Pack some sensible sneakers, you'll be surprised at how many miles you can walk on the strip alone
So you're lucky enough to be jetting off to Vegas for your next vacation? As with any new destination, there are always a new set of rules on what to pack. Vegas is right in the middle of the Mojave Desert, so naturally, you're going to be wanting warm weather clothes. However, a lot of what you're going to be up to in Vegas happens in air-conditioned buildings and also at nighttime, so you'll want some layers as well. Mix into that the blend between casual poolside partying, classic casino elegance and all-you-can-eat buffet attire and you might be ambitious in thinking this is a hand luggage only trip. Thankfully for you, we've pulled together a packing cheat sheet, so you can look effortlessly cool and feel totally comfortable for the duration of your whole trip.
Layers, Layers, Layers
The first rule for Vegas is to prepare for all climates. Though the desert is hot in the day, temperatures can drop quite a lot at night. Instead of packing a winter wardrobe and a summer one, pack a summer wardrobe with plenty of layering options. There's nothing worse than being stuck on a boiling hot roof terrace in a heavy jumper with nothing underneath. Instead focus on a couple of smart shirts, plenty of relatively plain t-shirts and some statement jackets to finish off the look. That way you can always pop another layer on when it gets cold and peel one off when that Nevada sun shines through.
A Little Bit of Knowledge
Everyone who visits Vegas spends at least a little time in the casino, so it pays to have a little knowledge about what you might find there. If you're a casino connoisseur already then you won't have to trouble yourself too much with learning how the games work, but if you're a beginner then it pays to spend an hour or so getting to know the rules of a couple of table games. That way, once you arrive at the casino you'll feel right at home rather than like a fish out of water. If you're planning on spending a little more time in the casino then consider staying at the resort which has your favorite selection of games. Often guests will receive preferential rates, or extra chips for on-site casinos, so it could make a difference to your spending money. Whilst you aren't likely to find the same kind of deals in person as you would online, there are still some tips you should bear in mind when deciding which games to play at the casino. Looking for a French Roulette table instead of American roulette guarantees you better odds, so it's really worth doing.
An Outfit is Not Complete Without a Hat
The fedora is a classic that your holiday wardrobe should not be without
Some people wrongly believe that you need to be an incredibly confident guy to pull off a hat, but that's simply not the case. You just need to find the right hat for you. In the heat of the midday sun, even if you've got a great head of hair, a hat will provide your head with some much-needed shade. Fedoras are always a popular choice in the summertime, they're a total classic and really will protect you from those rays. If you want something a little more casual then the dad cap is still a good shout. Opt for something relatively plain and whatever you do, don't buy one with I Love Vegas embroidered onto it.
From the Shoe Cupboard
Whilst on some holidays you can get away with nothing more than a pair of sneakers, that is absolutely not the case in Vegas. At the very least you're going to want a pair of smart shoes for casinos and restaurants, a pair of comfortable sneakers for the miles you'll clock up strolling up and down the strip and likely a pair of flip-flops too for those famous pool parties. If you're struggling to find a safe space for all of your footwear then get some clear plastic bags. Pop each pair of shoes into a bag and then you can pack it alongside the rest of your clothes without having to worry about anything getting damaged.