Whether it's a jumbo balloon or a bunch of balloons, travelling with them can be quite a challenge...especially if it's your first time! Some of the problems you may encounter with the huge air-filled items is that it can be too big to fit in your vehicle, can easily become a tangled mess, float away or worse, pop during transportation. Hence why we've decided to provide you with a few quick tips to help you on your journey if you ever choose to travel with balloons in your car.
Before figuring out whether it's suitable for you to pick up the balloons yourself or have it delivered, the first thing you need to check is whether the balloons can fit into your vehicle. It is generally the bigger the car, the more balloons you can fit and travel with. However, when it comes to bigger balloons like the 60cm or 90cm (jumbo) balloons, most people will find it difficult to fit it through the car door, let alone travel with. Therefore, it's a good idea to make sure that the car door is wide enough by measuring the door entry. Other than that, below you will find a quick guide on which car is suitable for transportation depending on the size and quantity:
Less than two balloons - Backseat of a Medium Sedan (E.g. Toyota Camry, Honda City, Hyundai Elantra)
Three to four balloons - Car boot with the backseat placed down for a Hatchback or mini SUV (E.g. Toyota Corolla, Volkswagen Golf, Honda CRV, Nissan Qashqai)
Five balloons - Car boot with the backseat placed down for a medium/large SUV (E.g. Subaru Forester, Land Rover Discovery, Toyota Landcruiser, Nissan Dualis)
Six or seven balloons - MPV (Toyota Prius V, Honda Odyssey, Kia Grand Carnival)
Less than two balloons - Car boot with the backseat placed down for a Hatchback or mini SUV (E.g. Toyota Corolla, Volkswagen Golf, Honda CRV, Nissan Qashqai)
Three to four balloons - Car boot with the backseat placed down for a medium/large SUV (E.g. Subaru Forester, Land Rover Discovery, Toyota Landcruiser, Nissan Dualis)
Five or six balloons - MPV (Toyota Prius V, Honda Odyssey, Kia Grand Carnival
...make sure the back area is free of items
It is very important that there are plenty of space in the back seat and car boot. Nothing is worst than arriving to your pick up point only to realise that your jumbo balloon doesn't fit due a baby seat or passengers occupying the back seat. Therefore, before leaving your home, you need to make sure the back area is free of items (including passengers), as well as checking the car for sharp objects or edges. If there are any sharp objects, either remove it or cover it with tape or a towel. This will prevent your balloons from popping in the car during travelling. If you are driving a hatchback, SUV or MPV, make sure that the back seat can be folded down to a flat position.
When loading the balloons into the vehicle, you should always have one hand holding the balloon weight as well as both hands securing the balloon neck to maximise control, especially in windy weather. Also, make sure that there's enough space to manoeuvre and there are no obstruction from the pick up area and vehicle. You should also be alert of sharp objects such as plants and walls (brick and rendered) as they can cause the balloons to pop with just a slight contact.
Always place the balloons in the back seat of your car. We do not recommend placing the balloons in the passenger seat as this can interfere with your driving. If you are driving a sedan, we also don't recommend placing the balloons in the trunk as the heat from the trunk may cause them to burst. Also, just before take off, maximise the vehicle's air conditioner to keep the air cool. This will help prevent the balloons from bursting as well as limit balloon shrinkage.
So there you have it - you are now equipped with some useful tips to help you next time when transporting your air-filled pleasure!
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