Must-haves for Vacation in Cuba

on Aug 25, 2016 @ 05:15 am

Hey Chicks!
I'm going away in Feb to Cuba with a bunch of family. Just wondering on what you gals think are essentials that should be packed/bought for the trip! 

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jesscherrington on Aug 25, 2016 @ 05:27 am

Here's something I found out from a friendly member that went a year ago or so........Apparently our dollar buys a lot there BUT when he went he gave hotel maids, servers etc kids colouring books or crayons etc and the people bent over backwards to serve them.It's a pretty poor country and this is a lovely thing to do for the people and they really appreciate it. My friend says he was so happy seeing their response

. on Aug 27, 2016 @ 02:08 pm

Stock up on travel-size stuff before you go. Walmart is really cheap for stuff like this and I found that travel size stuff spends like gold down there. EVERYBODY wanted it - our housekeeper was THRILLED to keep receiving mini shampoos, deodorants etc. as they cannot buy that stuff there.

We also picked up some clothes - things like t-shirts and hats (inexpensive) and traded them for stuff at markets. Material items that they cannot get in Cuba are worth far more than money there.


Cuba on Sep 13, 2016 @ 04:04 pm

The last time I went to Cuba I got stuff for the gardeners and maintenance men I took things like work gloves small screwdriver set that you can get at the dollar store knee pads
Duck tape pliers wire cutters. They were so grateful that everyday in my room had fresh flowers and fresh coconut off the tree for my son. I usually take down school supplies as well

. on Sep 13, 2016 @ 06:26 pm

I've never been to Cuba but to Mexico many times. I say lots and lots of sunscreen because they are so expensive at sunny destinations. Also, all your toiletries, as in toothpaste, facial wipes and polyporin (they are great for mosquitoes bites as well) Always bring some type of antihistamine, the sun could cause all types of allergies and most important, Rolaids/Tums. Hope you have a great trip!

forgot to mention on Sep 13, 2016 @ 06:29 pm

My cousin went to Cuba and she brought all the makeup samples that she has, which she isn't using and giving them as tips. Apparently it's much more appreciated there. :)

Food on Sep 14, 2016 @ 11:07 am

I don't think you can really bring food, but I lost 5 lbs the week we went there. The food was worse than what people say it's like. I lived off of cucumber salads, bread, and butter. Oh and I'll never eat Pringles again. The snack bars were so slow and not open snack bars. You placed orders the whole 2 hours of the day the snack bars were opened. So I opted for a can of Pringles throughout the day to fill my tummy.

We did swim in the ocean daily and had an ocean side view room. The rooms were great.

And bring a tumbler for drinks. They gave us drinks in tiny plastic cups (between solo cup and tootpaste cup size), and got the idea from someone else who had a tumbler to fill.

It's February, so make sure to bring some light pants - we went at the end of January, and 2 of the 7 days were warm. The rest were not much warmer than it is today (15 degrees), as it's their winter too.

. on Sep 14, 2016 @ 11:06 pm

As the other chicks mentioned take samples and trial size stuff for the maids they love that stuff and will always give you extra good service! You may want to take some Tums, Pepto Bismal and Gravol as some people tend to get sick from the food for a day or so. Don't forget to pack a light sweater for the evenings! You get so hot during the day and then the sun goes down and it feels really chilly! Have a great trip....enjoy!

Cuba on Sep 20, 2016 @ 08:21 pm

Beautiful place, lovely people. We gave all of our extra make up, shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrushes to our room attendant. Bring Tums, Aspirin, & gravol.
We never had any problem with the food. Loved the seafood dishes. We've always had positive experiences in Cuba.

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