How to Prepare For Your First Helicopter Tour
Written by Peter Alaska Helicopter Tours,
in Section Alaskans In The News
The sights of Alaska are truly breathtaking -- but they're especially so when viewed from above. That's just one reason our Anchorage helicopter tours are so popular. Not only are 17 of the 20 highest peaks in the U.S. located right here in Alaska, but you'll also have the chance to see wildlife, volcanoes, and incredible glaciers during your flight. Although helicopter rides in Alaska provide a phenomenal way to make memories, you may have a lot of questions if it's your first time in this type of aircraft. Whether you're a frequent flyer on commercial planes or have little to no experience up in the air, this type of air travel takes a little getting used to. It may help to clear up some questions about preparing for your helicopter flight. In today's post, we're discussing some important points to keep in mind prior to the day of takeoff.
What You Should Wear on Alaska Helicopter Tours
Keep in mind that air temperatures can change rapidly when you're up in the air. It's recommended that you wear several lightweight layers, which will give you the freedom to add or remove articles as you see fit. The base of your outfit should be long pants and a long-sleeved shirt, though you may also want to bring gloves, a hat, and a warm coat. You should also dress in dark clothing, as light-colored clothing will actually reflect the light and could impact the quality of any photos you take during the ride. Your garments should be rather tight-fitting, as loose clothing can easily blow up or become caught in helicopter components. You'll need to wear secure, flat shoes (e.g., no high heels, sandals, or flip flops) for safety reasons. Hats, scarves, and jewelry should not be worn. If you have long hair, you should tie it back prior to boarding.
What You Should Bring on Your Helicopter Tour
You will be instructed to bring only the necessities when taking part in Anchorage helicopter tours. That's because extra items will increase weight in the cabin. You will not be permitted to bring purses, bags, backpacks, or other personal items (including keys, sunglasses, wallets, binoculars, etc.) and will need to leave them in a secure location. You can, however, bring a camera or a camera phone to take as many pictures as you'd like.
How to Prepare for Motion Sickness and Turbulence
Even if you are prone to motion sickness, that does not mean you have to skip this experience. It's advised that sitting in the front part of the helicopter, as you'll be less likely to feel ill. You may want to consider taking motion sickness medicine prior to your journey and booking on a day that's likely to be sunny and relatively free of windy conditions. One important thing to note is that turbulence on helicopters is very different from turbulence on planes. In fact, you really won't experience any turbulence at all during your helicopter tour. As a result, passengers don't feel the bumps and drops they might experience on commercial aircraft. Ultimately, this means Anchorage helicopter tours provide a smooth, scenic ride.
You may not even need motion sickness medication after all. A lot of people experience feelings of nervousness while flying. Again, this experience will be very different from flying in a traditional airplane. However, you can counteract any feelings of anxiety on the day by doing some meditative breathing or by taking some anti-anxiety medication prescribed by your doctor. If you feel nervous during the initial part of the flight, talking to the person next to you or playing a brief game can take your mind off those negative feelings and allow you to enjoy the experience. Helicopter tours can make for an unforgettable and beautiful experience. When you know what to expect, you'll be able to adequately prepare and have an amazing time. To learn more about our tours, please contact us today.