take several things e.g. crayons and paper, storybooks etc but only take one thing out at a time then when he gets bored with one activity you can always pull out another to keep his intrest, and I'm sure airlines provide kid packs anyway with stuff to do. Take sandwiches and nibbles too incase he doesnt like the food onboard.
If you've got or can borrow a portable dvd player it kept our 18 months old ds occupied all the way to greece! Don't think under 2s get a meal unless they've got a seat. If not don't forget lots of food/snacks.
I can relate to this one! We have just been booked onto a flight to Australia in two weeks time! I'm taking a backpack full of "surprises" but any other tips and suggestions for doing such a long haul flight with a three year old and a 14 month old would be very much appreciated!
Snacks that don't melt or mark your clothes such as bread sticks, crispbreads. Water to drink. Have paper & crayons. Things will get dropped that you can't pick up so everything should be disposable. Kitchen paper & wipes for mess or sick. Get the sick bag ready before take-off just in case. Have a nappy handy as well. Keep to your area as once let to walk around will do this all the time probably. Have a pushchair until get on plane so can have it as soon as possible when getting off. If sitting on your knee you wont be able to have a tea or meal on the plane if traveling with no other adult so have something ready for yourself to drink & eat. Good luck.
Huggybear, I have my fingers crossed you are travelling with Virgin and get one of the best planes in Virgin's fleet where every seat in economy has TV/movies on demand. We've just had this on our return from LAX and it made life so much easier than a loop tape which plays when it's due rather than when it's suitable for the child. DD was able to watch what she wanted when she wanted. In theory she could watch over and over again if necessary.
Sadly I was told by staff that they can't guarantee which plane will travel on any given day
Thanks for the tips, some really useful ones Milward.. and I hadn't even thought about sick yet....! Huggybear.. I'll be thinking of you! I'll let you know if I ever recover from my ordeal and if so, how I survived!