Not sure how to get started with your Las Vegas trip? Look no further than this handy guide, where we list everything you need to consider to get the most out of your vacation.
Planning and Reserving
Feel free to do research as far in advance as you wish. You can safely book flights and hotels, as well as any festival and concert tickets you are certain you want to attend.
Contrary to what you may expect, however, you may not want to start making certain reservations too far in advance. In bustling Las Vegas many new attractions could materialize between now and your trip, including shows and nightclubs. For this reason, you will want to hold off on making any nightclub and pool reservations until 1 to 3 weeks out.
Nothing ruins the excitement of arriving to your destination like finding your idea of packing for Las Vegas was grossly inaccurate. At the least you will want to bring the basics: Proper identification, toiletries and medications, daytime and nighttime attire, swimwear and flip flops if you are headed to the pool, as well as credit cards or traveler’s checks and cash for tipping.
Las Vegas weather can surprise you if you are unprepared. Don’t be caught without sunglasses, sunscreen, lip balm, or lotion. Las Vegas booze can surprise you too, and you’ll be glad for any ibuprofen or aspirin you carry along.
Of course, you will want to document your escapades and keep in touch with the buddies back home. For that don’t forget your cell phones, cameras, computers, or chargers.
Forgot something or TSA took your shampoo? No need to panic, there are a multitude of Walgreens stores within spitting distance of most destinations on the strip.
In the dark on what to tip various service persons? Here’s a quick rundown:
Waiters/Waitresses, Bartenders, Drivers, Masseuses, Hair Stylists: 20% of the bill
Valet Attendants: $3 to $5 or more
VIP Hosts: $75 to $1,000 depending on amount of service given
Casino Cocktail Waiters/Waitresses: $1 to $5 per drink
Skydive Instructors: 20% of your body weight
Maids: $5 per night
Getting Inside the Nightclub
When the time comes to get into the nightclub for your night of debauchery there are a few ways to do it and it helps to know which one works for you. General admission and paying at the door is an option, as well as buying tickets in advance (which may or may not come with some perks). If you have plenty of cash to blow you can reserve a table, or if you’ve got plenty of luck you may be able to get on the guest list.
If you’d rather avoid the hassle and want someone to do the legwork for you, a great option is Surreal Nightlife Table & Bottle Service. They will take care of transportation and tons of fun daytime activities for you and your group.
What to Wear to Get Through the Door
When trying to get into a nightclub, you’ll want to be aware of the general dress guidelines to adhere to. For the most part, those of the feminine category just need to put a bit of effort into their wardrobe, and have less strict dress code to adhere to. Those of the masculine category, however, should note a handful of requirements.
Things to avoid are baggy or ripped-up jeans, sports hats, sports shoes, shorts, cutoffs, capris, jerseys, or beanies. You probably want to avoid any t-shirts as well.
Button-ups are not a requirement, but are a safe option. Nice jeans (not baggy or ripped) are perfectly acceptable, as well as slacks. Avoid looking like you’re at the club to do business; looking relaxed but stylish is a good base.
Don’t forget to drink plenty of water while having fun. If you wake up in the morning and find a world all too bright and painful drink some water, take some ibuprofen/aspirin, and maybe go back to sleep or exercise a little. Take care of yourself before going back out for the next adventure.