One important thing that I’ve realized over the years is that traveling with kids is different than traveling by yourself. It’s important to be prepared with things like a travel sized cleaning kit, and to be cautious when selecting your carry-on bags.
I tend to be more protective when I’m with my family. My husband surely sees it, he catches me cleaning everything on the plane. He’ll be stowing our luggage and I’ll be scouting out areas I think germs could be and wiping them down: the seats, the arm rests. It’s not just a cleanliness factor for me.
Different airline carriers have different limits for what you can carry onto the plane. I hear people comment all the time how they’ve been dinged because a bag will suddenly be “too big” after a changeover. Then they’ll have to go back and check their luggage at the gate because it wouldn’t fit on the plane. If that happens, you not only have to deal with the inconvenience, but now you’re missing all of the important items you wanted to have with you as well.
Be smart and plan ahead for things like that. Contact your travel agent and learn as much as you can before you leave. If you don’t have a travel agent, you’re always able to go to the airline’s website and see their luggage restrictions. It’s always good to be prepared. Things happen, and sometimes you might have a last minute airline switch. In any case, it’s good to know.