Join Date: Aug 2017
Location: Kincardine, ON, Canada
Anything that reduces wind and road noise will also reduce fatigue.
As far as oil, yes check it, but don't get hung up on a specific brand. Unless you're crossing the dessert and can't get your hands on a litre when needed. Mixing conventional oil brands will not harm your engine.
Bring a towel in case you need to change a tube, that way the wheel bearings aren't laying in dirt while you wrestle the tire, tyre, rubber,.......
Don't overpack, too easy to have excessive weight bouncing up and down in all the cases which may cause hardware failure, (bolts, welds, etc).