Mojitos. Classic cars. Buena Vista Social Club. Up until a few days ago, that was pretty much the extent of my knowledge of Cuba. It's a place so often described as "stuck in time" that it seems cliche, but just a few days here and I can attest it's such an intriguing mix of old and now.
I'm currently traveling around the island, from Havana to Cienfuegos and Trinidad getting a historical tour and a taste of the local flavor. I can hardly contain my excitement about it all, but when it came to planning, it was first things first: as in what on earth was I going to pack for Cuba?
I secretly love packing for trips; it's approximately 60% excitement, 30% stress, and 10% bargaining with my suitcase to fit just one more pair of shoes. With my past travels, a brief internet search has informed me as to what to bring, but there's not that much info on packign when it comes to Cuba. I love a good challenge though, so accepted!
True to my bookworm form, I've been pouring over guidebooks and articles looking for inspiration, and came up with some gorgeous things that are just as transportive as the country itself. These are some things that I want to tuck into my suitcase and others are items I want to decorate with when I get back stateside: but they're all a laid-back chic with a dash of retro: