Here is a summary of things I took with me to Cuba.

Compiled months after the trip, so I may have missed some things out. The only things bought new, for the holiday, were the bikini and suncscreen. Everything else, I made do with what I had already.

Bike Stuff

  • Specialized Rockhopper Disc Mountain Bike – my only bike (at the time)
  • Rack – Black, not sure what else to say about it as borrowed from a friend
  • Rear Panniers – Altura I recall, again borrowed from a friend
  • Tools – Puncture repair kit, pump, tyre levers, multi-tool, spanner (for removing pedals)
  • Spares – One inner tube
  • Bike lock – Abus D-lock
  • Water bottle and holder

Camera Stuff

  • Camera – Canon 400D and Canon Ixus 40
  • Lenses – Canon 24-105mm f/4 L and Canon 70-200mm f/4 L
  • LowePro Orion Trekker II Backpack
  • Accessories – circular polarizer, spare battery and charger, memory cards, Jobo GigaOne storage device, cleaning kit


  • Bike gear – 1 x padded shorts, 1 x baggy shorts, 2 x tops, 2 x sports bras
  • Non bike gear – skirt, shorts, board shorts, vest tops, shirt, hoodie, bikini, underwear
  • Footwear – Salomon cross-trainers for cycling, flip-flops for everything else
  • Waterproofs – lightweight waterproof training top (not used)


  • Guide – Lonely Planet Guide to Cuba
  • Guide – Bicycling Cuba: 50 Days of Detailed Rides (by W Smith)
  • Fiction – Dirty Havana Trilogy (by Pedro Juan Gutierrez)
  • Non-Fiction – The End of Poverty (by Jeffrey Sachs)


  • Wash bag, small first aid kit, washing powder, sunscreen and aftersun, towel
  • Sunglasses, baseball cap, head torch, pen-knife,
  • Mobile, iPod mini, journal, pens
  • Passport, tourist card, credit card, cash, flight ticket, insurance documents and vaccination certificate, money belt
  • Cardboard box from local bike shop for transporting bike on plane. Box was left at casa particulares in Havana, together with roll of duct tape, ready for return flight.