When packing for your Cuba holiday, there are a few things you should remember:
Cuba’s pharmacies are only equipped with limited stock due to the US embargo. To be on the safe side, you should pack a mini medicine kit equipped with pain killers, digestion medicine, as well as any prescription medications, as these can be difficult to find in Cuba.
You should bring your own toiletries – although hotels may provide some – as they can be quite expensive in Cuba. Most hotels do not supply face clothes, so bring your own if you want one.
It is best to take your own sunscreen – especially if you require a higher factor – as it might be hard to find in Cuba, particularly outside of Havana and Varadero.
Be sure to take insect repellent, although Cuba is not a malarial zone, mosquito bites can cause other illnesses. Mosquito season is April - Oct..
In terms of clothes, a brimmed hat and sunglasses are always a good idea. In general you should pack your swimsuits, flip flops, comfortable walking shoes/sandals, light casual clothes for the beach or walks, as well as dress clothes/shoes for the evening.
Pack a power plug adapter as the standard voltage is 110/220 V, with a standard frquency of 60 Hz, which conflicts with European appliances. Before using an appliance with the adapter, check its label. If it states 'INPUT: 100-240V, 50/60 Hz', it can be used in all countries of the world otherwise this could cause the appliance to ‘fry’. This will not be an issue if your plug adaptor is equipped with a power converter.
Don't forget your camera and bring some extra batteries.
It is always a good idea to bring photocopies of your passport, as well as the original.
Bring a copy of your travel insurance cover plan as you may be asked for proof of travel insurance.
Don't forget your tourist card.
Sometimes visitors like to bring some extra items to use as gifts for the locals, such as clothes, art supplies, books, etc.. While it can often be a nice gesture, you should always be cautious with regards to gift-giving. We would strongly advise against handing out money to locals, especially anyone who asks for it. Tipping is fine and generally expected. Try not to overindulge in excessive give-giving as many fear this could lead to a begging culture.