Our equipment recommendations for Cuba
Waterproof duffle bag:
To carry your main gear we recommend using a 110-120L duffle bag.
You will need to carry your own daypack. 30-40L is sufficient. We recommend Osprey daypacks.
You will need a light sleeping bag (with a rating of 10 degrees) and compression sack. We recommend Mountain Hardwear or The North Face sleeping bags.
Trekking poles can reduce the impact on your joints by up to 20%. They are great for travelling up and down steep, jungle paths! We recommend adjustable Black Diamond trekking poles
Capacity to carry at least 2 litres of water. Wide-mouthed Nalgene bottles are durable and a good size.
Preferably wide-brimmed for protection, and with a neck cover for sun protection
Choose a pair of high UV protection glasses. Julbo are a great mountain sunglass brand but any brand with high UV protection will suffice
You will need a headlamp with good light output for any late night toilet journeys. Petzl make market-leading and affordable headlamps
Hands and Feet
3-4 pairs of thick, trekking socks and 2-3 pairs of thin socks. Merino wool is the best material and Bridgedale or Smartwool make good trekking socks
To wear on your different activities we recommend bringing a pair of training shoes or sandals
Thermal base layer:
1 x thermal base layer, ideally made from merino wool. No cotton. Recommended brand is Icebreaker
Long sleeved shirt:
Go for a light or medium weight, moisture wicking long sleeve shirt (x2). Icebreaker, Berghaus and Under Armour make great breathable trekking shirts.
Fleece or Soft shell jacket:
A mid-weight fleece jacket is ideal for cool nights. Berghaus, Helly Hansen and The North Face all make great fleeces
Hard shell outer jacket:
A water/windproof hard shell outer jacket to protect you from the elements. Goretex material is best. Recommended brands include The North Face, Arc'teryx, Berghaus and Mountain Hardwear
Swimming costume or shorts
This will be necessary for your water based activities on Cuba Discovery.
Light or medium weight (x1) trekking trousers. Convertible trousers are an option. Recommended brands include Craghoppers and Columbia
Light or medium weight (x1) trekking shorts. Recommended brands include Craghoppers and Columbia
Hard shell trousers:
To protect yourself from the elements you need a good pair of waterproof / windproof hard shell trousers. Ideally Goretex. Patagonia, The North Face and Arc'teryx make good outer trousers
Odds and Sods
Sun and lip screen:
High SPF sunscreen and lip protection balm. SPF 40 or higher
Toothbrush and toothpaste:
Ideally travel size
Wet wipes and hand sanitizer:
Staying clean on your treks can be challenging. Wet wipes and hand sanitizer are a huge help
Personal medicines and medical kit:
We recommend bringing Paracetamol and Imodium at a minimum
For light sleepers. Snoring can be pretty bad in camp
Boiled sweets, nuts, energy bars and dried fruit are all a good shout
Only required if your main duffle bag or rucksack is not waterproof. Sturdy rubble sacks will also help to keep your kit dry on our kayaking adventure.
Camera and spare batteries:
Unless you are a keen photographer we recommend taking a good quality and lightweight point and shoot camera like the Panasonic Lumix.
A plug adapter for charging your devices in the hotels. Most of Cuba has a 110V electricity supply although the newer hotels will use 220V. You will need a Type C plug adapter, this is the one with two rounded pins commonly used in Europe.