What To Wear In Cuba
To sum it up - Keep it casual
- 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.
- 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 trainers. 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.
- You may find that some restaurants don't allow you to wear shorts.
- Cuba stays hot all year at around 25 - 28C but the dry season gives way to the rainy one from May to October, so pack an umbrella.
- Whatever time of year you are travelling to Cuba our advice would be to pack sun screen (we love the Riemann P20 range - apply just once a day, even if swimming, for a whole 10 hours protection) and insect repellent, toiletries, feminine products and make-up - as these can all be difficult and very expensive to buy on the island.
- Keep bottled water out of the sun as the plastic bottles can release dioxins when they heat up, which is not healthy. An alternative is to use a 100% BPA-free foldable water bottle. Reusing your water bottle will also help you do your bit for the planet - millions of plastic water bottles end up in landfill every year.
- This is a country where tipping is expected so be sure to carry plenty of small coins.
- Keep your electrical gadgets (camera, iPad etc) fully charged using a solar powered charger. This one gadget will charge most devices anywhere at any time, and it also cuts down on the number of leads and adaptors you need to pack.
- But don't take personal DVD players with you, as they may (still!) be confiscated at customs.
- When travelling around, look after your mobile phone with a phone bunjee - this elasticated strap will secure it to your bag or pocket, so you don't need to worry about dropping it anywhere.
- For more pictures and ideas, see our Pinterest board: What to Wear on a Beach Holiday.
- Stay healthy on your trip - travellers' diarrhoea can affect as many as 50% of people travelling abroad. We've tried and recommend Bimuno Travel Aid pastilles to help support your digestive health. And WhatToWearOnHoliday readers can claim a great 10% discount on Bimuno using code WHBIMUA at their checkout.
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