Learning: I brought too much "stuff" with me. Nearing the time when I was going to leave on the trip, I got to the point when I just tossed in items thinking that I may use them. For example, had ordered the bike rack for the trailer hitch that met up with me in FL. I took the trailer ball insert with me in an under seat compartment. Why? I have no clue. I carried this heavy item on the 13+K miles. I'm sure it didn't help my gas Milage .
I brought too much clothing. Shirts (polo, short sleeve, long sleeve), shoes, tee shirts, etc., fishing equipment, small blankets, and coat.
When I was in Phoenix waiting for Brianna to meet me on the trip I bought a large box from Home Depot and stuffed in stuff I had not used and shipped it home via UPS. This was a approx. $75 expense that wasn't necessary if I had planned better.
I also brought other items that I didn't send back and never used.
The reality was that once I got west of El Paso, TX I wore shorts, tee shirts and sandals every day I was in the warmth. Yes every day! Well, unless I was hiking and I wore hiking shoes in place of sandals.
I thought I was a good planner and I wasn't.