The Ultimate Vegas Packing List
There is no city quite as synonymous with hedonism as Las Vegas. It’s a place
There is no city quite as synonymous with hedonism as Las Vegas. It’s a place that lives up to the legend – a flashy, neon-lit center of entertainment where itineraries are bound to involve casinos, after-dark shows, and cocktails by the pool.
Naturally, it lures spring breakers and bachelors living out their own Hangover moments. It has surpassed Macau as the world’s gambling capital and is renowned for its musical residencies, with major acts including Elton John, Celine Dion, and Adele.
Vegas is also a major business conference destination, hosting a constant flow of corporate travelers that network by day and hit high-roller restaurants by night. And there are many fine dining restaurants to choose from, complete with celebrity chefs and master sommeliers.
Partying and extravagance are at the city’s core, but beyond the Americana glow of the Strip, you’ll find some of the country’s most incredible landscapes. Plus, it’s a relatively close launchpad for exploring the Grand Canyon, so nature enthusiasts can escape the round-the-clock revelry.
“Vegas is full of so many diverse activities from upscale to casual, so it’s best to come prepared with options,” explains Chief Sales Officer for the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, Lisa Messina. Those options should generally include four key outfit categories: activewear, daywear, eveningwear, and swimwear.
Packing Checklist for Las Vegas
Consider this your essential packing guide for Las Vegas, including our top selections for each category.
Daywear for Women
Daywear for Men
Eveningwear for Women
Eveningwear for Men
T+L’s Top Picks and Tips
If you’re venturing to Las Vegas, chances are you’re ready to hit the town. When it comes to what to wear, there is really no restraint here – sequins, feathers, and New Year’s Eve-style dresses are worn on any night of the week. Everyone is ready for their moment of casino glamor, so bringing some glitzy cocktail looks is all part of the fun.
One of the Chief Concierges for MGM Resorts International, Amanda Rosenberg, explains that although a formal dress code is no longer necessary on the Strip, there are a couple of restaurants that still require dinner jackets, such as Le Cirque at Bellagio. “For other fine dining restaurants, business casual attire is usually suggested, as jeans and short sleeves for men are not allowed, along with hats, sportswear, beachwear, or sneakers.”
However, casual attire is necessary during the day, especially if you’re embarking on a desert excursion or heading to a resort pool. And as Jeanne Mills, Chief Concierge at ARIA Resort & Casino notes, the day clubs are worth checking out, even if it is winter. “We’ve seen temperatures in the mid-60s in December so don’t forget to pack a swimsuit to experience the amazing resort pools and day clubs in the city.”
Keep in mind that Las Vegas is in the middle of the Nevada desert, so it can be sweltering hot by day and chilly by night. Plus, it’s very dry, so you’re unlikely to need a raincoat – save the suitcase space for backup outfits.
Daywear for Women
Faithfull the Brand Gaia Mini Dress
Versatile enough to wear for a day of shopping, cocktails, and a show in the evening, this dress is perfect for a fun-filled Las Vegas itinerary. It features a 70s-inspired print, a drawstring halter neck, an A-line mini skirt, and a chic scarf-style tie at the back. Although it’s fitted, it’s made from 100 percent viscose so it won’t trap heat and will stay cool on days when temperatures are soaring.
Price at time of publish: $169
Frame Le High Straight Jeans
Frame jeans provide the perfect base for any outfit: they’re classic, comfortable, and designed to flatter. We love the Le High Straight style with an ankle-baring crop and a mid-rise waist. They’re available in multiple colorways (our favorite is the “Dublin”), and they’re made from stretchy denim you can easily move around in.
Price at time of publish: $199
Staud Ida Shirred Peplum Top
Staud is a mecca for womenswear that’s effortlessly chic, and this classic white peplum top is no exception. It’s a style that would be useful to pack for any warm destination, with a stretchy smocked bodice and wide shoulder straps. Dress it up with cigarette pants and pumps, or add jeans and a pair of low-heeled mules for a more refined casual look.
Price at time of publish: $175
Zimmermann Anneke Ruffle One Piece
In a market saturated with block-colored bikinis, Zimmerman’s elegant swimwear always stands out. And what could be more appropriate for a Vegas pool scene than this dazzling ruffled one-piece? It features an indigo paisley print, a deep V-neck, cut-out waist detailing, and bonded frills at the shoulders.
Price at time of publish: $395
Alo Yoga Wild Thing Bra and Biker Short Set
This supermodel-approved set is made from a sculpting airbrush fabric designed to smooth and support. Plus, it’s moisture-wicking and odor resistant – ideal for hot days spent hiking or exploring the Strip.
Price at time of publish: $136
Daywear for Men
Best Casual Shirt
Polo Ralph Lauren The Iconic Mesh Polo Shirt
Ralph Lauren’s classic polos have been a smart-casual wardrobe staple since 1972. This shirt is appropriate for multiple situations – you could easily wear it from the breakfast buffet through to an evening at Cirque du Soleil.
Price at time of publish: $110
Banana Republic 9” Core Temp Short
Made from a temperature-regulating fabric, these shorts are ideal for keeping cool, especially when you’re on the go during the day. They’re also wrinkle-resistant, so there’s no need to pull out the iron on arrival. Another useful feature is the pockets: there are two at the front and one at the back with a button closure to keep your wallet secure.
Price at time of publish: $70
Best Swimwear for Men
Peter Millar Chiavari Cube Swim Trunk
More interesting than a basic block color, these swim trunks are an excellent choice for a day by the pool. The dome fastening and straight waistband at the front gives the illusion of a formal structure, but there’s an elasticized waistband at the back, allowing you to move around freely. They also feature side pockets and a back pocket with a zip.
Price at time of publish: $110
Outdoor Voices CloudKnit 7″ Short and Short Sleeve T-Shirt
This ultra-soft set blends the functionality of high-tech activewear with street style aesthetics. We’re into the charcoal tee and shorts, but they’re available in six other colorways, from baby blue to mocha, so you can find something to suit your style.
Price at time of publish: $58 (top) $58 (shorts)
Eveningwear for Women
Best Cocktail Dress
Reformation Cassette Cowl-Neck Silk Midi Dress
This glossy Reformation dress was made to make an entrance. Available in a femme fatale red, black, bronze, and olive green, it’s a sexy yet sophisticated silhouette with a high cowl-style neckline, side ruching, and a low-cut back with wide cross straps. Just add bold gold earrings, an evening bag, and a pair of stilettos and your casino look will be complete.
Price at time of publish: $328
Best Evening Jacket
Mango Velvet Suit Blazer
Draped over your shoulders or fastened at the waist, this black velvet blazer is an eveningwear hero. It has a low V-neck with a lapel collar and shoulder pads that give the illusion of good posture, even if you’ve been sitting at the poker table for too long.
Price at time of publish: $129
Intimissimi Silk Slip
What could be more luxurious to end the night in than a silk slip? With adjustable straps and a delicate lace trim, this Intimissimi slip looks and feels beautiful to sleep in. Plus, it won’t occupy too much real estate in your suitcase.
Price at time of publish: $89
Eveningwear for Men
Vince Cotton Long Sleeve Shirt
Every man needs a smart long-sleeve shirt in his wardrobe, so it pays to go for a high-quality option that will stand the test of time. This crisp Vince shirt will do just that; it’s a classic fit and free of any distracting features, like breast pockets or contrasting buttons. Accessorize it with nothing more than a watch.
Price at time of publish: $195
Best Sports Coat
Suit Supply Mid-blue Lazio Jacket
Gentlemen around the world know the value of a good sports coat, and this refined number from Suit Supply could easily pass for Zegna. It’s made from a breathable silk and linen blend, so you can remain cool while looking dapper. It features notch lapels, a double-button closure, and patch pocket, so you have the option of adding a pocket square.
Price at time of publish: $649
J.Crew Bowery Slim-fit Dress Pant in Stretch Chino
These classic chinos are a customer favorite, suitable to wear from the office to a big night on the town. The style is structured and slim fitting with a button flap on the waist that eliminates the need for a belt.
Price at time of publish: $128
Eberjey William Tencel Modal Long PJ Set
Recovering in your hotel room would be so much more luxurious in these Eberjey pajamas. The sophisticated set is a perennial best seller, made from a buttery soft, temperature regulating fabric. To add to the extravagance, you can order them with your initials monogrammed on the front.
Price at time of publish: $168
“The Las Vegas Strip may not look lengthy, but at 4.2 miles it’s important to bring comfortable shoes,” explains Jeanne Mills of ARIA. Good walking shoes are essential when packing for any trip, and for Vegas, you’ll need shoes to coordinate with each look: daywear, eveningwear, activewear, and swimwear. Ahead are our top picks.
Best Sneakers for Men and Women
Veja Impala Sneakers
Veja’s new Impala sneakers are the lightest shoe the brand has ever developed, so they’re especially great for long walks or more strenuous hikes. Available in men’s and women’s sizes, they’re just as effective for exercise as they are for completing an athleisure look. Wear them on the flight and save yourself some suitcase space.
Price at time of publish: $160
Best Women’s Evening Shoes
Black Suede Bestie Mule
Canadian brand Black Suede is basically a more accessible version of Manolo Blahnik or Jimmy Choo, with strikingly beautiful shoes that are sure to attract compliments. These bejeweled mules are perfect for adding some glitz to an evening look, complete with a pointed toe and a 4-inch stiletto heel.
Price at time of publish: $298
Best Versatile Women’s Day Shoes
By Far Tanya Lizard Effect Leather Mules
Low, block-heeled sandals are essential for warm destinations, and By Far’s cult mules would pair just as well with cropped jeans as they would with a floaty summer dress. They’re guaranteed to add a touch of class to your Las Vegas look, and at just 2.5 inches, you can easily walk around town in them.
Price at time of publish: $420
Best Women’s Pool Slides
Melissa x Larroude Cali in Blue PVC Slide Sandal
Great things happen when New York City’s hottest new shoe designer collaborates with an established footwear brand. These jelly-style pool slides are perfect for wearing to day clubs where splashing is to be expected. They’re water-resistant and contain Larroude’s comfortable cloud memory foam – invaluable for fragile dancing feet. We love the blue, but they’re available in coral, lilac, and black, so there are options to align with your swimwear.
Price at time of publish: $115
Best Men’s Slides
Club Monaco Slides
You can rely on Club Monaco for simple staples, and these classic pool slides are free of any unsightly logos that are so often plastered on men’s sandals. They feature a padded strap that makes them feel just as comfortable as slippers, which is what you’re likely to want during a day of recovery.
Price at time of publish: $50
Scarosso Marzio Patent Leather Loafers
Leave it to the Italians to produce stylish, high-quality footwear. These loafers are all class and comfort – which is not always the case with patent leather. These are suitable for pacing along the Strip on even the most spirited of Vegas nights.
Price at time of publish: $350
Best Versatile Men’s Shoes
Hugo Boss Suede Moccasins with Embossed Logo
Suede moccasins are a failproof option for any smart-casual outfit. Available in navy and dark gray, these could easily be dressed up for a more formal establishment, but they’re also comfortable enough for walking around during the day, thanks to the bouncy rubber sole and soft 100 percent cow leather lining.
Price at time of publish: $199
“Sunglasses are a must,” explains Jasmin Kirk, Advanced Designer and Buyer for leading e-commerce website, Moda Operandi. “They’re the perfect accessory indoors to hide a hangover, and outdoors to shade from the intense sun.” And for the evening? She advises you “save the embellishments for bold accessories,” adding that “Khaite’s Lilith bag is a current favorite.”
Maximalism is the mantra in Las Vegas, so accessorize with statement jewelry and a glitzy bag. And if your evening attire is more understated or you’re traveling with a simple LBD, jazz it up with hoop earrings or a gold necklace. As for men? Simply accessorize your look with a bold watch. And, like sunglasses, a good hat can go a long way in the heat (and for being incognito the morning after).
Best Women’s Sunglasses
Loewe Cat-eye Acetate Sunglasses
Large enough to provide some disguise, these Loewe sunglasses are one of the most flattering takes on the cat-eye trend. They feature the brand’s signature gold anagram logo at the temples and are made from a glossy black acetate, sure to make you look polished when you’re feeling anything but.
Price at time of publish: $380
Best Men’s Sunglasses
Persol Round-Frame Folding Acetate Glasses
These innovative sunglasses are a godsend for anyone inclined to lose things on a night out. Simply fold them up, put them in your pocket, and continue the revelry without having to go back to the hotel room – genius! Aside from being functional, the modern aviator style suits most face shapes and provides a solid shield from the glaring sun.
Price at time of publish: $505
Best Unisex Hat
47 Brand New York Clean Up Cap
Sure, you’re in Las Vegas, but a New York Yankees cap is a staple in any state. Pair it with athleisure wear or throw it on for some extra sun protection for a day by the pool.
Price at time of publish: $29
Best Women’s Hat
Freya Gardenia Straw Hat
This essential hat will complete any resort look, whether it’s a pool party with a DJ or a glamorous hotel. Made in a natural straw, it features an elegant fedora style with a wide rim and a cream-colored grosgrain band.
Price at time of publish: $220
Cult Gaia Lucinda Mini Rhinestone Shoulder Bag
If you’re ready to embrace full-on casino glamor, peruse Cult Gaia’s stunning range of evening bags. There are dainty wristlets with feathers, fan-style clutches, and sparkly rhinestone numbers, like this chic shoulder bag, that are sure to add some sparkle to your ensemble.
Price at time of publish: $368
Kenneth Jay Lane Love Knot Drop Earrings
If there’s one place to pull off costume jewelry, it’s Vegas, and Kenneth Jay Lane has a collection of bold (and affordable) earrings to complete your evening look. We love these dual circle 18k gold-plated earrings – ideal for pairing with a jewel-hued dress, or to dress up a daytime look.
Price at time of publish: $50
Gucci GG2750 Watch
We love this classic timepiece that’s surprisingly affordable for the quality. Versatile enough to complement a formal evening look and elevate casual outfits during the day, this could be the safest bet you’ll make on the entire trip.
Price at time of publish: $1,300
Best Hangover Cure
One of the least exciting yet most essential recommendations on this list: a good old-fashioned painkiller. While you’ll generally need to just ride it out, sleep it off, and replenish at the breakfast buffet, taking Advil can help with the dreaded morning-after aches.
Price at time of publish: $24
Packing the right luggage for your trip is essential. For a quick jaunt to Vegas, you’ll want to pack light and bring only the essentials to keep you mobile and unhindered. Here are our top picks for luggage that will provide just the right balance between portability and purpose.
Best Carry-on Suitcase
Tumi International Expandable 4 Wheel Carry-On Suitcase
Tumi suitcases are made to last, even for the most frequent travelers, so it’s an investment that’s worthwhile. The dimensions of this four-wheeled suitcase are the biggest most domestic carriers will allow (21.8 x 14 x 9 inches), and it has an expanded depth, so you can fit more than most other carry-on options. It’s also lightweight, made from a recycled polycarbonate shell with a contemporary contour design. Go into any Tumi store and the team can emboss your initials onto it for a personalized touch.
Price at time of publish: $695
Away The Large Everywhere Bag
Depending on how many days you’re going away for, this could be all you need. It has an excellent interior organization system, with capacity to store a few days’ worth of clothing. Business travelers would also benefit from the padded 15-inch exterior laptop pocket. The design is sleek, too, made from water-resistant nylon with leather straps. If this is too large, there are medium and small size options available, too.
Price at time of publish: $245
Best Checked Suitcase
Samsonite Freeform Carry-on Spinner
Durable, lightweight, and easy to maneuver with multidirectional spinning wheels, this Samsonite suitcase is a modern traveler’s dream. It features a combination lock, and on the inside it has a cross-ribbon strap and a divider to keep everything in order. It also comes with a 10-year warranty.
Price at time of publish: $200
Best Makeup Bag
Roller Rabbit Jemima/Amanda Beauty Makeup Bag Bundle
We love this multi-bag bundle from Roller Rabbit, containing a large makeup bag for bigger items (moisturizers, etc.), a smaller bag that can be kept in your handbag for touch-ups on the go, and a canvas travel pouch to hold hair accessories, styling tools, or a travel-sized skincare set (like the Dr. Barbara Sturm Glow Kit).
Price at time of publish: $98
What You Don’t Want to Miss in Vegas
With so much to do in Las Vegas, it can be hard to know where to go and what to do. Here are just a few of the things you won’t want to miss:
Frequently Asked Questions
How much cash should I bring to Las Vegas?
“This will depend on how many nights you plan on staying,” says MGM’s Amanda Rosenberg. “I would suggest $10 per encounter for tipping bell associates, valet attendants, concierges, guest room attendants, cocktail servers and bartenders. If you forget to bring cash, no worries – all resorts have ATMs readily available.”
What are some useful things to bring that people often forget?
“From experience, I would suggest bringing phone chargers, any pain killers or medications, comfortable shoes, international plug adapters, hairspray, floss, reading glasses, contact solution, steamers, deodorant, and sunblock,” advises Rosenberg.
What should I wear during the day in Las Vegas?
“During the day, keep it versatile in comfortable cargo pants, paired with a pop of color on top to take you from day-to-night,” advises Moda Operandi’s Jasmin Kirk. As noted above, formal dress codes are usually limited to fine dining restaurants at night, but during the day, something smart-casual and lightweight is the way to go.
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Travel + Leisure contributors are shopping, fashion, and lifestyle experts who draw on personal experience and market recommendations to curate the best products for shoppers. For this article, Amy Louise Bailey drew on her decade-plus career in the fashion industry to curate an edit for a standard Las Vegas itinerary. She obtained insights from the concierge teams at major hospitality groups in Las Vegas (including the biggest operator in the area, MGM Resorts), along with the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, and spoke with stylists and buyers from leading multi-brand retailers.
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