What happens in Vegas… can haunt your memories! If you’re planning on going on a wild trip to Vegas for the first time, you’re probably either very overwhelmed by all the choices, or excited for the activities. The truth is that Las Vegas is both overwhelming and exciting, and it can be difficult to stay balanced. Here are some tips to enjoying your first Vegas trip and living to tell the tale!
Stay under 4 days
With everything there is to do in the city, you may think that 2 or 3 days could not be nearly enough time. But trust me – you’ll be ready to go home at the end of just a short stay! Unless you are planning a spa trip, you will likely be running around, drinking, dancing, gambling… all things that make you very tired. A few weekend trips will enable you to do a lot more than one long one.
Set a spending limit
Vegas is not a cheap place to visit! From overpriced drinks, to spendy hotel rooms, to the temptation of gambling, you can easily get in over your head financially. Before you leave for your trip, set a budget for each day. And if possible, purchase some things like show tickets before you arrive. This will help spread out your spending so you do not drop a lot of money at one time. There are also plenty of activities that are free or low cost, so do some research into those options!
Don’t overbook yourself
When planning your itinerary for the trip, try not to spread yourself too thin. It can be tempting to plan daytime activities, dinner, evening shows, and then late night entertainment. But if you’re going to be drinking, this is way too much! When I go to Vegas for fun, I have a bad habit of going to the open bar on the Linq High Roller, drinking a lot, settling down for a midday nap and then waking up around midnight 🙂 Don’t get me wrong – it’s an absolute blast! If you have the “what happens in Vegas” mentality, be aware that you may drink a little more than you normally do and plan accordingly.
Bring your own drinks
Alcohol is expensive, but so are non-alcoholic drinks. My best advice is to bring a case of water for your room. You will be glad you don’t have to purchase overpriced bottles, and your body will thank you when you wake up! Bring some alcohol and mixers too. If you gamble your drinks will be free, but you are of course still spending money. This can help you resist that temptation.
Do you have any recommendations for Vegas first-timers? I’m going to do another post soon on my favorite attractions in the city, so let me know if you have any that you think should be included. Until next time!