I love going on vacation, but packing and unpacking are the most tedious tasks of travel to me. First world problems have us so used to things during vacation; visiting Cuba definitely gave us a slice of humble pie. Not everything is easy to get from the pharmacy or regular store so my cousin and I were very selective with what we brought for our trip. Here are a few things to consider packing when traveling to Cuba.
Having proper documentation is essential when traveling to Cuba from the U.S. Make sure to bring along your Passport and have access to travel documents such as your boarding pass, complete itinerary, proof of health insurance and enough cash to last throughout the entire stay. We spent about 280 CUC total, but you can easily spend 100 CUC in one day if you’re a big spender.
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Medicine & First Aid
Make sure to pack subscription medications in your carry-on and bring over-the-counter meds and first aid kit for cuts and burns, heartburn or stomach issues. For nights or traveling to the beach or mountain regions, bring insect repellant and a light sweater. While in Thailand, a friend of mine brought along Mosquito Repellent Wipes. These were a cheaper alternative to the traditional bug spray and they were just as effective.
What to Wear
Havana is HOT. It’s best to wear breathable clothing made of cotton or linen. Pack at least two outfits for each day; due to the combination of the heat and exhaust from the maquinas, your clothes will be sweaty or dirty. Don’t forget a sun hat, sunscreen, and sunglasses. Here are some items that I wore during our stay.
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Be selective with the electronics you bring along. The country has the ability to accommodate both 110 and 220 v, but it depends on where you are. Bring along a convertible charger just in case. Wifi is available in certain hotspots so tablets and laptops aren’t really necessary unless you’re watching pre-downloaded movies or have another form of entertainment. I brought along my water and mirrorless cameras for photos and video but tried my best to be in the moment and enjoy the experience real-time.
(Optional) Gifts For Hosts and/or Cuban People
If you’re staying at a Casa Particular, you have the option to bring gifts for your hosts. Most casas are well equipped, but some common goods are hard to come by in Cuba. My cousin and I literally returned with empty (and almost empty) suitcases after giving away toiletries, clothing, and first aid/medical supplies.
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What are some packing must-haves for your travels?