Medication is not widely available in Cuba. Make sure you have enough prescription medications for the duration of your trip. It is a good idea to pack all medications in your carry on luggage so that by chance your luggage is lost, you will still have your medications for your vacation.
Travel insurance can usually be arranged at the time of the booking of a trip to cover exactly the duration of that trip.
Not all insurers offer 24/7 assistance. Ask your insurance provider to confirm in writing that you are covered for everything while at Cuba. It is also advisable to get a 24/7 insurer. Always have a copy of your policy and all emergency phone numbers with you.
Cuba is generally hot all year round. And if you are caught in the rain note that it is usually a 10-20 minute tropical downpour and then back to sunshine. Most rain usually occurs in the evenings and throughout the night.
It is advised, when traveling with a baby, to proactively prepare for all situations. There are many baby medications, hygiene products and other items not widely available or that are very costly on the island. Take sterilising tablets and any medication you would be likely to use if baby was to fall ill in Cuba. Re-hydration solutions, ear drops and antibiotics. You may also want to discuss your trip before hand with your Pediatrician.
You can purchase lotions in Cuba however they are expensive and tend to be inferior in quality. Pack plenty of sunscreen, it is generally very hot all year round.
Use a broad spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher every day. For extended outdoor activity, use a water-resistant broad spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher.
- Act Quickly. If you feel the burn or see any sign of skin reddening on yourself or your child, get out of the sun and start treatment. It can take four to six hours for the symptoms to develop.
- Moisturize. After a cool shower or bath, slather on a moisturizing cream or lotion to soothe the skin.
- Hydrate. Any burn draws fluid to the skin surface and away from the rest of the body. So drink extra water, juice and sports drinks.
- Don’t Wait to Medicate. Take a dose of ibuprofen as soon as you see signs of sunburn and keep it up for the next 48 hours.
- Assess the Damage. If a blistering burn covers 20% or more of the body, seek medical attention. Anyone with a sunburn who is suffering fevers and chills should also seek medical help.
No, HOWEVER, you should have these up to date before traveling anywhere:
- Hepatitis A
You should have your vaccines done at least 2 months before you leave the country.
A typical meal would consist of rice and beans, cooked together or apart. When cooked together the recipe is called either “Congri” or “Moros” or “Moros y Cristianos” (black beans and rice).