When going to Cuba, do not forget to carry…
… just about anything!
As I have already explained in a previous post, it is really hard to shop in Cuba. If you run out of shampoo or soap, you may have troubles finding more. However, you may want to carry a little extra stuff to give around to people in the streets. Yes, you heard me! It is very very common in Cuba for tourists to be stopped and asked just about anything. We were prepared to this, and carried lots of goodies, but if I ever go back (and I will!) I will definitely carry a larger variety, and even larger quantities.
Here is a list of what you can carry:
- Clothes: anything, really, and in any size. Even children sizes. It is so hard to find clothes in Cuba that people will stop you in the streets to ask if you have any clothes for them, and they even get as far as asking you to give them your t-shirt.
- Pens and pencils: I guess they are hard to find. Lots of children asked for them, and even adults. Very cheap to us, very precious to them, whatever the reason.
- Schoolbooks and colours: children love them.
- Soap and shampoo: yes! It is actually a bit hard to find shampoo, so in any case carry some extra for yourself.
- Chewing gum and candies: you will end up having children all around you, but that is nice, right?
I have no idea what people do with the stuff one may give them. Chances are that they may sell it and make some cash out of it. But who cares, as long as it helps them live a little better?