How to Pack for a Trip to Las Vegas When Flying Southwest: blog about flying southwest airlines, what luggage to bring and various packing tips.
If you’re flying Southwest Airlines, you can book a flight without paying any pesky baggage fees. This is great news because if you are taking a trip to Las Vegas, you will want to bring plenty of clothes and accessories with you.
Southwest Airlines allows each passenger one carry-on bag and one personal item, such as a purse or briefcase, which fits under the seat in front of you. To avoid any confusion at the airport, it’s best to know exactly how large your luggage is before you get to the airport. Southwest Airlines’ website says that bags that measure 50 linear inches (L+W+H) or less are allowed on the plane. Even if your suitcase is within size limits, it can still be too heavy. The airline charges hefty fees for overweight bags. According to their website, checked bags over 50 pounds (23 kg) are assessed a $75 fee per bag each way, but the weight limit is not strictly enforced unless the bag weighs more than 70 lbs (32 kg). The maximum dimensions for checked bags must not exceed 62 inches total (157 cm) (
Las Vegas is a very popular travel destination. Unfortunately, the airlines that service Las Vegas are constantly changing their baggage fees and rules. Southwest Airlines is one of the most popular low-cost carriers that offers flights to Las Vegas McCarran Airport (LAS). We will take a look at how to pack for a trip to Las Vegas when flying Southwest Airlines.
Southwest flies to Las Vegas from all over the United States. It is very easy to find a flight going to McCarran International Airport (LAS) from just about any place in the country. Southwest has one of the most generous free baggage policies in the industry. With Southwest you can bring two checked bags and two carry-on bags for free. There are size limitations on carry-on luggage but this is not an issue for most people.
I have found that you can take everything you need for your trip with you as carry-on luggage on Southwest Airlines if you plan ahead and pack appropriately for your trip. You may want to consider bringing clothes that do not wrinkle easily so you don’t have to worry about ironing or steaming your clothes while in Las Vegas. Bringing clothes that do not wrinkle easily allows you to bring more of your clothes with you as carry-on luggage instead
I’ve recently become obsessed with Southwest Airlines and their policy of “no assigned seating.” While I understand that this policy is frustrating for some people, I think it’s great. I’m one of those folks who likes to get on the plane as soon as possible and not have to worry about what seat I’m in.
However, this past weekend I had a little bit of a dilemma regarding luggage. Namely, I needed to pack for a trip to Las Vegas that involved flying Southwest.
I don’t usually take trips to Sin City because 1) I’m not a gambler and 2) I normally travel very light. However, this particular trip was different. In addition to my usual carry-on items (laptop, iPod, book), I needed to bring along:
– 2 pairs of shorts
– 5 tshirts
– 3 pairs of socks/underwear
– 1 pair of jeans
– 1 button down long sleeve shirt
– 1 blazer/sport coat
– Dress shoes (not pictured)
There are a lot of things to consider when packing for a trip. One of the first questions to ask yourself is what you will be doing on your trip. In this case, I am going to Las Vegas and we’ll be in the casinos most of the time so I am not going to need a lot of clothing.
The second question is how long you will be gone. This trip will be for three days and two nights. The third question is what luggage do you have available to use? I have one carry-on size bag, one small backpack and one large checked bag.
I also have a collapsible rolling cart which I highly recommend when traveling by air. My luggage is packed as follows:
If you’re flying Southwest Airlines, there are a few things that you should know before you pack your bag. First and foremost, Southwest Airlines is the only major airline that doesn’t charge additional fees for checked luggage, overweight/oversized bags, and early boarding. This means that if you want to bring a lot of stuff with you on your trip (and who doesn’t?), then Southwest is the way to go.
Second thing to know about Southwest is that their luggage weight limits are much more relaxed than other airlines. You can check up to two bags for free (each weighing up to 50 lbs) and bring one carry-on bag and one personal item onboard provided that they both fit within their size requirements. This means that if you pack smartly, it’s possible to pack everything you need in just two bags (one checked and one carry-on).
Here are some general tips for packing light:
Consider buying these items at your destination instead: hair dryer, toiletries, toothbrush, toothpaste, razor blades, shampoo, conditioner, flat iron/curling iron, clothes detergent
It’s also important to note that a good portion of the time I spend preparing for a trip involves “mapping out” my outfits. I lay
I’m taking my first ever flight on Southwest Airlines. I was reading up on their policies and I thought I’d share what I learned about flying Southwest, especially for those of you who have not flown with them before.
Southwest is a low-cost carrier like JetBlue, but unlike JetBlue they do not assign seats when you check in. Seats are first come, first serve and they are not set up like traditional airlines with rows of two or three seats on either side of an aisle. The plane will still have rows of seats, but they are arranged in groups of two or three seats on either side and one row in the middle. The idea is that you can sit next to your travel partner even if you didn’t purchase the tickets together and you don’t have to sit in the dreaded middle seat unless you want to.
This also means that there will likely be people boarding before you who find better seats than yours, so you need to get to the airport early if you want to get a good seat (i.e., a window or aisle). Check-in opens 24 hours before takeoff online and at the airport, so if your flight leaves at 7:00 am then you can check-in beginning
The Southwest Airlines standby process is a arcane, mysterious thing that confounds even the most experienced travelers. You have to understand how it works so you don’t end up stranded at the airport and miss out on your favorite Vegas show.
The process, as described by Southwest, is this:
* Standby travelers will be placed onto a flight (or flights) in chronological order based on the time of their request. However, if there are open seats available at Flight Departure Time, Customer of Size will be boarded prior to Customers requesting standby travel.
* Customers with confirmed reservations will be boarded before those traveling on standby.
* Customers traveling on standby may only hold confirmed reservations for themselves. Some exceptions apply to unaccompanied minors ages 14-17, Customers with disabilities and military personnel and dependents.
* All customers flying on standby must be ticketed prior to check-in. Standby customers without a valid boarding pass will not be accepted for standby travel. To obtain a boarding pass for travel within 24 hours of your initial departure date (same city pair), please visit the ticket counter after check-in begins for your first flight segment.
* Standby travel is not permitted when traveling between airports that do not have a direct flight between them or if you are