How to Pack for a Trip to Las Vegas


One of the most popular tourist destinations in the U.S., Las Vegas offers its visitors a host of activities, including shopping, dancing, swimming, hiking and more. A destination as diverse as it is fabulous, Vegas offers plenty of fun for the whole family, but figuring out exactly what to pack can be a challenge. In addition to your favorite outfit, make sure to include some of these must-have items in your suitcase:

Saturdays at SLS is the place to be in Las Vegas

Saturdays at SLS is the place to be in Las Vegas

Bring Your Bathing Suit

Despite its desert location, Las Vegas is a swimmer’s paradise. From the Mandalay Bay Beach to the Garden of the Gods Pool Complex at Caesar’s, almost all the resorts offer superb swimming. In many cases, these aren’t your average hotel swimming pools. With wave pools, man-made rivers, white sand, water slides, waterfalls and more, the Las Vegas pools are as luxurious as they are refreshing. Swimming is also a welcome pick-me-up when you’re trying to beat the summer heat.

Casual and Comfortable

It’s a good idea to pack something fancy for a night on the town, but Vegas isn’t all flashing lights and casino action. Chances are you’ll be doing a lot of walking as you explore everything the city offers. In addition to the 3.5-mile Strip, there are also plenty of day trip destinations. Area attractions include marveling at the Hoover Dam, exploring Eldorado Canyon or hiking at Red Rock. Loose shorts, T-shirts and supportive shoes will be your best friend as you check out these local highlights.

Sun Protection

Make room in that luggage for your sunglasses, sunscreen, SPF lip balm and even a wide-brim hat. Las Vegas gets 320 days of sunshine a year, so you’ll want to make sure you’re covered. Bring sunblock that fits easily into a purse or backpack so that you can reapply as you’re out and about.

Travel Tips

Get your bags packed and ready to go!

Layers for Later

Temperatures do sizzle in the summer months, but you might be surprised at how chilly the air can get once the sun goes down. Depending on when you go, it’s a good idea to include long pants and a jacket or sweater in your luggage. Even if you travel in the peak summer months, have a cardigan on hand, since most places run the air conditioning at full blast.

Stretchy Pants

Elastic waist pants probably don’t jump to mind as a Vegas must-have, but they might just be the most valuable thing you pack. Las Vegas has a wide variety of world-class eateries, and a visit means you’ll likely be eating very well for the duration of your trip. Whether you’re enjoying sushi at Bar Masa, the buffet at the Bellagio or an after-dinner treat at Freed’s Bakery, you’ll want pants that are forgiving around your waistline after you’ve feasted.

A trip to Las Vegas is enjoyable no matter what you have in your suitcase, but knowing what to bring helps ensure you stay comfortable throughout your trip. With these must-have items, you’re ready for your next Vegas adventure.

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