How to Travel With Balloons

Helium balloons add to the festivities.
Helium balloons add to the festivities. (Image: Medioimages/Photodisc/Photodisc/Getty Images)

Throwing a birthday party, bachelor party or baby shower? Have you been left in charge of the balloons? Traveling with balloons is not as difficult as you may think, but you should take some necessary precautions when you travel with them.

Purchase your balloons within two to three hours before you will use them. Helium-filled balloons start to slowly deflate beyond that time frame.

Put the balloons in the vehicle's back seat, being sure they are attached to a balloon weight. Never put helium-filled balloons in your trunk; the heat on a hot day and other objects in the trunk may cause balloons to pop or deflate.

Cover the balloons with a large trash bag when you have a large quantity or if the weather is bad. Have someone hold the trash bag open upside down, and allow the balloons to float up into the trash bag. Pull the draw strings on the trash bag to tighten around the balloons, and let the strings hang down. This will keep rain and wind from damaging the balloons as well as keep them intact during your travel.

Order your balloons at a location not too far from the party or event. Remember that you cannot take helium-filled balloons on an airplane, and there may be limitations to how many you can bring onboard a bus or train.

Tips & Warnings

  • Try to have someone else help you when traveling with a lot of balloons.
  • Be prepared to purchase more balloons than necessary in case a few of them pop during transport.

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