Just back from my first mini-tour (with my hubby). For what they are worth - these are my observations. Today was the fourth day of riding - definitely much harder than the previous three. Didn't use most of the spare clothing I took - but then it was only four days and three nights. Could have done with a collapsible water carrier for the campsites - we just had to walk across fields to the taps to get water in the kettle every time we wanted a cuppa. Not a major issue, but a water carrier would have been nice. Took two stoves to test - most impressed with the trangia. Other was a camping gaz, which works just fine, but obviously does not have integral pans, so will leave behind next time. Had a cheap, lightweight kettle, but with trangia probably don't need that either. Need at least one other drinks bottle - I only had one - not enough when it's hot and hilly. Took a "FreeLoader" solar energy unit to recharge phone and Garmin. Had it strapped to top of luggage all day, but I found it only partially charged one of the items, so by the middle of today, the Garmin packed up altogether (it was off every night) and my phone was nearly dead, having been off most of the last two days to preserve charge. Won't use a Garmin again, but will get a bike computer. The FreeLoader might be ok where there is more intensity of sun than here in the UK. As a touring newbie (but not to cycling) - need more energy snacks. Had a good time though. Hope you enjoy your trip LexieCali. Keep me posted how you get on - I'd be interested to know how you find a longer tour.