“…It is more blessed to give than to receive.” Acts 20:35
I wish I read this *before* going on a 10+ hour car ride with my kiddo’s over the 4th of July weekend. It would have been so helpful to have a bit more to throw back at the children than little cups of Cheerios!
Travel Kits – A Simple Way to Bless Others, written by Donna Rees, has 14 chapters of ideas on gifts, how to package them, who to give them to and plenty of inspiration to get you started. This full-color guide is a complete resource for those either traveling with family or wanting to bless other families that will be traveling. She even gives examples of how to plan out the distribution of the gifts. It won’t do much good if your bag of tricks are all used up 2 hrs, into a 16+ hour car ride. Numbering the gifts and then letting alternating children open them one at a time would be a good way to let everyone in on the fun and keep them spread out through the trip!
My favorite part of the book are the concrete examples of things to put in the Travel Kits for different age groups. I know if I went to the Dollar Store, things would jump out at me, but I like concrete examples to get me started! A rubber snake for a 4 year old boy, new hair bows and ribbons for a little girl or a princess tiara, a Starbucks gift card for Dad. Since the children will be busy enjoying *their* Travel Kits, don’t forget to give Mom one as well! A peaceful van full of happy children means some quiet time for Mom to catch up on some reading, listen to some favorite music or flip through a favorite magazine and snack on some chocolate!
This book is a wonderful resource for any family of any size and could be used as a ministry to others! We are in the midst of planning for our Holy Day trip to celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles. I am looking forward to using this guide to help me put together little “Quiet Time Kits” for several children to use during the various church services, as well as some fun items to use in the hotel at the end of the day and for travel to and from our Feast Site. We have several members of our church that are home-bound and are unable to travel to Feast so I will also be using this to plan a special basket of items that they can enjoy every day during the Feast. I look forward to being a blessing to others in this way!
You can find Travel Kits at The Old Schoolhouse Store along with several other great resources on making gifts! Travel Games to Sew would make a great complement to Travel Kits and would encourage even your children in creating items to include in the kits!
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