I have been retired 10 years and treasure my 2 week solo trips. Enjoy! Some random thoughts in no particular order...
1. Seat comfort. I had a Mustang on my last bike. Loved it. A Corbin on the bike prior. However with the Voyager, I am good for 400 mile days with just the addition of an Airhawk.
2, I have a backrest and love it.
3, Trunk and saddlebag inner bags are great....esp. the trunk one...for easy carrying into motels.
4. Five days of clean clothes. I carry a couple of laundry soap pads and dryer sheets in a ziplock along with several dollars worth of quarters.
5. I carry Plexus and microfiber cloth for windscreen cleaning. Bugs accumulate rapidly!
6. I do the high level route planning using the Honda Tripplanner (there are many out there)...https://tripplanner.honda.com/#/
. I will use interstate first day to get some distance and from there try to stick to Blue Highways.
7. I use Hotels.Com for lodging. I make reservations for the first day or two. And then I monitor weather etc and use their 800# to call for that night's reservation. Every 10 nights gets a free night.
8. I have plenty of room traveling solo on my Voyager. I got this dry bag at Walmart online and use ROK straps to hold it on the passenger seat. It will carry an extra helmet (I take a 1/2 helmet and a modular Shoei and wear what conditions dictate) https://www.walmart.com/ip/Ozark-Tra...saAns-EALw_wcB
9. I have a spare key well hid on the bike.
10. I stay in cheaper mom and pop motels for a couple of days and then spring for a night at like a Best Western or equivilent for hot breakfast, pool, hot tub, laundry.
11. Well before the trip , I actually plan 3 varied routes/locations and then monitor weather, forest fire smoke (a real concern in the west in summer!!) and as it gets close to departure, narrow down and make my route selection.
12. I am not afraid to radically change route if weather looks sketchy where I am heading.
13. In every small town there is a Dollar Store and you can get a lot of road needs at these stores.
14. I have one 'motel meal' ready if I get somewhere late and I am tired and there is not much in walking distance for dinner. Ramin, canned meat etc to microwave at motel.
15. I carry a very small 12 volt tire pump and check tires every 4th morning or so.
16. $10 a year towing option is good to have on my insurance.
17. I like to stop and smell the roses. After first day or two, I usually ride 200 to maybe 300 miles a day. Sometimes even less if I am in mountains and/or very scenic places.
That's what comes to mind off the top of my head. I am planning a long Sept trip now and am geeked up about it. The planning is almost as fun as the trip itself. Bottom line, take your time, get rest at night and have fun!