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What should I pack for my study travel trip to Malta?

What do I need to pack for my stay?

There are a number of things to consider when deciding what to bring with you to Malta. The first is the weather!

Malta enjoys a pleasant climate all year round, with mild winters and hot summers, making it very popular with students and tourists alike.

 

Summer

 

The 21st June marks the official start of summer but by April the weather is generally warm and sunny.

The hottest months are July, August & September with temperatures reaching over 30 degrees.  Think flip flops, sunglasses and swimming costumes!

We would advise you to bring plenty of sun cream and a sun hat for the hottest months.

If you are staying in ESE accommodation you will be provided with towels for showering so you wont need to bring extra towels with you. Please note that these towels are not for outdoor use and so we recommend that you bring a beach towel with you for swimming and sunbathing.

A couple of items of lightweight, long sleeved clothing is also a good idea for the evenings and for windy days – especially if out on the water on boat trips and activities.

We would also recommend that you bring a pair of flat comfortable shoes/trainers for walking around, sight-seeing etc.

As with most warm countries, during summer there are mosquitoes. If you suffer from being bitten would we suggest bringing mosquito repellent and/or a plug-in mosquito repellent plug to help you sleep at night.

It is always advisable to check the weather forecast before your arrival to help you decide what to pack.

 

Winter

Malta has very mild winters with temperatures rarely falling below 12 degrees. So definitely no snowmen building or white Christmases here!

December, January and February are generally the coldest months of the year. They are also when you are most likely to experience rain, so it is advisable to bring with you an umbrella and a waterproof coat and waterproof footwear.

Also the evenings and night-time can feel very cold during the winter months as most buildings don’t have central heating due to Malta’s short winters. So it is a good idea to bring warm clothing and night wear.

How cold you will find Malta’s winters will obviously depend on which country you are from and the climate you are used to, but by European standards, Maltese winters are some of the warmest on the continent. Having said that, Malta has a very humid climate and so the cold is considered a ‘wet cold’ in contrast to Northern Europe where its is a ‘dry cold’. This means it can sometimes feel colder than it actually is, especially when the sun goes down.

A warm coat and several jumpers or sweaters are recommended. Its unlikely you will need thick scarfs or gloves as the temperature never drops below freezing, even at night.

We would also recommend that you bring a pair of flat comfortable shoes/trainers for walking around, sight-seeing etc.

It is always advisable to check the weather forecast before your arrival to help you decide what to pack.

 

Other items to remember:

  • Passport and/or ID and travel documents!
  • Course confirmation letter or details and any certificates required
  • Insurance documents (including medical insurance. If you require travel insurance this can be purchased through ESE when booking your course. Please ask for more details)
  • Medication (If you take regular medication make sure you have enough to cover your stay)
  • Mobile phone and charger
  • Laptop/tablet and charger (Free WIFI is available throughout the school and at our residences in the common areas. Student computers are available at school during school hours)
  • Camera
  • An adapter for ‘non-British’ plugs. In Malta we use three-pin plugs so packing an adapter to convert your appliances if they are of the two pin variety is advised.
  • Smart clothes if on work placement (depending on area of work)
  • Beach towel (for swimming and sunbathing in summer)
  • Writing equipment (Pens, pencils etc – You will need a pencil for your placement test on your first day)
  • Debit card/Credit card/travelers cheques (there are many ATMs located all over the island and several next to the school itself so you do not need to carry large sums of cash on your person)
  • A lock for your suitcase (We advise students to lock any valuables such as passport and travel documents in their suitcases when leaving them at their accommodation, rather than carrying them around each day)

 

If you forget to pack something you need, most of the above items can be purchased in Malta once you arrive. There are a number of supermarkets and shops nearby the school. You can also take a short bus ride to Sliema where there are many shops along with a shopping mall. Just ask our staff who will be happy to point you in the right direction.

Please also check our WELCOME GUIDE to help you prepare for your stay.

We wish you a safe journey and look forward to welcoming you to ESE Malta soon!

 

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Articles in this blog may be ESE news, academics pieces written by our team or events in Malta of general interest.  Please feel free to write to us with any comments, suggestions or any articles you may have written and would like to share with us and our students.