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Despite its reputation as a hot desert location, Las Vegas does actually get cold in the winter. It won’t be frigid and it’s highly unlikely you’ll see snow, but it’s not balmy all year round. Average temperatures in December and January are around 55F/13C for the highs and 38F/3C for the lows.
My best friend lives in Las Vegas, so I’ve been there several times to visit, including in the middle of winter.
If you’re wondering what to wear in Vegas in January, or what to pack for Vegas in February, it’s definitely not shorts. Here’s what I had on my packing list for Vegas in winter. This should work for a long weekend trip.
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This will depend on the exact activities you choose to do. If you’re going to gamble, you might not need dressy clothes, but if you’re planning on hitting the clubs or going to see a show, you’ll want to include one or two nice outfits.
- 1 pair of jeans
- 1 pair of nice pants: black works well
- 3 long-sleeved shirts
- 1 cute top
- 1 dress: for the club or a show
- 1 cardigan
- 1 pair of tights or stockings: if you’re packing a dress
- 1-2 bras
- 1 jacket
If your plans do include going to a club, be aware that you might have to wait in line outside for awhile in the cold. Maybe this means wearing nice black pants instead of a dress, but if you have your heart set on a cute dress, just know that your legs might get a bit chilly while you wait. And look up the club you plan on checking out to make sure they have a coat check.
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- 1 pair of comfortable walking shoes: for exploring the strip during the day
- 1 pair of nicer shoes: heels or flats for the club or a show
Many clubs have strict dress codes and require ladies to wear high heels. It might be worth bringing a pair of roll-up or fold-up flats to wear on the walk to the club and switching when you get there.
There really isn’t anything out of the ordinary here. Pack your normal toiletries and you should be fine. If you’re trying to pack carry-on only, think about replacing liquids with solids when possible.
- Shampoo, conditioner, soap/shower gel
- Moisturizer: the desert air is quite dry
- Lip balm
- Solid perfume
- Toothbrush and toothpaste
- Hair brush and hair ties
- Prescription medications
Like with your clothing, this depends on what you’re doing in Vegas. You don’t need to wear jewelry if you’re spending the weekend sitting at the slot machines, but you might want to add a necklace and some earrings to your outfit if you’re going clubbing.
- A scarf: one that can dress up your outfit and keep your neck warm at night
- Jewelry: don’t bring anything expensive
- Sunglasses: just don’t wear them to the club
Despite the saying that what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas, you’ll probably want to capture some of the memories with your camera.
- Plug adapter: if you’re coming from outside North America
- Chargers, cords, and batteries
Tips to enjoy your Las Vegas trip
Don’t forget to have your ID on you at all times. You must be 21 or older to drink, gamble, or even be on the casino floor.
If you’re not set on a specific show, you can often get discount tickets the day of or the day before a show.
Vegas parties every night of the week, but it’s a little less crowded on weekdays. Try going Wednesday through Saturday instead of on the weekend itself. You can often find deals on flights and hotels that way too.
Have fun but don’t get too carried away. No one wants their trip to Vegas to turn out like The Hangover.
What else would you pack for a trip to Vegas in the winter?
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