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Whether you're packing a suitcase for a weekend trip or prepping your bug out bag for an emergency, using pack space efficiently is a must. It's common sense not to haul around a bulky pack full of disorganized gear. Also, it's important to make the most of the space you have, and consolidate related items into grab-and-go kits. This way, when you need a certain set of gear quickly, you won't end up rummaging for loose items.
Packing a first-aid kit or cooking kit is easy enough, but what about clothing? The traditional packing method is to fold apparel flat, but this doesn't provide much organization, and leaves individual items loose. Grabbing an entire change of clothes requires hunting for a separate shirt, underwear, and two socks.
Over the years, members of the military have devised a more efficient method for packing clothing. It's called the skivvy roll or grunt roll, and it combines a shirt, underwear, and socks into a single compact bundle. If you learn this method, you can compress these items and save space in your backpack or suitcase. It's also easy to grab when you need a fresh set of clothes. Here's how to make a skivvy roll, step by step:
The skivvy roll technique is great for camping, backpacking, or bug-out bag preparation. Next time you're packing fresh clothes, remember this method. P.S. – We'd like to give a shout-out to Duckworth for providing the excellent Lightweight Crew socks seen in these photos. They're made in the USA from Montana-grown merino wool, and they're super comfy.