Pack with confidence and avoid baggage fees - clothing tips and packing checklists for your vacation

What to Wear in Cuba

Cuban band, Santiago de Cuba, April

Cuban band, Santiago de Cuba, April

All inclusive resort in Guardalavaca, April

All inclusive resort in Guardalavaca, April

General Packing Tips

  • In this sub-tropical climate lightweight natural fabrics such as linen and cotton work well
  • Although jeans and t-shirts also work (except in hot and humid August).
  • The island is cooled by the trade winds so pack a light knitwear, a jacket or wrap for the cooler evenings.
  • When in Cuba our advice would be to dress in a casual, low key fashion and leave your expensive jewellery at home.
  • You may find that some restaurants don't allow you to wear shorts.
  • Whatever time of year you are traveling to Cuba our advice would be to pack sunscreen (we love the Riemann P20 range for 10 hour protection) and insect/mosquito repellent, toiletries, feminine products and make-up - as these can all be difficult and very expensive to buy on the island.
  • This is a country where tipping is expected so be sure to carry plenty of small coins.
  • But don't take personal DVD players with you, as they may (still!) be confiscated at customs.

Clothing Tips for Women

  • Avoid revealing or tight clothes or you will certainly get unwanted attention.
  • Leave your high heels at home too, because the paths are very uneven; comfortable, stylish flat shoes or sandals will work better than sneakers. We love the Lindsay Phillips Switch Flops range - using interchangeable shoe and flip-flop bases with snap-on decorations, you can change your look from day to evening in an instant whilst still packing light.
  • In the hotels and resorts women often dress up for dinner - a simple dress and sandals will work well.
  • A pashmina is a versatile piece that will dress up any outfit.
  • If you are going to visit any religious sites then be sure to cover your shoulders and bare legs - your pashmina can come in handy for this too.

Clothing Tips for Men

  • There are no specific things to bring to your attention, check out our packing list for our suggested capsule wardrobe.

Pack for the Weather

  • Cuba stays hot all year at around 25 - 28C but the dry season; November, December, January, February, March and April gives way to the rainy one from May, June, July, August, September and October, so pack an umbrella.

Last updated 14 November 2014.

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Pack Light

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