I enjoy the preparatory elements of travel – packing my bags and choosing my outfits – but my favourite part is getting there.
Packing for Las Vegas is no joke. People always feel the need to bring their sexiest outfits, even during the coldest time of the year. In Sin City, sexy means less fabric and more skin. Now that I’m a 38-year old mom with a steady boyfriend, being “sexy” in Vegas means squat to me. But I do feel the need to look adorable.
So what to bring to Vegas?
What I learned from my past travels is to always bring extra clothes, because there will be days when I don’t feel like wearing a certain type of outfit. Having options is never a bad idea. One of those options is, of course, clubbing clothes. Whether or not clubbing is in the itinerary, it’s a must-bring wardrobe to Vegas.
For those of you who have never been to Vegas, here’s a few things to know:
- Best time to go is in September. It’s not too cold and it’s not too hot.
- The temperature drops fast and hard at night. So if you’re walking around with a tank top during the day, don’t expect that’s going to fly when the sun goes down.
- Las Vegas is a city in the middle of the desert. There is no humidity. It will be very dry. Moisturizers and lotion is a must.
- Don’t expect you’re going to get a lot of sleep. You’re in Sin City. If New York has been nicknamed “the city that never sleeps,” then Las Vegas is the “party that never dies.”
- You can walk around the Strip with an oversized glass of alcohol and people will high-five you for it.
- If you want to get into a nightclub, make friends with promoters. Otherwise, you’ll be waiting in line for 2+ hours. Check out their website or call. Keep in mind that ratio is everything. An all-guys party will not have the same benefits as an all-girls party.
Now that we’ve established the basic must-knows, let’s establish the must-bring:
Moisturizer and lotion
As I mentioned before, you’re going to be in the middle of the desert. Don’t let the fancy lights and tall buildings full you. They cannot control the weather. It will be very dry so bring some lotion or don’t forget to buy it there. I wouldn’t rely on hotel condiments. They don’t offer facial moisturizers as part of the package and the lotion is watered down.
Bringing makeup is a no brainer. People tend to forget to bring makeup remover. I used to just bring eye makeup remover and face wash. My mom recently gave me this makeup remover/moisturizer cream and it works miracles. Just scrub it on your face like you would a face wash and wipe it off with tissue and you’re all done. You’ve removed your makeup with an instant moisturizer. Love it!
A set budget when going to Vegas is highly recommended. I even recommend to bring only one credit card. If you’re good with money, then no problem. But if you’re the type of person who likes to splurge and gamble, bring cash, and only that. Otherwise, you’ll go home broke. That’s never fun.
Aleve is my preferred drug. It cures headaches from hangovers and body pain from… I’ll let you decide where your body pain will come from.
3 pairs of shoes
1 pair of comfortable flats, 1 pair of comfortable booties or boots, 1 pair of stilettos
They make the simplest of outfits look cute. Enough said.
Las Vegas is known for one thing – PARTY! But that doesn’t mean there’s nothing else to do there. There are a ton of places to see and do. If you’re not a gambler or a party night owl, here are a few things to consider:
- See the fountain show at the Bellagio. It’s a wonderful sight to see and a necessity for all Vegas tourists.
- Take a stroll down Fremont St.
- Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay
- High Roller Wheel
- Make sure to try out one of the buffets. Las Vegas is known for it. My recommendations are:
• Bacchanal Buffet at Caesars Palace
• Wicked Spoon at The Cosmopolitan
• Studio B Show Kitchen at M Casino (off the Strip)