How should I dress for a hot air balloon ride?

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So you’re going on a romantic hot air balloon ride.

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You want to look gorgeous, but please don’t wear a dress & heels! Here’s why, and exactly how you should dress for a hot air balloon ride.

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These tips are from a pro who knowsZanne Merkel of WhereGalsWander, after her experience in a hot air balloon.

(Courtesy of Wild Tribute, a clothing store that donates 4% of their proceeds to support America’s National Parks. Their t-shirts, hoodies and hats are awesome.)

How to dress for a hot air balloon ride.

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1. Wear comfortable shoes with good tread! You’ll want to make sure you’re able to make it to the balloon, which is most likely on an uneven field. In addition,  you’ll probably be standing in the basket of the hot-air balloon for the entire ride. Also wear tall socks, because there may be burrs.

2. Wear sunscreen and bring sunglasses, especially given how high up you’ll be. Sometimes, it’s hard to remember this very important step when leaving early in the morning because it may not be bright yet. 

3. Dress in warm layers. Hot-air balloons go out early morning and early evening when the temperatures change. Wear comfortable clothing that allows you to bend, climb, and stretch so it’s easy to climb in and out of the wicker basket.

4. Bring a hat, not just for warmth but for standing under the fire that heats the basket– it can be quite warm on your head!

5. Bring only the essentials– no large bags, purses, or backpacks.

Want to know more?

See all of our Hot Air Balloon articles: learn how it feels to travel in a hot air balloon, or keep 2 feet on the ground and watch must-see fictional ballooning movies from several different genres.

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