Las Vegas: A Packing List

Last April I had started to go stir crazy at my desk, and my friend Sarah was trying to adjust to being laid off, so we decided that this was a great opportunity to go to Vegas! Sarah had been to Las Vegas before a few years back with friends from work, but this was going to be a first for me. I asked around at work for recommendations and was assured that I was going to love it.

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Our first night in town. We got in late but immediately dropped off our stuff and headed back out to drink and explore.

Thanks to extensive research and many a blog post read, packing for this trip was something that I got right. Though traveling carry on only is my regular, Sarah usually checks a bag. This time we both had to fly carry on only or pay extra for anything checked. So we had to make the most of the space and the most of our time in the city.

This is what I brought:

  • 1 pair of jeans
  • 1 black maxi dress
  • 1 leopard print pencil skirt
  • 2 swim suits (wear one while the other is drying)
  • 1 swim suit cover up (for getting from your room to the pool)
  • 2 tank tops–once fancy one for going out and one for day
  • 1 t-shirt
  • 1 sweater
  • 4 days worth of bras and panties–I brought the pretty stuff, because you know, what happens in Vegas…
  • 1 pair of sandals that could go for both day and evening
  • 1 pair of flats for walking around all day
  • Lots of make up and jewelry in addition to my usual toiletries
  • Cell phone & charger (camera, map, and of course, phone)

 

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Our hotel and home for the four days we were there

The sweater was really the first thing that I was super glad that I had packed–initially thinking that I would only need it for the over air conditioned plane rides there and back. But the reality is that Las Vegas is in a desert, and deserts get cold at night because there is nothing to hold in the heat of the day in. Not to mention that, this being North America, buildings can really be heavily air conditioned and you may want that sweater when you’re in the various hotels and casinos.

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Caesar’s Palace, my days spent exploring on my own because Sarah couldn’t get out of bed.

With Vegas I found that you could really dress up as much or as little as you wanted. Neither Sarah or I are much for the really fancy stuff, so we kept it more low key, but if you want to go all in, there is ample opportunity for it. You’ll see people during the day walking The Strip in six inch heels and a full face of make up. Anything goes!

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Enjoying the sunshine after a Canadian winter.

Speaking of shoes, if you only plan to go from your room to the pool and the pool to the bar (by taxi) then you wont need to worry about shoes so much. But if you want to go out walking on The Strip you are going to need good walking shoes. Google Maps lies when it says that hotel is 20 minutes away. Maybe it’s 20 minutes if there was absolutely no one on the sidewalks. You will walk a lot, and comfortable shoes are a must. Just don’t take this walking thing as far as I did and avoid taking the monorail–it is seriously worth the money and saves you a lot of time when you are trying to get to a specific place.

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Sunset view from our room!

Vegas is no the place to practice minimalism. Take that sequined dress that you’re only going to wear once. Bring those high heels, and all that extra jewelry. Chances are you aren’t staying more than a few days in the city, so there is no reason to be super restrictive about your luggage. Even with the extras, you’ll still have room in your carry on.

We didn’t opt to go to the grand canyon on this trip–we didn’t have time–though if you are planning on doing that day trip, you will have to pack accordingly. Maybe some sturdier shoes and clothes more comfortable for hiking.

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We didn’t make it to the Grand Canyon, but we did spend a wonderfully relaxing day by the hotel pool!

So did I love Vegas? Well…I wouldn’t go as far to say I loved it…but it was definitely worth the go. Not sure I would go back a second time. Either with a big group of friends, as a jump off point for south west road trip, or if I had a local friend who could show me the city from a different perspective, then I would consider a return trip. At minimum it was worth the go just to say I had been. I found it a little too expensive for my taste, and honestly a bit bizarre with all it’s replicas of actual places. I’ve been to Venice and I’ve seen the real Trevi Fountain in Rome, and so I find the replicas just so out of place. They are accurate, but out of place (and far too clean). Food that wasn’t either an expensive restaurant or a buffet was hard to find. But I did love spending a day by the pool relaxing, and the show that we went to see was entertaining to say the least (we went to see Thunder from Down Under). It was a fun, short get away, and planning it through WestJet Vacations made all the logistics really easy. I’d definitely recommend staying at the Flamingo Hotel to anyone going to visit Vegas. Perfect location, clean and comfortable rooms, connection to the monorail, and they have actual flamingos! What more could a girl ask for!

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