On our way to the home of Ernest Hemingway, photo by Kim Powell

SUGGESTED PACKING LIST: CUBA

 

___ Passport and Visa keep in a safe place and make copies of each, we will discuss the use of safety deposits during our trip

___ Blue Water Ventures folder and forms including the Certificate of Compliance form

___ Extra US cash  Credit and debit cards do not work in Cuba, see the More Info page for details

___ Rain gear durable, not a flimsy thin plastic style--bring a top, bottom are optional

___ 1-2 Bathing suits

___ 3-4 T-Shirts a few that are quick dry are nice to have

___ 2 Long-sleeved shirts quick dry and light weight or cotton for sun protection

___ 3-4 Pairs of shorts quick dry and light weight

___ 2 Pairs of lightweight long pants for causal wear while dining out and/or sun protection, surgical scrubs work well while hiking

___ 1 lightweight sweatshirt, sweater or capilene/fleece longsleeve shirt

___ 1 Pair of hiking shoes with good tread, either a sturdy tennis shoe or hiking boot

___ 1 Pair of sandals with a back strap for support -- any style is fine but they may get wet as we explore rivers and coastal areas

                   we don't recommend crocs as they offer little support; We do recommend Keens (such as the Newport H2) that provide toe protection

___ 2-3 Pairs of socks for hiking, neoprene socks may be used with dive fins as an option

___ 1-2 Sarongs or lightweight beach towel sarongs are a nice alternative to bulky beach towels

___ Toiletries toothbrush, paste, lotions, aloe, hand sanitizer, etc,

___ Sunscreen 20 strength or stronger & lip balm with sunscreen

___ Sunglasses with leash

___ Hat with visor or wide rim

___ Insect repellent--we like Lemon Eucalyptus by Repel, an effective non toxic alternative to DEET, others prefer the use of DEET.

___ Avon Skin So Soft bath oil, small amount (6 oz) which can be diluted with 1/2 water....a gentle but effective defense against sand gnats (no see ems), your                     BWV guides will have some to share

___ Personal medicines ( anti diarrhea,bandaids,neosporine, pain reliever)

___ Joy dishwashing soap, small travel size for laundry or you may drop your laundry off with our various hosts for a small fee

___ Personal snacks Cuba has very limited western style snacks such as power bars, nut mixes, candy, etc. Chocolate will melt in Cuba more details at More Info         page

___ Journal and several pens/pencils

___ Quart size water bottle ( non disposable such as Nalgene, Sig or equivalent)

___ Duffel bag for your clothing and other personal gear -- lined on the inside with a compactor bag to waterproof

___ Day Pack -- lined on the inside with a compactor bag to waterproof

___ Mask fins & snorkel - check with a local dive shop for proper fit and ask if you need a dive booty with your style of fins

___ 2 compactor or garbage bags & a few gallon size ziplocs for organizing stuff

___ Flashlight or head lamp and extra batteries

___ Roll of toilet paper stored in a ziploc bag

 

OPTIONAL GEAR

___ Camera/film- we like the Olympus Tough Underwater Camera

___ Gifts and Donations for the Cuban People we meet along the way see Gifts at More Info page

___ Cell phones-- be sure to put on airplane mode to avoid roaming charges which are extremely high, US cell phones will not work in Cuba

___ Extra Camera Battery and memory card; camera battery charger

___ Each home will have the standard US 110 voltage that we can use for our electronics as well as the European 220 plugs Review at More Info page

___ Small Dry Bag to protect personal gear such as cameras and binoculars

___ Binoculars --highly recommended for bird watching

___ Favorite Coffee or Drink Mug

___ Favorite adult beverage-  rather than bringing from the states,  we will re-supply along the way

___ Mesh dive bag

___ Small Dry Bag

___ Ear plugs

___ Waterproof flashlight or dive light

___ Waterproof watch

___ Buffs headwear--great for sun protection and flare! We hope to have our Blue Water Ventures buffs available for purchase soon!

___ Paperback book -- we carry a library of field guides, but any books  you bring can be left in Cuba

___1 Pair of flip flops

___ Dive booties to wear with your fins if using those that require booties such asthe style that has a heel strap

___1 Rash Guard --can  be purchased at surf shops, Kayak Connection or REI; provides sun protection and warmth in water;

                            we like Mysterioso rash guard tops that  are lightweight and provide extra warmth

___ Wetsuit Shorty or lightweight wetsuit top -- this is a personal choice as water temperatures will be comfortable around 80-82 degrees. For comparison, Oahu's  Wakiki

                          Beaches averages 76 degrees from January to April and 80-81 degrees mid summer.

___ Light weight synthetic jacket such as the Patagonia Nano Puff packs light and offers lightweight but breathable layering

___Scuba Certification Card for certified divers, review Scuba at More Info page

LOST LUGGAGE: Just in case your luggage is misplaced during airplane transfers,  pack the following in a carry on bag: mask & snorkel, 1 pair of shorts, 1 t-shirt, bathing suit, 1 long sleeve shirt, 1 pair of pants, camera, sunscreen, essential toiletries and personal medications.