How to Survive the Las Vegas Strip

Las Vegas Strip Overhead View

The Las Vegas Strip is arguably the most iconic spot in one of the most iconic gambling cities in the world.

The Strip is a 4 mile stretch along Las Vegas Boulevard that is full of the most popular casinos, resorts, venues, restaurants, and clubs. In other words: the Strip is the tourist trap to end all tourist traps.

For those who love to gamble but haven’t been to Vegas before, visiting the Strip is a must. The first time you see all the sights and hear all the sounds, you’ll surely be hooked.

The Strip allows gamblers and vacationers alike to conveniently take in some of the best things Las Vegas has to offer.

Having said that, the Strip can be brutal depending on when you’re traveling to Vegas. It might not seem like a 4 mile stretch of the Nevada desert could be that daunting.

But, trust me when I say that it takes some prep to do the Las Vegas Strip right. Here are 7 things you need to know about surviving the Las Vegas Strip.

1 ‒ Don’t Go Solo

If you’re lucky, you won’t have to tackle a vacation to Las Vegas by yourself.

While the city is relatively safe around the Strip, there are some seedy parts to it that can be intimidating for anyone going stag. In the daylight, there’s not much danger.

But, once the sun sets over Las Vegas, the city transforms before tourist’s very eyes. If at all possible, try to avoid walking up and down the Strip by yourself at night.

I’m not saying that anything bad will come to pass. But, it’s better to be safe than sorry. Las Vegas is a city that attracts a wide variety of people from all over the world.

Additionally, many businesses and local entities make a killing off unsuspecting tourists every year.

Not only can it be a little bit intimidating for people who go to Vegas stag, but it’s typically more fun to travel in a group.

I’ve traveled to the Strip in a group and by myself and can definitively say that having a couple of traveling companions makes the trip exponentially greater.

2 ‒ Drink Plenty of Water

There are many surprising things about Las Vegas.

It’s remarkable to see so many casinos in a confined space. The sheer number of entertainment options, combined with the volume of tourists is jaw-dropping.

But, one thing I truly wasn’t prepared for was how hot Las Vegas can get. As I said earlier, Las Vegas is essentially smack dab in the middle of the desert.

Because of that, the air is dry and hot during the summer, making for a brutal climate to walk through. If you’re not careful, you can easily find yourself dehydrated.

Orange Citrus Cocktail with Orange Slice

It’s important to stay on top of your hydration levels if you want to thrive on the Strip. Not only is the climate brutally hot, but you might feel inspired to partake in a few drinks while you’re walking around the city.

That’s right, most parts of Vegas allow tourists to openly carry alcohol as they roam around the Strip. But, before you get too crazy, make sure you’re taking care of yourself so you don’t ruin your vacation.

3 ‒ Take Advantage of Cheap Transportation

There are plenty of different transportation options around the city of Las Vegas. There are taxis, ride-sharing services, and even public transportation.

Additionally, some of the casinos offer guests tram services to shuttle them between casinos. This plethora of options can provide for a much-needed break from the conditions.

However, some of these transportation services can be quite expensive if you’re not careful.

The simplest solution to this problem is to always travel in packs, which can help offset some of the costs. But, if you’re traveling alone, there are still a few ways you can keep your spending in check.

Before booking a ride from one casino to the next, see if it’s within walking distance. If not, double-check that the casino you’re staying at doesn’t offer some form of a shuttle service.

There’s no need to spend more money than you need to or waste more energy walking between casinos.

4 ‒ Ignore the Solicitors

It can be challenging to stick to your budget while in Las Vegas.

For gamblers, there are too many casinos to gamble at with far too little time to do so. Tourists who don’t enjoy gambling still have the opportunity to take in a wide variety of entertainment options.

Additionally, there’s a bar or restaurant seemingly every step you take on the Strip.

Most Vegas-goers know what they’re getting into before they arrive in Sin City. However, one thing most people don’t like talking about is all of the solicitations.

Tourists Walking the Vegas Strip

Look, I’m not going to fault someone for trying to make a living. Las Vegas is one of the premiere tourists spots in the United States, maybe even in the entire world.

Plus, COVID-19 slowed down the tourism industry for the better part of a year. So, there’s no shame in Vegas locals trying to make some of that money back.

However, if you’re new to the Vegas Strip, don’t be shocked to be swarmed by people trying to sell you all sorts of items and experiences.

5 ‒ Do Your Research Beforehand

It’s important to look into the city of Las Vegas before you arrive in the city.

That’s because there are certain things that you need to be aware of to maximize your time in the city. For gamblers, it’s worth researching all of the casinos to try to find the ones you think will work for you.

While plenty of casinos are worth your time, you can save valuable gambling time by picking casinos in the same general area. Some of these casinos might seem close to each other, but everything is farther apart than they appear.

If you don’t fancy gambling, you can save a ton of money by booking tickets for popular tourist attractions in advance. Not only that but some of the most well-known acts are prone to sell out during the peak times in Vegas.

Outside of gambling and entertainment, it’s worth figuring out which restaurants and bars you’re willing to give a try. During my first trip to Las Vegas, I went in blind and ended up waiting for an hour to get a table at a mediocre restaurant.

6 ‒ Dress for the Season

For those of you who don’t live in a city with a climate comparable to Vegas, you’re in for a real doozy.

Obviously, the summer months are incredibly hot, but you might be surprised to find that the winter can get somewhat cold.

People Walking Along the Vegas Strip

All of this to say, it’s important to pack appropriate attire so you’re not spending a small fortune on clothing in Las Vegas.

As a rule of thumb, make sure to pack comfortable shoes and plenty of layers. That way, you can be prepared for the scorching heat and chilly nights.

7 ‒ Take Some Time Away from the Strip

The Las Vegas Strip is one of the best parts of the Vegas experience. However, there’s much more to the city than that.

Outside of the Strip is Downtown Vegas which gives tourists a chance to see what old-school Vegas is all about. The best part? Old Vegas is only a few miles away from the Strip, making it incredibly accessible for all tourists.

If you’re willing to travel a bit, there are plenty of tourists attractions in the surrounding areas.

  • The Grand Canyon (4 hours away)
  • The Hoover Dam (45 minutes away)
  • Los Angeles (4 hours away)
  • Zion National Park (2.5 hours away)

Some of these destinations are a bit of a hike but are definitely worth seeing.

The Las Vegas Strip is a remarkable home base for a vacation, but don’t limit yourself to just seeing one part of the city.

In Summary

Going to Las Vegas for the first time is an amazing experience. But, it’s important that tourists know what they have in store.

One of the most famous parts of the city is the Strip, a 4 mile stretch along Las Vegas Boulevard. The stretch is full of casinos, concert venues, restaurants, resorts, bars, clubs, and much more.

While it’s impossible to deny the entertainment value, it can be brutal to survive the Strip.

Make sure you’re hydrated and wearing the proper attire when walking around. When in doubt, book a ride or take advantage of the transportation services some of the casinos have to offer.

The Strip is a great part of Las Vegas, but it’s most certainly not the only part. Be sure to check out some of the surrounding areas so you can take full advantage of your time in the city.