Here is my does and don'ts / take and not take list for all interested in a long trip.
Allow plenty of time between stops. I have rushed things my whole life and I even found myself rushing this trip. That is a regret of mine, plan time to enjoy the sites, enjoy the jeep and your company if any. Also this allows time for problems, break downs etc..
Make sure a cooler with plenty of water is close enough it can be reached while driving. Also take a well insulated coozy that holds bottles of water and fits in your cup holders if they are in the floor. After just a few miles we noticed that in a matter of seconds our drinks were scorching hot. We stopped and bought coozy's and that made things much better.
Make sure you have good sunglasses holders (visor clips). With all the wind from meeting trucks and just blowing in the desert Sarah lost a pair right out the side.
Good sun screen, the sun was on my leg almost the entire trip to the west. My thigh just above my knee got rather well done.
Make sure your jeep is geared correctly or down size your tires. This wasn't a huge issue, but I know it cost me gas mileage and time. There were times crossing the desert or climbing some of the long hills that I would get to 3rd gear and 45 mph. The wind in the desert is grueling and when it is blowing head on to you it can really pull the heep down a lot.
I should have put on a set of 31's AT's and that would have helped me a lot, plus it would have saved some wear on my other tires.
Things to take - (That we did not take)
Any spare parts you can fit with you, sensors, COIL.
Jerry Can or spare gas can with gas. I did not take one because I didn't know how hot it would get. I didn't have any jerry cans and did not want to take a plastic one. There was one time when I was concerned about making a gas station. It can happen out there, some of them are far between.
Things we did take -
Oil, lots of tools, flashlights, things to change a flat, emergency road kits, spare bungee cords.
GPS - couldn't have made it without it. Helps finding food, gas, lodging and your way.
Carabiner clips - I hooked medium size clips into the holes on the side rails along the sides of the jeep. This made it quick and easy to hook bungee cords in when tie things down.
Two small tool bags that zipped - we stuck these on the outside beside each seat. We each had a place to keep small nic-naks, sun flower seeds, my pistol stayed here, pocket knife, multi-tool, flashlight. Sarah kept her log book in hers to log gas fill-ups etc..
Spare rags and towel in the center console, good for wiping wet water bottles, sweat, and inside of windshield when needed.
Small Tarp - although we did not use ours, I still think it is a good move to have one.
Good Camera - Ours was not the best, just a small digital one. The pictures are not as good as I had hoped.
Jugs of water - I had about 3 or 4 gallons of water with me. I did pour a little into the overflow bottle once. That is all that I used. But if it over heats, there may not be a place to get water for miles.
Snack foods, took a small cooler with snacks. We did not eat much of it but had we broke down somewhere away from civilization I would have been glad to have it.
Coats or Jackets and Hoody's - We did use these from time to time. The higher elevations we quite cool. I think we were in the low 40's at one time with snow around. Dark hours can be quite cool in the desert also.
Things not to take -
To many clothes, we took way to many with us. Most of it just went along for the ride.
If anyone is interested in how we hauled everything just let me know and I will explain. I think the pics show it all though. It was basically 3 bungee cords that held everything in. This made it quick and easy to load and unload when needed.
Folks - I think that is about all I can come up with right now. It was an awesome trip and I plan to do more of them. Maybe one every year or two anyway. If you have an opportunity to take your kid with you, it is a great way to spend some quality time together, see some country and make some great memories. I know that we did!!!