So you’ve booked you’re first helicopter tour and the excitement is beginning to wash over you, but what do you wear exactly? Unlike most other forms of travel, your choice of clothing is particularly important in order for you to get the most out of your experience. By picking the right clothing you’ll ensure that you won’t spend the majority of the flight worrying about being too hot or too cold.
This may come as a surprise, but in order to take the best pictures it’s a good idea to wear darker colours. Darker colours will reduce any window reflections, as lighter colours tend to reflect in helicopter windows, which can ruin photo opportunities. If you or another passenger takes photos, a person in lighter clothes will show up as a luminescent ghost so it’s a good idea to leave the neon colours at home!
Avoid Loose Clothes
It’s important for you not to wear loose fitting clothes as they catch the wind worse than other outfits. Particularly in open door helicopters where you’ll be subjected to the wind first hand. For the ladies, this means skirts are out! A set of jeans will ensure that the wind doesn’t catch your clothing too badly. If you have any loose jewellery you’ll want to leave that at home so that you don’t lose it. On your feet, you’ll want to avoid sandals or flip flops that can come off easily. Laced shoes or trainers will be just fine.
Dress for the season?
If it’s the summer, you’re going to want to make sure you’re not wearing anything too heavy but likewise you don’t want to be too cold when the on-board temperature control takes effect. The best way to stay comfortable on a helicopter is to wear layers which can be easily removed until you reach a temperature that works for you. This strategy works in both summer and winter so you can be sure that you will be able to find a temperature that allows you to fully take in the sights of London below.
Hats are an absolute no-no for helicopter travel. Hats flying upwards and into the rotor system can damage helicopters so leave these either in the lockers or at home. Whereas, sunglasses are essential. Given your height in the air and the size of the windows, you can find the natural light exposure to be much higher than ground level. On that note it’s important to bring sun cream as you can run the risk of being sunburnt.
Things you can’t bring with you
You’re going to be limited by what you can bring on the flight. You can only bring a camera or mobile phone on board. All other possessions will be left in lockers. You won’t be able to take a purse, backpack or set of keys as these easily be blown about and into the rotor system.
The secret to making the most of your helicopter trip is to dress for the occasion. Leave the valuables at home, chuck on some sun screen, some jeans, a few layers of tops and some shades and you’ll be set to enjoy the fabulous vistas without feeling uncomfortable. If you want to get some good shots of the occasion always remember to leave the bright colours at home so that you can get pictures that capture you in the best light, rather than having you or your friend light up like Casper the ghost when you print them off.
Most importantly of all, keep your camera charged and have fun!