The return journey will be at night, so I'm not too bothered about that, but I am wondering how to keep DS entertained for the outward trip (it'll be just him and me). He'll probably nap a bit, but otherwise we'll have to hand:
- some in-flight TV/movies - my Nintendo DS with two or three games - iPod loaded up with some of his stories and his favourite songs
Books are a bit bulky, unless I get a few new, really engrossing ones. Is it worth taking good old pen and paper for drawing?
I have visions of him clambering to the aisle for freedom after about half-an-hour ... <bewildered emoticon>
I let DS take a small trolley-type suitcase with stuff for him. We do books, activity/sticker books, pencils and paper - I print colouring sheets off internet rather than bring a colouring book as they are hard to spread out on the table. Maybe a new DS game that will hold his interest?
Portable DVD player with a couple of movies if the inflight entertainment isn't great - ime sometimes the plane one doesn't work.
We also used to take a few toy cars and action figures and DS would kneel on floor and play with toys on his seat.
Not much to add to what has already being said, but... keep sugary food intake to an absolute minimum (no sweets during the flight is my thumb rule), the less sugar they have the less bouncing on the walls they will do