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hoping you can all tolerate another question from a person enjoying the new found freedom of hiking.After reading more from some of you veteran hikers I am not sure if i should re-evaluate my day pack.It seems it is somewhat of a personal comfort level choice what you are willing to carry but I may be overdoing it to feel prepared..this is what i carry on small "walks" (walks because they are 3 to 4 miles) and day hikes of 12 miles or so when I am mainly close to home and not planning to spend the night but like to feel if I would want to stay the night i could using what i have on me and weather is cooperating. this is my list and puts my pack weight around 15 to 17 pounds.Input on am i overdoing it for 12 miles or less.
first aid kit, home made hobo stove (extremely light, 2 cans and wire to set can on top of can) duct tape, cord, flashlight w extra batteries, all in one compass whistle thermomiter (looking into a better compass), work gloves, 3 ways to light fire, small knife, hiking buddy knife, food for day and half (very light weight food, granola, protien bar, protien drink, raisons, beef n cheddar stick,oatmeal packet, intant potaotes packet,tuna and honey for emergency energy) notebook, pencil, book and bigger rain poncho for weather turning or shelter for one night w good weather and 3 liters of water altho there is normally water where i am at.and my trusty trekking pole.
too much for such small hike or should i add tarp tent ect or other items?with fall weather here trying to decide if should carry tent, sleeping pad ect or if have checked weather and have emergency shelter should be good if under 12 miles. thank you so much for the help :)