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Cynthia Kinnunen, her husband and their three kids are on the road en route to Disney World.

We’ve sent Old School Still Cool blogger Cynthia Kinnunen off on a roadtrip to Disney World in a Chevrolet Orlando. How will she and the family fare on that 23-hour or so drive down? She’ll be reporting back from the road and is sure to have picked up a few survival tips.

One of the toughest parts of taking a family roadtrip can be simply getting out the door. Between choosing the appropriate attire (after reviewing the weather forecast a million times), packing said attire into efficient, space-saving baggage (impossible!), plotting child entertainment and snacking strategies and ensuring no “can’t live without” cuddlies are left behind, this is no easy task!

We have been on numerous road trips in the last few years and one would think it gets easier but for some reason I still end up running around at the last minute, frantically searching for that particular device charger or sippy cup lid and basically wondering what else I’ve forgotten.

With our road trip from Toronto to Florida upon us, we have now successfully “’launched” and have taken up the mantra whatever we’ve forgotten, we don’t need. Sadly, one thing I really wanted to bring and forgot was my ukulele. The kids may be grateful for that, though. They’ll now have to endure a cappella renditions of Bjork’s “Human Behaviour”, Fitz & the Tantrums’ “Moneygrabber” and Gustafer Yellowgold’s “Panther Stamps Pants”. Thankfully, they’ll all probably sing along.

Key items we’ve brought en route? Fun, healthy snacks, freshly-filled water bottles, lightweight activity books to bring out when meltdowns occur, plus movies for the various screens in the auto and this time we’re trying a few audiobooks, as per suggestions from several friends.

Follow along with us this week to see just how hilarious and fantastic (that’s parenting language for “overwhelming and exhausting”) a really long road trip with small children can be. With each update, I’ll be sharing a song with you that represents where we’re at just at that moment, whether physically or psychologically. A family road trip soundtrack, of sorts. First up as we head out – Not Ready to Go by The Trews, of course.

And off we go!

Disclosure: Cynthia’s family roadtrip to Disney World was paid for and arranged by Chevrolet Canada and @VisitOrlando.

Cynthia Kinnunen is a mom of three wonderfully quirky little people who love music, old and new-school adventures and acting as silly as possible at all times. She’s also a freelance writer who blogs for fun at Crumbs in the Minivan and Maple Mixtape.

Photos via Cynthia Kinnunen

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