Your Las Vegas Vacay Checklist

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If you want to get the most out of your next Las Vegas vacation, it’s time to step up your packing game. Having the essential items you need for a good time can make or break your vacay, so it’s important to gear up the right way. For those wondering what to bring to Vegas, here’s the ultimate Vegas packing list and must-do experiences for Vegas newbies.

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1. Comfortable Shoes

When you pack for Las Vegas, keep in mind that you’ll have some opportunities to explore Vegas in between your planned Sin City shenanigans. There’s a lot of walking involved when going from casino to casino in downtown Las Vegas and the Las Vegas Strip, so comfortable shoes are a must. Check out the Fremont casino map to get an idea of where the casinos are located.

2. Casual Clothes

Wondering what to wear in Vegas daytime? Casual clothing that keeps you cool and comfortable is a great option for lounging by the pool, grabbing a bite at one of the Vegas restaurants, or trying your luck on the casino floor. Also, depending on the time of year you’re visiting, you may need a jacket.

3. Upscale Outfit

Be sure to consider the places and venues you plan to visit when considering what to wear in Vegas. Some of the trendy nightclubs and upscale restaurants or bars have a strict dress code, and you don’t want to be turned away for failing to look your best. Take this opportunity to go all out with your hottest Vegas outfit ideas.

4. Heels or Dress Shoes

Of course, you’ll need to bring your heels or dress shoes to go along with your upscale Vegas outfits. Just keep comfort in mind and remember that you’ll likely be on your feet more than you know. Your dress shoes and heels should definitely be ready for the dance floor!

5. Flip-Flops

Flip-flops are perfect for Las Vegas for several reasons. First, you need a good set of flip-flops to take to the pool for easy in-and-out access to the water. However, flip-flops are also a welcome relief at the end of the night when those heels are starting to pinch and slide in all the wrong places.

6. Gym Clothes

If you want to keep up with your workout routine in Las Vegas, many hotels have fitness centers with cardio equipment and weights to help you stay on track. There are also several running and hiking trails around Las Vegas if you’d rather get outside of your hotel room and take in the beautiful desert landscape.

7. Government-Issued Identification

While this one might seem like a no-brainer, it’s worth putting on your list of what to pack for Vegas. If you plan to go out to have drinks, place bets at the sports book, or gamble in the casino, you’ll need to have a government-issued ID to prove your age. Even if you don’t gamble or drink, you have to be a certain age to have access to the area.

8. Phone Charger

We’re very concerned about our phones and making sure we have them before we head out the door, but we usually don’t think about our phone chargers. This is why a good charger is one of the items people tend to forget. If you have an extra charger, pack it right away with your other essential items.


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9. Bathing Suit

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If you’re heading to Vegas, you’ll likely be spending some time by the pool. Whether you choose to check out one of the awesome pools in downtown Las Vegas or The Strip, you’ll need a bathing suit to take full advantage. For an epic pool experience you won’t find anywhere else in Vegas, be sure to swing by Stadium Swim at Circa!

10. Pool Bag

Off to the pool? You may find your hands full if you forgot to pack a small bag or backpack. While you won’t need a towel because those are typically available by the pool, you might want to bring your sunblock, phone, headphones, tanning lotion, water, a book, or anything else you need to relax. Having a pool tote ready to go will make your life much easier.

11. Sunblock

The Vegas sun can be intense — especially in the summertime. It’s a good idea to put sunblock on before you head out for the day. You should also take it with you when you spend time at the pool or anytime you plan to be outside for a while. You may need to reapply it throughout the day.

12. Water Bottle

Another essential item for Las Vegas is a refillable water bottle. To feel your best and make the most of your vacation, it’s important to stay hydrated while in the Vegas heat. Also, if you’re partaking in alcoholic beverages, it’s easier to become dehydrated and end up being down for the count by the time the sun sets. You’ll find many water stations throughout the city to keep your water bottle filled.

13. Sunglasses

Did we mention that it gets hot in Las Vegas? It’s definitely worth saying again. Las Vegas summers can be brutal, and sunglasses are always a good idea if you plan to be outside. Protecting your eyes while relaxing by the pool or taking a stroll around downtown Las Vegas is one way to stay cool and comfortable.

14. Hangover Hacks

If you didn’t already know, Las Vegas is a 24-hour city with drinks available around the clock. While this can lead to good times and unforgettable experiences, it can take a toll the next morning! We recommend coming prepared with the hangover hacks that work best for you. Consider having ibuprofen or acetaminophen available and hydrating drinks on hand to nip that hangover in the bud.

15. Chapstick

The desert air in Las Vegas can get very dry. Add some classic Vegas wind to that scenario, and you’re in for some chapped lips. Make sure to pack some chapstick or hydrating lip gloss to keep your lips moisturized and protected.

16. Moisturizer

What applies to your lips also goes for your skin. The dry air, heat, and wind typically found in Vegas can quickly dehydrate and irritate your skin. A thick moisturizing lotion will help keep your skin hydrated and happy. Also, you may need it more than you think after a few hours by the pool.

17. Makeup Remover Wipes

While a good skincare routine is important, it’s very likely that all that will go out the window after a long night of debauchery in Las Vegas. Makeup remover wipes can be a godsend when you want to quickly remove your makeup or clean off your face before you go to bed.

18. Hand Sanitizer

We all know how important it is to keep your hands clean if you want to avoid getting sick. You’ll find many hand sanitizing stations and restrooms throughout Las Vegas, but it’s smart to keep a small bottle of hand sanitizer in your purse or pocket — just in case.

19. First Aid Travel Kit

A mini first aid kit may come in handy while you’re traveling. They often contain bandaids, pain relievers, antibacterial wipes, hydrocortisone cream for rashes, aloe gel for burns, and more. With all that partying ahead of you, it’s quite possible you’ll need some of these things during your trip.

20. Your Las Vegas Must-Do List

freemont street in downtown las vegas

Lastly, you should definitely have a list of things you want to do, see, and experience while you’re in Las Vegas. For Vegas first-timers, here are a few ideas you need to add to your list:



Be sure to check out the events downtown Las Vegas calendar and other things happening downtown, including the famous Slotzilla Zipline and dazzling light shows on the Viva Vision screen. You’ll also find many of the iconic casinos downtown, including Circa, Golden Nugget, The California, Four Queens, Fremont Hotel & Casino, The D, and Golden Gate.

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