Perhaps it’s because I started riding with a months-long tour, read everything I could find about the activity, and early on, cut out multiple lists of must-have items from motorcycle magazines, all of my trips begin with a list. I’ve even saved a couple versions: one for camping, one for hoteling, and sub-lists for those trips that will involve serious photography (MO road tests or trackside race photography). So, I highly recommend that you write everything down. Just brainstorm. Consider the weather you’re likely to encounter. Will you only be riding or do you plan on hiking or being a tourist in a city? Hotels or camping or both? Cooking your own meals or eating road food? All of these decisions will influence what you might decide to take with you on your tour. Don’t edit yourself. Imagine every situation you might encounter. This is just the beginning.