Las Vegas Packing Guide

Las Vegas trip essentials to pack or buy.

Las Vegas is one of the most prominent tourist destinations in the world. With some of the best dining, entertainment and hospitality located in one city, there's so much to do and many places to see. Time is of the essence when making the most out of your Vegas trip, so what can you pack in your luggage to ensure you have everything you need for a great adventure in Sin City?

Perfect Packing for a Vegas Trip

Whether you're here for a quick getaway, to celebrate and party, or spend time with loved ones, here are some essential items to bring with you for your next Las Vegas trip.

Sunscreen, Sunscreen, Sunscreen!

Sunscreen is always a good idea when venturing through the desert, no matter what time of the year. The rays in Las Vegas are intense, so make sure you take great care of your skin with your favorite brand of waterproof sunscreen. Remember to reapply as needed throughout the day to stay protected and avoid sunburns. 

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Sunblock (©Batch by Wisconsin Hemp Scientific)

Casual and Formal Clothes 

What you wear in Las Vegas should vary on your itinerary and what time of the year you plan your trip. However, it's never a bad idea to ensure you have one casual outfit you love and one formal outfit for any events, planned or unplanned (many restaurants and all of the restaurants do have a dress code). Anything can happen in a place like Vegas, so be prepared for any last-minute plans with some great outfit choices. A suggestion would be to check the local weather a couple of days before your trip so you can plan your outfits well ahead of time. If you forgot anything, there are plenty of shopping options on the Strip at various price points (especially helpful if you were planning to do some shopping). 

Comfortable and Versatile Walking Shoes

As you explore Vegas, you'll find yourself doing a lot of walking to see the sights. Packing comfortable shoes for a Vegas trip is a must so you can keep up with all the city has to offer. Tourists often wear their most comfortable flip-flops, sandals, sneakers, flats or boots as they roam around from hotel to hotel or even going from their hotel room down to the lobby. Also, if you know your feet will need extra support, splurge on a pair of gel or cushioned insoles to give your feet the comfort they'll need. You get extra points if your most comfortable shoes are also fashionable shoes that you can take from day to night! 

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Day and Night Shoes (©Zuzana)

A Swimsuit and Swimsuit Cover-Up

Speaking of clothes...Ladies, if you plan to hit up any of the hotel swimming pools, make sure you have your favorite swimsuit on hand, along with a nice cover-up. Although the summers can be scorching hot, the pools on the Strip stay open longer than most, allowing tourists to soak in the sun while cooling down by the pool. Aside from showing off your favorite swimsuit, having a cover-up to wear as you travel from your hotel room to the pool comes in handy (especially if you're grabbing lunch somewhere that requires you to cover up literally).

Your Favorite Toiletries

Although most Las Vegas hotels offer guests travel-size shampoos, conditioners and soaps in their hotel bathrooms, the quality may not be up to your liking. Just in case, pack your favorite toiletries with you. Although the strip has a few drug stores scattered in between their hotels, the last thing you need is to splurge on your everyday products when you already have them at home. 

Are your bottles too big and heavy to bring along? Hit up your local drugstore, Target, Walmart or even on Amazon, where you can shop refillable silicone travel containers to store your favorite beauty products and hand sanitizers to take with you. Don't worry too much if you forget anything—you can find plenty of options at the pharmacies and shops both on and off the Strip. 

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Travel Toiletries (©Supply)

A Backpack or Day Bag

When you're out all day in Las Vegas, a bag to hold all of your daytime items is a great thing to bring. Although a purse is functional for shorter trips to the restaurant, be prepared to have a lightweight bag that can carry all of your necessities all day long.

Portable Phone Charger or Battery Case

One of the best things about being in a place like Vegas is that there are many sights to capture. With all the photo-op moments, the last thing you want is for your phone's battery to quit on you. Pack a portable phone charger and cord or a phone battery case, and you won't have to worry about stopping at a charging station to juice up your phone. 

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Phone Charger (©Andreas Haslinger)

A Valid Government ID

With so many adult-only locations on the Strip, remember to pack a valid form of identification, such as your driver's license, your military ID, or your passport. Temporary IDs are not accepted as a valid form of ID, especially if you plan to do some gambling on the casino floor. Save yourself the hassle, and make sure to triple-check your wallet before you leave your home. 

Refillable Filtered Water Bottles

With the heat and dry climate, tourists often find out that they need to double down on their water intake to prevent dehydration (they often find out much too late). Staying hydrated in the desert can be a challenge, so make sure to bring an empty refillable water bottle with a built-in filter. This will make filling up your container easy as pie, so you never go thirsty. 

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Water Bottle (©Elaine Tu)

Cash Money

Although debit and credit cards are accepted as forms of payment throughout the Strip, consider hitting the ATM for some cash before jetting out to Vegas. Cash can be useful for purchasing drinks, giving tips to your bell boy and valet person, playing in the casino and as backup money should something happen with your bank or credit cards. There are ATMs inside every single casino; however, they sometimes come with some hefty fees.