I am one of those people that goes shopping before I leave for vacation. In reality, this doesn’t make much sense because then I have no budget left to shop while on vacation. But every time I open my suitcase to start packing, I panic and think I have nothing appropriate to wear. Which makes me think… what the heck do I wear normally?
Las Vegas is a recurring summer destination for me, and after so many years I have my packing list down to a science. Here are my essentials for a weekend in Sin City. Click the links in the description below. Maxi dress – I wear mine on the plane because it’s so comfortable and easy and I’m weird about my bare legs touching airplane seats. It can also double as a pool cover-up and is perfect for those “holy crap we have 5 minutes until checkout/brunch closes” and need to race out of the hotel room moments.
Hat and sunglasses – summer sun in Vegas is brutal so not only are they great protection at the pool and while walking around, but they cover unwashed hair and tired eyes from the night before. I like to wear light colored hats to contrast my dark hair and because they attract less sun.
Stilettos – the key here is versatility and comfort (hah). To avoid packing too many shoes, I choose a pair that goes with both nights’ outfits and has an ankle strap to hold my foot into place for extra stability.
Wedges – as a friend once famously said, “I like to ruin my feet in different ways”. A dressier wedge is a great option if your feet just can’t take another night of stilettos. Plus, if you’re a heels-at-the-pool kind of girl, this is your chance.
Flat sandals – a must for all the walking you’ll be doing during the day. Choose a pair with metallic accents or embellishments that will still look nice with a cocktail dress at 4am if you really can’t take another minute of heels.
Sweater – moving from outside to inside the casino can mean a temperature change of about 40 degrees. I like to have something to shield me from those freezing air conditioners.
Travel bag – Pick something that can take a bit of a beating being placed underneath the seat in front of you or possibly getting wet at the pool. Saffiano leather is a great option for handling wear and tear.
Clutch – choose something with a wristlet or a hidden shoulder strap like the one above so your hands stay free while dancing or gambling.
Dress (pink or silver) and jumpsuit – I love bandage dresses. They got a bad wrap thanks to the Real Housewives of the world, but the right one can be beautiful and in my opinion, Vegas is the only appropriate place to rock one. Try Halston Heritage or Stretta for more affordable versions of the Herve Ledger original. To mix up the short, tight dress routine, I like a fun jumpsuit. Basic black is a great palette to accessorize, while a bold color can stand alone.
Packing problems solved!