Over the last year I have actually started to enjoy the MYOG more than backpacking almost. It is something I have much easier access to, and the challenge of it is really fun. I normally try to share my MYOG in as cheap a way as possible too. So most of my gear costs substantially less than manufactured (not counting time, because it is a hobby as well after all).
As for the recommendations, they are all things I was already tossing around, and some of the things I wanted feedback on, so thanks.
As far as what to wear when doing laundry, if I do the kilt, I may go that route. That can be a bit revealing though. I have some Liberty Ridge wind pants from thru-hiker that I made that come in at 2.5oz. I may bring those instead of the kilt and would be able to wear them while doing laundry without having to worry.
Allen, do you suggest three pairs of socks then?
Seth, I was thinking of doing just that. I normally used one quart sized gatorade bottle and bring a 1L platy as a back up in case I need to care extra water. The plus of using the soft bottles for my water would be that I could use them to easily back flush the sawyer filter. I don't think that would be very easy to do with the hard bottles, but I can test when it arrives to find out.