Thursday, July 22, 2010

TOS Review: Travel Kits

We are right smack dab in the middle of travel season. I am so thankful that I no longer have to trek seven hours one way (ALONE most years) with my boys to see our family in Georgia during the summer break. After moving back home to Georgia last year, those trips were shortened to less than 30 seconds to see my husband's parents and less than three hours to get to my mom's. We did, however, make the trip this year back to Mississippi to attend a wedding and visit friends. I am happy to report the trip was much more bearable than years past. Enter:The Travel Kit.
Travel Kits: A Simple Way to Bless Others from The Old Schoolhouse is a concept that allows both the giver and receiver to really have fun! The giver creates a travel kit to keep the kids happy with small trinkets (think DOLLAR STORE!!) snacks, books, games - the sky is the limit. It can cover all ages, all budgets and does not have to be super fancy! There were list upon list in this full-color eBook to spark ideas and get you going. I could not get over how many pictures were in the eBook showing samples of different kits! And if you know me at all, you know I love pictures! I was in heaven! :) I love the themed travel kits, too, such as a family traveling to the beach!

Traveling is often very stressful for parents (at least in my household!) since the kids are confined in a very small area without much to do.Travel Kits offer fun before the fun of the actual destination.

I had only a little time to prepare our travel kit before we left for Mississippi. We were also in a much smaller vehicle than what we were used to on a daily basis. I chose to keep the "happy bag" (as I called it) in the front with me and gave one item out every 60 miles. Usually when we stopped, I would get back to the car a few minutes before my boys and then place it in their booster seats. They never knew when I was going to put something in or hand them something as I did not present the Travel Kit to them before we left.

The Travel Kit allows for a lot of creativity and it turned out to be the best thing we ever did! I don't know that it would have been something I would have thought to purchase from The Old Schoolhouse Store, mainly because the pricetag of $12.45. However, I can tell you that it would have been worth every penny for my sanity years ago!! I had read on several occasions about putting together a bag with new fun items for a roadtrip, however, this takes that one step further in laying out how to present the items, when to give them and oh there are so many ideas I never would have thought of on my own!(Sometime one needs a little more direction than "get a few new toys for the road!")

In the future, I will definitely wrap the items as that would add to the excitement (I meant to for this trip but ran out of time!) In our kit for this trip from GA to MS: Rand McNally's Road Atlas for Kids, paint-your-own-pirate puppet with markers, yummy snacks, wooden shape bender, plastic snake, car bingo (printed from a travel website.)  I also had a list of kid games like BUZZ and I'm Going on a Bear Hunt - things I had not yet done with my kids since they are only at the age to enjoy those things now. I hit the jack-pot at a local craft store and found many of the items 50% off on the $1 table! Look for those kind of sales! You can also add library books or books on CD. Maybe even go in with another homeschool family and purchase some nicer things to share - things that are just for trips!

I received this product free of charge from The Old Schoolhouse  for the purpose of review, no other compensation was received.


  1. These look great! Very interesting. I have a 'Memphis' trip on the horizon, so I'll have to think about these. We've been doing books on cd which works great for Jack. Henry's never been into anything on trips. He just rides, no books, no nothing. Anyway, thanks for the info!

  2. So cool to surprise them when they get back into the car--I bet they loved it:) Great review!

  3. From the Homeschool Crew~ I enjoyed reading your reviewJ~ you have a very nice blog! I am following you now.

  4. I'm also from the TOS crew, I enjoyed your review. It was clever of you to have something waiting when you got back into the car!

  5. Very nice review- sounds like y'all had a great time using your travel kits- I loved this ebook too :)
    FM Chris

  6. A TOS crew hello! Love your blog (and I can relate to the running out of time to wrap things!) Great review~


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