Dress for Weather / to Impress, Las Vegas
Luggage and bags:
Vegas is excruciatingly hot in the summer. And forget all that talk about "its a dry heat" 110 degrees is hot no matter how dry it is.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Bring a bathing suit. And comfortable shoes, preferably sneakers. I had a pair of cute jelly sandals which melted on the pool deck. Before that, the vinyl cut into my foot and created some bad blisters. Skip the fashionable shoes and wear well broken in sandals or sneakers. Also, sunblock and a hat as, in case I didn't mention it, its hot out here.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Load up on sunblock and moisturizer. Did I mention that its hot here? Its also a dry heat, which can dry out your skin, so be prepared.
Luggage and bags:
1 large bag on wheels
Don't pack to make your room your home. You will not be spending much time in the room anyway. In fact, you may only get 3 or 4 hours of sleep a day if you sleep at all.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: 1 really fancy outfit with shoes
4 comfy outfits with comfy shoes
leave the jammies at home, you won't be sleeping much anyway.
Don't pack much. Lets face it, you are going to buy Las Vegas T-shirts, jackets, hats
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: The hotels have most of this stuff complimentary including blow dryers in each room. But you will need sunscreen and shades.
Photo Equipment: Must bring your camera
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Be real careful of the sun and the heat if you are not used to it. Always carry water with you and a hat isn't a bad idea either although you will probably be buying one that says Las Vegas on it.
Miscellaneous: Don't pack alot of stuff. We have everything here that you may need and most of it is free. You will be buying alot of souviners so leave lots of room in your bag.
When it's hot, it's hot, but when you go into the casinos, they keep them pretty cool.
You can wear anything anytime here. Look to your left, there will be someone with a tux and a bride on his arm, look to your right and you will see a couple chicks with just their bathing suit tops and some tacky shorts with a bad hair dye job. It just doesn't matter how you dress here, the fashion police refuse to have anything to do with Vegas. Sometimes you'll look around and think you've walked into the cast of Rocky Horror.
Most nighttime places are casual in Vegas. Some restaurants do have a dress code. As for everything else, I saw people casually dressed at shows and in the casino at all hours.
As for some of the most popular clubs, there is a dress code of sorts. I'm not sure if it includes any of the outfits in the picture, but the people hitting the club scene were dressed up.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: I usually go to Las Vegas in warm weather and since it's sitting in the desert it can get HOT! However, the winter take sweaters, a coat or a jacket should be just about right. Since weather anywhere can be unpredictable, dress in layers. Some visitors were bundled up in scarves and hats, some visitors were in shorts and sandals. The high during the day was 50-60 degrees, and at night from 45- 50 degrees. For winter months dress slightly warmer.
What to wear: Yes, Las Vegas is in the desert. And, yes, the temperature gets to be about 115 degrees in the summer. But if you happen to be visiting in the winter (usually from Halloween to Valentine's Day), don't be fooled. A jacket is definitely recommended, especially if the wind is blowing. We know our blood is probably thin from living here, and we may not get blizzards, but consider this your warning -- it's a lot colder here than you'd think.
Miscellaneous: '...whatever you do, don't try to loose the farm...felt miserable afterwards'
Luggage and bags:
Do yourself a favor and underpack. Most likely, you'll be so busy that you will hardly change. A carry-on bag is sufficient.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Pack for hot weather (80% of the year) but if you're a wimpy girl like me, pack a light jacket to wear in the hotels. The AC is on so high and it gets cold if you are wearing a tank top. Pack comfortable shoes and keep in mind that almost everywhere in Vegas is casual. Even nightlife can be enjoyed in jeans most of the time.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: The most important toiletry to pack is sun block b/c it is so expensive at the hotels. Maybe bring some tylenol for headaches (maybe from smoke in casinos, stress from losing money, or a hangover).
Photo Equipment: You'll probably just need one roll of film.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Pack your bathing suit and take some reading material (to pretend to read as you people watch at the pool). I saw Evander Holyfield at the Bellagio pool last time I was in Vegas.
Miscellaneous: Some hotels now have alarm clock radios with cd players! So pack your favorite cds to enjoy in your hotel room.
Even though everyone says its dry heat and its not that hot... if you aren't used to the heat it still is extremely hot. Pack lots of cotton tanks. Even a night the weather is smothering.
Photo Equipment: Pitures everywhere so bring lots of film or an extra battery for your digital.
Luggage and bags:
It doesn't matter what kind of luggage you bring.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Things to bring:
§ Comfortable shoes and a few extra pairs of socks.
§ I bring some peppermint lotion for my feet when it’s hot outside.
§ Bubble bath
§ Hair clip or head band if you go to the spa
§ Swim suit and flip flops
§ Camera and film (we bring disposable so we don’t have to worry about losing it)
§ Fanny pack so you don’t have to worry about losing your purse or leaving it at a slot machine or table.§ Advil or Tylenol
§ Eye drops
§ Lotion – my skin get so dry from the air conditioning and the desert air
§ Sun glasses
§ Sweater to wear indoors – they can sometimes be very cold inside the casinos, so I am sure to dress in layers.
What to Wear:
I use this opportunity to glam it up. We don’t really dress up anywhere around here, so I take advantage of the opportunity by wearing stuff I wouldn’t normally wear. I have a stash of evening sweaters and purses. Anything that sparkles or is black is what I usually take. You will see people wearing sweat suits and others wear tuxedos and evening gowns. At the Bellagio, you will see a lot of formal wear, but you will see just as much casual wear. Anything goes in Las Vegas. Wear whatever you feel like, this is one place when nobody will care what you look like and you’ll never see any of them again.
Luggage and bags:
Luggage with wheels. There is lots of walking, both from the plane if you brought carry on, and in the casino itself. I recommend a backpack for much of European travel, but it might be out of place in Las Vegas.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Bring half of what you laid out on the bed. Unless you intend to dress to impress, stick to the basics. Comfortable shoes, slacks, and a reasonable number of shirts. Air conditioning can become uncomfortable, so perhaps a pajama top or long sleeve 'T' for night time wear. If you want a fancy dinner or two, then a light sports jacket would be in order.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Always at the top of my list are Tums. I tend to eat later than usual, and always a tad too much. Aspirins are readily available everywhere.
Photo Equipment: Compact cameras are great if you can convince your wife to carry it. SLR cameras will be in your way, plus pictures are frowned upon inside the casino. I used our little Sony camera a fair amount this past trip, but would have cursed my Canon SLR.
In summer it goes without saying, shorts and Tee shirts are what is appropriate. Some dressy clothes for night. In spring, winter, fall, Jeans, and long sleve shirts, and light jacket would be good. It is kind of cool then.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: None special needed.
ADVICE FOR MEN:
During the day, anything goes! Shorts and t-shirts (even tank-tops) are okay in the nicer hotels.
At night be ready for anything.
You may--on the spur of the moment--decide to hit a nice bar in a 5-star hotel; so wear 'nice casual' in the evening (e.g. long pants, shirt with a collar, comfortable yet dressy shoes).
It could mean the difference between a 5 or 45 minute wait for a table.
ADVICE FOR WOMEN: Likewise.
I like Las Vegas much better in the fall and winter. In mid-summer, temperatures can reach up to 100+ in the shade! So bring breezy and light-colored clothing and plenty of H2O. That said, the heat here is a dry heat, so goes the cliche. I actually found it to be very bearable, even though I'm used to the temperate climate of the northeast. You will get acclimated to the heat if you spend enough time outdoors and have adequate preparations. Dashing in and out of air-conditioned casinos isn't the way to do it.
Photo Equipment: Las Vegas is most beautiful and colorful at night, when the neons can light up the night. Needless to say, you'd need a tripod to capture all of its glitter.
Dress is pretty casual here. Shorts are de rigueure during the day. The temps cool off at night, so be sure to have a sweater or a light jacket. Evenings out can be quite dressy, however, especially if you paid $80 or more for your show ticket. So you'll probably want to pack at least one nice outfit.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: The sun is strong even in winter, so be sure to pack a sun screen.
The first time we went, it was Jan. For some reason, I thought it would be somewhat warm. To my surprise, it was in the 30's and 40's the 3 days we were there. My light jacket just barely kept me from freezing! The next time we went, it was April---I wanted to make sure it was warmer! It was, that time it was upper 90's and low 100's the 3 days we were there! The next 'free' trip was August---it was up around 110 2 of the 3 days, but really didn't seem that bad after upper 90's in the Midwest with the high humidity!
Photo Equipment: A digital camera is great for the night shots. You know right away if you have a good picture or not---unlike with 35mm. You'll get better pictures if you shut the flash off.
In the summertime, afternoon temperatures will reach over 100 F.
Men [daytime] - hat, swim trunks, sun tan lotion, and sunglasses to aid in scoping. [nighttime] - dress to how you want to impress; Bond, James Bond
Women [daytime] - sun tan lotion, thong thhu thong thong thong, sunglases in aid in scoping.
[nighttime] - dress to how you want to impress; slinky