I didn’t start traveling internationally until I became an adult. My first real international travel, requiring jet travel, was to Brazil, back in 1996. Tony was 4, I was 34 🙂 At that time, I was still shooting film, the web was in its infancy, and laptops and cellphones weren’t ubiquitous – digital cameras were just being born. Now, however, that’s certainly not the case. Most people, it seems, have multiples of each product, now, including myself.

As I prepared for my trip to Cuba, which requires that I bring a camera and a laptop, as a minimum, I had to research to find out which voltage and plug configuration Cuba uses. Surprisingly, at least to me, Cuba is pretty modern. They’ve had visitors from other countries for quite a while.

They use 110 – 220 V and they have 3 or 4 plug styles (A – US 2 prong, B – US 3 prong, C – rounded 2 prong), but most hotels have the “universal” input configuration. I saw this is most, but not all, of the hotels that I stayed in while I was in India. From what I’ve read, Cuba is the same all. Staying in an Air B&B or someone’s house, in a foreign country is quite the opposite. No adapter. No recharging!

Fortunately, there is no longer a need for power converters, changing the input from 220 V to 110 V, as all of my adapters work on dual voltages. So, I’m taking 2 different chargers for the camera batteries (different cameras), one of the iPhone/Fitbit, and one for laptop.

I remember, before, I would simply take a camera with a couple of lenses, 30 – 40 rolls of film, and that was that. There was no need to worry about charging anything or plugging anything in. It was simpler, but I do like the convenience of having the photos readily available to review at the end of a session, or a day’s shooting.

I bought this travel kit from Amazon for about $13.

We'll take a whole row, please!
Cuba: It wasn't what I expected

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