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Las Vegas Packing List Items – *Commonly Overlooked*

What should you be packing for a trip to Las Vegas beyond the basics?

Obviously, anyone coming to town knows to bring clothes, toiletries, etc. and I don’t plan to bore you with suggestions like “socks”, “shirts”, and “a belt” – I’ll leave that to the other “fluff-filled” lists on the internet.

Instead, I plan to touch on commonly overlooked items to bring to Vegas that will help you have a more enjoyable trip.

Needless to say, I’ve learned some lessons over the years…

I’ll lean on the expertise gained over 30+ Vegas trips to recommend items that you may want to consider packing.

What To Bring To Vegas

Portable Battery: When I’m in Vegas, my phone is out constantly to snap photos, Google things to do, etc., which drains the battery quickly.

With that in mind, I now come armed with an inexpensive backup battery that fits nicely into a pocket to ensure my phone stays topped off. These can be found at Best Buy, Target, or even Amazon.

If you forget a battery, many slot games now offer wireless charging pads, although they’re painfully slow. Just make sure you keep a hand over your phone so a passerby doesn’t swipe it!

Waterproof Phone Case: You’re obviously going to bring your smartphone down to the pool with you, and a cheap waterproof phone case will allow you to take it into the water so you don’t need to risk theft.

A cheap waterproof phone case, which can be bought for next to nothing on Amazon, is the perfect solution.

Flexible Poolside Safe: If you prefer to leave your phone and valuables at your lounger while you take a dip, check out solutions like a flexible safe that can securely attach to your chair or another solid item nearby.

Comfortable Shoes: I get it. You want to look cute on your trip to Vegas, however, if you plan on roaming the Strip then comfortable shoes are essential. While resorts appear to be close to each other, they aren’t and you’ll be putting on some serious mileage.

I’ll never forget how many Band-Aids my wife had strapped to her feet by the end of our first trip to Vegas to prevent shoe friction.

Travel Flats: Nowadays, my wife is sure to have travel flats handy for when it’s time to ditch the “fancy” shoes.

I’d be rich If I had a dollar for every time I saw a lady walking barefoot down the strip holding heels in her hand.

The Strip is disgusting. People barf on it, spill drinks on it, and even urinate on it.

Toss some cheap backup travel flats to your bag.

Band-Aids: Even with comfortable shoes, the number of steps you’ll take (30-50,000 daily steps for me typically) may lead to some nasty foot blisters. Be prepared to cover them up if the need arises. Moleskin, which is slightly more “heavy-duty” than bandages is a blister game-changer as well.

Hangover Remedies: You don’t want to wake up at 8 am with a pounding headache, queasy guts, and no recourse. Plan ahead. My go-to is Liquid IV, which is available in bulk at Costco.

Travel Coffee Brewing Options: Coffee is a necessity for many, and unfortunately, few Vegas hotels offer an in-room coffee machine. You can avoid walking a mile across the resort to reach the nearest Starbucks by planning ahead.

I’ve grown to love Starbucks VIA which can be added to hot water for a high-quality instant cup.

Many folks also opt to buy a cheap coffee pot upon arrival with the intent of leaving it behind at the end of their trip.

Sunscreen: The desert sun will rip you up, and skipping sun protection will put quite the damper on your trip.

Unfortunately, I learned the hard way by not applying sunscreen while visiting the Neon Museum wearing sandals. I couldn’t put shoes or socks on for the remainder of the trip due to the pain.

Sunglasses should find their way onto your packing list as well!

Lip Balm: Your lips will get chapped, dry, and downright painful 100% of the time you visit Vegas. It never fails.

Saline Nasal Spray: Potentially too much info, but I commonly used to wake up with nosebleeds in Vegas. After realizing the culprit was likely the sudden transition to dry desert air, I started to embrace moisturizing nasal spray. I fire a few sprays up the nasal passage before bed nightly and haven’t had an issue since.

Antacid/Heartburn Tablets: Tums or similar antacids are essential for those who plan on gorging themselves while in Vegas for obvious reasons.

Cash: ATMs at casinos are expensive with many charging upwards of $10+ to access your own money. Skip that expense and add cold hard currency to your packing list for Vegas. If you plan to use an ATM, check out our guide to ATM fees on the Strip so you don’t overpay.

Travel/Anti-Theft Wallet: Tourists carrying cash while under the influence of mind-altering chemicals is an irresistible combination for petty thieves.

A good travel wallet that tucks into your pants, or is secured around your waist like a belt can eliminate the risk of losing your cash to a thief. Yes, you’ll feel a bit dweeby, but the peace of mind is worth it.

Earplugs: If you are staying in downtown Las Vegas, you won’t regret bringing earplugs or noise-canceling headphones (or both). Live entertainment and street performers on the Fremont Street Experience create quite a racket until the wee hours of the morning.

Even if your accommodations are typically quiet, you could end up next to the elevator or neighbors who constantly slam their door.

Give yourself a fighting chance to fall asleep with ear protection. Or just drink more. Your choice.

Nice Clothes: If you plan on seeing a show or grabbing a nice dinner, you will want to bring something nicer than your normal casual wear. I will point out though that dressing up to hit the casino isn’t necessary.

There will be a WIDE diversity of attire on the casino floor and you won’t feel out of place even if dressed down.

Weather Appropriate Clothes: Visitors from northern climates may be surprised to learn that Las Vegas can be downright cold during the winter. Although summers are hot, low temperatures in winter months like December, January, and February commonly dip into the 30s, taking some by surprise.

Ensure you bring pants or a light jacket as it can be brisk after dark.

Lint Roller: If you are bringing something nice, or dark in color to wear, a travel-size lint roller can’t hurt!

Hand Sanitizer: Touching slot buttons, cards, and door handles that thousands of people from all over the world are also fondling can increase your chances of illness. Bring along a clip-on or travel-sized hand sanitizer.

While some of the items here may seem obvious, they’ve all been forgotten at one point or another. Hopefully, I was able to help you identify an item or two to bring to Vegas that wasn’t previously on your radar!

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Monday 29th of May 2023

Your website is fantastic. A lot of great information. We (my husband, myself and our two boys ages 11 and 9) will be in Utah the early part of June 2023 and then stopping in Vegas for four days on our way home to Calgary, AB. Your suggestions for things to pack are excellent. A few items I hadn’t thought of. We are not exactly sure where to stay in Vegas yet. The strip feels overwhelming and so do the very large hotels. I’ve been to Vegas before, but a long time ago. We’ve looked at hotels off the strip with the idea of coming back to our room, swimming at night and accessing a cheaper breakfast in the morning and late night food. Thoughts on which hotel is best? A decent pool would be a bonus, at least one that is deep for jumping into.

Jake Hoffman

Wednesday 31st of May 2023

Hey Kim!

Thanks for the kind words! I've always been a fan of Palace Station, which is across the freeway. It's nothing fancy, but they have cheaper gambling, good food on site, and a recently renovated hotel/gaming floor. The pool isn't deep, but you won't find many of those nowadays. If you want deep, your options are Horseshoe, Binion's, or 4 Queens (uses Binion's pool).

Palms could also be a great option. It has the feel of a Strip hotel, has a great buffet, (shallow) pool, and an upbeat modern gaming floor.

Good luck!


Sunday 31st of October 2021

I would bring a portable DVD player for late night movie watching and a book light to read on the plane.

Wednesday 3rd of November 2021

@Therese, u never heard of netflix and chill? pre download movies on a tablet lolz

Sonja L Marshall

Saturday 4th of September 2021

Also, don't forget that you can take public busses on and off the Strip. We got a 3- day riding pass from the airport to our strip hotel for about 20.00. No car rentals needed unless you going way off strip or you are staying at some resort like Green Valley or similar or going somewhere like Hoover Dam or similar. Vegas is my favorite destination after coastal cities in Southern or Central Cali. Have fun and be safe.


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