From former Cubanonet.com website
What to Bring
Cuba’s pharmacies are woefully void of pharmacueticals, both prescription and over the counter. There are dollar only “Tourist Pharmacies”, but your best bet is to bring with you whatever you may even remotely THINK you may need. Even a small wound can quickly “fester” in a hot, tropical climate and get out of control very quickly. Get it cleaned and sanitized at once! Here’s what I bring:
# Aspirin - bring regular and acetominophen based (Tylenol) pain relievers with you. They’re invaluable in case you get a fever there also.
# Topical Anti-bacterial Cleanser - Betadyne is the hospitals preferred choice.
# Topical Anti-bacterial Cream - Bacitracin or the equivalent is best.
# A prescription based oral antibiotic - Just to be sure, I always see my doctor for a quick checkup no matter where I travel. Also, I always have him subscribe me an antibiotic for self-medication.
# Anti-Itch medicine - Aluminum sulfite or Calamine Lotion. Those bugs, when they’re out, are big, bad and they bite!
# Anti-histamine - Benadryl works good for me.
# Sunglasses - The sun is deceivingly strong in Cuba. Make sure your glasses are 100% UV protective and better yet, make sure they’re polarized. Bring a back-up just in case, too.
# Suntan Lotion - I’m an easy tanning person with a good base tan…..and I still burned. Bring a high protection lotion with you.
# Batteries & Camera Film - This includes diskettes if you have a digital camera. They’re hard to find, expensive when you do and many times out of date.
# Water Purification Tablets - Bottled water is plentiful and I hear the tap water is no where as contaminated as it is in Mexico and other central and south American countries. However, a good precaution just in case you get caught in a remote area with a dubious water source.
# BandAids - Once you get it clean, keep it covered.
# Rid-X - For those nasty critters: Intestinal Worms. Hey, shit happens…:-)
# Pepto Bismol / Imodium Tablets - Speaking of shit, these will help alot if you get the “runs”.
# Anbesol - Tooth pain always sucks and this will help (so will lots of rum!).
# Condoms - I put this under the medicines heading because, without them, you could potentially need LOTS of medicines. Inevitably, some of you will experience a sexual encounter in Cuba. They have the lowest AIDS rate in the Caribbean but needless to say, its there. And STD’s (sexually transmitted diseases) have been around from the beginning of time. Plan accordingly. That goes for women too.
# Cold & Flu medicine - There are many available so bring whatever has worked for you in the past. Just ‘cause its hot doesn’t mean you can’t get a cold. Throat lozenges are a good plus also.
# First Aid Kit - It certainly wouldn’t hurt to bring a small kit with you.