I can’t believe that our Vegas trip is over already. A party weekend in Las Vegas was something that I have wanted to do for the longest time (ever since Tiesto became a resident DJ there). Finally, after many years and missed birthdays, I decided that THIS was going to be the year that I would see Tiesto in Las Vegas. We decided to make it an epic end of summer party trip and for being two 30+ year olds who haven’t been clubbing in a few years, we were pleasantly surprised to learn that we very much “still got it”. I do want to share a couple of blog posts to help you make your trip to Las Vegas more successful, so I am going to start with Wet Republic at MGM since summer is coming to a close.
Our Labor Day weekend in Las Vegas was nothing short of amazing, however, we quickly realized just how spoiled we’ve become throughout the years. In a nutshell, if you don’t want to be crammed with thousands of your closest friends while partying in Las Vegas, you need to spend good money for it.
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For club goers like us, Wet Republic IS worth doing for sure. You should also know that on super popular events, such as Tiesto and Afrojack over Labor Day weekend, you will be sharing the main pool with a couple thousand people. No joke, see photos of the event we went to here.
So, with this in mind, I set off to help you avoid making the same mistakes we did (such rookies).
1. Swimwear: Be cute but thrifty
They do have a strict dress code policy so make sure that you wear ‘upscale fashionable best, upscale swim attire’. After a few hours of being in the pool, the bottom of my swimsuit became really faded. While I am thrilled that they used a ton of chlorine in the pool to kill off germs, I am bummed that I will have to retire my newer swimsuit. Bottom line is, be cute but thrifty. If you know you are going to be in the pool at all, I recommend wearing a cute swimsuit that you wouldn’t mind if it got ruined. I normally have this policy for clubbing and dancing but I never really thought about extending it to the pool. Ladies, I recommend looking at the deals that Victoria Secret has (I buy all my swimsuits from them because I love their suits and I love that you can buy different sizes for tops and bottoms).
2. Pregame! Drinks are crazy expensive
I feel like all my fellow party goers are like “Duh! Anna. We always pregame!” but again, reminder, its been a while so let me just share it here. Pregame. This goes for all events you go to (don’t drink and drive my friends! They were offering free Ubers in Vegas this past weekend so check out your options). Find a liquor store and buy your favorite liquor, beer or wine. We ended up doing this at the end because dropping almost $20 per drink and $12-14 for water was crazy expensive.
It’s hot in Vegas and as a pool drinking veteran, getting drunk in the sun is no fun day for you. Drink plenty of water before hand. Chug a gatorade or coconut water before hand if you must since they don’t allow outside beverages! We actually brought potassium tablets to Las Vegas with us which were a lifesaver. We took one before and after the party to make sure our potassium levels were back in check. Bottom line is, don’t leave hydrating solely for when you get there because water is expensive. Also, once you get in the zone, start dancing and having fun you’ll completely forget to hydrate (especially if you are in the pool! You won’t even feel dehydrated).
4. Bag size matters
I am not sure how strict they are on normal events, but over Labor Day weekend they were crazy strict. Even though they say under Prohibited Items that all bags are subject to being checked, they don’t tell you that large bags have to be checked or left behind. I brought one of those shopping bags that scrunches up into a little ball with nothing but sunscreen and our sunglass cases and I had to check that bag and hand carry my sunscreen. I did see girls with fanny packs at the event. I never thought I would need to use one again but after having to check my bag, a fanny pack might not be so bad after all ;).
5. Leave almost everything behind, bring essentials only
Segwaying from bag size matters, bring the absolute essentials ONLY: ID, cash and charge. Wear clothes that wouldn’t really matter to you if they got lost. I wore a cute t-shirt I bought on clearance from Ross, white linen shorts from Old Navy (which I got for free from a friend) and a pair of inexpensive flip flops. Keep in mind that I am telling you this because bag check is $20 and lockers are $60. If you plan to pay for a locker or share one with friends, then you can definitely bring whatever you like.
6. Waterproof your cell phone
I didn’t bring my cellphone to the event (which I regretted right away because when we went to the bar and Tiesto was playing, I was about two feet from the booth with nothing to photograph him with!). I wasn’t prepared with a waterproof solution for my cellphone and I didn’t want to leave it somewhere off to the side, so I just left it in my room. I saw so many people with their cell phones out and no case or waterproof protection. Even if you didn’t drop it in the pool, people will splash at the event (oh how they splashed in excitement. Trust me, you’ll need waterproofing and it’s well worth it). If you don’t think you need to waterproof your cellphone imagine this: a whole vacation of no internet, video, Snap Chat, pictures, Instagramming, etc – nothing to document your amazing trip! Whether you choose a Lifeproof Case or a much cheaper alternative, Kobert Waterproof Case (I don’t own either so this isn’t a personal review of them but I saw people with both at the pool). The Kobert Waterproof case was nice because you can also store your cash, ID and credit cards. I will be certainly getting one now!
7. VIP it if you can
Having your own personal day bed to relax on or cabana might be well worth it, especially if you have a large group of people. I didn’t get pricing quoted to me on these but I overheard someone say it was like $1500-$2500. When you think about it, if you have a group of 10 that is $150-$250 per person. There aren’t many areas to sit away from the sun and enjoy the pool party so its worth considering.
8. The DJ Booth rocks
The DJ booth is pretty amazing because you can get to it from the bar and be up close to your favorite DJs. It overlooks the pool and is surrounded by clear glass to allow you to see inside. If you have one of those VIP tables by the bar, you will have unrestricted access to taking as many photos of the DJ and event as you want 😉
9. Get ready to get crammed
You will be out there dancing with 1000+ of your closest friends who will eventually get really drunk and party hard. Be prepared to get crammed, pushed, shoved, moved around and perhaps make a few cool new friends.
10. You don’t have to show up at 11am
Since there is no where to really sit or put down your things (unless you paid for VIP and in that case, the space is yours anyways), you don’t have to really show up at 11am when they open. The bar lines will of course be shorter that early but the headlining DJ doesn’t usually come on until about 2:00pm-3:00pm. It gets really hot in Las Vegas and the pool water is no exception. If you partied really hard the night before and need a couple more hours of sleep, its okay sleep in a little longer.
11. Hit up the lazy river if you are staying at the MGM Grand
When we left Wet Republic, we felt a bit overwhelmed. It was a blast but it was also hot and not really having somewhere to chill was a bummer. We looked over to the pool next door and realized that you could hear the music from Wet Republic nice and clear. We decided for the next two days to head to the lazy river pool and listen to the music from Wet Republic. It was more comfortable for us, cheeper and we had our own area to relax, dance and set our things down.
Would we do it again? Probably, but with these tips I just gave in mind 🙂
Since I just talked about pool, summer and Tiesto this is one of my favorite tracks from him at the moment:
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