The Ultimate Rome Packing List for Families

There are few things more exciting than planning for a vacation. One of the more important parts of that planning is what you’re going to bring. That list can get real long real quick, especially if you’re traveling with your family. However, there are always some items that you absolutely must bring. This Rome packing list for families includes those items so that you can have an absolutely brilliant trip to the Eternal City.

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Fodor’s Rome guide book

Even with access to numerous blogs that provided invaluable and up to date insight for planning our trips to Rome, having a good guide book to Rome was equally helpful. It’s set up and arranged in a way that makes finding what you need easy. It’s also nice to have all the information about Rome in one spot.

Luggage for adults

We like to avoid checking bags, going with a carry ons and backpacks strategy when traveling. This backpack/carry on is perfect for just such an arrangement.

You can fit lots of things, while not being too bulky. It also meets most airline requirements for carry ons (always check the airline that you’re flying). For families, perhaps the best part is that using a carry on backpack frees your hands to help the kids and carry other things.

If you want to use a traditional wheeled carry on, this one is great to have.

Luggage for kids

The kids want something that will look cool. Parents want something that’s functional and durable. This fantastic piece of luggage provides both. We used this model during our 14 day trip through Europe and it survived several airports, train stations, metro stations and trips to and from our accommodations.

Luggage – kids backpack

Jansport is such a great name brand that when you see it, you automatically know that you’re going to get your money’s worth. This backpack (different color) also went with us on our trip to Europe and it was a great selection. We also expect to have it around for awhile.

Luggage – adult backpack

Parents want something that’s going to look nice and stylish, but functionality is also high on the list. This backpack covers both items and works well for storing electronics, extra clothing and any other items that you need. It has separate sections including several zippers so that you can stay organized as you travel.

Comfy shoes

The cobblestone streets are a signature of Rome. And Rome is an excellent city to see by walking. Actually it’s the preferred way to see the city, so you’re going to be on your feet a lot. And walking on uneven cobblestone streets a lot. Since that’s the case, you’re going to need some comfy shoes to help you along; otherwise, you’re going to be ready to call it quits early.

These shoes have been tested to the tune of 30,000 to 40,000 steps per day and pass with flying colors! For something a bit more casual these will also keep you comfortable.

Comfy shoes for kids

Those same streets will wear on the kid’s feet as well. Make sure their little feet are equipped with some great shoes that are made for exploring.

Crossbody bag

A crossbody bag is perhaps the best way to carry things when you’re out and about the Eternal City. It’s easy to carry and provides a layer of security from pickpockets while keeping your things safe. And it looks good.

Sunglasses for the family

For families, visiting Rome in June is one of the best times to visit. The kids are out of school and it’s not too hot to enjoy the city. However June can still bring a lot of sunshine which is good. So you’ll need these for the family.

Check out these glasses that are great for women, for men and for kids.

Hats for adults

Not only do you need the sunglasses for the sun, you’ll also need a hat. You’ll likely be outside a lot since many of the main attractions are outdoor activities. A hat becomes more than just a fashion accessory; it becomes a necessity as the sun can become quite unforgiving as the day progresses.

Hats for kids

Kids especially will need protection because the sun will quickly wear them out. When you’re visiting the Colosseum with kids , you especially want to make sure that you have hats for the little ones because there’s very little shade.

Water bottle

Rome is known for their aqueducts that were built so many years ago. Romans today still benefit from the ancient engineering feats that brought water into Rome.

That means that when you visit you can benefit as well. Throughout the city, there are numerous free sources of water sprinkled throughout the city. Not only are they free, the water is clean and cold.

You’ll see the water running from small fountains called Nasoni. All you need is to bring a water bottle to fill up. Like this one.

Noise blocking/canceling headphones

Any long flight needs some good headphones. Preferably some that will block all outside noise that will allow you to enjoy your entertainment without disruption. In certain circumstances they move from being a want to a must have!

You also could go with earbuds if that’s your preference.

Detergent strips

If you’re fortunate enough to stay in Rome for an extended period of time and still want to only bring a carry on and backpack, detergent strips can help you out. They’re simple and easy to use and they don’t take up much space. Most importantly they’re not liquid so you don’t have to worry about that restriction. With a basic color scheme you can mix and match and wear some items twice.


When flying with a family a lot of little expenses can add up. This includes food. Having a few snacks handy to prevent you from having to buy expensive airport or airline food can help you stay under budget. It’s also helpful to have some snacks on hand when the kids get hungry and it’s not quite time to eat on the plane.

Suckers for kids on the flight

Take off and landing can be a bit uncomfortable for kids. Suckers are excellent at helping to prevent that ear discomfort and of course no kid is going to say to no to a sucker. It’s a win/win!


Since you’re bringing electronic devices you have to make sure that you have a way to charge them. More important than that you have to make sure that you have a way to charge them safely. You have to check all of your devices first to make sure that they can handle the 220V current that comes from European outlets.

Once you have that confirmed, you’ll need plug adapters that work in Italy. The same adapter won’t necessarily work across all countries in Europe, so you have to make sure that you have the proper one.


  • Jeremiah Pittmon

    Jeremiah Pittmon is a published travel writer and photographer from Cleveland, Ohio. Passionate about exploring the world with his family, he finds inspiration in all types of travel. Through his blog,, and social media channels, he shares captivating experiences and valuable tips for families who love to travel.

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