Thursday, July 22, 2010

TOS Crew Review: Travel Kits: A Simple Way to Bless Others eBook from TOS

If you have been a parent long enough to hear the ABCs being sung in the back seat, and/or have graduated to the use one of those "parent statements" like, "IF I have to pull over and whack your behind, I will-so don't  push me!" or better yet, "If you two [three, four, ten] don't stop arguing, and cannot stay within your designated area, I will turn this car around and we'll NEVER go anywhere again!" Or the less overt, yet all business statement of "You know, they have a Boot Camp of Pain for kids who cannot get along when traveling in the car/van.  I think I see the exit up ahead." Then you understand the need to entertain the troops while traveling the open roads or the great expanse called the Friendly Skies. You "get" the absolute necessity of making the trip entertaining, without breaking the budget.  Fear not dear readers, The Old Schoolhouse Travel Kits: A Simple Way to Bless Others, offers plenty of creative ideas to survive these family outings, with life saving "implementations of sanity"-no only for yourself, but for your fellow parents too! Oh, and the kids will totally dig it, after all what kid doesn't enjoy a package of surprises? It's a win-win situation for everyone!

You will find that this 93 page download offers some excellent ways to pull together kits, with lists of great goody ideas to create them, to break up the boredom and provide entertainment for the young traveler (and old folks too).  This dandy eBook provides the who, what, where, when and even ties in some scripture as  well.  If you struggle with ideas on how to keep the passengers restful and a joy to be with, then this very well may be a great purchase for you.  I think another great title could be, Travel Kit Ideas for Dummies-because it walks you through every step in a clear and easy to understand manner.

As for me-this came a bit late in my parenting career.  I tend to be a more crafty and creative kind of gal, so I have already implemented many of these ideas-to survive a move across the country with 3 small children, and also to keep the "restless and bored" generation from staging a mutiny, during the many road trips we have taken with their father. With four kids penned into a 2 ton corral-on-wheels, not fit for a miniature pony-I have had to pull out all the mom ideas I could muster, and I can report that they have served their purpose well.  But it never crossed my mind to package up one or two of these babies for others-wow, that would have served as such a blessing for many.  I also never really considered wrapping the stuff up into mini-count down, or into one-at-a-time opening spree packages either.  So I did glean some useful ideas, and the photographs are wonderful in giving the me [the reader] a great visual.   I hope to create a "relief" package for my teen and 9 year old son  when we take our next trip to somewhere (and I am sure it will involve a lot of driving!) soon.  A dash to the dollar store, the Target dollar section, those discount end caps found at our local grocery store, and a "reconnaissance and swipe mission" through the toy shelves/buckets, ought to provide plenty of goodies to alleviate the need for Aleve aspirin, for me and their father. So would I have purchased this?  Probably not, mostly because of the reasons listed above.  But if you tend to be one whose mind goes blank when pondering your car/plane/train trip survival plans-then I should think you would greatly enjoy this Travel Kits eBook.

**Just a word of caution if you have a child like me, who is sensitive to reading the printed word or just seeing a lot of words on a page while in motion-avoid them at all costs.  We figured it out after a few "spewing sessions" that my poor boy simply cannot tolerate that kind of mixture.  Especially when traveling through the mountainous regions of this country.  If you cannot avoid such things-please, please pack a puke bag [perhaps picked during a person's travel time on board a plane] and some face wipes-it will make the trip soooo much more pleasant-for everyone (and a spritz bottle filled with a fresh scent and oh, some gum or mints too).  
***A few more things-if gifting one of these useful packages or frankly doing it for your family, be sure not to pack a food that melts, if they will be traveling during peak heat months-no one appreciates a melty mess to clean up.  A bag for trash will always be most appreciated, so be sure to include one of those into your kit too. And because I wouldn't be a mother if I didn't remind those with good intentions-children [under the age of 4 especially, since they tend to suck food in like a vacuum cleaner] should not receive items that are choking hazards-no snack meant to stave off boredom, is worth swerving off the highway at 75 miles per hour, to perform the Heimlich maneuver in order to save a child's life. So be wary and consider that when choosing the food items to include-when in doubt-don't.  

You will need to collect, put together and deliver (if gifting) the package-so I have to give it this run icon-even tho the concept is easy.

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Travel Kits  Info [this gives you a very detailed explanation of you will get]
$12.45 eBook download
All ages

Don't forget to read up on what my fellow TOS mates had to say about this, and many other great homeschool products over on our Review Crew Homepage.

***The Old Schoolhouse Magazine provided me with a free download of  Travel Kits: A Simple Way to Bless Others eBook, so that I could use this study with my family.  I did not receive financial compensation in exchange for my honest opinion of this product.


Kimberly Kovach said...

Love your review. You use great word pictures.

Jodi said...

Loved your review Sheri, especially the part about the "Boot Camp of Pain", boy have we needed that on a few car trips, I'm sure! LOL! Glad to be on the Crew with you again this year.

Our Village is a Little Different said...

This was a very entertaining and informative review. Thank you!