Cuba What to Pack

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Cuba What to Pack

  • Dryer Fabric sheets (Bounce, etc)

    This is a must for any trip to the Caribbean for me now. Placing in your luggage will mean when your return you clothing won't have that musty smell but the biggest reason I like to bring is to attach to the blades of the fan in your room. Almost with out fail every time I have been to Mexico or Cuba the room smells a little off, mildew, mold etc...

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  • Packing List

    Not to much. Leave your fancy stuff at home sunglasses, t-shirts, short pants, and two pair of shoes.that's all you need.Oke some underwear might come in handy . Don't worry Take all the gear you can get.And buy that extra memory upfront Old stuff to give away? Some ballpoints, lighters, make-up, t-***s, soap, old mpeg3 players for the locals...

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  • Money in Cuba

    We've seen a lot of discussion about this in the pass and wanted to pass along our experiences from a trip to Cuba in December 2010, and to clear up a few questions we've frequently gotten from travelers. There are two ways to go for currency: US dollars have a poor exchange rate, but you can either bring Canadian and change them into Cuban...

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  • Not Just Tourists

    NotJustTourists is a non-profit Canadian organization dedicated to bringing medicines and medical supplies to the remote regions of Cuba. They have been in operation for 5 years and are always looking for volunteers to take their donated medical supplies to Cuba. I thought it might be something that some fellow Canadians might want to...

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  • Tipping and gifts

    I will tip only if the servor deserves it and in CUCs.I take baseballs, old baseball gloves, tennis balls and soccer ball with Walmart pumps.My sister brought down a bag of children's socks and they went over great!The crews in the tourist hotels get all the goodies they need so I limit any gifts to them and give more to the people in the...

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  • Money for Cuba

    Euros or Cad are great, wear a white money belt that does not show thru your clothes. I met a fellow in Santiago de Cuba who said he got non US based traveller checks ffrom the CIBC bank in Canada, I have not checked this out. Withdrawal on your visa will have a 10%+ commission charged in Cuba.

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  • What to take for elementary schools in...

    Pencils, pens, paper and erasers, etc. are all well and good, but you would probably do better to go to Cuba and buy these supplies there rather than haul them in your luggage. The problem or limitation with these items in my opinion is that they do not really expand the educational experience.I would suggest you look for educational "toys"....

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  • Do not forget medicines

    A lot of Cuban woman asked me for clothes. It's always quite embarassing but I had in my suitcase a lot of clothes I don't wear anymore. I left them in the private accomodation where we stayed, hoping they could have a new owner. It's always a wise rule to take all medicines you are used to take while travelling because it can be difficult the...

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  • Assume you can get nothing there

    I travelled with a rucksack, which was fine. I had heard about security problems, but didn't hear of anyone who actually had any problems when I was there. Take the usual precautions - carry cash and passport in a money belt and make sure this is over your hips and inside your trousers. Don't carry them in backpacks or your wallet in your back...

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  • Soap/parfume as a gift

    Any kind of cosmetics you don't use at home any more, bring with you and give to chambermaid. They cannot buy those things couse it's too expensive and also hard to find. Usually you'll get lovely regard on your bed.

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  • high factor sunblock

    BAG WITH WHEELS, EASILY IDENTIFIABLE normal beach clothes and something with long sleeves for the really hot days. A HAT IS A MUST everyone wore them (we got ours made by the gardener) mosquito spray and also my top tip AVON SSS Oil Woodland Fresh i diddnt get bitten once and i think its to do with that. Ear drops as my son got an ear infection...

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  • Mosquito Repellent or Suffer!

    they quite strock about the luggage weight> Be careful , you can bring more in then take out! Lots of light t- shirts and shorts. Well, I had a chance to dress up only in hotel. Shoes- sandals or water proof for trips especially jungle one Mosquito Repellent!!!!!!!!!! They really bad over there! Also pain killers.. i was food poisoned twice

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  • What to bring to Cuba

    Lock your luggage securely in order to avoid that items get stolen out of your luggage at the airport. Old clothes to give away No special vaccination is needed. Due to the embargos there is a lack of medicine. Bring your own.soap to give away Bring your own films and good batteries since they are rare and also expensive in Cuba. Bring an...

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  • Documents

    You will need a passport (valid for at least another 6 months when leaving Cuba) and a tourist card (valid for 30 days). You can buy the tourist card at the Cuban embassy in your country or via your travel agency. This card must be filled in and kept together with your passport during the whole stay in Cuba.For the tourist card you will need to...

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  • Bring it all and much more

    I have heard numerous stories of fabric bags being slashed for items showing up on the x-ray, it appears to be common comment from previous visitors who have experienced thief. A cardigan, jumper in the evenings especially during the winter months, a great pair of walking shoes, trainers etc.Bikini/swim wear is a must if you are off to the beach...

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  • Cuba, an eternal summer...and economical...

    In Cuba there are 2 major seasons: dry and wet. If U plan to go in th dry season and that's what most of the people do because is also the high season, from October until April bring some clothes to cover your self from the cold. In Cuba the usual temperature in winter is around +24 celcius but one or two nights can drop to +15 so better take a...

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  • Solidarity

    backpack or backpacks that convert into rolling luggage--travel light if you are taking public transportation or sharing taxis Good walking shoes and socks; pants, warm sweater or light jacket if going to Pinar del Rio in winter--it is usually quite warm during the day, but morning and night it gets COLD!! Bring lots of soap, shampoo, toothpaste,...

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  • Long hot NOISY nights

    If you are a light sleeper, likely to be disturbed by party noise, traffic noise, dogs barking, telephones ringing, church bells, generators, rattly fans and aircon, then take earplugs. I wish I had.

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  • Give a little

    If you're thinking of bringing things to give away, simple things like pens and pencils are a good idea. Carry them with you at all times - people will ask for them and you can also pre-empt the asking by giving them where you see they're needed.

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  • bring a big cup

    a thermos mug and chocolate if you are a chocoholic as it is not readily available flip flops sarongs all beach gear bring all your medical supplies and toiletries with you as you cant get them here dont forget cameras and batteries as normal make sue your visa is stamped by your travel agent if thats where you got it from

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  • Pens as gifts

    Take with you regular pens, as it is a great gift for the kids there. They'll be happy and so would you.

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  • Collection of Small Items

    - light quick-dry travel towel: I use it to squeeze water outta my washed clothes so they would dry faster. - English books- Sunscreen: You will need plenty. - ear plugs: great if your next-door-neighbour happens to like to play music REALLY loud till 1 AM.- food bags/container: otherwise you have to buy bags from local markets.

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  • Cuban Gear

    Make sure to toss in a beach bag in your luggage Bring a few pairs of flip flops for the beach and some comfty shoes for walking around Havana.Also, bring a nicer pair of dancing shoes for all those salsa clubs. Aloe Vera for those sub burns and Immodium for those who don't listen to me about the water Tons of Photo Opportunities, bring your...

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  • PACK LIGHTLY!!!!!

    For the Talented Cleaning Staff of these resorts the women really appreciate our make-up items (which are VERY expensive for them there in Cuba) as well as hair accessories. These items can be left as a tip for the staff of the resort. You will need a couple decent casual oufits to wear to dinner - but other than that --pack lightly. Routine...

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  • Bring More Than You Need

    You won't need much for yourself while in Cuba....bathing suit, a few sundresses, casual wear, etc.Bring things from home to give to the people you meet. T-Shirts, blue jeans, ballcaps, shoes, socks, or just about anything will be so appreciated.You will feel so much better if your luggage is lighter on the way home!

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  • Food is a Must

    laundry detergent -- laundramats are nonexistent To give away to Cubans: toothpaste, shampoo, soap, toilet paper Food!!!! For example, peanut butter, canned soup, chips, whatever you would eat at home because they will not have it there. Food is limited.

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  • A must to have whenever visiting Cuba

    A normal luggage (size) Walking shoes - preferable red or blue colored - shirts Be advised by your doc As much as possible - analoge and digital A nice travelmate and friend - speaking and writing spanish - with a heart and especially a soul for Cuba - blue shoes - wearing blue jeans - preferable from the opposite sex.I was lucky - i had it all

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  • Try to take these things with you

    if you're going to Trinidad you'll need walking shoes - the roads are hard going with trainers or sandals. small pots of body cream and soap. these were the two things all women asked me for. film, film, film and more film. We used 25 rolls in two weeks. In cuba it's almost prohibitively expensive at US$ 6 for 12 exposures. bring at least twice...

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  • Packing suggestions

    Light clothes, swimming suits, hiking boots (we went hiking after a rain in the Vinales area - it was unbelievably slippery in Teva sandals)Waterproof clothes, if you don't mind that they are usually too warm - otherwise wet clothes dry quickly in the sunshine Painkillers, etc. - basic medicineMosquito repellent and something to sooth the...

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  • Medicines, Toiletries

    A hard wheeled-type case is what I used. A backpack would also work, remember to always lock your luggage (small padlock). Keep your money and passport on you at all times. There are always people willing to carry your bags for you and take you to a Casa Particular. You need to have your accomodations booked before you get there and the people you...

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  • Reserve a space for the cigars and the...

    Mosquito repellent is a must. Espacially if you stay on the little mangrove-islands (e.g. Cayo Coco, Cayo Guillermo,...) Bring plenty of rolls of film. There're tons of things to take pictures of. Sunscreen LSF 30; the sun is burning and the white sand reflects the sun. Don't bring an american Creditcard (e.g. Citibank, American Express,...)....

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  • Mosquito cream is a must

    Have a rucksack, even if you're not planning to travel around. Even a suitcase with very good wheels is difficult to carry around in badly maintained streets. Summer gear: shorts, short sleaved shirts and t-shirts, skits for the girls (don't worry if your skirts are rather short, what the Cubans wear will probably be shorter).A pair of good...

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  • Packing List

    Take normal suitcase and back pack for trips out. During the day you will only need swimwear and t-shirt.In towns wear long trousers.At night in winter,take a light jacket and in upmarket hotels,you are expected to dress smartly. Do bring all the film you need,as film is hard to get and do ask permission before taking a picture of someone. Do...

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  • Toilet paper

    Less is better for less hassle at the airport.They often do search bags when you arrive. Comfortable shoes. It does rain allot so be prepared for that. Bring lots of toilet paper. You will be expected to leave a tip for bathroom attendants. This is true most places- even airports, etc but of course some restaurants do provide paper- but it is...

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  • Packing List

    After seeing and reading all this nice things i am sure you like to know more...well you can go up again or just go one of my other pages or travelogues and found out more!

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  • Packing List Necessities

    You should opt to have your bags wrapped in cellophane to prevent theft. Bring toilet paper for your purse. Public toilets do NOT have paper. You have to pay the attendant for it or bring your own. Yes, you can bring a digital camera into the country. Bring all the medicine you might need as you will not be able to get it here. I brought a...

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  • Packing List

    As any backpacker knows, less is best. Pack clothes that dont need ironing and you dont need any long trousers (in the hot season anyways) Hiking Tampons are very hard to find in Cuba and if you do find them, they are quite expensive. So to the girls out there...stock up! There are photography shops in Cuba but again - muy caro! An instant...

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  • Packing List

    I love my backpack In this beautiful weather, you need next to nothing...literally, a bathing suit, GOOD WALKING SHOES, shorts, and tank tops...beach cloths. Nights can bring a breeze so be sure to have a sweater to throw over your tops if needed. Always try to make room to bring something for the locals...this is literally the most rewarding...

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  • Packing List

    Suitcases are fine for resort travel, because you will only leave the resort on day trips, if at all! I often take a soccer bag and a backpack to take on day trips or just to the beach. Absolutely no winter clothing of any kind!! (Except for when you get off the plane and have to run to your car!) Bathing suits, towels, lots of sunscreen, dressier...

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  • Packing List

    Well, Cuba is communist so be careful about bringing banned religous materials. The people have trouble getting necessities like soap, deoderant, and razors so stock up for gifts. Also, they LOVE any name brand or American items. The less the better! Immodium....just in case you drink the water by accident or forget that ice cubes are made with...

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  • Packing List

    Toilet paper can be bought in Cuba and is readily availible in the tourist hotels and licensed casas. HOWEVER... do always carry some around with you in your daypack. There are few public washrooms so make note of their locations when you find them and be aware that they are not always equipped with toilet paper. There are some older posts and...

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  • Packing List

    bathing suits, and pareros! Sandals, and something to wear out at night. We had very warm weather, so we didn't need anything warm. Sun screen, Suntan lotion, After sun lotion........bandaids, tylenol, gravol, etc. film film film, and more film! Take as many pictures as you can, you want memories of your wonderful trip. snorkeling gear if you...

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  • Packing List

    The weather is warm, so you don't need to bring much. Leave anything fancy at home, and stick to the basics. Cotton sundresses for women are great - you don't stand out so much, and they are cool and comfortable and versatile and you can rinse them out at night and they will dry fast. Bring any toiletry you will need - you can get almost nothing...

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  • Packing List

    Try to pack 1 bag per person, or 1 bag per 2 kids Light clothes, its what we'd call summer weather all year long :) but also be sure to pack pants and a warm sweater because the nights can get chilly, definately pack sneakers/sandels too sunblock and after-sun lotion are definates, bug repellent too but try to not get the stinky stuff :P Your...

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  • Packing List

    The less luggage the better.I take a small suitcase and a hand luggage bag. Bathing suits, good walking shoes and a light sweater, lots of good sun screen. Imodium just in case of diarrhea, An antibiotic can come in handy. Aloe Vera gel for sun burns and any medications which you would take normally. If you are staying at a resort its always fun...

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