> Do you really need vaseline cottonballs?
I probably don't, but it's just one cottonball in a waterproof tube from one of Dale W's survival kits. I keep that on a keyring in my pocket with a few other small survival things, and it's come in handy once before when everything was wet and I was cold.
> you may not really need the baselayer bottoms in mid-August..but thats your call.
Those and the extra top baselayer are there as sleeping clothes. If I leave those, I'll leave the extra top too and just sleep in my hiking clothes. My concerns getting my sleeping bag too dirty and sleeping in sweat-soaked clothes, but do I really need to worry about that much?
I'll ditch the mug, good call. I might pick up something lighter, or just use the pot, we'll see.
I guess I could ditch the extra light too. The little one is on that survival keychain in my pocket, but it's not really necessary, especially since I'll be hiking with another person.
I like the packtowel for after swimming and condensation management, it's tiny and soaks up a lot more than the bandana. I might swap the bandana for a sweatband though, because that's what I normally use it for.
Thanks for the feedback!