Top 8 Essentials to Pack for Your Cuba Trip

Hi! We’re Candy and Crystal. We’re sisters who grew up as military brats and spent the first half of our lives in Japan. The majority of our family resides in Japan, but we ventured out and have spent the second half of our lives mainly in the United States. We both love traveling and have always documented our travels, so we decided it was time to share our travel experiences with the rest of the world.

We were well prepared for our trip to Cuba and all of the items listed below were things we were definitely glad we brought with us. There is one item on this list that we added after our trip that we wish we had. Can you guess what that item was? 

1. Sunscreen

The sun is brutal in Cuba and you will be doing a ton of walking. If you aren't wearing clothing that covers the skin, we highly recommend putting on some sunscreen. 

The brutal sun beaming down on Candy's face, but she doesn't have to worry because she brought sunscreen!

The brutal sun beaming down on Candy's face, but she doesn't have to worry because she brought sunscreen!

2. Mosquito Repellent

We really didn't have issues with mosquitoes in Old Havana when we were walking around, but the mosquitoes definitely came out at night. For rental homes that do not have air conditioning, the windows are left open for most of the day, so the bugs will most likely come in. On our first night, we had a couple of mosquitoes buzzing around in our room and we were so glad we brought some non-toxic repellent to get some sleep. 

3. Toiletries for Your Host

It's not necessary to give gifts to your hosts, but we heard from so many other travelers that common items like deodorant and toothpaste are hard to come by in Cuba, so it's a good idea to bring these items as gifts. We were so happy that we brought some toiletries for our Airbnb hosts because they were the nicest people and were so accommodating with everything we needed. They were grateful for the gifts.

We were so glad we brought gifts for our gracious hosts

We were so glad we brought gifts for our gracious hosts

4. Comfortable Footwear

Heels are not recommended in Cuba, especially in Old Havana where it is mostly cobblestone streets. We brought tennis shoes and sandals