1. Gear: not limited to apparel. Extra items I should bring in case of rain, bag recommendations, packing items related to a week long trip (not camping though) or related to changing weather conditions.
2. Thoughts, warnings, and/or encouragement about riding in bad weather.
Disclaimer: I'm not an expert nor do I claim to be one, just a rider.
1. Procure the best gear you can find, although Less is Better, yes really. Waterproof suit and boots, non-cotton layers, heated liner, use a new shield for touring, multiple pairs of gloves(heated, summer, Gore-tex), balaclava,cash, sign up for AMA's roadside assistance, trip interruption benefits from your insurance company, maps, maps, charger for electronics, plug kit or slime and pump, small piece of wood/platform for the kick stand for parking on dirt, sunglasses, water container, tank bag, plastic bags as a back up. Again less is better.
2. fact: it sucks 90% of the time
. Avoid the superslab if you can. Practice around your area when it rains on familiar roads. Sleep well, rest during, eat, hydrate, relax, is not a race. It's a whole new experience. Enjoy the Ride.