How to Pack Light for Your Next Trip to Vegas
With airlines constantly jacking up their fees for checked luggage and carry-on baggage, it really pays to pack light. If you’re planning a trip to Vegas, there’s a lot you can safely leave at home and a few things you’ll definitely want to bring along. Remember, Las Vegas is a large city, so if you neglect to pack an item, chances are you can buy it there or even have your hotel provide it free of charge. Here are the essential items, though, that you won’t want to leave home without:
Phone charger – that battery isn’t going to last long without your charger. Bring a few extra, as the chargers at the casinos are way expensive and you always lose one somewhere.
Comfortable footwear – even if you plan to take a cab or limo around town, you’ll still be doing a lot of walking in Vegas. Make sure to bring along some comfortable shoes. Tight shoes and hot weather are a perfect combination for blisters. We see quite a few clients at our urgent care for foot related issues.
Dressy clothing – if you plan on staying in an upscale hotel, playing high stakes games, or enjoying fine dining while in Vegas, be certain to carry some nice clothing. While you can easily get away with casual clothing at the slots, you don’t want to show up at a swanky restaurant looking like a rube. Plus, if the establishment has a dress code, they might not even seat you. Some of the more popular restaurants in Vegas are enforcing dress codes now…so beware!
Prescription medications – if you’re taking any prescription drugs, pack enough for your entire trip. No one wants to waste their Vegas vacation at a pharmacy or emergency room. It’s also a good idea to bring your meds in the original prescription bottles, especially if they’re controlled substances. It might save you a lot of hassle at the airport. We see quite a few patients that have blood pressure that is completely out of control since they left their blood pressure pills at home. This can create bad headaches, strain on your heart, and possibly a trip to the ER.
Sun protection – sure, you can easily buy sunscreen once you arrive in Vegas, but you really should pack a hat and/or sunglasses. Las Vegas is usually very sunny year round – it is in the desert, after all. You can even get sunburned here in the winter.
Casual clothing – you’ll be wearing this for the majority of your trip. Choose something light and cool. Shorts, linen shirts, and sundresses are good options.
Swimwear – your hotel will have a pool and public skinny-dipping is frowned on, even in Vegas. Remember to pack some swimwear - just stay out of the Bellagio’s fountains. Bring a cover-up if you are female. Most of the upscale casinos require women to wear cover-ups through the casinos.
Extra space – Vegas has some incredible shops and boutiques. Use all that extra space you’ve saved with this guide to bring home souvenirs and gifts. Your friends and family will thank you.
If you follow the guide above, you’ll have all your Vegas essentials. If there’s something you absolutely can’t live without, feel free to pack it. Just keep in mind that your hotel will usually offer complimentary toiletries and other sundries.