this weekend i traveled to las vegas for a national kickball tournament. i was pretty proud of my preparation for this trip (though not physically, i feel like my legs are still recovering from the marathon). on my flight home, i started preparing a list of things that worked and thought i’d write them down.
inexpensive earrings/jewelry: i bought a $10 pack of six earrings from target and brought them with me. this gave me variety and i wasn’t too emotionally attached to them (especially when i lost one the first night).
inexpensive things in general: if you’re going “out” (clubs/bars), there is a likely chance that someone will spill something on you. don’t bring or wear anything you don’t want spilled on.
fake eyelashes: my eyelashes hate being curled and mascara-ed. this weekend i brought 4 pairs of fake eyelashes to apply and give my real ones a break (and i even got compliments on them!)
comfy shoes: if you’re walking anywhere on the strip (even if it’s “just across the street”) wear comfy shoes! you can carry your high heels and put them on at a club that requires them. even better if they fold up and fit in your purse.
coin purse: instead of carrying my wallet around with all of my cards/cash/everything, i brought a coin purse to hold 1 credit card, 1 room key, and a little cash. i could have left everything else at home, but i kept it in the hotel room. this way, if it was lost or stolen, i wouldn’t be s.o.l.
purse with clasp or zip: before i moved back to LA, my phone was stolen out of my purse at a las vegas nightclub. i realized it almost immediately, but the thief had already turned it off so i couldn’t find it. for this weekend, i made sure to bring a purse that was firmly clasped (and also checked it constantly to make sure my phone was still there).
speaking of which, i also left my cell phone in the room as much as possible. as long as i was with people i knew i wouldn’t split up from, i kept it in a place i thought was safe.
shampoo/conditioner: at least where we were staying (the flamingo), the “conditioning shampoo” was not my favorite. if you have room in your tsa approved ziplock bag, bring some better hair products.
sunscreen: i’d also recommend bringing your own sunscreen. on the strip, they charge an arm and a leg for a generic brand spf 15. luckily i had a friend driving to vegas, so i gave him my sunscreen to take in the car. and here i am, 2 days of sun exposure later with no burns.
i know this all sounds a bit pessimistic, but i know i at least have more fun when i am not worrying. i was able to enjoy my weekend more because i was prepared for it.