Since returning from my first trip to Las Vegas, I’ve been thinking a lot about what my recommendations would be for other first-timers. Below is my advice to anyone heading to the Sin City for the first time so you live your best life.
- You need to take a lot of Ubers. – The next hotel might look like it’s a few blocks away, but trust me. It isn’t. These hotels are HUGE and walking isn’t an option to get from one end of The Strip to the other. Good news is that all of ours were around $10.
- Wear comfortable shoes. – Even though I just said you’re going to be talking a lot of Ubers, that doesn’t mean you won’t be getting your steps in. Don’t decide Vegas is the place to break in your new shoes.
- Each hotel has an Uber drop off/pick up location. – This is really helpful because there is no way you could describe what random hotel exit you’re standing out. That being said, the drop off and pick-ups are not always in the same location (ie; The Venetian)
- Don’t buy tickets for things that won’t sell out. – We bought tickets for the Shotzilla before we got there (plus insurance!), and couldn’t move our reservation without a doctor’s note. We ended up having to plan our evening around the reservation… Not ideal!
- Give yourself more time then you think you’ll need before a reservation. – The restaurants in hotels aren’t the easiest things to find. Give yourself enough time to figure out where you’re going so you aren’t rushed.
- Pregame. – Pretty self-explanatory, but drinks are hella expensive in Vegas. Stock up at the state store, and drink in your room so you don’t spend $48 on two vodka waters.
- Decide where you want to spend your money. – We really wanted to eat at nice restaurants, so we watched our spending on stupid impulse items. If can also eat pretty cheap if you want to focus on gambling or drinks at clubs.
- Look for happy hours. – Almost every place has one. The Stratosphere had a happy hour that ran right up to our reservation so, definitely check the place you’re going for dinner and scoop half off drinks before your meal.
- Don’t talk to anyone on The Strip. – Every 10 feet, someone was trying to sell us a timeshare. They all want money, so just keep moving.
- Bring outfit options. – This is a general rule of thumb for me, but I especially found it to be helpful in Vegas. I completely changed my outfit that I planned to wear by the third night. I was tired, and didn’t feel like getting as dressed up.