En­ter­tain­ment and to choose our seats, but are un­sure what to do about food and drink. Are we able to take wa­ter on board?

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DOC: When fly­ing econ­omy class with Jet­star on an in­ter­na­tional flight, you have a couple of op­tions re­gard­ing re­fresh­ments.

Meals are not au­to­mat­i­cally served as part of your air­fare, they must be pre-pur­chased up to four hours be­fore your de­par­ture, and full meals are not avail­able to buy once you are on board.

Con­sider what time your flight is de­part­ing be­fore you go ahead and pre-pur­chase a meal; if it’s late at night, you may only need a snack.

If you choose to pre-or­gan­ise your meal, do this through the “man­age my book­ing” tab on the web­site. You won’t find gourmet de­lights, in­stead sim­ple things like sal­ads, sand­wiches and pies.

The al­co­hol se­lec­tion is lim­ited to a choice of three spir­its in pre-mix cans, wine is ei­ther white or red in a tiny bot­tle, there are four beers and one cider. (Note: you can­not con­sume your duty-free liquor on-board.)

Your other op­tion is to avail of the snack menu. I of­ten find it’s bet­ter value and more con­ve­nient to grab some­thing from the air­port to take with me, or bring my own.

You can take bottled wa­ter on board, but you will need to buy it af­ter you have cleared se­cu­rity. Liq­uids over 100ml will not be al­lowed through the se­cu­rity check­point.

For ex­am­ple, in Queens­land you can as­sist park rangers on Fraser Is­land with ac­tiv­i­ties in­clud­ing marine de­bris sur­veys, wildlife mon­i­tor­ing, dingo re­search, and en­vi­ron­men­tal re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion. This pro­gram, for five days at a cost of $720 a per­son, in­cludes camp­ing on the is­land, all meals, trans­fers and ac­tiv­i­ties.

Reef Teach ( reefteach.com.au) pro­vides con­nec­tions to many vol­un­teer hol­i­days based on con­ser­va­tion. Th­ese in­clude reef mon­i­tor­ing, the Nin­ga­loo Tur­tle Pro­gram and Earthwatch Aus­tralia. The tur­tle pro­gram is an in­ter­ac­tive way to help pre­serve the habi­tat of green, log­ger­head and hawks­bill tur­tles dur­ing their nest­ing be­tween Novem­ber and March each year.

Vol­un­teers are needed be­tween De­cem­ber and Jan­uary to mon­i­tor nest­ing beaches for tur­tle ac­tiv­ity, plus there are other ac­tiv­i­ties offering your chil­dren valu­able learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ences. A typ­i­cal day will have you up at 5.30am.

World Ex­pe­di­tions ( world ex­pe­di­tions.com/au) also of­fers the op­por­tu­nity for your kids to get in­volved. It cur­rently has two projects – the Cape to Cape Beach Clean-Up and the Lara­p­inta Town Camp Bush Tucker Gar­den.

Be­gin­ning in Alice Springs, you will help turn an Abo­rig­i­nal com­mu­nity’s bush tucker gar­den into a sus­tain­able, pro­duc­ing crop. Your son will learn about tra­di­tional herbs, veg­eta­bles and herbal medicines. You can then walk the Lara­p­inta Trail.

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