Thursday, July 22, 2010
I was given the chance to review the ebook "Travel Kits: A Simple Way to Bless Others" by Donna Rees. Because we had one lengthy car trip planned for the summer and several shorter trips (which would be a few hours each), I knew this would come in really handy this summer!
This ebook is published by The Old Schoolhouse and is available in the Schoolhouse Store for $12.45. This is a full length ebook with 91 pages in all. It is absolutely packed full of ideas and information! Without giving away the details of the book, I will tell you that travel kits are fun little packages of various kinds of things that can be used to entertain travelers on long trips.
The book begins with a more thorough explanation of what travel kits are and who might benefit from them. It also explains how to put travel kits together and where and when they might be useful. In the book, Donna Rees says that travel kits are especially useful for younger children. She goes on to say that they can be used by children of any age, though. I have to say that I agree with her whole-heartedly! My children are ages 15, 13, and 7. I used several ideas from the travel kits book earlier this summer on our 11 or 12 hour drive to Disney World, and my two older children benefitted just as much as my younger child from the use of travel kits!
The author goes on to give many more details about travel kit ideas depending upon the space you have in your vehicle and whether you have a lot or just a little money to spend on them. She even discusses issues such as duplicate gifts and gifts for girls or boys specifically. You will also read suggestions for wrapping the individual gifts in various ways to add to the fun! And of course after all of those decisions are made, she even provides information about many different possible ways or times to distribute the gifts. It is amazing to me to read all of the different gift suggestions along with the many possible ways of wrapping them and distributing them. All of these little details certainly are important, though, and can really add to the fun and help make a long trip much more pleasant!
Besides information on travel kits for younger or older children, Donna also included ideas for adults. After all, anyone can benefit from a travel kit when traveling--even parents and grandparents! When I prepared travel kits for my children on our Disney trip earlier this summer, I tucked in a few little things for myself, my husband, and an adult friend of mine who went along with us to help with my daughter who has autism. Although these things were not surprises to me since I assembled them, it was still fun to have a few things in there for myself and the other adults. After all, traveling long distances can be monotonous for grownups too!
There are lots of references listed toward the end of the book. You will want to take a look at these ahead of time. Some of these references are websites that offer ideas for packing along with ideas for activities to do along the way. Also given are the official tourism websites for each state. Finally, there are lots of tips and ideas from moms who have experience traveling with their families and wanted to share some advice. These tips are not necessarily about travel kits but include all kinds of ideas. There are even some recipes and ideas about what kinds of foods and drinks might be good to take along when traveling.
It was amazing to read so many great ideas all collected and explained in one 91-page book! My only complaint is that I didn't have this book years earlier! Whether your children are younger, teens, or somewhere in between, I'm sure you will love this ebook.
TOS offers this ebook along with many others at their Schoolhouse Store in the ebook section.
Would you like to read reviews by other Crew members to see how they liked this ebook or used it with their own families? You can do that here. Happy traveling!
Note: I received this product free in exchange for writing this review. The information contained here is my honest opinion. I did not receive any other compensation for writing this review.