If you’d like to know whether there are any items in particular that you should pack for your trip to Malta, then you’ve come to the right place.
This packing list does not include pretty dresses for envy-inducing Instagram shots. The items you’ll find here are all things that might come in handy in Malta, and they are all recommended by a local (well, semi-local, as I now live in Edinburgh).
Here are 10 essential things to add to your Malta packing list:
Summer temperatures in Malta soar to 40°C, with heatwaves starting as early as June. This stainless steel bottle comes with double wall insulation, which keeps water cool for the entire day. It’s ideal for hiking in the heat and spending long days at the beach. I highly suggest keeping large bottles of water in the fridge or freezer of your accommodation, and filling your stainless steel bottle with that cold water every day. Tap water in Malta is safe to drink, but it doesn’t taste great.
You cannot visit Malta without heading to the beach at least once. If you’re visiting Malta in winter, you might still get the right weather for a beach day – or at least it might be warm enough to dip your feet in the water. These colourful microfibre towels are perfect for your beach trip – they’re quick dry, compact and sand-free! They also come with a travel pouch for compact packing and a hook for hanging the towel to dry.
If you’re visiting Malta in summer, be prepared for an assault by mosquitoes – and an invasion of cockroaches! I highly recommend packing an ultrasonic pest repeller, ideal for keeping away all sorts of insects as well as mice. I’ve used this product in Malta for those pesky mosquitoes and relentless cockroaches, and I have one in my ground floor flat in Edinburgh to keep away mice.
Beach theft is quite common in Malta. If you’re travelling to Malta solo, you may have no choice but to leave your bag unattended while going for a swim, which is why I highly recommend getting a waterproof bag to take into the sea with you. Both bum bag and phone case have triple seal protection. The phone case is transparent, so you can take photos while swimming!
One thing you’ll notice when visiting Malta in summer is that the island can be pretty noisy, particularly since every week there are at least three towns celebrating the annual festa (a religious feast dedicated to the town’s patron saint) with loads of petards and fireworks. That is why I suggest packing some ear plugs. These soft silicone ear plugs by Deep Sleeps are reusable and if they’re too big you can simply remove some of the silicone.
Although pickpocketing is not a big problem in Malta, you do need to be super careful in some areas, particularly in Valletta, Sliema and St. Julian’s. These tank tops are perfect for keeping your passports, money and credit cards safe – and they’re also the right thing to wear for Malta’s warm weather.
If you want to get off the beaten track in Malta, I highly recommend getting this book with loads of walking guides for some of the island’s most beautiful and remote places. I’ve used this book myself and it has taken me to many amazing places in Malta, some of which I never knew existed.
If you’re planning to visit Malta in summer, you’re going to need good sun protection. Uvistat’s sun cream offers high protection for sensitive skin, and it’s also fragrance free. Maltese summers can be quite harsh, so I highly recommend putting on sun cream every day, even if you’re not planning to go to the beach – I got some of my worst sunburns while driving!
Want to take stunning photos of Malta without getting lens flare? I highly recommend getting a lens hood for your SLR, especially if you’re planning to go hiking. These lens hoods block excessive sunlight and reduce lens flare and glare, without making your pictures look dark. The tulip flower lens hood in this set is perfect for wide angle lenses.
Unfortunately, Malta is not the most eco-friendly place on the planet. Plastic waste is a huge problem in the country, and not many outlets on the island implement green initiatives. Getting a reusable bamboo straw is just one of the many ways you can contribute to a greener planet. These straws are 100% organic and can be used with both cold and hot drinks – just make sure you always carry one in your bag for those cocktails by the sea.
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