ultimate guide visiting las vegas packing list

The last thing you want to do when you’re in Las Vegas is spend your time hunting down a replacement for something you forgot at home! Finding what you need on the Strip can be difficult and expensive, and you’d rather spend your time around the poker tables or lounging by the pool, right?

If you’ve never visited Las Vegas before (or even if you have!), it can be difficult to predict what clothes, toiletries, and other supplies you’ll need while you’re in Sin City. We’ll leave your outfit choices up to you, but to help you decide what to bring and what to leave at home, we’ve created a supplementary packing list to help round out your wardrobe.

Here’s what you should bring:

1. Good walking shoes.

You’ll be doing lots of walking, either down the Strip or inside your resort. Megan and Mike from Mapping Megan and Waking Up Wild share why good walking shoes are an essential item in Las Vegas:

Everyone travels to Vegas and expects to get dolled up, so most would have packed their high heels and nice dress shoes. But if you’re planning to walk the Strip during the day, catch a helicopter flight over the Grand Canyon, or perhaps check out the national reserves nearby (which are fabulous), you need to pack comfortable walking shoes.

las vegas packing list good walking shoes

James from Escaping Abroad seconds the suggestion:

The only must have is a good pair of shoes for walking the strip and casinos. They’re huge and there’s a lot of walking to get from one place to another. If you don’t have comfortable shoes you’re in for a rough time.

2. Bathing suit and bathing suit cover.

Pack your suit into your carry-on bag in case your checked suitcase gets lost. Don’t bother bringing a towel – your hotel may offer complimentary towels, or you may be able to rent one and save the space in your suitcase.

3. Flip flops.

Flip flops or slip-on sandals are essential poolwear.

4. One or two nice outfits.

A couple of dressier outfits are essential, especially if you plan on going to a club. Check out our dress code tips for ideas on what to wear.

5. One pair of nice shoes.

If you’re planning on going to a club or enjoying some of the fine dining Las Vegas has to offer, you’ll need nice footwear. Dress shoes are fine for men, and heels or nice flats for women.

6. A light jacket or sweater.

It may be sweltering outside, but it’s cool as a cucumber inside the casinos, which blast the air conditioner all day to compensate for the heat. It can also get cool at night:

As for a must-have item, I’d say a sweater or light jacket. Comfortable shoes too because you’ll do a lot of walking unless you stay on a stool in the casino! Everyone thinks Vegas is hot but once the sun goes down it can get quite cool. If you are riding on an open air tour bus the wind can make it very chilly. I’ve found that most people don’t dress up much, not even for the shows so it isn’t necessary to pack fancy dress.Deb, Aroundusty Roads

7. Sunscreen.

Las Vegas gets more than 300 days of sun every year, and its rays are direct. If you don’t protect your skin, you will get a sunburn.

8. Sunglasses.

To protect your peepers!

9. A hat.

To keep the hot desert sun off your face.

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10. Earplugs and an eye mask.

Don’t let noisy neighbors or roommates keep you from getting some much-needed shut-eye!

11. Government issued ID.

You’ll need it on the casino floor, at bars, and at clubs.

12. An adventurous spirit…

…and your camera! Las Vegas is full of interesting characters and experiences! If there’s one thing Suzanne from The Travel Bunny thinks every Las Vegas visitor should pack, it’s an open mind.

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