Every minute of the holiday is precious for your children, so give each day some shape or focus.
You need not pack your days with activities, but a whole day at the pool or on the beach can be too long for kids. – from the point of view of sun exposure if nothing else. Some families find that having an outing in once half of the day and the rest in the other half works well for adults and children alike.
Make a travel scrapbook of photos, postcards, tickets and other ephemera from any journeys or trips you take with your children. Encourage them to keep a diary or sketchbook while traveling.
Travel light. If your children have to lift and carry their own bags, equip them with squashy canvas holdalls on wheels, with extendable rigid handles. These cases are light, roomy and easy for a child to trundle. Remember to leave a little space for the souvenirs they will no doubt want to buy.
Take a lot of photos during your trip, so you can always make beautiful albums as good memories. I provide small leather cover album if you have high resolution images of your trip.
Visit hot countries in spring or autumn when the weather is warn enough for outdoor bathing, but no so hot that your children will be uncomfortable or at risk of getting burned.
Make a holiday checklist of things to do and take, well in advance of your family’s departure. That way, you will give yourself enough time to remember all the vital things you have left off it.
Get the pack to pack. If your children pack their own suitcases, they are far more likely to remember to use (and therefore far less likely to lose) what’s in them. As soon as they can enjoy going to fetch things, ask your young children to help with the packing. As they get older, make packing lists with them, then let them get on with finding, packing and ticking off what has going into their cases. Discreetly make sure that essentials have been remembered, but resist the temptation to repack or substitute clothes you prefer.
Less is more. If you child is going on a trip or a holiday during which they will have sole responsibility for their luggage and possessions, disable them from taking anything valuable or irreplaceable. In fact, make sure that they only pack things you and they can afford to lose. Moreover, don’t overpack. Most kids will be happy to wear the same clothes again and again!