For decades now, Las Vegas has been the go-to destination for people around the world who want to experience an alternate reality for a few days. Preparing yourself with the right gear for Vegas is crucial to ensuring you and your friends have an awesome time, right? I’ll answer that one for you: yes it is.
This Vegas packing list covers all of the must-have essentials for an EPIC Vegas holiday. I leave behind the frills and useless crap that other less respectable travel websites may suggest to you. I am here to plant the seed for important Vegas packing ideas that you might not have thought of already or that I found to be extremely useful during my travels there.
Settle in and take some notes. By the end of this article, you will have your Vegas checklist sorted.
The Ultimate Las Vegas Packing List
So let’s take a look at the Las Vegas packing essentials – everything you need to bring for your Vegas adventure!
The Backpack and Luggage: AER Travel Pack 2
Our number one selection for an epic travel backpack is the AER Travel Pack 2. This AER backpack is fully featured, big enough to hold all your travel clothes, and tough enough to last years of travel abuse.
I have taken the AER Travel Pack 2 on multiple trips and since then it has risen has into the ranks of my go-to travel backpacks.
Check out our AER Travel Pack 2 review to learn more.
The Camera: GoPro Hero9 Black
For most of us, our smartphones now feature cameras with stunning photo capabilities.
But… if you are an aspiring photographer who wants to take next-level photos and video beyond iPhone selfies, I recommend going with an action camera like the GoPro Hero9 Black.
It does deliver pro-quality video and gives you a bunch of a different angle options and shooting speeds to work with for photos (including a selfie-mode).
Think of a camera purchase like this as a long term investment that will have you capturing epic shots well beyond your time exploring here.
If you are looking for something cheaper for video specifically, check out these epic GoPro Alternatives.
A Suitcase: Nomatic Carry-On Pro
Backpacks not your thing? That’s ok. Our friends at Nomatic are back again with a great alternative to their badass Travel Bag; the Nomatic Carry-On Pro.
This suitcase is ultra-durable, sleek, and comes with a handy tech compartment for transporting your laptop and other electronic bits. Nomatic has been an industry leader when it comes to travel gear and that reputation is reflected in the quality build design and functionality of the Carry-On Pro suitcase.
Check out our Nomatic Carry-On Pro review to learn more about this epic suitcase.
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What to Pack for Vegas: Personal Gear
Many people think of Vegas as a hedonistic city in a hot, dry desert where temperatures are always scorching. While this is true for a large chunk of the year, Vegas can actually be pretty cold when the seasons change, especially at night. In the winter, it is not unheard of for Sin City to receive a bit of snow.
Point being, when you plan on going to Vegas will greatly determine what you need to pack. Below I break down what you will need to enjoy Vegas comfortably in both the warm and cold seasons as well as the must-have essentials for any time of year.
You know what you like to wear so I am not going to suggest that you bring this sundress or that pair of underwear. This list is the must-bring essentials to pack to get the most out of your Las Vegas holiday.
#Good Shoes: Salomon X Ultra 3 Low Aero
Visitors to Vegas have a tendency to underestimate the amount of walking that is part of the day to day Vegas experience. Shuffling between casinos and bars, checking out the lengthy strip, and exploring the local mountains outside of the city all make the miles on your feet add up.
I admit that most shoes that are also good for hiking are not the most attractive pieces of footwear. But they are some of the most comfortable and deliver good ankle support for a long day of walking about town. I mean, your body is already going to be suffering enough from all of those 2-for-1 shots and bottomless mimosas you will be drinking, so do yourself a favor and buy some good shoes.
Plus, the mountains outside of Vegas offer excellent day hiking opportunities, so packing a pair of hiking shoes gives you the option (and eliminates excuses) to go head for the hills when the city becomes too much.
Check out the women’s Salomon X Ultra 3 Low Aero.
A Down Jacket: Patagonia Down Sweater Hoody
Granted if you visit Vegas in the summer you probably won’t need to bring this. Pack extra bikinis instead. But from October – April temperatures plummet in the desert and you’ll be happy to have this ultra-warm down jacket with you.
It weighs just under a pound and provides an excellent weight to warmth ratio. If you don’t go for one of the super bright colors, it is pretty stylish and city-worthy also.
If visiting Vegas in the winter, this jacket is an absolute must.
Check out our best travel jackets article for more inspiration.
Any time of the year there is a pool or jacuzzi waiting with your name on it in Vegas. You will be the disappointed guy or girl in the corner if you forget to pack swimwear while everyone else is in the water. Or you might get drunk, lose your inhibitions, and jump in naked with the risk of getting arrested.
Don’t get arrested for being drunk and naked. Instead, just pack whatever it is that makes you feel comfortable in the pool.
Travel First Aid Kit
You don’t need to tote around half a pharmacy, but a well-stocked first aid kit should be in all our backpacks. Stuff happens on the road and it’s inconvenient and embarrassing when you can’t manage small situations like a cut finger or hangover migraine.
You can tuck this lifesaver away in a forgotten pocket – and it’ll be there when you need it.
Tip: Add a few bits and pieces to the first aid kit after you purchase it, like extra headache medicine, any personal meds you need (like allergy pills), whatever you take to calm your stomach and a few more plasters.
Ok, you can’t pack travel insurance in your backpack, but you can take out a cheap policy to insure yourself against theft, flight cancellations, accidents, etc.
I admit I traveled for many years without having travel insurance. Because of it, I paid the price a few times in foreign hospitals and was handed a hefty bill to go with my injuries!
We use either World Nomads or SafetyWing. You’ll be happy you did if the time comes to use it.
Keeping a journal is one of the best things to do when traveling. The Drifter Leather Journal by Kodiak is our favorite, it works great for digital nomads and organized backpackers and can be used as planner or a dream diary – whatever you want!
Keep on track with your goals, travels and save those precious memories, especially the ones you do not want to share online. This one is bound in beautiful leather so it looks beautiful and will withstand life on the road.
Sunglasses: Native Eyewear Wells Polarized Sunglasses
Have you ever been inside of a casino. There are no windows and thus there is no natural light. When you stumble out of a casino at midday the sunlight is blinding. You’ll be glad you packed a pair of sunglasses.
As much as you will be inside bars, clubs, and casinos in Vegas, you will also spend a lot of time walking outside as previously mentioned. The desert sun is fierce so don’t forget to pack your polarized sunglasses.
Otherwise, you will be forced to buy $20 sunglasses with “I Heart Vegas” etched into the corner of the lens.
Sunglasses Pick #2: Abaco Sunglasses
A reliable pair of sunglasses is undoubtedly one of your Las Vegas packing essentials. Our favorites are Abaco Polarized Sunglasses because they deliver on quality and style.
They’re built tough with triple-layer scratch-resistant lenses and trademarked Adventure-proof Frame Material. You can also customize them with your choice of lens and frame colors to reflect your own style.
Suncream: Thinksport Safe SPF 50+
By now, all of us are as pasty as the driven snow from sheltering in place for the last six months. Am I right? This means we are even more vulnerable than usual to the sun’s fierce rays. Packing sunscreen for Vegas may seem like a no brainer, but you would be amazed how many sun-burned cocktail-toting people you see wandering around.
Thinksport Safe SPF 50+ sunscreen gives folks strong sun protection in a non-oily formula that’s free of gluten, paraben, phthalates and biologically harmful chemicals. Check.
AR Toiletry Bag
Another backpacker/traveler favorite for staying organized is a hanging toiletry bag. It’s extremely helpful to have all of your accessories neatly gathered in one bag that you can hang for easy accessibility, especially when counter space isn’t plentiful or even available. A well-organized bag is worth having whether you’re tree whilst camping or a hook in the wall – it helps to have quick access to all your stuff.
Historically, I have been the guy who has my stuff all over the bathroom, so getting one of these things really changed the toiletry game for me. Plus they are not too expensive either. A no-brainer essential.
Sandals: OluKai ‘Ohana Flip-Flops
Circling back to the footwear question, now we are going to talk about sandals. Whether you are traveling to Vegas during the warmer months or plan on spending time by the heated pool in winter, having a pair of flip flops is a good idea.
Your feet will be tired and sweaty from those long days wearing shoes so do yourself a favor: pack sandals and give your feet some well-deserved cushion and fresh air. These Olukai flip flops are ultra-comfortable, well-made, and come in a variety of colors.
Check out the women’s OluKai ‘Ohana Flip-Flops.
Your Passport or Other Government ID
The authorities in Vegas are super strict about checking everyone’s identification. People coming from Europe may not even know that the legal drinking and gambling age in the USA is 21 years old. If one thing can be said about Americans it is they have an obsession for checking IDs or “carding” people as they say.
If you forget your ID you will not be allowed entrance into an untold number of establishments including bars, clubs, casinos, and other venues of responsible adult entertainment.
Vegas is the one place where you absolutely must not forget your ID!
Security Belt: Active Roots Security Belt
This is a very practical packing choice for Vegas. Stash the cash you won playing slots around your waist or keep a few extra bills on you for when you go out and keep your money hidden in the process.
We prefer accessories like the Active Roots Security Belt because it’s not obvious that it’s being used to carry around your money. It looks like a regular pant belt from the outside, but there’s a cool zipper pocket hidden on the inside for safely tucking away your valuables. It’s genius and does not cost much.
Electrolytes and Headache Medicine
For some reason, people tend to drink a lot when visiting Vegas.
Having some form of hangover kit is strongly advised for your ‘what to pack for Las Vegas’ survival items. A combination of partying, hot desert weather, and lack of sleep is a recipe for feeling a bit out of sorts the next day. In addition to drinking plenty of water, you may need an extra rehydration boost with travel-friendly electrolyte tablets.
And if the headache is too much to bear, it’s a good idea to have some over-the-counter medicine to help nip it in the bud as soon as possible.
A Hat – Patagonia Fitz Roy Trucker
As you should know by now, the sun in Vegas is strong and you will undoubtedly be spending a lot of time outside. Having a hat on your Vegas packing list is a good way to ensure your face is protected from the sun throughout the day.
Patagonia makes great hats. I have probably bought three or four of these over the last five years. Simple. Practical. Comfortable. That is what you are after.
Let’s face it; for the foreseeable future, COVID 19 risk is just going to be a part of travel. How do we do our best to mitigate the risk while still traveling and experience life’s pleasures? Pack the right PPE gear.
Las Vegas is a dream environment for a pathogen like COVID to spread. Slot machine knobs, crowded casinos, packed theaters, hundreds of bars; you get the idea.
It is absolutely essential that you pack the following items for your trip to Vegas to ensure you keep yourself and the people you will be coming into contact with safe from spreading COVID around like wildfire.
- Bring a Mask.
- Bring Hand sanitizer and wash your hands often.
- Consider disposable gloves for slot machines or other when touching other stuff that hundreds of other people have also touched that day. From an environmental point of view, these types of gloves are fuc**** awful. Use these only when necessary and keep in mind these things are very polluting and will end up in a landfill after one use.
Waterbottle – Hydroflask Vacuum Bottle 32 oz.
Packing a reusable water bottle is probably the best thing you can personally do to combat single-use plastic bottle use whilst traveling. There is simply zero need to buy plastic water bottles. Everywhere in Las Vegas from casino drinking fountains to the water coming out of your bathroom sink, the water is safe to drink. Fill up your bottle each time and carry it with you when you go out in order to avoid buying water throughout your day.
We love the Hydroflask Vacum Bottle for its quality and because it keeps cold water cold for many hours and vice versa for hot beverages. This bottle is the ideal water bottle to get not just for your Vegas trip but for daily use. Please don’t be that person buying plastic water bottles. We are all judging you…especially mother earth.
If you go with the Hydroflask, you’ll probably never need to buy another waterbottle again.
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The Basic Stuff to Pack for Vegas
On top of the essential items listed above, here is an additional suggested checklist of what to pack for a weekend in Vegas:
- 1-2 pairs of comfortable pants/jeans
- 1-2 pairs of shorts (summer/late spring)
- A few pairs of socks
- (Sexy) underwear x 2/3
- Ladies: a few dresses, pants, outfits, or desired lady apparel for a night on the town. Whatever makes you comfy!
- Dudes: A few collard shirts or something half-way decent for a night on the town. Whatever makes you comfy!
- Smartphone with a good camera for photos if you are not bringing an actual camera
- Portable power bank for charging your phone on the go
- Phone charger
- Amazon Kindle for reading by the pool
- Aeropress if your Vegas AIRBNB or Hotel has hot water making capabilities
- Copy of your passport just in case
- Cash (not too much, there are ATM machines everywhere
- Packable Towel
Final Thoughts on What to Pack for Vegas
And there’s your complete Las Vegas gear survival guide. You are now prepared and primed for epic experiences in one of the most unique cities in the USA.
Focus on the essentials, and be ready to go with the flow. You can never be 100% sure of what to expect when it comes to traveling in Las Vegas, packing the right stuff is a good way to manage the curve balls life inevitably throws our way.
Have an amazing time and please try to be responsible along the way as you let loose.
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