I am currently creating a 5 year plan for a trip from PA to Prudhoe Bay, Alaska in 2017. Will be camping as often as possible. I have gone cross country before on my 800ST. Was wondering what knowledge you guys have to share. I am especially looking for:

1. A good checklist of things to pack. (extra tools?) etc.
2. Items to budget for.
3. Argument over taking the ST or getting another bike?
4. Argument over which route to take north of the border?
5. What did you learn from taking this trip, especially things that you didn't plan for?

You guys are great and I know you will be able to share much knowledge. Just got 7 inches of snow, calling for 4 more tomorrow. At least I can think about riding!