Vacationing to Cuba is an exciting time for everyone involved. In addition, they provide you with many things to do. However, you may not know what you should be packing in that bag of yours before you head out on your adventure. Here is a quick, go-to list for those out there that are unsure of what exactly they should pack, in order to be as prepared as possible.
When in Doubt…
Always check the weather for the specific area of Cuba that you’ll be visiting. You want to ensure that you receive the latest updates on weather alerts. While severe weather is not likely, it is still possible and you do not want to be trapped in the area without certain items, or traveling to or from the area during a potential storm.
What You Should Pack
There are many given items on this list, but there are some that perhaps you would not think about bringing. In addition, it is also good to keep in mind that you can wash your clothes there while you’re out and about. Many hotels offer this service, and can allow you to have fresh clothes throughout your entire stay without having to pack your entire closet.
- Pants and Shorts – As a rule of thumb, it is ideal to pack a couple of pairs of each, just in case.
- Shirts of varying sleeve lengths – You might be cold, or hot one day and you need something to cover with.
- A sweatshirt
- Rain Jacket
- Hat and Sunscreen
- Bathing Suit – If you’re going during a warmer part of the year when the beaches and pools are open, this is a necessity.
- Phone and Camera or Camcorder
- Undergarments – Need we say more?
- Currency – Bring credit cards and debit cards with you, but keep in mind that ATM’s are hard to find. It is also ideal to transfer over your current currency to have spending cash in your pocket when you get there in Cuban currency. CUC works fine, CUP is hard to come across as being needed in many of the places.
- Extra batteries, phone charger, battery powered alarm clock, headphones
- Toiletry items that may be needed such as cosmetics, deodorant, tooth brushes, razors and so on.
- Plastic bags to keep small items waterproof and safe
- Medication and cleansing items such as shampoo, soap and conditioner, or other hair care items
Make sure that you’re up to date on all of your shots before heading out. You do not want to be stuck in a foreign country with a condition that you could have prevented. Also, make sure your passport is up to date, and on you at all times. You do not want to lose this piece of information anywhere.
Anything extra that you think you might need can go along too. Many people enjoy reading while on their flight, or at night time hours while they are visiting, and you can bring a book or two, as well as other things to do to ensure that you’re not bored when it comes to flying in and out of the airports.
There are Also Items You Should Not Pack
If you’re boarding a plane, then you have to remember that they are not going to allow certain items to go onboard, or even in the storage with you. Though most of these items are not necessarily needed while you’re on your vacation, it is still best to know what is not good to bring with you.
- Any electric items such as televisions, toasters, heaters, air conditioners, stoves, freezers and so on. These items are generally too large, but they are not something that you’re going to need or should take with you.
- Walkie Talkies, or any type of radio transmitters.
- Satellite Phones or GPS units – you won’t need these on your journey.
- Fresh fruit or vegetables.
- Pornographic Material.
When it comes to planning the best vacation in Cuba, it is better to be over-prepared, rather than under-prepared. By packing the essentials, and even a few extras; you’re able to have the best trip that you could possibly have without having to worry about a thing.