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What to Take to Cuba

What to Take to Cuba

What should you pack for your trip to Cuba?

What are the essential items to put in your suitcase for your holiday to Cuba?

Essential Items for Cuba

  • Money
  • Passport - plus photocopies
  • Tickets
  • Travel insurance

Take a photocopy of your passport and insurance policy with you and make sure you leave a photocopy at home.

Keep a note of the emergency contact number for your Visa or ATM card, and the serial numbers of any traveller's cheques.


Useful Stuff to Take to Cuba

  • Beach Towel
  • Blow-up Pillow
  • Camera
  • Camera Extra Memory
  • Camera Charger & Battery Pack
  • Day Bag
  • Driving Licence - only if hiring a car
  • Ear Plugs - essential to avoid 'cockerel alarm'
  • Electric Adapter
  • Electric 4 way Extension
  • Emergency Contact Details
  • Eye Mask
  • Fan - it's hot in the bars if you go dancing
  • Games & Playing Cards
  • Guide Book
  • Headphones
  • iPod or MP3 player
  • iPod Speakers
  • Mobile Phone
  • Mobile Phone Charger
  • Nail File & Nail Scissors
  • Pens
  • Reading Book or Kindle
  • Scuba Diving Certificate
  • Sticking Tape - such as 'Sellotape'
  • Sewing Kit
  • Spanish Dictionary
  • Swiss Army Knife
  • Tea Bags! - I kid you not!
  • Towel - normally provided in your hotel or Casa Particular
  • Travel Alarm - or use your Mobile Phone
  • Travel Wash - Or ask you Casa Particular Owner
  • Torch & Batteries - for power cuts
  • Umbrella - essential in the rainy season, or I use as a parasol when very sunny
  • Universal Sink Plug - there are never any plugs
  • Watch - or use your Mobile Phone

Personal / Hygiene Things to Take to Cuba

  • Condoms - don't know why they come first on the list!!!
  • Contact Lens Solution
  • Dental Floss
  • Face Wipes
  • Flannel
  • Hair Brush
  • Hair Styling Product
  • Hand Disinfectant / Anti-bacterial Gel
  • Jewellery
  • Lip Balm
  • Make-up
  • Moisturiser / After Sun Lotion
  • Nail Varnish & Remover
  • Personal Sanitary Products - Tampons etc.
  • Plastic Bags - for personal hygiene disposal
  • Razor
  • Shampoo & conditioner
  • Shaving Foam
  • Shower Gel
  • Soap
  • Sun Hat / Baseball Cap
  • Sunglasses
  • Talcum Powder
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
You CAN NOT buy decent sun screen in Cuba! - Bring all you need with you!
You CAN NOT buy tampons in Cuba! - Bring all you need with you!
You CAN NOT buy known brands of condoms in Cuba! - Bring all you need with you!


Medical & First Aid Kit to Take to Cuba

  • Antiseptic Cream
  • Athlete's Foot Cream
  • Bandage
  • Blister Plasters
  • Cold & Flu Medicine - ie Lemsip
  • Cystitis Salts
  • Diarrhoea Medicine - ie Imodium
  • Insect Repellent
  • Paracetamol
  • Plasters
  • Re-hydration Salts
  • Safety Pins
  • Split Heel Cream
  • Sting Relief
  • Travel Sickness Pills

There are not many pharmacies in Cuba, so best to take any medicine that you think you may need.

If you are taking any prescribed mediation or have a condition that needs specific drugs or brand names (e.g.asthma) you MUST TAKE THEM WITH YOU. Specific medicine can be hard to find in Cuba. Herbal medicine is used a lot in Cuba, and may be offered to you by your Casa Owner. From experience, they do work very well...


Clothing for Cuba

  • Bras
  • Fleece or Light Jacket -especially needed if travelling on ViAzul buses!
  • Jeans or Trousers
  • Knickers / Pants
  • Linen Trousers
  • PJ's
  • Sarong
  • Sexy Tops - I'd say only the girls but guys you can look sexy too!
  • Scarf / Pashmina
  • Shorts
  • Shirts
  • Skirts
  • Socks
  • Swimsuit
  • T Shirts
  • Vest Tops

In Cuba, almost anything goes! In the evenings Cubans dress-up and always look immaculate and sexy.

Cotton clothing is much more comfortable than man-made fabrics.

Be prepared for slightly cooler evenings. A fleece or scarf can be a good idea, (also sometimes needed on ViAzul buses, where the air-conditioning is often set to freezing).

Remember, there is not much choice in the shops, if you forget something. Don't count on being able to buy suitable replacements in Cuba.


Footwear for Cuba

  • Comfortable Shoes for walking & sight-seeing / Trainers
  • Sandals / Flip=flops
  • Shoes for the evening at the bar / dancing


Gifts to Take to Cuba

  • Batteries -either AA, AAA or rechargeable
  • Paracetamol
  • Colouring pens & colouring books
  • Nail Varnish
  • Make-up
  • English-Spanish dictionaries
  • Fishing line & hooks
  • Universal Sink Plugs
  • Lip Balm

There are many shortages of many things in Cuba. You only have to go into the CUC shops to see what is NOT in them! Therefore, when we go back to Cuba we always try to bring a few gifts from home.

Things that are appreciated (and aren't too heavy or cost too much)

You Casa Owner & their family will always be very grateful of anything that you wish to leave behind, however do not be bullied into it. If you want to donate anything, that'sfine, but Casa Owners are richer than a lot of Cubans. If someone is particularly friendly or helpful, why not give them something that you really could buy very easily back in the UK?