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Over the years, I’ve found it very helpful to write a review of my travel wardrobe soon after arriving home, while it’s still fresh in my mind. I’ve often referred back to these recaps when packing for the next trip to a similar destination or climate.
A travel wardrobe for a Las Vegas road trip
When I originally began planning this travel wardrobe, I’d assumed “normal” weather in Las Vegas for this time of year: sunny, and hot (temperatures in the mid-to-high 90’sF). I had to do a quick pivot after checking the forecast a couple of days before we left, as it showed a dip in temperatures. Here’s what I ultimately packed.
By the time we arrived, the forecasted temperatures had dropped by another several degrees. It was cloudy, chilly, and windy for a good part of our stay. Between the weather outside and the air-conditioning blasting inside, I was mostly cold all weekend.
Most of our venues were casual to smart casual. I decided to just bring one bag that could go from day to dinner. I figured (rightly so) that I wouldn’t want to be bothered switching bags. Some women were a bit more dressed up, though I wondered how they weren’t freezing in the skimpy dresses. 🥶
I’m REALLY glad I added more jackets. I did wear almost all of the pieces at least once (though did not get photos of all the combinations).
The denim jacket (similar) and off-white barrel leg jeans. I wore some version of this combo (varying the tops) just about every day. I could pop the collar on the jacket to keep the drafts off my neck, and the jeans lightened up the look.
The sequin duster, of course. 😉 I wore it for our tour at The Neon Museum (and received lots of compliments from the staff there). It was also one of the warmer pieces I packed, so I wore it one night when we played some casino games. (I’m not much of a gambler, but can amuse myself at the quarter poker machines.)
Wish I’d brought…
A couple of smaller scarves. Not only to keep my neck warm, but to add some color and pattern to outfits.
All in all, I’d give this wardrobe a 7/10.
What it’s like to visit Las Vegas now…
Several people have asked me about masks and other Covid restrictions. During our visit, there were signs everywhere saying that “per CDC guidelines,” masks were NOT required for fully-vaccinated people. Probably 1/3 to 1/2 of the people we saw were wearing masks in the hotels, casinos, and shopping malls. A small number of casino tables still had plexiglass barriers up, but most were without them. Almost all employees and staff were still masked.
Individual stores still had mask requirements. They were also still operating on very reduced hours, and limiting occupancy. Some requested that you use hand sanitizer upon entry.
I think staffing is still an issue for many restaurants. We were glad we’d made dinner reservations in advance, as most places were not accepting walk-ins. Many were operating on a reduced schedule, and no buffets were open. The room service menu was quite pared down too.
Everything in the hotel room that couldn’t be laundered or disinfected had been removed. So no pens, notepads, magazines, or even mini-bar items. Towels and small shampoo, conditioner, body wash, body lotion. That was it.
One person who lives there told us that the city’s goal is to have everything fully “back to normal” by June 1. So some of this may change in the next few days.