All you need for a Vegas Vacation

Gear Guide — By Tyler Renaghan on March 19, 2009 at 1:42 pm

If you’ve been to Las Vegas before, you probably already know what to bring, but it’s always a good idea to make a list and check it twice.  For you Vegas virgins, this is a MUST read.

There are many different reasons to go to Las Vegas, in the end it’s all about being safe…and having FUN!  Here is a list of the Top 5 essential supplies to make the most of your Sin City Vacation.

  1. Sunglasses – No matter the season, you always need sunglasses in Las Vegas.  Whether you’re catching those scorching desert rays poolside, trying to hide the fact that you just went all-in with seven-duece, or you’re gettin’ hyphy in the club with your stunna shades on…sunglasses always come in handy.
  2. Water – Also known as H2O or the liquid of life when you’re in Vegas.  Just because the casino bars water down their free cocktails doesn’t mean you’re getting your share of the good stuff.  Buy a giant bottle from a convenient store, and once you down the entire thing the first night, refill it and down another just for good measure.  You are in a desert after all.
  3. Protection – Make sure whatever happens in Vegas stays in Vegas.
  4. Cash Money – From the minute you get off the plane you need to have some cash on you to tip the guy who whistled for the cab, the cab driver, the bellboy, the dealer, the bouncer, the bartender, the dancers…basically you need to tip anyone and everyone for services rendered.  But don’t worry, if you run out of cash there should be an ATM with flashing lights around every corner.
  5. Designer Threads – If you’ve got a Gucci suit and Ferragamo’s or a little black Prada dress and red-bottomed LouBoutin’s, flaunt it.  If not, throw on your classiest suit and sexiest dress and bump shoulders with the see and be seen in some of the top clubs and restaurants on The Strip.  Sometimes less is more for the ladies in Las Vegas.

Have I missed anything?  What else would you bring to Las Vegas to make throwin’ caution to the wind that much more enjoyable?

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Tyler is a resident gear junkie at NileGuide. Have a question about travel gear? Shoot the gear junkies an email at

Tags: Las Vegas, Stunna Shades, Vegas Vacation


  • Andy says:

    Looks good so far. But I’d add something about the night life, somethin’ about dancing shoes or something like that might be a good idea.

  • Kirstin says:

    Caffeine pills to help you stay up all night?

  • Cindy says:

    Something to cure hangovers… Vitamin B?

  • Graham Master Flash says:

    no Amazon link for the stunna shades? =(

  • Jayson Africa says:

    Hey Tyler, your missing the most important thing you need to bring with you to Vegas; an alibi! Some times “it wasn’t me” just won’t cut it.

  • Tyler Renaghan says:

    Hey Jayson…why am I not surprised by your comment! I had a sneaky suspicion this post might catch your eye. I’m glad to see you’re still using Nikon btw…keep on snappin’ life!

  • Mike Uehara-Bingen says:

    I love going all in with 7/2. But yes, it really requires sunglasses.

  • Wil from Spot Cool Travel says:

    Although Vegas is often hot outdoors some casinos are kept at near freezing temperatures. Something snazzy but warm to wear while you’re losing your money is essential.

  • Tyler Renaghan says:

    Wil is absolutely right! Plus, when you’re leaving Pure at 4am, things can get a little chilly while waiting for a cab.

  • Tyler says:

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    Check out their post here:

  • Wonderwilm says:

    Leave the credit card in the hotel unless you’ve got iron will.

  • josie says:

    this was lik really helpful, but u should also bring some NORMAL CLOTHES! lol im goin with my family in 3 days!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Tyler says:

    Hey Josie, No problem. I guess if you’re going to Vegas with family you will most likely need something other than a bathing suit and a hot going out outfit…good call!

  • Janine says:

    me thinks u shuld pack diapers 4 da casino so u can stay @ 1 slot machine 4 ever & not have 2 get up 2 use da bathrum


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