For night flying, bring a flash light because your life will depend on your seeing the instruments.
Night flying will bring its own set of new sensations, things you never suspected existed in aviation. It's hard to explain in words, I'll give an example.
The airport of my town has a runway along the shoreline, with a pattern that takes off "into" the sea. On moon-less nights, where the sky is black with no stars, the right turn-out after take-off has a new meaning: you literally turn into blackness, complete blackness as if the plane is parked in a closed room. That gives a totally new dimension to the instruments because they become your only connection to reality. The first few times I had my eyes literally glued to the altimeter, ASI
, etc, along with a slight feeling of suffocation and fear. If this situation will ever present itself you will understand what I mean.
Also, during training I had to go out west over sea (3Nm off shoreline) and, as I was flying around in total darkness as usual, I noticed some kind of gradual changes happening around me, not sure what, just visual changes and some bounces. I looked carefully and discovered that the area of blackness that was somewhat darker than its surrounding was... a cloud! Then I noticed the strobe lights reflecting from the left and the right and I discovered I was wayy inside it. No way to know in advance..
Since clouds were few and scattered, it didn't take long to get out, but just to tell you that night flying is different.
Finally, flying over well-lit cities is definitely a marvelous sight. I once had to extend my trip over Jounieh, a city that offers a beautiful bay, and had to hold pattern above it while commercial traffic made its way. It was some experience. These trips, when done alone without instructors, definitely offer invaluable experience and confidence to new pilots.
You must have your flight by now. Hope it was good!