot) will check the forecast to make sure the conditions are right for your flight, but that doesn’t mean that they’ll be able to guarantee perfect weather.
It won’t necessarily be colder up in the air, but there are other factors as well.
If you’re up before the sunrise, it’ll be colder before the sun and the reverse is true for sunset.
Pay attention to the season and dress appropriately for the weather.
Hoodies, sweaters, and lighter jackets are ideal than larger jackets but if you are in doubt, check with your flight coordinator.
Bring something that you can put on, or take off. It will make your flight a lot more comfortable.
A hat will protect your face from the sun and will keep your hair from flying everywhere in the wind.
But they also serve another hot air ballon-specific purpose.
As a balloon rider, you will be underneath the burner.
Some riders have reported a little bit of discomfort from being under the flame. A hat can help combat this and keep you comfortable.
A Durable Camera Strap
Being thousands of feet up in the air is an excellent opportunity to get unique and beautiful photos.
So bringing your camera is just natural.
Due to the sometimes rough nature of landings, it might be a good idea o bring a camera that can handle it like a GoPro or small digital.
Hot air balloon rides are a chance to explore and adventure, not to worry about what you forgot on the ground.
Or if anything you have will end up on the ground.
With this in mind, you may want to wear a good camera strap to firmly secure your camera and ensure you come back home with the photographed memories intact!
Make Sure You Don’t Have to Pee!
Once you are in the air, you’re not going to have a chance to use the restroom for the duration of the flight.
Make sure to use the restroom an adequate amount of times to make sure that you’ll be able to enjoy the view, and maybe not worry about finding a bathroom.
Don’t worry, many hot air balloon crews will celebrate with mimosas or champagne to commemorate a successful flight.
Maybe No Jewelry
While a hot air balloon ride is definitely a memorable occasion, you might want to leave the jewelry at home.
If it’s a special case, maybe secure your jewelry by tucking it in to your shirt.
This will help alleviate any concerns that it might fall out of the basket.
Skip the Blankets
Temperature concerns might prompt you to bring some extra protection.
Good! But stick to wearable ones.
A blanket might seem like a great idea. It would be memorable for a couple, for example. But we want to cut down on extraneous items. Bring a decent coat instead of a blanket.
Schedule Your Hot Air Balloon Ride
If you want to see the gorgeous sites and experience a new altitude for yourself, we can definitely help you out with that.
Schedule your hot air balloon ride today.
Anway, after reading this article, you’re pretty much an expert on what to and what to not wear and bring during a hot air balloon ride. It’s time to use that knowledge.
Go have fun!