When it comes to experiencing the marvel of the Grand Canyon helicopter tour is one of the most unique and exciting ways to do so. Viewing the national park from above is a thrill that not many people get to experience.
Yet while flying in a chopper is a fun and memorable means of sightseeing, it can also evoke some nerves – especially if it is your first trip or if you are afraid of heights. Thankfully, we have some insider tips to help you cope with any pre-flight anxiety you might be feeling before your Grand Canyon helicopter tour.
Be aware of motion sickness
We highly recommend taking precautions to prevent travel sickness you might experience on the chopper, even if you don’t normally get sick. Flying in a chopper is unusual for most people and so it can make even the strongest of people feel quite ill. The last thing you want is for travel sickness to ruin the special experience that you paid money for! Thankfully, you have a range of options when it comes to preventing travel sickness, like:
There are many different types of medications that you can use to treat motion sickness during your Grand Canyon helicopter tour. Antihistamines like Dramamine (best taken 30 mins prior to your flight) and transdermal patches are the most commonly prescribed travel sickness medications. Talk to your GP or pharmacist for more personal advice.
If you don’t want to take medication you could try a natural remedy such as an acupressure wristband. This works by targeting pressure points on the wrist in order to reduce symptoms of travel sickness. This is a kid-friendly option for children who can’t take medication.
Ginger is a time-old remedy for nausea and motion sickness. It can be consumed in tablet, liquid or candy form some hours before take-off. It is a great option for those who want something natural as opposed to taking medication.
Don’t pack too much
As the chopper is quite small, there will be weight restrictions during your Grand Canyon helicopter tour. As such, you will be limited by how many items you can take on the vehicle. It is a good idea to leave bags, food and water at home (food and drink should be provided – check with your company). Your sunglasses, phone and camera are all you will need during your trip.
Bring your camera
Ensure you pack your camera on your Grand Canyon helicopter tour! There will be a huge array of opportunities for some incredible shots of the Colorado River and more. Make sure your camera battery is charged and that your storage card has plenty of space available (and that both are inside the camera!).
Go to the toilet first
Even if you don’t think you need to go, it’s a good idea to do so before you embark on your Grand Canyon helicopter tour as it is unlikely that there will be toilets on the chopper! You don’t want to be busting for the loo in the middle of your flight, especially if you’re taking children.
Leave the pilot alone
Chatting to the pilot while he/she is trying to operate the chopper is a bad idea. Distracting your pilot using questions about their life could risk the safety of those on board, so it’s a good idea to save your questions until the end of the trip. Alternatively, ask your trip guide.
By following these tips you are sure to have an amazing experience on your Grand Canyon helicopter tour.