Woman packing suitcase full of clothes for summer vacation.

Las Vegas is a city like no other – which can make preparing for a trip overwhelming if it’s your first time. When determining how to plan for a visit to the City of Lights, it’s best to take into consideration who you’re traveling with, your preferences, and the expectations you have for your stay.

Here’s a general “Vegas for Beginners” guide to give you a head-start on planning and preparations:

What to Pack

Packing for Vegas is entirely dependent upon the season. In the summertime, this desert city can regularly reach triple digits, while winter can bring rain and cool night temperatures. Make sure to take a look at the weather forecast before you start packing to get a general idea of what the weather will be like during your visit. Any planned activities can also help determine what you should bring to Vegas. Pool party lovers will want to pack multiple swimsuit options, while those who love the great indoors may want to pack dressier clothes for air-conditioned dinners and gaming.

Father and daughter hiking in Red Rock Canyon in Nevada.

What to Prepare For

There are a few things first-time visitors will want to be prepared for, including the following:

*Hot days and cold nights – This weather combo can make packing a little difficult and often occurs in the spring and fall months. Bring a light jacket or sweater for your nighttime strolls through the city so you’re not left feeling too chilly.

*Spontaneous activities – Vegas is full of fun, random attractions that you may not have planned for. Be sure to pack a pair of closed-toed shoes, athletic apparel, and varied clothing types so that you’re ready for any exciting opportunity that may come your way.

*A multitude of food options – Think twice about packing food for a trip to Vegas. The city is full of renowned eateries, ranging from five-star to casual dining. Take advantage of the city’s diverse food scene, even if it means spending a little more on eating out (we promise it’ll be worth it).

*Photo opportunities – Bring a fully-charged camera with plenty of storage to capture all the photo-worthy moments. From dazzling signage to natural desert views, Las Vegas is a treat for both eyes and camera lenses.

What to Plan

Before you plan a trip to Vegas, decide what you want out of it. Are you looking for family fun? A romantic escape? A solo adventure? Knowing what you’re looking for can help you craft a trip that will suit your needs. A trip to Las Vegas should include a mix of planned activities and spontaneous adventures, so make sure to plan strategically.

The activities and attractions you should book in advance are the ones that have the potential to sell out. If you’re heading to Vegas during the busy season, make sure to schedule your dinner reservations and hotel stays in advance. For attractions and things to do, call ahead and ask if a reservation is necessary. Book the activities that have the potential to fill up, but leave some wiggle room for free time so you have time to breathe between activities.

Two women floating in a lazy river with drinks.

If you’re visiting in the summer, make sure to check out one of Las Vegas’s famous pools. Nothing will help you celebrate summer better than the gorgeous water attractions in the Entertainment Capital of the World. The pool and lazy river at Tahiti Village are known throughout the city for being an oasis in the middle of the desert. The Tahitian-themed pool area has a sandy beach entry, tropical paradise feel, is kid-friendly, and is a fun activity for the whole family to enjoy together.

Las Vegas is a unique city that offers bright lights, culinary delights, fun in the sun, and nights to remember. Prepare for your trip by checking the weather in advance, booking all reservations before they sell out, and saving some time to relax by the pool.