For Your PhotoHavana Tour
There can be a thousand and one things to do to prepare for a tour to another country, especially one as unknown to Americans as Cuba.
– Find your passport and make sure it is valid for more than 8 weeks after your intended departure from Cuba
– Check to see that there are at least TWO blank pages in your passport
– Create a jpeg of your passport photo page and put in on your home computer. You may need it for your air ticket and Cuba visa
– Get and bring two (2) visa/passport-style/size photos
– Read the PhotoHavana website thoroughly!
– Make your domestic flight reservations
– Make your flight reservations for Florida to Cuba
– Go online and apply for your Cuban Tourist Visa well ahead of your commercial flight (for charters this is taken care of)
– Read the Preparing for Cuba chapter in your trip CD that you receive from us
– Read the Havana chapter in your trip CD that you receive from us
– Read anything else you can find on Cuba and Havana
Camera & Electronics
– Re-familiarize yourself with the camera you will be taking to Cuba. Read the manual!
– Buy a secure container for your unused SD or CF cards.
– Buy a secure container for your used SD or CF cards.
– If you carry lots of camera batteries, buy a case for them. The Fuji X cams EAT up batteries quickly so you need at least two per day. 3 is better!
– Think carefully what your flight carry-on will be. It ought to hold critical medicines, papers, and camera gear
– Need a mobile phone while in Cuba? Think about buying a cheap flip-phone (loading all important numbers in it).
– A smart phone might be key if it will be your main way to connect to the Internet
– Make sure any mobile phone you take is "unlocked" for use outside the USA
– Read all relevant photography material in the Tour CD
– If you take a laptop remove any sensitive information you would not want distributed around the world!
– more info on the way!
– Make sure you will have a several week supply of any medications you will be taking while in Cuba
– Have the original, labelled containers those prescriptions come in
– Give a great deal of thought to what clothing you will be packing. Actually pack and weigh it well before the trip
– When you know what, if any, gifts you are taking, weigh them also
– If you are buying new shoes or sandals for the trip, break them in!
– Pack a comfortable pillow you can leave behind?
– Bring any snacks you cannot live without
– Pack ear plugs & eye-shades for sleep, a bandana for perspiration
– Take any leisure reading you want for Cuba unless you read Spanish language material
– more info on the way!
– Bring enough! Don't count on being able to replenish your kitty while in Cuba.
– Check to see if your credit card bank(s) has set up service on the island. Call the bank twice, speaking to a different person/office to verify