Las Vegas, with its bright lights, casinos and endless entertainment options, is a popular destination for those hoping to enjoy some excellent food and beverages, gambling for leisure or simply taking in the sights. However, the Las Vegas Strip carries with it some unique dangers that are often overlooked.
If you plan to have a fun night of partying, eating, or relaxing with friends, you’ll need a few survival tips for spending a night on the strip. If you are a Vegas new-comer, read the following suggestions for a safe night on the strip, and avoid some of the common mishaps:
Don’t Get Taken for a Ride
When your plane lands at McCarran International Airport, you can see the lights of the Strip not too far away. However, some unscrupulous cab drivers will take you the long way through the airport tunnel. While this behavior is penalized by the Nevada Taxicab Authority, the drivers hope that their riders don’t know any better. When you confidently ask your driver to take Swenson Street instead of the tunnel, you can shave quite a bit off your fare. Whether it is your first time to Vegas, or you are a returning visitor, be sure to pay attention to the route your cab driver takes so you don’t end up paying for an astronomical cab fare.
The Strip is one of the most dangerous cities for pedestrians, according to research group Transportation for America. For this reason, fines for jaywalking are steep and given out with impunity. Always use a crosswalk and obey the signals. The last thing you need on your trip is a hefty fine or to be involved in a nasty accident. Don’t let the excitement of the sights, sounds and people distract you from have common sense street smarts.
Keep Hydrated, But Not From Street Vendors
Las Vegas is very warm and arid. This can lead to you becoming dehydrated rather easily, especially if you are drinking alcohol, which can lead to dizziness, vomiting, diarrhea and other side effects. Drink plenty of water, and buy it from legitimate sources.
Some illegal street vendors have been caught taking empty water bottles from the trash, refilling them with tap water and selling them to parched tourists to make a quick buck. This is a great way to catch any number of diseases, from herpes to terrible stomach viruses. Don’t take your chances. Duck into a nearby store or bar and pay the extra dollar for a bottle of water.
Be Kind to Your Feet
Ladies and gentlemen both love to wear their finest clothes when they take to the Vegas strip for the night. Although this is the norm, wearing uncomfortable shoes will come back to haunt you as the night goes on. Parking around the strip is little to none, so you’ll likely be walking no matter where your destination is. Five inch heels are torture when you’re sober and a recipe for a broken ankle when you’re tipsy. Men’s dress shoes can pinch and leave open sores over time. The casinos are huge and you will doing a lot of walking, so be sure your footwear is up to the task.
Vacationing in Las Vegas can be a wonderful adventure—even for just one night. If you plan to make memories with friends by spending a night on the strip, make sure you are prepared. Avoid extra cab fares, stay safe in the streets, stay hydrated, and avoid wearing uncomfortable shoes. With these tips in mind, you’ll be ready for an adventurous night on the strip, and can avoid a disastrous experience.