Things bought for my Trip to Cuba

When we were planning our trip to Cuba we decided we were going to pack as light as possible and make sure that as many items are possible were multi use. Admittedly Robert did a better job of this then I did.  One item that he bought that I will make a purchase of was the Gomex ultra light packable backpack. being able to crush that and get it out of the way on travel days was awesome. He bought the 30L, I definitely want one for the next trip but a little smaller. I do not need 30L of backpack.

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We invested in some packing cubes and compartments to keep our stuff organized and wrinkle free and I wouldn’t go back. I compartmentalize everything now. I even use small zip bag in my purse to keep little things from floating around the bottom. I cannot handle the chaos anymore! Robert loved the foldable shirt organizer and also kept his dress pants in there to make sure they stayed nice.

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AirBnb Hotel Escalona in Boca de Camarioca, Cuba

We had planned to start our trip in varadero, spend a couple days exploring and figuring the place out, before carrying on the to the next adventure. It wasnt until just before we left canada that we realized the Casa Particular, Hotel Escalona, we booked with on Airbnb was not in Varadero, but in a small town outside of Varadero. This ended up being an amazing oppsie, because we met Pedro and his wife, whom were amazing people and super helpful to us, as well Boca de Camarioca was an excellent first experience of cuba.

The first night we were there we walked to a restaurant and had a snack and a drink before walking down to the beach. The next day we caught the bus that takes you into Varadero for $0.10 CUC (US) a person and is approximately ten minutes of travel. Its also really easy and cheap to catch the bus going the other direction to Mantzanas for $0.20 a person and is closer to 30 min on a bus.

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Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

My husband is getting his taste for travel, but not quite ready to go it alone yet. His Uncle and Aunt love Puerto Vallarta (PV) and were already going for a month in January and invited us to join them. So for the end of January we got to explore PV with a couple of experts. They have been going to PV for about ten years and dont limit themselves to all inclusive resorts.

 

We stayed at the Icon Vallarta, a condo building that houses permanent and non-permanent residents. It is a favourite place for Mexicans to stay while on vacation as well. It is a trio of high rise condos, with two pools, two hot tubs, a gym, a restaurant, beach front, and offers parking, day care and house cleaning. It was absolutely beautiful. I would definitely live there if I could.

Our first night in PV we arrived just in time to unpack, relax and go to supper. We went to a favourite of Roberts uncle, Que Pasa? Translated as whats up. It was a nice place and I wish we would have went back. They has excellent entertainment, open kitchen and friendly atmosphere.

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14 Days in a Carry On

I am pretty much packed for Cuba and I dont leave for another two and a half months. I get a little ahead of myself when there is a trip on the horizon. So I thought I would make a list if what I am packing pre trip and write again after the trip to say what I over packed or what I felt I was missing.

The trip consists of 2 days in Varadero, 2 days in Vinales and 8 days in Havana.

For Varadero I will need the things for a beach day and a day of touring. Vinales is a day of horseback riding, and a day of touring and possibly swimming. All the days in Havana are spent walking around, touring museums and sightseeing, with evening required for the Tropicana Show.

So I always start out making my packing list by listing what I need for a step in the process or event. I visualize each day and what I could possibly need. Remember when your walking around all day you need to have everything you could need on you.

  1. Inflight & bus rides
  2. Beach Days
  3. Walking Tours
  4. Horseback Riding
  5. Nights out
  6. Sleep
  7. Toiletries
  8. Anything that will add to trip and make better

Then I create Micro Lists for each of the above mentioned days.

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