Planning a holiday in Malta, Europe? Then I not only have an entire series on blog posts with lots of travel tips on local destinations and day trips, but a packing list.
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Malta is an island in the Mediterranean and as a result, you can expect a lot of wind. This means that you should leave your pretty little sunhats at home. Likewise, definitely pack waterproof makeup. You’ll just cry it off.
To keep your hair in shape, pack an army of bobby pins and maybe hair spray. You could wrap a scarf around your head, Grace Kelly style, for boat trips. The scarf is also very handy to keep your neck warm on chilly days and during boat rides.
Malta is a quite safe country though there is some petty crime, such as pickpocketing. Standing in crowded buses, watching street performers or hanging around main tourist hubs, you really have to pay special attention to your belongings and pockets.
Therefore, it’s a good idea to travel with a bag that is closed and has multiple zippable inner pockets. You can wear a shoulder bag so you can hold it in front of you in the crowds, for instance.
As the winds can add quite a chill and rain isn’t uncommon either, definitely pack a wind- and waterproof jacket in case the skies open. A poncho is much better than carrying an umbrella, which can easily break in the strong gusts that seem to forever change their direction.
The rain in off season can be a downpour and you will get soaking wet (I did). Thus, make sure to use a waterproof spray on your shoes and maybe even coat before your trip.
As a general rule: wear layers. It can get pretty warm when the sun is out but as soon as the rays fade and winds picks up, the temperatures drop. You may want to enter old churches as well, where it is chillier.
If you are visiting in summer, you might even be wearing small tops and have to cover your shoulders in churches anyway.
Malta is pretty walkable so if you really want to see as much as possible, pack comfortable walking shoes. For hikes around the countryside, such as Dingli cliffs or all over Gozo, hiking shoes are the way to go.
I can recommend these as I wear them most days of the year and they are actually ycomfortable from the first wear.
Should you plan on swimming in the azure blue waters, definitely pack your swimwear, a beach towel, snorkelling gear and flip flops for your seaside trips. Some shores are rather slippery and rocky, especially around The Three Cities. So aqua shoes come in handy as well.
Even in winter and despite a lot of rainfall, the sun doesn’t shy away from making an appearance and it can get quite bright – particularly on or by the water.
Do you get easily motion and sea sick? Definitely pack your sickness pills because bus rides are extremely bumpy and boat rides can be choppy at times as well.
In Malta the power plugs and sockets are of type G with a voltage of 230 V and frequency of 50 Hz. So unless you have plugs that work in the UK, Ireland and Singapore, you need an adapter. I always use this one as it is compact, not too heavy and you can chargeb 2 USB gadgets at the same time.
Very often you have to pay in cash, not all restaurants accept credit cards either. Therefore, bring a wallet and have plenty of coins on you. Sometimes you will need them to use public toilets, but luckily most of them are free.
For winter, be sure to pack a woolly hat and gloves. A warm coat is a big asset as well.
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