If you pack
shoes or boots, don’t waste that interior space. With a few unfortunate
exceptions, any room you book on the Strip will be luxurious and spacious and
brimming with amenities. This is
about the day-to-day minutiae of travel–tips for rising, shining and keeping
your cool in a city that never blinks.
from CityCenter to Treasure Island in the middle of August can result in a
painfully sunburned scalp, even if you still have plenty of hair. Pack a
container of your favorite brand, and purchase a $10 coffeemaker at Walgreens.
There are several on the Strip, one conveniently located between the Venetian
and Palazzo. High-end properties like
Bellagio and the Venetian don’t have them. There is something quite addictive about $12 potato chips.
Pack your bags. This can be clipped to a belt, freeing up
your hands and pockets. Tiny toothpaste and other
Lilliputian items are all for sale in every hotel gift shop. Instead of purchasing smaller versions
of these toiletries and dutifully filling a zip-top bag, simply wait until you
arrive in Vegas, and buy even smaller versions. There are
still ways to beat the system, however. Bring your own coffee. You were once
every bit as excited and optimistic as they are.
You can reduce the amount of space allocated for clothing by
taking advantage of the laundry service at the your hotel. And with any luck, you will be
again. With a bit of planning,
however, you can schedule a shuttle pickup, and save a few bucks on that leg of
the journey. While you’re purchasing that coffeemaker, take the
opportunity to procure bottled water and snacks. In fact, you can’t even be
certain of which floor it’s on. Although, it’s not a good idea to keep your money in
there, as these cases are too easily detached.
Stay cool. Hang onto enough to tip housekeeping and pay for a cab to
the airport. When booking your room, you can also request
a small refrigerator for a nominal fee. It’s 3:30 in the morning, and you’ve been staring at
magical numbers for hours. There are several alternatives. A casino is no place for a handbag
either, and heightened awareness should be maintained when carrying one
anywhere in Vegas. You may be staying at a hotel with 5,000 rooms, and there
will be no corresponding number printed on your disposable key-card. The aforementioned Strip is home to the majority of the
world’s largest hotels, totaling more than 67,000 rooms.
Smarter packing methods, like bundle-wrapping, can
help you keep everything down to the one carry-on and one personal item allowed.
If that personal item happens to be a backpack or briefcase, that’s just more
room for small items of clothing, or phone and laptop chargers. You’re the only one who thinks it makes you look foolish.
While some of these suggestions might apply to any destination, most are specific to the particular landscape and customs
of Las Vegas–specifically the Strip, which is the primary focus of most
Vegas visitors. What do you do? Instead of panicking, you take
out your phone and look at the photo of the door you took when you arrived.
There’s that room number. Exposed arms and legs
require sunblock or sunscreen, and don’t forget the top of your head. If you aren’t too
picky about brand loyalty, just buy what you need when you arrive, and discard
the unused portions.
Don’t lose all your money. Both of these hotels boast about
4,000 rooms, and keeping that many in-room coffeemakers sanitary is simply not
cost-effective. You may have even consumed a few alcoholic beverages
… When arriving at McCarran Airport, many of us like to hit
the tarmac running. The added expense is
a small price to pay for being unburdened by extraneous luggage.
Money in your pocket. Stocking this with a variety of
consumables will also keep you away from more pricey offerings. Fill them with anything that will
fit. A wallet in your back
pocket is just begging for a new home. Room service is an obvious alternative. You can also carry items in a small, digital camera case. If you don’t know what to do with the machine once your trip is
over, just remember the cost, and you’ll figure it out. On the other
hand, if pillaging the mini-bar is integral to your Vegas experience … You don’t
want to get stranded, and it’s too far to walk. and simply cannot remember your room number. The coffeemaker. Hydration is important in the desert. Some properties, like Planet Hollywood, feature a simple,
one-cup coffeemaker, but the prepackaged coffee produces a bland and
disappointing cup of Joe.
Don’t get lost. Remember, many Las Vegas cabs still don’t take plastic. So, wear a
hat. A small Sling Bag or Travel
Shoulder Bag that hugs the body is a safer option. That
number, all five digits and the accompanying hyphen, was scribbled on a piece
of folded cardstock by the desk clerk, and now resides somewhere in your room,
completely ignored. However, many of these properties traditionally omit a
basic item you might be expecting. One may plan for weeks and
employ strategic packing methods for short or extended stays, only to be foiled
by the inclusion of liquids, gels and other red flag security items. This additional purchase may
stop you from indulging in the $12 bag of chips and overpriced beverages
lurking in your in-room mini-bar. Now get some sleep. And don’t
forget the filters.
Water and snacks. go for
it. These tips have nothing to do with gambling strategy and offer
no advice on attracting a host or managing a players club account.
The solution is simple. All cash should be carried in a front
pocket, either in a wallet or a money clip. And when you get to your gate, smile at the arriving passengers,
no matter how irritating their exuberance may seem at the time. The freshly brewed and
delivered coffee will be better than standard hotel room java, and you’ll pay for
the difference. Carrying money in Vegas, either on a casino floor or simply
walking down the Strip, requires a bit of forethought. Dressing appropriately
for each season will also make your stay more enjoyable. During summer
months, lightweight synthetics can be quickly hand-washed in the bathroom sink
and dried overnight.
Coffee. Standing and watching a carousel of orbiting luggage may
not be on the agenda. Unfortunately, current airport security measures have
made the carry-on only practice a bit more daunting
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