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I'll be going on my first group backpacking trip in 2 weeks and the question of water has come up. Let me preface this by saying I have been on a couple solo weekend adventures. I am an avid car camper and would consider myself advanced in car camping knowledge (but no expert). The group I'm going with have made this trip before and are trying to make it an annual event. They are also car campers, but it seems to me their idea of backpacking is to take what they use car camping and strap it to their backs.
The trip will consist of a hike in on Friday evening and a hike out on Sunday morning. So during our pre-trip discussion the subject of water has come up. I explained that for a short weekend trip like this I would be comfortable carrying about 4-5 liters. Someone else in the group thinks we should plan on taking 12 liters each! He stated that last year they each took a gallon and barely had enough to "drink, bath and clean the dishes."
So how much water is the right amount? My thinking is that we are only a few miles from fresh water so if we take 4 liters each and we run out, we go refill. I use baby wipes for clean up at the end of the day. Most of my cooking doesn't require a lot of dish cleaning and what does need cleaned up can be wiped off and cleaned better when I get home.
Your guidance is needed and appreciated.