What to Pack and Wear in Las Vegas

Shoe sculpture by artist Roark Gourley, Cosmopolitan Hotel, Las Vegas

When you start packing for your Las Vegas trip, consider what you will be doing, where you will dine, and if you will be enjoying the nightlife at clubs. Once you know what you'll be doing, figuring out what to wear in Las Vegas is easy. The next step is to find out what the weather will be during your trip. You might be surprised to find out that it's not hot year-round in Las Vegas. Once you have your plans in mind and know what weather to expect there are a few more tips that will help you in your packing decisions.

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Keep it Casual

Don't be too concerned with getting too dressed up if you don't plan on hitting a nightclub. If you are planning on having a good meal, but not an upscale meal, your typical resort clothing is going to work. That means nice jeans or slacks and a collared shirt for men, or a casual dress or slacks for women.

For men, a sports coat is not necessary unless you are eating at a very expensive and pretentious restaurant. There are very few that fall into that category. Women can wear just about anything and be okay in Las Vegas. It may be a double standard, but when you walk around Las Vegas you'll understand because anything goes. But if you want to keep on the tasteful side in dressing, a little black dress should fit almost any scenario.

As far as shoes, if you will be doing much walking on the Strip, you'll want comfortable sandals or walking shoes. Add in casual dress shoes for a man and heels for a woman for an evening, and you'll be ready for most any restaurant or club.

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Packing for the Seasons

In summer you will need shorts, comfortable cotton skirts, and T-shirts. Jeans and trousers are not frowned upon but denim in 105-degree heat can be uncomfortable. If you are planning on seeing a show it might be wise dress up a bit—business casual is normally adequate. Remember, no matter what the temperature is outside the casino temperature will be somewhere around 68 degrees so it can get a little cool.

If you decide to walk, play a round of golf, or sit by the pool, make sure you use sunscreen. Protect yourself from the Southern Nevada sun with a simple layer of SPF 30 and you will be fine. Wearing a hat will also help protect you from the sun.

In winter it gets cold and you will find yourself needing a heavy jacket at times. Of course, the casino will be a constant temperature so you will have to shed some layers while sitting at that blackjack table.

In fall and spring, you will generally be comfortable with summer attire and a few pairs of trousers or jeans. A sweater or wrap is ideal for night time. The temperatures get comfortable and the climate is pleasant.

What to Wear in the Clubs

In the Las Vegas Nightclubs, you'll find opportunities to dress up a bit. Dress codes do exist in Las Vegas nightclubs and you'll want to be fashionably dressed. However, you'll notice that women pretty much dress as they wish yet the dress code for men is more clear. Some nightclubs do not allow denim, baggy pants, caps, t-shirts or jerseys. It's best to check with the specific nightclub to see what their dress code is.

Dressing for the Pool

Depending on the hotel or pool you may need to cover up if you have decided to wear a swimsuit that is very revealing. If you are at an adult pool there will not be a problem but in the general pools, you might be asked to cover up if your suit is too skimpy. It's Las Vegas but there are some rules when it comes to how much skin you can show. And bring your cover-up or robe for leaving the pool and heading to your room. 

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