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Yes I pack differently now. I will start my 22 year of experience of travel to Cuba this week. I now pack lots of children / babies clothes / shoes. If all the three million tourists did the same ALL Cuban children could have decent clothes / shoes – Si !*!*!*

Very good point not yet stated. If you invest in buying that grass – grasshopper, piece of locally made artwork, pottery then you are investing in the economy, supporting their arts and showing respect for what they can offer.

That is where I HAVE seen a shift. Respect, both ways for each other’s I use the word dignity…but there might be another word that would also apply. a bit off topic but maybe not so as 16 years ago I did bring ‘other items’ now I bring cash to say thank you. And buying locally is another form of "thanks"

Gosh, I remember our first trip to Cuba and the amount of luggage that we hauled down with us. I was working in freight forwarding at the time and had a contact at Cubana Airlines so had been granted extra luggage allowance (on top of an already very generous standard allowance) for humanitarian aid. We (2 of us) had a carry on each, 2×26" suitcases, a NJT suitcase and another suitcase (snorkeling equipment) that was full of over the counter meds, gently used children’s clothing/shoes and other goodies (yes I was one of those newbies who took everything but the kitchen sink to give away!). Our own personal bags had enough shoes and clothes for a 3 week vacation(we went for 1 week lol). A guy in the check out line did in fact look at me and say "geez, you going for 3 weeks or something?". When we got back home, I ended up washing more clothes that were never worn than the ones that were worn. I have learned to pack far, far less clothes (though surprisingly, I think my daughter takes even more now than she did on that first trip, young females, what can I say lol). And I only take gifts for people I know, people who have invited me into their homes, everyone else gets cash!

Yes I changed big time how I pack now and how I packed my things for the first time I went to Cuba. For me now is very important to have my passport with me, some money, visa credit card, sunscreen to protect my skin, swimming shorts, mp3 player with music. Everything else if I forget I do not care too much while for the first time going to Cuba I brought many things as I thought I will miss something. Now I know in Cuba I do not need many things as I will be very relaxed on the beach and satisfied with beauty of Cuba.

Yes I changed big time how I pack now and how I packed my things for the first time I went to Cuba. For me now is very important to have my passport with me, some money, visa credit card, sunscreen to protect my skin, swimming shorts, mp3 player with music. Everything else if I forget I do not care too much while for the first time going to Cuba I brought many things as I thought I will miss something. Now I know in Cuba I do not need many things as I will be very relaxed on the beach and satisfied with beauty of Cuba.

I think I can say I completely understand that!

I’ve learned that for any trip less than a month that a weeks worth of clothes (hate doing laundry) along with a toiletry kit in my carry-on along with my netbook + point-n-shoot camera in my personal bag, pen, iPhone, passport, debit cards + cash on my person are all that’s necessary. All else can be purchased locally. For longer trips I check one small bag with a few extra clothes and stuff (Swiss army knife etc) that won’t pass security in carry-on.
For longer trips I check one small bag with a few extra clothes and stuff (Swiss army knife etc) that won’t pass security in carry-on. I wish we had Swiss Army knife when we went to Italy – Rome as wine was so cheap but we could not find to buy bottle opener lol so I had to go to the bar in the hotel and they would open wine for me!

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