Are you planning a trip to Cuba but feeling unsure about what to bring? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! Our team of seasoned travelers has put together a comprehensive list of all the essentials you’ll need to make the most of your Cuban adventure.
Not only will we give you tips on what to pack for your own comfort and safety, but we’ll also show you how to support the local community by bringing thoughtful gifts. From our expertise and the experiences of fellow travelers, we’ve curated a collection of must-have items for your Cuban escapade.
Sure, we’ve already covered the basics like the Cuban Tourist Card, Phones, Internet, Travel Insurance, and even what clothes to pack. But today, we’re going to shake things up and focus on a different angle – your health and safety. Because let’s be honest, Cuba isn’t exactly a place where you can pop into a store and grab whatever you forgot to bring.
So get ready to pack like a pro and ensure a seamless, worry-free trip to Cuba. Let’s dive in and discover what essentials should find their way into your suitcase. Trust us, you’ll be thanking us later!
Pack your bags, but don’t stress about including every single item on this list. It’s not a one-size-fits-all situation. Most importantly, chat with your doctor to figure out what’s essential for you. Keep in mind, if you have any specific health conditions, this general list might not cover all your needs.
One good tip: pack some extras if you can, so you can give it away on your travels. The locals certainly appreciate it.
- Your prescription medicine – make sure that you have a letter from your doctor accompanying it.
- Travelers’ diarrhea antibiotic (US)
- Suture/syringe kit – this kit is for use by local health care provider & requires a letter from your doctor on letterhead stationery, same as your prescription medicine
- Altitude sickness medicine
- Glasses or contact lenss – never hurts to have a spare set, in case you lose or damage one
- Diabetes testing supplies
- Epinephrine auto-injectors (EpiPens)
- Medical alert bracelet or necklace
Over the counter medicine
- Antacid – remember, Cubans eat a lot of pork, which is a highly acidy meat. If you have issues with that, this is a must have on your list.
- Diarrhea medicine – Imodium is a great one, in case you get a belly bug
- Hydralite – In case you do get that belly bug and need to re-hydrate. Although cocount water is a great, natural way to re-hydrate.
- Motion sickness medicine
- Cough drops
- Cough suppression/expectorant
- Medicine for pain and fever – Examples: paracetamol, aspirin, or ibuprofen. Greatly appreciated by the locals!
- Mild laxative
- Mild sedative or other sleep aid
- Saline nose spray
First Aid Kit
- 1% hydrocortisone cream
- Antifungal ointments
- Antibacterial ointments
- Antiseptic wound cleanser
- Aloe Vera gel – for sunburns
- Insect bite treatment – Stingoes or Calamine lotion are great
- Band aids – multiple sizes, fabric ones are great
- Moleskin or Fixamull – for blisters
- Elastic/compression bandage wrap – for sprains and strains
- Disposable gloves
- Digital thermometer
- Scissors and safety pins
- Cotton swabs (Q-Tips)
- Eye drops
Other handy items
- Hand sanitizer or wipes – Alcohol-based hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol or antibacterial hand wipes
- Water purification tablets – or waterbottles with filters
- Insect repellent
- Sunscreen – SPF 50 or greater with UVA and UVB protection.
- Sunglasses and hat
- Latex condoms
- Travel insurance documents – this is a must to enter the country, so ensure you have a copy of it.
- Copies of all prescriptions – Make sure prescriptions include generic names for the medicine.
- Contact card – One for you of your guide, embassy/consulate in Cuba, emergency number (we send you these). And one for your guide, in case of emergency of your family member or close contact remaining in your home country and you Health care provider(s) at home
So there you have it – your complete guide to packing for a healthy and safe trip to Cuba. Just remember, preparation is key for this trip! Take some time to think about what you’ll need and make sure that you look up the current restrictions before you leave.
Start planning now; there is so much to experience no matter how long or short your trip may be. As always, if you have any questions or need more advice while planning for your Cuban holiday, be sure to reach out – We’re here to help! Bon voyage, and enjoy the beautiful sights and sounds of Cuba!