Great question, heh heh.
First of all, I always liked the two B-61 "dial a nuke" loadout. Could set the suckers for a ripple delivery, maybe a thousand yards interval. Could also crank up the yield to "make sure".
Hell, if I was gonna plow thru all the previous radioactive debris and actually get to the target, then I wanted to make an "impact". I'm not kidding.
The jammers always seemed to be a "drag" and not necessary for survival. OTOH, a few 'winders could come in handy for fighting my way in to ripple those nukes.
Drop tanks depended on the assigned target and your launch base. Considering that you prolly wouldn't make it back for a second sortie ( over 250 REMs and you start to lose control of bodily functions, etc.), I would have preferred a clean config and get to the target. Worry about getting home later.
Hope that answers your question.