Thursday, July 22, 2010

Our Experience with Travel Kits: A Simple Way to Bless Others

This year I’m excitedly embarking on a voyage with the TOS Crew, a group of over 200 bloggers sharing reviews and insights on curriculum and materials of interest to homeschooling families. I’m especially excited to share my first practice review because I contributed travel tips to this really fun e-book, Travel Kits: A Simple Way to Bless Others and had planned to share this travel kitsproduct with you anyway!

My first experience with travel kits actually took place before I read this book. In fact, I’ve been pulling travel kits together for my own family on special occasions for years! Our travel kits consisted of heading to the nearest dollar store and filling a bag with a selection of kid friendly, car friendly, games, crafts and toys for each of my children to break up the sometimes monotonous travel time that seems to appear somewhere around the second or third hour of on the road time, depending on the mood of my children.

I’ve introduced travel kits a couple different ways. Sometimes I’ve applied the ‘all-at-once-method’ where I’ve just handed the bags over to my eager children at the beginning of our journey. Other times, I’ve taken the ‘one-at-a-time-approach’ which has allowed me to divide up the treats along our route and choose in advance, or as temperament dictated, when I’d pass out a special treat. Sometimes this would be at the 60 mile mark, as we crossed into a new state or when the kids had been especially well behaved and I simply wanted to offer a reward for their efforts.  As far as occupying the kids went, the latter approach was certainly preferred.

What I love about the Travel Kits e-book is that even though I had developed ‘travel kits’ of my own, this e-book takes travel kits one step further and really gets your creative juices flowing by focusing on blessing others. What are ways that you can bless another family with a travel kit? How about a family that is embarking on a cross country move? Or a family ‘taking a trip’ to a nearby hospital for some type of treatment? Or a family traveling to see extended family for the holidays? What about blessing grandparents or other adults that you know?  The possibilities are endless.  

And as you can see from the sample of the e-book, this product is certainly more than the title suggests. Not only will you find ways to personalize a travel kit for each recipient on your list, for any occasion that arises, you’ll also find resources, tips and suggestions for alleviating some of the stress that comes from family travel. As a result, your entire family will reap the benefits that this resource offers. Not only will you have a great time putting together your own Travel Kit, but you’ll have an even better time blessing someone with it, as the name suggests, whether that would be your own family or someone outside your family.

This e-book  is offered by The Old Schoolhouse Magazine and is available as an instant download for the purchase price of $12.45 through the Schoolhouse Store. While you’re there you may enjoy browsing through the additional selection of homeschool materials and e-books that are offered. Of course, I wouldn’t expect you to take my word for it that this is a great resource, you can read what other Crew members have to say about Travel Kits: A Simple Way to Bless Others here.

Just so you know, I was offered a copy of this product free of charge in exchange for my honest review.

4 comments:

  1. Thanks for much for your honest opinion. I make up my own also but now I am going to check this one out! I love TOS!

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  2. Enjoyed reading your review!

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  3. Liked your review! I enjoy reading your adventures too!

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  4. I'm spending some time reading all the reviews. I think yours is great!

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