While planning a trip to Hawaii, the last thing on your mind is mostly likely suitable helicopter clothing. But then you come across open door helicopter tours, and your packing list quickly changes.
If helicopter clothing seems like a silly concept, you should quickly consider what a doors-off helicopter tour involves. You may be surprised that a helicopter ride isn’t as simple as hopping into a bubble with your street clothes.
Safety protocols dictate that you wear a certain type of attire while flying. The primary reason is to keep you safe. But it’s also because we want you to be as comfortable as possible while riding on the hottest helicopter tour on the planet. Our Doors-off Lava & Rainforests Adventure flies over gushing lava to the lush rainforest in a drastic climate and visual change. This is where the comfortable, yet versatile, clothing come in.
Thankfully, you probably aren’t reading this article while the helicopter blades spin overhead. That means you have a bit of time to plan. Keep reading for everything you need about clothes while on the tour of a lifetime.
Forget About the Selfies, Dress for Comfort
Everyone plans to take hundreds of selfies when they’re on the chopper. This is understandable. Luckily, selfies usually just involve the shoulders up, so what you wear shouldn’t actually compromise your ability to be photogenic!
Even so, riding in a doors-off helicopter can make the logistics of being photo-ready a bit more difficult. It’s not all about fashion and selfies when you’re hovering over an active volcano. Even if lava isn’t flowing on the day you fly out, it’s still smart to beat the heat with appropriate attire.
It’s not worth ruining the experience just so you can take a few good photos to share on social media. Doors Off flights require a bit of planning to ensure a comfortable tour. Here are a few good tips on proper helicopter clothing to wear for the journey…
Check the Weather
Knowing the weather forecast for the day of your flight will make planning much easier. However, it doesn’t make it an entirely simple process. Will it rain? How about the humidity? Should you bring sunglasses if it’s a sunny day?
Some of our tours take you through several types of climates and ecosystems. The temperature can change rapidly in these flights, from flying over lava to feeling a misty spray from the rainforest or waterfalls. As a general rule, it’s important to wear versatile clothing that can adapt to the various climates planned on the tour itinerary.
Wear Sturdy Helicopter Clothing
Consider wearing jeans instead of sweatpants or shorts. They are strong enough to prevent your legs from getting too cold and restless. Exposed legs can get chilly from the moisture or wind.
When it comes to shoes, closed-toe is your best bet instead of sandals or flip flops. Sandals run the risk of falling off your feet and into the tropical abyss below.
Carry an extra scarf or jacket with you. Not only do they protect you from the cold, but they also have extra pockets to store snacks and water. If you don’t end up using one, you can always safely stash it in the back of the helicopter.
Choose Darker Shades
You know the worst thing that comes out in pictures and obstructs your view? Lighter clothing. When you wear bright colors or something that reflects light instead of absorbing it, it bounces off the window and obstructs your view. That’s why darker shades are the way to go.
Plus, Doors Off flights aren’t just about rules and fashion choices. We want you to have a good time. We encourage taking as many pictures as your phone internal storage allows. And we want you to look good in them, too. Luckily, darker shades won’t spoil any of that. In fact, due to the way the light hits, you may end up looking better in darker clothing instead of lighter items.
These general helicopter clothing guidelines are meant to keep you safe. If you have specific questions about our tours or apparel suggestions, don’t hesitate to contact us. You can also head over to our Frequently Asked Questions to see if your question has already been answered!