When I first heard that I would be reviewing "Travel Kits," I thought of shampoo, toothbrushes and aspirin. Not the case! What a pleasant surprise to find that it was a different kind of travel kits.

Title: Travel Kits -- A Simple Way to Bless Others
Author/Publisher: Donna Reese for The Old Schoolhouse Magazine
Target Ages: all can be involved
Format: Download from The Old Schoolhouse Store (phone 1-888-718-HOME)
Price: $12.45, with a money-back guarantee

If you have E-V-E-R been on a road-trip with small children, you will LOVE this resource. The prince and princess have always been pretty good travelers -- probably because we don't do much of it. My parents live 700 miles away and that last 30 minutes is when we all start to get a little whiney and antsy. Enter Donna Rees and her E-book entitled Travel Kits. (think: gift basket)

Donna Rees has developed 91 pages of information to help you on your next road-trip or to bless others with your creativity, generosity, and resourcefulness.  Whether it be a trip by plane, train, or automobile, this E-book will help you plan a great gift of love to share with your children or your friends.

Using a theme (or not), Rees gives examples of things that you could put into a care-package for the trip. From new crayons and books to snacks and crafts, Rees gives many examples that can be shared with anyone making a trip. She even includes things that could bless the adults on the trip. (Did someone say, “earplugs”?)

Rees gives ideas for packaging and distribution of the gifts. Do you wrap them all together, individually, or not at all? Do you give a surprise every hour, every state line, or all at once? Does everyone get the same thing, slightly different thing, or totally different thing? You'll have to read Travel Kits to find out.

Be sure to read all the way to the end. That's where you find a wealth of information. There is a list of links to vacation planning websites, tourism websites for each state, recipes, tips for traveling, and a list of children's books. Perhaps my favorite part is the "Tips from Fellow Travelers." Readers of The Homeschool Minute sent in their ideas for enjoyable travel. There is more than a page of ideas from a blind mom of a blind child. Have you thought to include special needs in your travel kit? Many of her ideas can also be implemented for children who don't read or write yet.

The Queen’s Overall Assessment:

The unit is directed towards multiple ages. Since the prince is 6 and the princess is 4, I base my assessment on those ages.

This was a wonderful E-book. It gave me great ideas for our next trip or for our little friend who goes to visit his grandparents in another state each summer. When my parents come to visit, they may even find a travel kit to take for their trip home.

I thought some of the information was repetitive from other sections, but not a big issue. Sometimes, I have to hear things a second (or third or fourth or ...) time before it "clicks" or triggers another idea.

Check out this sample to see what it triggers for you.

Photobucket Disclaimer: This was a review of my experience with the product described. I tried to give a complete and honest assessment without divulging too much information of a copyrighted product. In order to review the product, I received a free download version with no additional compensation. This in no way influenced my review of the product. The opinions expressed are my own and were not affected or reviewed by anyone prior to publishing.

Be sure to check out other reviews of this product at The Homeschool Crew Blog. 

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date Thursday, July 22, 2010

3 comments to “Travel Kits Review”

  1. Berry Patch
    July 22, 2010 at 4:44 PM

    Great job, Cow Queen! I really liked this ebook and I'm currently even making kits for my guys! ;-)

  1. Our Village is a Little Different
    July 22, 2010 at 5:41 PM

    I really liked your review! We thought this was a great book, too.

  1. IllinoisLori
    July 24, 2010 at 8:52 PM

    Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today, and for looking for my china pattern! I've seen these at, sure wish I could find more! I think everyone who's got this one is hanging on to it, LOL!

    IllinoisLori at Plans4You

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