As one of the most popular destinations in the US, Las Vegas opens its doors to 42.9 million people on average per year, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal. With all the excitement that comes with preparing for a trip to the so-called Sin City, there might be a few things that might not have made it on your list. You’ve packed your ID, your fancy outfits, your camera, the works — but to top it off, we’re listing five more essentials for a memorable trip to Las Vegas.

Clothing fit for the season

This might not come across as a priority factor for a trip to Vegas, as you’re probably planning on bringing your flashiest clothes. However, you might want to take note of what season it is, as October to April in Vegas is cooler, while the months of May to September get unbearably hot. In our How to Feel More Comfortable When You’re Traveling’ blog post, we mention the importance of donning clothes that will allow you to enjoy your trip to the fullest. So during hot seasons, steer clear of coats and thick fabrics, and be sure to bring a good cover-up during colder months.

A list of all the top attractions

There are hundreds of sights to see and wonders to experience in Las Vegas. From seeing performances, playing games, and going for some relaxation, you’ll never run out of activities to do. If budget is an issue, there are plenty of free events and attractions like the 15-ft aquarium at The Silverton Hotel, or the Bellagio conservatory and fountain show. We recommend keeping an eye on event calendars as well and exploring areas outside of the city, like the hiking trails in the Red Rock Canyon National Park. Making a list of attractions you want to visit before you go will help ensure you don’t waste any precious vacation time.

A selected casino to explore

You should choose one casino to visit and fully explore while in Vegas rather than dipping into multiple locations. The casinos are much more than their gaming floors and have a wide range of attractions for all interests. For those looking to experience a world within a world, CNTraveler.com recommends The Venetian, as you can get a taste of what it is like to visit Venice as you travel on your own personal gondola within the casino. For those who want a more luxurious experience, make sure you fully explore the Bellagio. It is a AAA Five Diamond Hotel with one of the best spas in the entire country.

Knowledge of casino games

If you do plan on playing at the casino tables then it is best to be prepared. Vegas attracts players from all over the world, and if you want to play against them in a game like poker it is best to have a good understanding of the rules. Poker.org’s guide to poker for beginners points out that Texas Hold’em is the most popular version of the game and it is the easiest to grasp. As you could be facing up to nine other players do some research to develop some solid poker strategies. This will make for a much more thrilling experience with a greater chance of success. And if you’re not planning on joining any poker tables, it is still a good idea to be familiar with the rules of blackjack and roulette. This way you will have a much more engaging experience.

Finally, it’s Vegas — so throw away your hesitation and worries and you’re sure to have the time of your life.

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