Do: Check to make sure you have a luggage rack actually installed on your car before you buy the fancy luggage rack mounted bag and spend an hour (plus) packing it neatly.
Don't: Expect all your stuff to fit.
Do: Wear sunscreen even if it's not that hot outside. Especially if you plan to sit next to a lake right around lunch time.
Don't: Forget to pack the aloe. See above.
Do: Find a campsite with plenty of privacy trees for your latrine.
Don't: Bring your dignity.
Do: Dump your shoes out in the morning before you put them on.
Don't: Be surprised when you find a bug crawling around inside your shoe. See above.
Do: Set aside some extra funding for popped tires.
Don't: Plan for anything to go as planned.
Do: Relax and leave behind your busy bee inhibitions.
Don't: Forget to pause and appreciate the total isolation. No phone, no internet, no TV. Bliss.