View Full Version : Family Vacation to Las Vegas...Need Advice!

06-15-2011, 10:00 AM
Hey guys,

We just found out yesterday that we are getting to go on a family vacation THIS FRIDAY to Las Vegas for a week. I was wondering if you guys could give me some advice on travelling from a very, VERY humid Louisiana to a very dry Nevada. Do I need more sunblock than normal, more water, more lotion, etc.? I'm kinda lost here because I've never been that far west and lots of people tell me how different the heat is. We are also flying, so any advice on flying would be great. I've been on a plane once, but it was when my lupus was in remission, so anything different for while in a flare on plane?

THanks guys,


P.S. sorry for any typos, my 10-month old son was trying to "help" :)

06-15-2011, 10:37 AM
Hey, that's great news! Las Vegas is a hoot, there's a million things to see and do. The heat will be very dry, and probably more comfortable than what you are used to in Louisiana. You should be extra dilligent with your sun block. Vegas is about 2300 feet above sea level. Not really high altitude, but high enough to make the UV radiation from the sun more harsh. Drink alot of fluids-you will sweat out moisture but probably not notice as it evaporates quickly. You can become dehydrated very quickly and not know it until you are already well on your way to being sick from it.

A problem I have in dry desert climates is my nasal passages dry out and I get nosebleeds big time. I use just plain old vaseline on a Q-tip to coat the inside of my nose with just a little of the stuff. If you can do it right when you get out of the shower when your nasal passages are moist, it will work even better.

Most people use more skin lotion in the desert as well, so take plenty of your product of choice. I haven't flown commercial in years, so I'll leave that topic for someone else. Above all, have fun!


Want a good burger? Go to the Harley Davidson Cafe. And the best buffet (they actually have filet mignon and lobstertail at a buffet!), is at the Aladdin. Both are on the strip.

06-15-2011, 11:08 AM
I love Vegas! I was there this time of year a few years back and Rob gave you some really good advice. I would add to that - make sure to bring a hat and sunglasses but especially the hat. The sun is strong there. Also, I have the dry nose issue too and I just use a saline spray that I carry around in my bag and that helps. The air there sometimes feels a little "grittier" so if you are planning to go hiking or to the Grand Canyon or some sort of outdoor thing like that, bring a handkerchief or face mask to put over your nose. All the casinos are air conditioned so when you explore the strip be sure to plan lots of time - it's huge! - and take lots of breaks in the AC. Frontier Street is also partially covered if you go there. Do as many outdoor things at night as possible such as the Bellagio fountains and the Venitian gondola rides and all the rollercoasters/amusement rides. Carry a water bottle around with you, one of those insulated ones is best, and you can refill it in all the Air Conditioned casinoes at their water fountains as you travel and you can use it to wet a handkerchief and keep your brow cool. There are lots of good & cheap places to visit in that area - it's all a matter of how much time and money you want to spend doing those things. And I can add Fatburger to your good burger places list as well. They make their fries from scratch in front of you as you wait. Mmmmmm... Most of all, have fun, stay safe, be vigilant about your sun exposure, take pictures, and relax.

06-15-2011, 11:54 AM
Hi Amanda,

Rob and Sandy have helped refering where your going and the difference with heat but refering flying where some medical knee lenght socks while on the plain to stop DVT (clots) and besides ear plugs chew something when the plains ready to take off because of the nose and popping of the ears.

Well have a nice time and your making me jealous, first Mari is off on holiday and now yourself ahhhhhhhh. lol xxx

06-15-2011, 01:16 PM
How exciting! Try to get some rest before you leave (probably not possible, I know) so you aren't exhausted before you get there. Terri's suggestion for wearing support hose or stockings on the plane is a good one if you are prone to blood clots. I always buy a water bottle and snacks at the airport, in case we get stuck on the tarmac for some reason.

The heat in Vegas can suck the energy right out of you, so plan your excursions carefully. Because of all the asphalt and concrete, the strip doesn't cool down a whole lot at night. We flew in at 10 PM and it was still 108 degrees. Hoover Dam was one of the hottest places I have ever been, and while impressive, I didn't think it was worth all the walking or the heat.

We found valet parking on the strip to be worth every penny. The pirate ship show at Treasure Island is fun. We timed our visit so that we got there at the end of one show, and then we sat on the covered patio, overlooking the lagoon, and sipped cool drinks until the next show. Standing out on the sidewalk in the heat and crowd is miserable. Since Vegas is open 24 hours a day, you can nap during the heat of the afternoon and start your adventure late in the day without missing anything. Take lots of $1 and $5 bills because you will be tipping often. Just a fun fact, when my brother worked at a casino in Vegas about 12 years ago a valet could count on making about $90,000 a year - but you paid at least $40,000 in bribes to get the job. Which reminds me, keep a close eye on your purse and wallet. People are constantly bumping into you because of the crowds.

06-15-2011, 01:18 PM
Actually, you might want to avoid the pirate show with your baby. The cannons were pretty loud and scary for the little kids.

06-15-2011, 10:15 PM
I love Vegas, too. We got to spend 10 days there, courtesy of the Air Force, when they sent Jeff to two back-to-back conferences. We stayed at Caesar's Palace, which I LOVED. I spent an entire day in their Roman Bath Spa - heaven for a Latin teacher. It's fun to wander around the Forum shops there - it's all indoors, and there are cool exhibits to sit down and watch. I also liked the mall there - it's also completely indoors. I walked from one big hotel to the next, mostly staying inside, and just checked out everything there was to see that didn't cost anything. I also took in a couple of shows while Jeff was at meetings - The Thunder From Down Under was a hoot!
I would recommend leaving your car parked and taking the free buses that go up and down the strip. I even stayed on it once and rode into the old part of Las Vegas.
It is a good idea to go out and about after dark. Sunscreen and a hat are essential. I also have problems with dry lips in a desert environment, so lip balm is good, too.
I've flown a lot. As others have told you, snacks and water bottles are important. Get up and move around if you can - potty runs are good for you. For the little one, be sure that he has something to suck on during take-off and landing. It will keep his ears from hurting. Hopefully, he'll nap during the flight. If not, have some interesting, quiet toys to keep him occupied. I traveled from Oklahoma to LA with Jeff when my youngest was three months old. I "wore" her in a baby carrier and wandered all over the city very comfortably. Take one of those, or a backpack-style carrier, since he's older. Just be sure that he has plenty of sunscreen, hat, etc.
We're going to Reno and Lake Tahoe next week. We'll be staying in the Atlantis Casino - I can't wait!
Have a fun, and safe trip!

06-16-2011, 05:03 AM
another important thing to take..........
a camera
for all of us jealous people who cannot be there.

06-16-2011, 06:36 AM
I walked from one big hotel to the next, mostly staying inside, and just checked out everything there was to see that didn't cost anything...I would recommend leaving your car parked and taking the free buses that go up and down the strip.

Marla just reminded me - there's a tram shuttle (I think it's free) that runs between several hotels and is air conditioned. I know it goes to the pyramid (Luxor, right?) and Ceasars and several others but I forget exactly which.

06-16-2011, 07:27 AM
Thanks guys. You've been so helpful. We're so excited we get to go, and my in-laws will be there to help a lot with my son. I've got some school work to do while im there but thankfully it isn't much. Im mostly excited to hit the pool. I love swimming and we haven't had much time for it this summer. Thanks for the advice, and I'm sure oi I'll check in with you guys at least once while we're away. Have a great weekend!

06-16-2011, 07:45 AM
Your welcome mate, just have a smashing rest and break when you go and take your camera and some pic's would be lovely when you get back.

Terri xxx