If you're about to take your first balloon flight, then you might not be sure what to wear. You don't want to dress to impress here — practicality is the key. What do you need to know about dressing for the flight?

Wear Comfortable Clothes

You won't just be standing in the balloon basket during the flight. You'll also have to get in and out of it. While this isn't difficult, you might have to do a bit of climbing in the process.

It's easier to negotiate getting in and out of the basket if you're wearing clothes that you're comfortable in. For example, it's a lot harder to get in and out of a balloon in a dress or a skirt than it is in trousers or shorts. Skirts can also blow around if it is a bit windy; you don't want to have to worry about holding an errant skirt in place in the balloon.

Wear Layers

Once you're in the air, weather conditions affect how warm or cold you are. While there may not be much difference between your flight and the temperature on the ground, it's best to be prepared just in case.

For example, it may be breezier up in the air than it was on the ground before your flight. Or, you could get quite warm. If the sun is up, the flight could get warm. Plus, the balloon's burners can also affect the temperature in the basket during the flight.

To make sure that you don't get too hot or too cold, it's a good idea to wear a few thin layers. That way, you can take clothes off if you get too hot and put them on again if the temperature drops.

Wear the Right Shoes

Even if you'll only take a short flight, you'll stand in the basket all the time. You can't take the weight off your feet and sit down. So, wear comfortable shoes.

From a safety perspective, you need to keep your footing during the flight. It's best to wear flat shoes with grips, like runners. Don't wear shoes with heels. These are less comfortable and harder to keep your balance in.

Remember that you might have to walk over grass, dirt or mud to get to and from the balloon. So, your shoes should be suitable for these ground conditions.

To find out more about recommended clothing and footwear, contact your balloon flights provider. They can also give you weather advice for the day of your flight to help you stay comfortable.