Carry a bottle of water with you during the day to make sure that you stay hydrated. This is important! Even though you’re in an air-conditioned building, you’re still in the middle of the desert, and you can quickly become dehydrated.
We had a booth at a trade show and had been forewarned that on set-up day there would be no air conditioning in the main part of the Convention Center. The enormity of that fact didn't hit us until we were there. It was 100 degrees F outside, all of the exterior doors were open, and there was no source of water yet. I seriously almost had heat stroke. I managed to stumble out to the lobby, where there was A/C, and the security guards brought me water. They offered to get a nurse to check me over, but the water and cool air revived me. I could have avoided the whole thing if I had remembered to bring my water bottle.
Set the volume on your cell phone higher than usual. It's very noisy at a trade show, and you might not be able to hear your phone ring. If it's important to keep in touch with colleagues in other parts of the Center, you don't want to miss any calls.
Unless your destination is just across the street, don't try to walk. I found out the hard way that Las Vegas blocks are much longer than standard city blocks. When a colleague and I were going to dinner one evening, we looked on the map, which indicated that the place where we were doing to eat was only two blocks away. We could see the top of the building from our hotel, so we decided to walk. It turned out to be about a mile and a half, and then it was another quarter of a mile within the hotel to the restaurant! We took a cab on the return trip.
Pedestrians are a lot safer these days thanks to walkways. But just when you think it's safe, cars come out of nowhere. Please remember to cross at the intersections and wait for the light.
Also, the hot sun can be very draining, so drink lots of cold water to keep your energy level high. Cold water is on sale in all the gift shops; buy & drink often. To save money, stop by a local grocery store or convenience store and stock up.
A few caution notes. Drinking while gambeling is free, but it is not wise to be gambeling using money when you can't think straight. Also, lots of people on the sidewalk passout papers, pamphlets on call girls or XXX shows. I do not like Porn, so you have to avoid these people. Also watch pick pockets especialy if you have alot of cash.
§ Tipping can really get ridiculous. Everyone one wants one. The guy who gives your bags to the taxi driver, the taxi driver, the guy who takes them out of the car and sets them down, the bell man who takes your bags and then the bell man who brings them to your room. The bellmen get $1 per bag. We don’t tip more than 1-3 for the taxi driver, depending on how he did. The doorman at the taxi stand gets a $1 for blowing his whistle. The valet gets $1. Needless to say, take a lot of singles with you.
§ You’ll be astounded at the cheap meals offered in Las Vegas. Steak dinner with crab legs for $8.99? Be skeptical. It won’t be a terrific steak, the crab legs might be soggy. And be aware that between you and those cheap buffets lies a huge hurdle—the gambling floor.
§ To find out what show is playing where while you’re in town, pick up one of the free entertainment guides found everywhere.
§ I heard there is the Fashion Mall, right on the strip between Treasure Island and the New Frontier. The Shops at Caesars Palace are expensive but go and look; the robotic status will impress you.
Watch out for people who try to steal your buckets of coins in casinos, really awful souvenier shops, and be careful crossing the street,there are a lot of drunk drivers in this town no matter what time it is.
Traffic on the Strip (Las Vegas Blvd). Tourists are killed by speeding cars more than you would think. That is why all the overpasses have been built. For your own safety, please use them. I have seen a middle-aged woman covered with a sheet on the road on a previous visit. Not a pretty sight. She was visiting with her daughter.
Also, it is very hot in the summer 100+ F is common. Take precautions if you are outside during the day for extended periods of time - hat, sunscreen, and drink plenty of liquids (water is best).
Be wary of cheap buffets as you can get food poisoning. I took a friend to the hospital there once ('97) and got to talking with one of the nurses. She mentioned that they get a lot of food poisoning cases from Circus Circus (at least there were in '97). I'm not saying all buffets are bad. The Luxor and Caesaer's Palace have good buffets. There's tons in LV and I have only tried a few.
Watch for pickpockets in crowds. Keep your valuables in your pockets or in your bags. People here are constantly setting down their cell phones, parcels and purses, and in the excitement they wander off without them and these items don't always return. Make sure you have proper I.D. with you if you plan to gamble, drink, or stay out late as there is a curfew for the underage and employees here are on the ball about checking I.D.s. Don't leave money in your hotel room. Put it in the hotel safe or in a pouch under your clothing. Distribute money so it is not all in one place.
Caution is the key. Like any big city, you should use common sense and try to avoid any area which is dark and isolated. Be aware of your sorroundings and always have your money in a safe place (money belt, bra?). What I usually do is know exactly where I am going, how to get there and if I am taking the public transportation, I have my ticket/money in hand. Pickpocketers are found in every major city, so being alert is your best bet. Leave expensive jewelry at home and never carry more money then you need. Leave your passport and extra cash and travelers checks at the hotel safe. If you are staying at a hostel, I would recommend that you carry your important belongings in a seperate small bag, pack or shoulder bag. Make sure you have copies of your passport and numbers of travelers checks (if you carry these) in a seperate location for just in case they are lost or stolen. The number to your local consulate is a good idea as well as is the phone number to the local authorities.
Many Vegas taxi drivers are unable to accept traveler's check.
Drinking lots of booze at night, walking around in 115 degree heat during the day=dehydration.
Avoid the tap water it actually smells.
Because Vegas is a service-based city, tipping is a big, big deal.
Pedestrians need to pay extra attention as they walk across the Strip. Traffic is scary.