Whether traveling for business or pleasure, a trip to Las Vegas is an excursion into sensory overload.
The flashing lights, blaring sounds and round-the-clock excitement can be quite disorienting. That’s why it’s important to plan properly when visiting Sin City.
One mistake rookie tourists commonly make is not preparing for the extreme climate. Las Vegas is located in a desert, with summer temperatures often reaching 115°. Therefore, light clothing, constant hydration, and proper skin protection are very important.
But, don’t forget to pack a light jacket. Desert temperatures can drop significantly at night, and the casinos are known for running their air conditioners at full capacity. It’s very easy to become chilled (and risk catching a cold) as you experience 50° temperature swings while entering and exiting each property along the strip.
Also pack a pair of comfortable walking shoes, and be very careful when crossing Las Vegas streets (there are many distractions drawing motorists’ eyes from the road). If you’re not a walker, cabs are preferable to rental cars due to their abundance, convenience and lack of parking hassles.
If you do rent a car or take your own, avoid the expensive valet service and use the free garage or lot. Plus, don’t buy gas on the strip.
Speaking of reducing your overall costs, Las Vegas travel bargains abound in this down economy. Visit LasVegas. com or any reputable travel planning site (or travel agent) for endless show, hotel and airfare package deals. If you’re able to travel at off-peak times, the deals can be especially generous. As always, be sure read the fine print carefully before booking.
If you’re a novice and plan to gamble, take advantage of the gaming lessons most casinos offer and start off at the lower limit tables. Also, sign up for frequent gamblers cards at the casinos and sport books you’re playing, and accumulate points you can use toward discounted meals, shows and future lodging.
Finally, be sure to identify how much you can afford to lose, and walk away from the table when you reach that amount. It’s also a great idea to walk away when you’re winning because, in the long run, the odds always favor the house (those luxurious casinos would not have been built if most players came out ahead).
Yes, pre-planning can make your next trip to Las Vegas even more enjoyable.
For, when you exercise a little discipline and good judgment, what happened Vegas won’t necessarily have to stay in Vegas.