Oh Vegas, you never disappoint and this time was exceptionally fun. Last weekend my cousin graduated from UNLV and a big group of our family flew/drove to Las Vegas to celebrate. If I’m being honest, had he gone to school elsewhere I doubt all of us would have made it for the special day. But he chose a great city to study in and that made for one of the most memorable weekends I’ve had with this side of the family.
With a schedule packed full with the graduation ceremony, pool party, going out in the city of sin and mother’s day brunch it was a bit tricky knowing what to pack but I think I managed pretty well .
C2O Pure Coconut Water – hydrate, hydrate, hydrate when you are in Vegas. A few years ago we went to the EDC festival which is actually going on this weekend in Vegas and it was so dry and hot that I don’t think I’ve ever consumed more water. Remember Las Vegas is in the middle of the desert and if you are partying you will need to hydrate yourself. I was one of the few who drove and I didn’t have to worry about the amount of liquid I was bringing with me so I brought two of these C2O Pure Coconut Water cartons along.
Dress – one of my favorite stores in Chicago, Akira, was my go to when it came to dress shopping. I had actually bought this dress for a wedding but realized it was a little too tight and revealing for the wedding I was going to. Instead I kept it in my closet for the next occasion. I did wear it for my going away party in Chicago last summer and figured enough time had passed since I posted on Instagram wearing this dress that it was alright to wear it again. This dress was the perfect look for a night out in Las Vegas.
SEPHORA Eye Mask – If you go out in Vegas it is rare that you get back to your hotel before 2 am. We strolled into our hotel around 6 am Sunday morning, just five hours before we were supposed to meet for Mother’s day brunch. I got in about four hours of sleep and that meant I needed a little help to look ready for brunch. These eye masks have come in handy while I travel and they were a lifesaver that morning.
Swimsuit – if you are going to a pool party while in Vegas make sure to bring a cute swimsuit. The swimsuit becomes your party outfit while you sip on your favorite cocktail by the pool all day.
Hat – An afternoon pool party requires a chick swimsuit but also some protection against the sun. This hat was a gift from my mom for our Caribbean cruise a few years ago. It’s been a fun hat to wear, I even wore it to my first Derby Day race.
Sunglasses – The bright sun is blinding in the desert so it’s important to bring a good pair of sunglasses, like these Tory Burch sunglasses. This is my newest pair I bought in February and the most I’ve even spent on a pair of sunglasses but they are worth the investment. Also I cannot get into the small sunglass trend that celebrities are wearing, I’d like to avoid having my retina fried by the sun.
Sun Bum Sunscreen – this was one of the items in my Things I’m Lovin’ post and of course I brought it with me on this trip. It was my go to all afternoon during the pool party and I didn’t get sunburned.
Heels – a night out in Las Vegas requires the perfect dress and of course heels. I bought these a few weeks ago and have worn them multiple times already. Nine West is one of my favorite shoe companies, they do make comfy shoes.
Small Purse – lastly don’t forget to pack a good purse with you that you can carry when you go out. This has been my going out purse for a few years and I got it for $10 at Marshalls =o)
This trip to Las Vegas was an adventure and I’m glad I had all my essentials packed with me. Hope these tips are helpful if you are heading to Vegas this summer to party or need inspiration on what to pack for a busy weekend celebrating with family and friends.
x the Adventurer
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