Sober in Vegas: Tips for Traveling Sober

Let me start this post by saying these are just a few tips I’ve put together for myself over the years.


I am a super type-A, mega-planner kind of a person, and that may not be everyone’s style.

This list is by no means comprehensive–many other folks have written great lists as well and I recommend reading different perspectives because what works for one person may not work for others.

Either way, I hope at least one or two of these tips will help you all as your travel and adventure sober!

In addition to just loving to travel, I was also required at one point to travel for work.

These are some of the things I do to gear up mentally to stay sober on trips for both work and pleasure.

  • If possible, pick a hotel that doesn’t have a bar in it.
    • This tip is more for places outside of Vegas as here it’s nearly impossible to find a place without a bar, but there are a few (especially if you are okay with staying off the strip!) Homewood Suites, Best Western, Hampton Inn, Springhill Suites,  and Towneplace Suites are just a few options off the strip that aren’t connected to a casino and don’t have a bar inside.
      • On the subject of hotels, call ahead and see if your room has a fridge and/or microwave. If you’re traveling in such a way that you have a car, it can be an amazing help to stock up a few non-alcoholic beverages to have on hand for when you get a craving (both cold and hot if you got the microwave!)
  • If you are staying in an urban area:
    • Research public transit
    • See what’s within walking distance.
    • Download Lyft or Uber before your trip so you have access to rides if you choose to travel outside the urban area you’re visiting
  • If you’re not staying in an urban area with public transit, consider renting a car if you have the funds.
    • And actually if you are staying in Vegas and have the means, I would very much recommend renting a car. There is so much to do without alcohol here but usually involves a bit of driving 😉
  • Do your research.
    • I like to see what local coffee shops are in the area (in case I get a late night urge to go out but don’t want to have the temptation to go to a bar!). I also check out local museums, hikes, and points of interest before I go. This helps me plan my trip so I don’t leave room for a night of drinking (which used to be the main focus of my travel…)
  • If you are staying with friends, tell them ahead of time you aren’t drinking.
    • This has been the hardest thing for me as so much of my current travel has been to friends weddings. I bit the bullet recently and started telling my friends before the trip, “Hey, just wanted to give you a heads up I stopped drinking–just didn’t want you to think I was being rude if I don’t take you up on an offer for wine or beer with dinner”  Almost every single friend was supportive and even sensitive about this, planning ahead to have non-alcoholic drinks for me at the event 🙂
  • See if there are local sobriety meet ups in the area you are traveling.
    • I also try and check instagram for sober hashtags in the area just to see what other folks are doing in that town that don’t involve alcohol
  • Things outside of normal clothes/toiletries I pack to make me feel more comfortable (not sure if this will ring true for everyone, but I really like to have things that make me feel safe/comfortable/at home when I travel–it makes me less likely to drink if I feel this way in a new place):
    • Earplugs and Eyemask (for better sleeping at night)
    • Headphones (in case I want to listen to music or meditation at night)
    • Essential Oil (I’ll put some on my pillow or in the shower at the hotel)
    • Snacks (granola bars, nuts, fruit)
    • Extra Towels (anyone else ever feel like the hotel doesn’t have enough?!) And they can double as an in hotel room yoga mat if needed after they’ve been used.
    • Downloaded extra podcasts. I know this isn’t really a ‘thing’ but I always download a bunch of podcasts I’ve wanted to listen to for the flight/hotel room and it’s a kind of treat! Especially if there are sobriety/mindfulness podcasts I’ve wanted to listen to but haven’t had a long time to sit and listen.

Again, I know this list is by no means comprehensive, but it had been on my mind so I wanted to share!

What are the things you do to prep for traveling sober and what tips do you have?

Thanks for reading and happy sobering friends!

13 thoughts on “Sober in Vegas: Tips for Traveling Sober

  1. I love this! I have an upcoming trip to Arizona and the thought constantly crosses my mind: “How to people travel sober?” These tips are awesome! I’m HUGE on traveling and this is mega helpful!

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  2. Ok wow this is incredibly helpful!!!!! Your writing, as always, is so appreciated.
    Really love the packing concept – essential oils would be amazing but New Zealand customs may not be so accomodating lol! That aside I love the idea of downloading extra podcasts, earplugs and pseudo yoga mat.
    Your ideas resonate, especially as I’ll be travelling with four heavy drinkers and thankfully also my partner who drinks virtually nothing.
    Wishing you a safe, sober and sunny Easter,
    Love from New Zealand 🦋🙏🏼💙🌏

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    1. hooray for your trip! maybe the pinball hall of fame?! sort of cheesy but lots of fun vintage games! also maybe the fashion show mall on the strip if they like shopping…and the new york new york has a roller coaster! and circus circus has a theme park thats fun too! not sure if that helps? 🤓❤️

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    1. haha oopsies! should have explained that one a little better! 🙂 sometimes on instagram i’ll search things like #soberinCITY (ex. #soberinportland) and I’ll also do internet searches before I travel somewhere like “sober in new york city” if that makes sense! It helps to just get an idea of alcohol-free options to wherever I’m traveling! 🙂


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