As I gear up to live in Cuba for the next month I decided it would be good to share my packing essentials with anyone that may be traveling this summer! Cuba is unlike any other country, and this packing list caters to what one specifically needs to travel to the tropical island. However, this list can be easily modified to work well for most summer vacations! It also includes several of my favorite beauty products that help me get through the hot summer months. I have compiled this list after doing a lot of research (and a lot of bargain shopping)… Enjoy!
Cuba is a city for walking, so comfortable walking shoes and an easy-to-carry bag are essentials that top this list. I love this blood orange nylon backpack from Rebecca Minkoff because it is light weight, easy to clean, and has several compartments to keep valuables safe and carry all of the necessities! I snagged my red bag during a sample sale, but similar versions can be found here. As for comfortable walking shoes, I will be wearing my Born August Flat sandals. I love that Born keeps comfortable sandals stylish and light weight. They have several great options available. A packable sun hat and summer scarf is also in my bag, since I will be spending plenty of time in the sun and will need protection.
Layers are the key to a perfectly packed wardrobe when it comes to Cuba. The days are hot but nights can sometimes be breezy. I will be packing my favorite light weight shorts, plenty of plain t-shirts and a light chambray shirt to throw over top of things.
I have been told that Cubans dress to impress when going out in Havana. I will be bringing two breezy-midi dresses as dressier options for my trip! The loose dresses will be perfect for those 80 degree evenings.
The rest of my bag is packed with the typical travel essentials like jeans, sneakers, bathings suits, and a more casual dress.
As far as beauty essentials, it is important to bring whatever you will need to Cuba, since your options are limited and more expensive once there. This includes shampoos, soaps, and all basic toiletries.
These beauty items are my tried and true essentials that are my must-haves for any summer vacation! Mary Kay Time Wise moisturizer provides the perfect amount of moisture without feeling oily during the 90 degree days. I layer that with my makeup and use the Supergoop setting spray to finish off my daily look. This setting spray is my must-have because it contains SPF 50 for ultimate sun protection – and even better, it has rosemary to help keep a clear complexion! I am usually sensitive to most sunscreens on my face, but this one has worked wonderfully. It Cosmetics’ ‘Je Ne Sais Quoi’ lipstick doubles as the perfect pink and moisturizing lip balm all in one. I am also a huge fan of Hawaiian Tropic sun products! The Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration sunscreen and after sun lotions will both be in my bag. I love that they keep my skin hydrated without leaving a greasy feeling. Finally, my Paul Mitchell Marula Oil. This hair product works wonders as it treats, conditions, and styles all in one. A little in my damp hair makes all the difference and helps protect from summer damage and frizziness. It also makes my hair much more manageable when going natural, which will be great for on-the-go days in Cuba. I can’t travel without it!
I hope this packing list helps during your summer adventurs or trip to Cuba! Feel free to comment with any specific packing questions!