Prepping for your Flight


Your reservation is made, date and time set, now what?

Check out these tips to make the ballooning experience most enjoyable, and get ready to soar up, up and away!

Comfortable, casual clothing is always recommended on our ballooning excursions, as we are enjoying nature in a desert environment. The temperature in the balloon is about the same as on the ground, so dress appropriately for the day’s anticipated temperatures.
On any given day, we recommend:

  • Closed toe shoes
  • Hat
  • Light jacket
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Camera

Your hot air balloon flight provides many opportunities for excellent photographs and video, so be sure to bring your camera, selfie stick, GoPro –  your photo method of choice!  Our flight crew and pilots are more than happy snap pictures of you, using your camera, in the balloon both before take-off and in the air.  In preparation for landing, be sure all photo equipment is properly protected and stowed away, as Hot Air Expeditions is not responsible for damage that occurs during your expedition.

Our tours take place in the heart of the Sonoran Desert, and unfortunately nature does not provide a restroom. Our launch and landing sites vary from day to day dependent upon the winds, typically in remote parts of the desert. While there are usually abundant trees and bushes, there are no restroom facilities available during your trip.

We are known for our outstanding food service catered by the award-winning Vincent’s on Camelback. Our menu is pre-selected and can be found here. Vegetarian and gluten free meals are available with a 24 hour advance notice. Champagne, orange juice and bottled water will be provided with your cuisine upon landing in the desert. Bottled water is always available

Special Occasions
If you are celebrating a Birthday, Anniversary, or other special occasion, please let us know 24 hours in advance and we’ll plan a special celebration for you!

Health + Safety
In order to participate in a hot air balloon flight, you should be in good general health and not be pregnant. Landing can sometimes be bumpy, similar to jumping off the second or third rung of a ladder. You will be required to sign a medical statement of good health and a waiver of liability prior to your flight.

Cancellation Policy
A 48-hour notice is required to cancel your reservation without penalty.  If you cancel within 48 hours, no-show or show up with fewer passengers than reserved, your credit card will be charged for the full amount.   

Oh, and we forgot to mention, HAVE FUN!

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