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Shirley McMarlin
Plan ahead to keep passengers happy on long road trips.

There’s more to getting ready for a road trip than checking your car’s oil and tire pressure.

Here are a few tips from various online sources for making your next long car ride an experience to enjoy, instead of an ordeal to endure:

• Make checklists and pack in advance. Don’t forget an emergency kit for the vehicle and a first aid kit for the passengers.

• Assign personal space and responsibilities for each passenger.

• Pack some healthy snacks. Overloading on junk food can lead to irritability, especially in a confined space.

• Plan some family bonding time with games and activities you can do in the car.

• Audio books are a great diversion — and a source of follow-up conversation.

• Charge your electronic devices, but get paper maps to back them up, just in case. Wireless service can be spotty in remote areas.

• If possible, lower stress by keeping your itinerary loose to allow for unexpected stops or delays.

Shirley McMarlin is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at 724-836-5750, [email protected] or via Twitter @shirley_trib.

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