Packing for a vacation can be just as stressful as planning your itinerary. Whether you are the kind of person who throws your belongings in a suitcase an hour before leaving for the airport or the kind that has a meticulous packing schedule ahead of your departure, it can be useful to make a quick list that can be handy on every type of vacation. However, if you’re travelling to the glittering party city of Las Vegas, the packing list will look quite different from, say, a relaxing beach vacation in Goa. Let’s go over all the essentials that you will need to tick off in order to have a spectacular stress-free vacation. Read on for the 10 things that need to be on your packing list for Las Vegas, Nevada.
1. Proper formal attire for your night of dancing and partying
When you think of Las Vegas, you probably visualise a night of non-stop partying, trying your hand in the countless casinos, and riding in a limousine with your friends. The clubs of Las Vegas are a must-see for any traveller, and for that, you will need to bling up and look your best in a classic formal attire. For men, this means a blazer, a smart collared, button-down shirt, trousers and dress shoes. You can add a tie for the dressier clubs, but most places tend to be quite lenient on the tie front. Day clubs are significantly more lenient, but try to stick with golf club attire, and stay away from baseball caps, sneakers, or open-toed sandals. For women, you may need evening dresses and cocktail wear.
2. Comfortable footwear for walking about the city
Las Vegas requires quite a bit of walking around, and you will certainly not want to do that in your six-inch stilettos! Make sure you pack some comfortable shoes for your travel explorations about the city. Or, if you really want to carry your heels for those wild nights out but don’t want to end up with blistered feet, invest in some fold-able ballerina flats that you can tuck into your purse to change into later in the evenings. For men, make sure your dress shoes are comfortable enough, and also bring some more laid-back footwear for your pool parties.
3. Bathing suit cover-up for your pool parties
This is not just an accessory–it is often a fashion statement in the city of Vegas. Bathing suits are gorgeous and fashionable themselves, but you can’t just wear a rugged old T-shirt or an old towel over them. Make sure to bring along some kind of bathing suit cover that you can accessorise for your lovely swimwear. These come in a wide variety of options, from stylish sarongs to cute romper cover-ups. From lace to denim, the choice is endless with bathing suit cover-ups, so you never need walk around shivering in your string bikini.
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4. A light jacket
Jackets are a ubiquitous and universally necessary accessory that you simply cannot miss on your packing list. From nights out in clubs to relaxing, lush pool parties where you can just kick back and chill out, a light jacket can really make your entire outfit pop and bring it all together. Since you wouldn’t want to end up carrying multiple jackets to coordinate with each outfit, opt for one or two good jackets which can be accessorised with most of your clothing. Men, if you wish to go for the club scene, the blazer is a must for your vacation wardrobe. It will instantly bring an outfit from casual to semi-formal.
5. Suncreen lotion to protect yourself from the harsh sun
Suntans can look gorgeous and give you that summery dewy look, but if you walk around in the hot sun for days without sunscreen, your skin is bound to end up looking splotchy and burnt–and definitely not glow-y. Invest in a good-quality sunscreen to ward the sunburns off important sensitive areas like your forehead, nose, and neck, and also often forgotten areas like your ears and lips. A good sunscreen will also help to prevent long-term skin damage. Make sure not to forget this important accessory.
6. Valid government ID
To get into any adult venue, you will need a proper and valid government ID. This can be your drivers’ license or any other valid ID to prove you are old enough. Las Vegas takes underage alcoholism pretty seriously, and unless you look much older, you will likely be carded at every bar, club and casino. In addition, this can be useful in case of emergencies and is definitely not something you want to end up forgetting to carry with you.
7. Anti-theft travel wallet
Security is something you simply cannot compromise when you are in a totally new city. You need money to do just about anything, from travelling to eating to sleeping. An anti-theft travel wallet is an absolute must-have for any new or seasoned traveller. A trusty wallet that deters your money, cards or identity from being stolen will give you the peace of mind that is so important to a great vacation experience. Trust us, this is not something you want to skimp on, so invest in a good-quality anti-theft wallet.
8. A hangover kit
Hangovers are the bane of any enthusiastic party-goer’s existence. But they are as good as inevitable, even when you are on a relaxing vacation. A few too many margaritas the day before while sprawled on a hammock at a beach party might not seem like a lot on the day, but you certainly don’t want to wake up the next day nursing a hangover. For those impulsive moments, carry along a hangover kit that comprises gum, aspirin, bottled water, a small tetra pack of Gatorade or any quick energy drink, and some Pepto-Bismol tablets. Keep it in a handy bag or in your toiletries bag for quick and easy access when you need it.
9. Ear plugs for some peace and quiet
Noise is an inevitable and yet painful part of life. Whether you need to block out the sound of a crying baby on your flight to Vegas, or you need a good night’s sleep in an unfamiliar hotel room without being jolted awake by the sound of plumbing or traffic honking outside, ear plugs are a necessary part of making these minor inconveniences in your vacation tolerable. Trust us, you will curse yourself for not remembering to pack these just when you need them.
10. Portable white noise machine
Earplugs don’t always block out one hundred percent of the noise. For added silence, having a portable white noise machine for your hotel room can be a bonus item that will take up very little of your suitcase space, with a huge benefit. Most of us turn into very light sleepers when we travel, since we are essentially sleeping in unfamiliar surroundings, and this can compromise our ability to truly enjoy our vacation. A white noise machine will essentially block out sharp noises, thus preventing you from waking up too many times. If you have a white noise machine at home that’s travel-friendly, we recommend adding it to your travel packing list.
Finally, the last thing to pack with you is...
Your intrinsic sense of wanderlust! Travelling can be a deeply fulfilling world to delve into, but inconveniences arise and problems rear their ugly head with each kind of adventure. Las Vegas will enthrall you, but you will need to bring out your inner wanderlust to truly make the most of this beautiful shimmering city of wonder. Just put on your best smile, invoke your inner adventurer, and set forth!
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