Updated on February 1, 2021 by Lyric Fergusson
The key is knowing what to bring, what to wear in Vegas, and what NOT to pack. I also include general FAQs about Las Vegas.
Whether you’ll be spending your time at the exclusive casino pools, air-conditioned shops, fancy acrobatic shows, or night clubs, this packing list has everything you need for a great trip to Sin City.
What to Pack for Vegas – 17 Essentials
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9. Partying / Hangover Kit: Activated Charcoal, Alka-seltzer, OTC pain medicine, electrolytes
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Another handy feature of VPNs is that in countries or locations where the internet is censored, it can act as a “key” to unlock your access. Plus it’s very affordable, and as easy to use as touching a button on your device!
Other Vegas packing list items not to forget
Stain Removing Supplies
Plastic Packing Bags
Mini manicure kit
Collapsible Water Bottle
Cool Pool Tote
Extra phone chargers
What to Wear in Las Vegas
Make sure you pack for every occasion – think swimsuits, trendy daytime outfits, and some nicer clothes to wear out at electro concerts. If that’s not your scene, Las Vegas has plenty to offer in terms of outdoor adventures and day trips – so bring some athletic clothes! Bolder is better in Las Vegas, so go for bright colors and statement accessories.
It’s time to break out the v-necks, pastel trousers and hawaiian shirts. For nighttime, anything goes, but I would recommend bringing some black slacks, nice button-down shirts, dress shoes, and a tie. For daytime, bring swim trunks, shorts, and a few v-necks or tank tops. Make sure you bring a blazer or jacket if you are planning on dining at any of the five-star restaurants or getting into any clubs.
Where to Stay in Las Vegas
Las Vegas is known for its gambling and its nightlife, but there are also countless amazing things to do and enjoy in Sin City — and where you end up staying will influence your experience. If you are looking for a luxurious stay, try the Venetian Resort or the Bellagio. For a more budget experience, we recommend the Excalibur. Short-term rentals are also an awesome choice if you want to be more private and relaxed.
Below is a really cool map tool (currently showing downtown Las Vegas) that has both hotels and short-term rentals displayed with pricing. You can of course zoom in or out and view the other neighborhoods on the same map.
Please note: Where it says “Venetian Resort” in the below map is actually a search bar so you can look up any specific neighborhood you like in there!
Packing for the Seasons in Vegas
WINTER – December & January:
Believe it or not, Las Vegas can get fairly cold in the winter. If you are visiting during this time, make sure that you bring jeans and a jacket, and possibly an umbrella or rain jacket. Winter gets the most rainfall of any season during the year in Vegas!
SPRING – February, March & April:
Spring is definitely one of the best times of the year to visit Las Vegas. The temperatures are cooler that in summer, but you still get plenty of sunshine. Pack what you would pack for summer, plus a light jacket and close-toed shoes.
SUMMER – May, June, July, August, September:
Summer in Las Vegas can get stiflingly hot. This calls for cut-off shorts and tank tops, sun dresses, and swimsuits. Pack all of the above, plus airy scarves, sturdy sandals, breezy tops and comfortable cotton shorts.
FALL – October & November:
Fall is another popular time to visit Las Vegas. The heat of the summer has passed, but you still have plenty of daylight hours and a very slim chance of rain! Think about bringing layers. Pack a few sweaters or jackets that can be layered on top of each other. A cute beanie and some heeled booties are a good idea.
Shows & Concerts – A night out in Las Vegas may mean heading to a concert or circus show! Going out to an event is a great excuse to dress glamorously and wear a killer outfit. You can go bold with a super sparkly dress or jumpsuit, or keep it classy with a little black dress. For men, chic slacks and button-downs are key.
Sightseeing – Maybe you’re headed to Belaggio Gallery of Fine Art , or the iconic Madame Tussauds wax museum, or possibly the Stratosphere Tower Observation Deck to catch a great view of the city. When you’re out sightseeing for the day, bring comfortable clothing and comfortable shoes. Shorts and tank tops are great, as well as comfortable sandals and a pair of sunglasses!
Clubs – The rule of thumb for dressing at Las Vegas clubs is to be stylish and sleek. Flashy and gaudy is okay, too. For women, wear a pair of comfortable heels, and whatever dress or sparkly outfit your heart desires. For men, wear dress shoes, nice pants, button downs, and maybe even a jacket, depending on where you’re going.
Restaurants – Las Vegas is known around the world for its high-class and varied restaurant scene. Don’t be afraid to dress to the nines if you’re headed somewhere nice. If you’re going to a chilled-out brunch by the pool or patio of your hotel, jeans, a t-shirt, and a sunhat is perfectly fine.
Outdoor activities – If you have any outdoor activities or tours planned during your Vegas trip, make sure you pack accordingly. For tours of the Grand Canyon, or the Hoover Dam, bring comfortable walking or hiking shoes, and workout attire. If you are doing a cruise on Lake Mead , a swimsuit and sleek coverup are key. It may be a good idea to bring some athletic clothes, in case you want to zipline down the strip or end up at SkyZone Trampoline Park.
What NOT to take to Las Vegas
Hair Dryer – Almost every hotel and lodging has one!
The following items are banned from casinos:
5) Bath Salts
3) Sharp objects
3) Liquids (unless you follow the liquids rule)
5) Camping equipment
6) Medical tools
7) Various miscellaneous items
To be totally honest, you cannot go wrong with what you wear in Las Vegas. No matter what you wear, there will always be someone on the strip who is dressed more outrageously than you. Leave the warm winter jackets and ugg boots at home, since temperatures remain fairly mild year round. Cast your worries aside and enjoy Sin City!
FAQs about my Vegas trip
- How can I plan the ultimate girls’ getaway weekend in Vegas?
- What kinds of things are there to do in Las Vegas during the day?
- Is Las Vegas a safe place for women and men traveling solo?
- How do I keep my face from breaking out when I travel?
- How can I avoid overpacking for my Vegas trip?
- How do I choose the right bag to bring with me to Vegas?
- What is the rule for carrying on liquids on a plane?
- What counts as liquids?
Check out options for canyon tours and day hikes if you feel like being active! If not, look for great deals on spa visits or opt for a poolside lounge day at your hotel. Vegas also has some great restaurants to keep you well satisfied.
Now, this doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take precautions! There are still pickpockets and scammers to be aware of, not to mention the usual dangers posed to women in bars and when drinking. Women should guard their drinks closely and never leave them unattended – same goes for purses. Everyone should keep their valuables secured on their person, and avoid flashing any expensive jewelry or large winnings (if they happen to score at a casino!).
Bring everything you normally use on your skin with you on your trip, and try to stick to your usual routine of cleaning and treating blemishes if possible. Dry airplane air, an unfamiliar climate in Vegas – the desert – and all of the eating and drinking most people do while they’re in Sin City can take a toll on your skin if you’re not cautious. Be sure to bring a great facial toning and hydrating spray, and maybe even a face mask or two!
For example, a simple black dress that you can wear during the day with sandals can also be dressed up for going out at night by adding some lipstick and cute jewelry. By bringing multipurpose clothing items (a sort of capsule wardrobe), you can pack much lighter.
It’s all about personal preference! A rolling suitcase is always a good option if you want to save yourself shoulder or back pain. Another thing to think about is how much you’ll be needing to carry around with you during the day. If you’ll be doing active things like hiking, bring a travel daypack that’s lightweight and can be compacted down into a very small size when you don’t need it.
Any liquid, aerosol, gel, cream or paste. This includes contact solution, mascara, hand sanitizer, sunscreen, etc. Keeping your liquids in a separate zip lock bag will make the security process go so much more quickly.
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