These are a few tips and suggestions that we would have liked to have known about before going to Vegas!
1. It's Dry: Yep, Vegas is in the desert and only gets approximately 4 inches of rainfall a year, making a dry terrain. This can have a devastating effect on the body if you aren't prepared. Make sure you bring your sunscreen, aloe or oatmeal based lotion and some chap-stick with you. We didn't and by the end of 5 days we were both rougher than sandpaper and our lips were dried and chapped. If you're drinking, remember to drink water between drinks, otherwise you will have the pasties in less the 10 minutes.
2. You're Living an Infomercial: Everywhere you go someone will try and sell you something: hand lotion, timeshares, packaged vacations, cars, you name it. These people are pros and have the rap down pat. If able, they will draw you into a long schpeal about the product and will try and get you to buy it by having you test-drive the latest and the greatest. Wear your second skin and remember to say 'no.'
3. Money Talks: Remember to tip the servers and anyone else providing a service if you think they deserve it. As a general rule, everyone we met in Vegas was extremely friendly and helpful, often going above and beyond to make us happy. This is worth at least 50 cent or a dollar. When you tip at the casinos, the free drinks will keep coming and elsewhere it will ensure that you are getting the best service. Just as an example, when were offered VIP passes to Pure, we gave the guy $10 because this is his livelihood and it would have cost us $50 to get in the club. After the tip, he couldn't give us enough nightclub VIP passes. We had a VIP pass for every night we were in Vegas.
4. When in doubt, dress up: Vegas is about the money and you better look the part. This town is run and built on cold hard cash. If you don't look the part, you are often not included. This is often the general rule for clubs and restaurants. Check the dress code before leaving the hotel... or your city for that matter!
5. Don't play in traffic: The local government of Vegas decided that too many tourists were getting hit by cars on the strip every year and built these nifty foot bridges that span over the street. These bridges are a great way to avoid being smucked by a rented Lambourgini. They are located at most of the hotels or within a short walking distance.