Why Summer Weather is Perfect for a Hot Air Balloon Ride

Do you want to do something a little adventurous and out of the ordinary this summer? Click here to learn why summer weather is perfect for a hot air balloon ride.

www.AerogelicBallooning.com

Have you always wanted to take a hot air balloon ride? Or have you taken hot air balloon rides in the past and been wanting to take another one soon?

Either way, you should strongly consider hopping in a hot air balloon in Phoenix, Arizona at some point this summer. The summertime will provide you with the perfect weather to get up in the air and enjoy all that a hot air balloon has to offer.

There are some summer weather conditions that could prevent you from enjoying a ride. For example, if it’s too hot or too stormy outside, hot air balloon rides will likely be canceled.

But in general, the summer is a great time to take a spin in a hot air balloon. Here are some of the reasons why.

You’ll Be Able to See Everything Around You Clearly

www.AerogelicBallooning.com

The best part about taking a hot air balloon ride is going way up high in the air and looking at everything that is around you. There’s nothing like checking out the 360-degree views that a hot air balloon has to offer.

During the summertime, the visibility is typically good in Phoenix. That means that the pilot of your hot air balloon won’t have any trouble getting you off the ground and steering you in the right direction. It also means that you’ll be able to see for miles and miles without any problem in most cases.

While you can enjoy great views during hot air balloon rides in Phoenix at other times of the year, there’s nothing quite like checking out the city and state in the summer. You’ll love how beautiful it is and gasp once you see all that it has to offer.

You Won’t Be Too Chilly in the Basket Once You’re in the Air

When most people think about the weather in Phoenix, they assume that it’s always hot there. But that isn’t actually true.

Although temperatures can hit 100 degrees Fahrenheit and higher in the summer, the temps are usually in the mid to high 60s in December, January, and February. And when you take the whipping winds high up in the air into account, it can make taking a ride in a hot air balloon during those months sound awful.

When you take a ride in the summer instead of at other times of the year, you won’t have to worry about being cold in the basket. You will get to enjoy the warmth of a summer day while checking out all of your gorgeous surroundings.

At the Same Time, You’ll Get Some Much-Needed Relief From the Heat

If you’ve ever spent a summer day in Phoenix, then you know just how hot it can get. There are days when the mercury on the thermometer will creep up to 105 degrees. It can be absolutely unbearable.

If the temperature climbs too high, there are many hot air balloon pilots that will simply refuse to fly. It’ll be too tough for them to get their hot air balloons warm enough to float up in the air.

But as long as a hot air balloon pilot can get a balloon off the ground and into the air, a ride in a hot air balloon can provide you with the relief you need from the heat. Once you get in the air, you’ll feel a gentle breeze that isn’t present down closer to the ground.

There are other ways to beat the heat in Phoenix. You can jump in a pool or head to a water park to get the relief you’re looking for. But you won’t find a more beautiful way to cool off than to take a hot air balloon ride.

You Won’t Have to Worry Too Much About Rain

Outside of extreme heat, one of the other things that can keep hot air balloons grounded is rain. If there are any storms in the forecast, hot air balloon pilots will usually keep their balloons grounded.

In Phoenix, the month of June is easily the driest month of the entire year. Only about 0.09 inches of rain falls in Phoenix in June.

July is slightly more rainy with about 0.99 inches of rain, while August gets about 0.94 inches of rain. But overall, you won’t have to worry too much about rainfall ruining your hot air balloon adventure in Phoenix in the summertime.

You’ll Have a Lot More Daylight to Enjoy

The best times to take a hot air balloon ride are when the sun is rising and when the sun is setting. The problem with taking a ride during those times in the winter is that it’s too cold when the sun is rising and too early in the day when it’s setting.

During the summertime, you’ll have a lot more daylight to take hot air balloon rides. You’ll also have the opportunity to wake up early for a brisk sunrise ride or to go up in a balloon around 7 p.m. local time to catch a sunset later in the day.

You’ll also have more time overall to go on a hot air balloon ride. You don’t have to worry about squeezing a ride into the brief window of daylight that you have in Phoenix during the winter.

Whether you ultimately choose to take a ride early in the morning, sometime around midday, or in the early evening, you’ll really be able to enjoy the summer weather when you’re in your hot air balloon.

Book a Hot Air Balloon Ride Today

Taking a hot air balloon ride is one of the most fun things that you can do in Phoenix in the summertime. Whether you’ve gone on rides before or are doing it for the first time, it’ll be an experience unlike anything you’ve ever done.

Would you like to see what it’s all about? You should consider booking a ride on a hot air balloon before the summer comes to a close.

Check out our blog to read more about hot air balloon rides.

How To Turn Your Hot Air Balloon Trip Into The Perfect Date

How To Turn A Hot Air Balloon Trip Into A Perfect Date

Are you looking for new ideas for a fun and romantic date?
Read here to learn how to turn your hot air balloon trip into the perfect date.

 

Imagine this — it’s a cool, crisp Fall morning. Maybe there’s still a little warmth from summer but the skies are blue and clear.

Slowly, you find yourself floating up into that blue sky. As you look down at the resplendent foliage, you draw closer to your partner.

The solitude, the beauty, the excitement – everything comes together perfectly and you feel closer than ever before.

Seems like a dream, doesn’t it? When you go on a balloon trip, fantasy becomes reality.

The Basics Of A Balloon Trip

If a balloon trip sounds like a perfect date idea but you don’t know where to start, you’re in the right place. We’re going to walk you through everything you need to know about this exciting date possibility.

First, the basics.

A sunrise or sunset flight is most common and gives you the best views. You’ll drive to the balloon company’s headquarters where they’ll take you to the balloon.

Once there, you’ll watch them inflate. Before long, it will be time to climb in the basket and soar into the beautiful sky.

The whole thing takes about 2-3 hours.

Now that you know the bare bones of the experience, we’re going to share with you tips and tricks to make it an incredibly romantic experience.

What To Wear

Since you’ll be up in the sky, it’s smart to bring along a sweater or a light jacket. Layering is always a great idea since sun and wind conditions can affect temperature during the balloon trip.

Ladies, while we always want to look our best, wearing heels isn’t a great idea. Remember, you’ll be walking in a field and climbing into a wicker basket – leave the stilettos at home.

That being said, you’ll want to snap lots of pictures – not just of the beautiful scenery but of yourselves. What better way to remember your special day together?

Dress nicely and be ready for the camera.

Safety First

Nervous about being up so high? Believe it or not, a balloon trip is the safest way to fly.

There are things that can happen during plane rides that don’t happen with balloons. If a plane breaks apart or fuel runs out, it’s almost guaranteed it will crash.

Balloons are very simple and lack tons of complicated moving parts that can fail. Plus, if a balloon runs out of fuel, it will simply glide back down to the ground, like a giant parachute.

That being said, go with a reputable company. Do your research and read other customers’ reviews.

Still a little scared of heights? That’s OK – trying new things together that are a little bit scary is one of the best ways to keep the spark in a relationship!

Price Of Flight

Think a balloon trip is prohibitively expensive? Think again! Most flights average around $90-$250, although it can be more depending on what’s offered.

This romantic ride isn’t as pricey as it seems. Many balloon companies have various options with different price ranges.

For example, some companies will pick you up in a limo, take you to a private balloon ride, and provide roses and champagne.

Other companies offer more modest – but still romantic – options. For example, you can cut your costs by flying with other couples instead of going solo.

You can do as little or as much as you’d like, but no matter what you choose, it will still be incredibly romantic.

Regional Views

Another thing to consider – what do you want to see when you go up? Depending on where you live (or travel to), you’ll have several options.

Fields of flowers, trees changing color in the crisp fall air, majestic mountains in the distance…Which one speaks to your heart?

If you’re going to splurge on an all-out trip, think about the view, too.

Picnic In The Clouds

The ride is going to last a few hours – why not have a picnic among the clouds? Just like the other amenities mentioned, many companies offer light snacks, like cheese and crackers or chocolate covered strawberries.

When you call the company you’re looking to fly with, ask them if they offer anything like that. If they don’t, you might be able to bring your own snacks with you.

Here’s a chance to get creative and surprise your partner.

For example, if your girlfriend loves macarons, bringing them along is a romantic and thoughtful gesture. Does your boyfriend only eat organic turkey jerky? Bring a bag of his favorite brand.

Champagne In The Sky

A balloon trip isn’t the same without the champagne toast.

Some say this tradition dates back to the first days of ballooning. Pilots would have champagne on hand to calm and cajole nervous and frightened spectators.

Now it’s just another wonderful part of your romantic trip! What’s better than bubbles and ballooning?

Extras

Now that you know what to expect from your romantic trip in a balloon, there are a few extras to consider.

Because you’ll be so high up, think about bringing sunscreen. Sure, it might be chilly because of the wind but the sun’s rays are more magnified up high.

Pack a pair of binoculars to really enjoy the view. Not everyone brings them but once you’re high in the sky, you’ll be glad you have them.

Most importantly, remember to just enjoy the moment together. A balloon trip is very peaceful and beautiful.

Use this special moment to just be together and enjoy each other’s company.

At the end, your pilot will bring you down in a field. Make reservations at a nearby restaurant for breakfast or dinner.

Ready To Take To The Skies With Your Special Someone?

A trip in a balloon is definitely special. Don’t you want to share it with the person that has your heart?

Soaring through the clouds, sharing a spectacular view, sipping on champagne…There’s really nothing more romantic!

It’s easier than ever to book a trip. Give us a call today and we’ll set up your special, romantic flight.

Wow the love of your life with a romantic flight through the clouds – contact us today!

The 5 Most Famous Balloon Flights in History

The 5 Most Famous Balloon Flights in History

Hot air balloons come with a fascinating history. To learn more, we’re sharing the 5 most notorious balloon flights of all time.

History can often be defined by a few major events. Related image

Since the invention of the hot air balloon in ancient Chinese history, it’s gone through some major changes to become one of the most recognizable leisure transports in the world.

Now we all take the hot air balloon for granted, even those who consider it a hobby. That’s why we’re looking back at 5 of the most famous balloon flights in history.

First Manned Balloon Flight

After some previous experiments involving a sheep, a duck, and a rooster (but no punchline), the first manned balloon flight took place on 19th October 1783. This first flight was tethered, so it was a stationary adventure.

But the true watershed moment came with the first untethered flight with human passengers. This happened on 21st November 1783. And through a decree of the French king, it was almost a few condemned criminals that had the honor!

Luckily, some more historically-minded heads prevailed. Scientist Jean-François Pilâtre de Rozier and balloon pioneer François Laurent d’Arlandes argued their case and eventually were given the honor to carry out a flight for the history books. They took off from the center of Paris and flew to the suburbs, making a journey of around twenty-five minutes.

The event was witnessed by one of the Founding Fathers of the USA and fellow scientist, Benjamin Franklin. He described the lift off as “most majestic” and described how the adventurers lowered their hats in salute to the watching spectators. Contemporary reports claim that over 400,000 spectators watched the launch. Many had even paid toward the venture!

Unfortunately, de Rozier would lose his life in another balloon endeavor. He attempted to cross the English Channel in 1785. His hydrogen and hot air balloon crashed in the attempt. The first successful crossing had actually taken place earlier that year.

The World’s First Aviation Disaster

Sadly, innovation can’t come without cost.

The world’s very first aviation disaster occurred in May of 1785. There are surprisingly few reports of the incident – most information comes from just two contemporary accounts. But it’s known the crash happened in the town of Tullamore in Ireland. Although the Tullamore area didn’t have its own newspapers at the time, newspapers from other areas reported that more than 100 houses were destroyed in the fires that followed.

It appears the accident was caused by a collision between the balloon and a local chimney. The balloon caught fire and plunged into the street below, setting the roofs of thatched houses alight.

The town of Tullamore still remembers the incident with its emblem, a phoenix, and the yearly Phoenix Festival. The safety of hot air balloons has come on a long way since then. Many lessons from these early incidents have had an impact on balloon designs for centuries to come.

The Hindenburg disaster would become a much more famous example of a balloon disaster. But the Tullamore raised humanitarian questions about the safety of hot air balloons for the first time in their history.

First Long-Distance Balloon Flight

In 1836, Charles Green departed Vauxhall Gardens in the Great Balloon of Nassau. The aim was to reach Weilburg in Nassau. Five hundred miles and 18 hours later they succeeded. The journey set new standards for what balloon flights were capable of. Green’s flight would make the potential of the hot air balloon clear for generations to come.

Green’s balloon was known as the Royal Vauxhall, and later the Nassau. The balloon was famous in its day. Its striped design inspired many artists!

The voyage was so incredible at the time that it was even immortalized in a painting, A Consultation prior to the Aerial Voyage to Weilburgh.

Virgin Balloon Flights later paid homage to this game-changer by flying Green’s great-great nephew across the Cotswolds.

First Solo Trip Around the World Image result for piccard around the world

The world’s first solo hot air balloon trip around the world wouldn’t happen until 2002. In fact, it was the first nonstop circumnavigation of the world in any kind of aircraft. It wasn’t the first balloon around the world, however: that was Bertrand Piccard and Brian Jones in 1999.

Steve Fossett set off from Northam, Western Australia on 19th June, returning 3rd July, and so spent just over thirteen days airborne.

Fossett’s balloon carried a number of advanced features that showed just how far the technology has come. The Comstock Autopilot kept him at a constant altitude thanks to computer-controlled burners.

But in other respects, things haven’t changed much. Fossett’s basket was about the size of a closet, and he was only able to sleep in naps lasting around 45 minutes, achieving around 4 hours of sleep a day.

These grueling conditions were made even worse by temperatures that were frequently below zero. Even so, Fossett needed to exit the gondola often to check his burners and change fuel. Fossett only had military-style ready-to-eat meals for sustenance.

Fossett’s story also shows that none of these momentous events come easily. He made the attempt five times before his final successful voyage. But Fossett is a balloon pioneer. He was also the first to fly across the Pacific solo, and the first to cross Africa, Europe, and the South Atlantic and Indian Oceans.

The World’s Highest Concert

Richard Branson and the Virgin company have helped bring the hot air balloon to popular culture. It’s not surprising they should make an entry on this list!

In tandem with rock act The Girls, they set a Guinness record for the highest concert ever in a hot air balloon, along with the highest recorded song. They performed ‘What I Did Today’ at an altitude of 1848m for an audience of just two!

The venture was supported by magazine publication Future Music, and also featured guests such as Andrew Vowles of Massive Attack fame.

The Future of Balloon Flights

We can’t know where the future of the balloon flights will take us. But we do know that the march of progress will help flight enthusiasts smash further records and develop new and exciting balloon technologies.

Be sure to follow our blog for more balloon facts, both past and present!

How to Overcome Your Fear of Balloon Rides

How to Overcome Your Fear of Balloon Rides

Uneasy about balloons rides because your fear of heights? You’re not alone. Luckily, there are several solutions. Here are the best ways to overcome your fear.

Keyword(s): balloon rides

Arizona Hot Air Balloon Ride

Have you ever wanted to go on a hot air balloon ride but the thought of being thousands of feet in the sky fills you with dread?

Does your stomach clench when you’re walking across a bridge? Do you have to avert your eyes when you’re on a roller coaster ride?

The reality is, you’re not alone. Many people have a fear of heights. And by many, we mean 3% to 5% of the American population.

While this is a normal fear, it doesn’t mean you have to miss out on some great experiences— such as balloon rides.

In fact, it’s recommended that you confront your phobia head on. In this article, we’ll give you some tips and tricks on how you can overcome your fear of balloon rides.

And how you can get one step further to squelching your fear of heights.

Understanding Acrophobia or Fear of Heights

Acrophobia is the scientific term for fear of heights. So, a person who suffers from acrophobia is afraid of being several feet above the ground.

Like many phobias, your fear of heights could have come about a terrifying experience that involved heights.

You could be anxiety prone or coincidentally had a panic attack. And you just happened to be walking across a bridge.

Maybe one of your parents has a fear of heights and you picked up on their fear when you’d be in an elevator or on a roller coaster.

Or perhaps your fear is innate.

Whatever the cause, it’s understandable that you have this fear. In fact, science reveals why taking balloon rides could be hard on the nerves…

What Science Says

Every person has a fight-or-flight response. If we didn’t have it, humans probably wouldn’t be here right now. It’s what keeps us from getting bit from rattle snakes and attacked by bears.

But what if we can’t run away or fight it? You see, that’s what happens when you’re in the air. Your feet have nowhere to carry you. Which can make us feel out of control.

Also, your eyes search for reference points roughly thirty feet in front to orient your body. When you’re on a balloon ride or skydiving, the reference points are constantly moving.

Especially when skydiving or hang gliding, there isn’t a reference point to orient your body.

Lastly, along these lines, our senses bring in valuable information for our brain and body to assess if this is a secure environment.

These senses include inner ear, eyes, touch, smell, and hearing.

According to this Psychology Today article, if any of these senses decreases, it lessens the ability to reference our body against other objects.

We can then become nervous because we are (subconsciously) aware that this is happening.

It then makes sense why people feel nervous when they’re taking balloon rides or on an airplane.

But what can you do to make you less afraid of heights and enjoy a balloon ride? Read on to find out!

Conquer Balloon Rides with These Tips

Below are practical tips you can use so your balloon ride experience is enjoyable.

Schedule Your Ride Months Out

Schedule your balloon ride a couple months in advance. This will give you time to deal with your fear of heights on a smaller level.

What we mean is that take things slowly. Think of something that makes you feel slightly afraid of heights, but that is manageable

Maybe this is going on an elevator? Or walking up several flights of stairs? Everyone is different.

Rate Your Fear

To find out which situations make you more afraid than others, make a list. For instance, you could list:

  • Walking on a bridge
  • Driving over a bridge
  • Taking a plane ride
  • Skydiving
  • Hang Gliding
  • Riding in a hot air balloon
  • Walking up stairs

Then, rate that situation from one to ten, with one being the least afraid to ten being the most.

If you’re still unsure about the score for each scenario, list or think of some situations where you don’t feel afraid of heights at all.

This could be taking a jog or playing with your dog. These situations would be rated a one. And can help you create a baseline to go off of. (Again, yours may be different.)

Work Your Way Through the List

hot air balloon ride

After rating your list, start at the bottom and work your way to the top. Let’s say walking up several flights of stairs is a six for you.

It’s the lowest rating on your list. Start exposing yourself to this situation and walking up flights of stairs.

Of course, you don’t have to walk up ten flights of stairs in one day. Do this little by little.

Start by walking up one flight of stairs. Check in with yourself. How are you feeling? Do you sense your stomach clenching and your heart rate increasing?

Ride it through. And go up another flight. Then go back down. The next day, go up three flights of stairs. And more and more.

Once you feel comfortable walking up stairs, do a situation on your list with a higher score. Maybe that’s being in an elevator or walking across a bridge.

The truth is, you want to slowly expose yourself to your fear of heights. That way, when you go on the balloon ride, you have confidence in managing your fear.

Confide in Someone About Your Fear

You don’t have to go about this alone. In fact, we don’t recommend it. Talk to a safe person about your fear of heights. Have them go along with you when you walk up those stairs.

They can serve as a source of encouragement and motivation.

During Your Balloon Ride

Let’s say you slowly exposed yourself to your fear of heights. You’ve gained more confidence. But your heart’s still racing during the take-off.

It’s ok. Breathe through it. Squeeze your friend’s or partner’s hand. Focus on something that’s stationary inside the basket for a few minutes.

And then dare yourself to look out at the spectacular view. Feel the wind and the sun on your face. Smell the breeze. Use your senses to not be nervously looking for control.

But to let go, surrender, and enjoy the experience.

We hope this helps you to enjoy balloon rides.

Let us know by leaving a comment!

7 Reasons to Book an Air Balloon Ride This Summer

7 Reasons to Book an Air Balloon Ride This Summer

Do you want to do something exciting this summer? You should go on an air balloon ride. Click here for 7 reasons to book an air balloon ride this summer.

Heat waves have been sweeping the country all summer, especially in the southwest where temperatures are regularly exceeding 100°F.

To beat the heat, people are clamoring for the beach, swimming pools, and anyplace that has air conditioning. If you’re one of those people who feel like these places are now too crowded, take to the empty skies for a relaxing hot air balloon ride.

Getting into a hot air balloon might seem like the wrong choice in the summer but, in reality, summer’s one of the best times to go. The temperature change isn’t as shocking and the days are longer.

Beyond getting away from the crowds, there are so many reasons to book an air balloon ride this summer.

See Things From a New Perspective

air balloon ride Phoenix

Perhaps you think it won’t be interesting to take a hot air balloon ride to see your own city. You see it every day.

However, once you travel high enough, you’ll be struck by the new angles at which you can see your city’s buildings, parks, homes, and roads. You’ll notice things about your city that you could never have noticed from the ground.

Don’t just appreciate the view once you get up there.

One of the most incredible feelings in the world is watching the ground, and all the people on it shrink away from you as you ascend into the sky.

Seeing the world from 1,500 feet gives you a new perspective about how small we are on this planet and our place in it.

Make the Occasion Romantic

romantic hot air balloon ride

A hot air balloon ride is the perfect way to make the outing with that special someone romantic. Watching the sunrise or sunset while snuggled up with your loved one makes saying “I love you” that much more romantic.

Booking a ride on a hot air balloon is the perfect way to keep the romance going on a date or anniversary.

If you’re ready to pop the question to your partner, proposing on a hot air balloon will take their breath away! Proposing on a hot air balloon ride has become increasingly popular as couples are looking to make huge statements when they pop the question.

Take Instagram-Worthy Photos

hot air balloon selfie

If you want photos that will get you tons of likes on Instagram and Facebook, you need to go on a hot air balloon ride. No doubt you’ll want pictures of other hot air balloons around you as a selfie.

Some of the key photos we recommend you take are of the balloon inflating (a process that takes nearly 30 minutes), the balloon ascending (a video would be great, too!), you in the basket, the landscape below, and the sunrise/sunset.

Most people find the camera on their smartphone is sufficient for capturing their hot air balloon trip. However, bringing a point and shoot or DSLR can allow you to capture more detail. Just ensure you have a sturdy camera strap.

Remember, be courteous of other people in the basket. Allow your fellow balloon occupants space at the rim of the basket so they can get their photos, too.

Appreciate the Sunrise/Sunset

Many hot air balloon operators create their schedules to coincide with the sunrise and sunset. The temperatures are cooler during these times, plus the changing light makes the ride more romantic and breathtaking.

As the sun rises, be sure to take in the silhouettes the sun creates in the surrounding landscape and buildings in the city. If you’re in the right position, you’ll be able to take advantage of the early glowing light for your photographs.

Sunset is also considered a golden hour for photographs. In addition to the photos of the colorful sunset, be sure to snap photos of the sunlight dancing over the fields and trees.

Embrace the Silence

One thing few people realize is that hot air balloon rides are quite quiet.

The pilot will obviously use the burner to reach your cruising altitude, but once you’ve reached that height, he’ll shut it off. Once the burner is off, you’ll be amazed at how

Once the burner is off, you’ll be amazed at how quiet and serene it is in the air. You can’t hear the drone of cars or peoples’ chattering.

We’re sure you’ll never want to leave once you’ve experienced that kind of silence.

Do remember your pilot might need to turn on the burner every now and again to regain altitude.

Conquer Your Fear of Heights

If you fear heights, you may be thinking “no way am I getting in that hot air balloon.” However, if you’ve been looking for a way to conquer your fear of heights, a hot air balloon ride might just be what you need.

Being in a hot air balloon involves a slow introduction to heights. The balloon rises slowly, so there’s no jarring realization you’re going too high.

Also, the ride is very smooth inside the large basket. You won’t experience the sensation of feeling like you’ll fall out of the balloon.

Finally, you’ll have the quiet skies and beautiful views to distract you as you float through the sky. How could you possibly think about how high up you are when you can see the landscape for miles around?

Make Some Friends on Your Air Balloon Ride

While some people go on a balloon ride for a romantic experience, others go because it’s something they’ve always wanted to do or because they want to see the world from above.

Going on a ride in a hot air balloon is a wonderful opportunity to meet new people. Visitors will come from all over the country, and sometimes even the world, to go hot air ballooning in other places.

Even if you don’t plan on keeping in touch with the people you meet in your balloon, making those brief connections is what makes us human.

What Are You Waiting For?

Before you know it, summer will have gone, and you will have missed your opportunity for a hot air balloon ride.

If you have questions about hot air ballooning in general or want to make reservations for your balloon ride, get in touch with us.

What to Wear on a Hot Air Balloon Ride

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!

Keyword(s): hot air balloon ride

Hot Air Balloon Ride Phoenix

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.

Sunglasses

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.

Layers

Hot Air Balloon Ride Arizona

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

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

Hot Air Balloon Ride Scottsdale

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!