Yeah, my list is kind of always changing since I'm constantly on the look out.
Anyways, here's a new link with suggestions included http://www.geargrams.com/list?id=11230
Sorry, I don't know how to make links with this forum =/
Forgot to mention the area, which is the southeast mostly and 3 seasons, well winter here is like middle spring at worst in New England.
My girlfriend and I got the new 2013 Sawyer Squeeze, so hopefully the bag will last and I'll make sure we're careful and go easy on it.
The tent we have does not seem like trekking poles could be used to support it and a bit of ease of mind is carried with the pole. We're trying to fit the two of us and our lanky 35ish lb dog in with us and with my understanding, which is quite limited, the trekking poles might get knocked over if we were to use those instead.
Should I just swap the rain cover for a trash compactor bag?
As for cooking, it's been just boiling water and I grab the bowl with the "wind screen" aluminum foil and a sock on, seems to have prevented burnt fingers so far..
Great point about the hand sanitizer, forgot to add that on our last trip lol :-/
So far it's just been walking down a trail for a bit and setting up camp, my girlfriend is outdoorsy just hasn't been as often as I have so we're easing our way into it together.