How to Skivvy Roll

Your 5-step guide to packing like a Marine
June 21, 2014Words by Huckberry StaffPhotos by Jamie Caton

Perfected by the Marines, the skivvy roll or grunt roll is one of the most efficient packing techniques out there. Combining all of our essentials (crew socks, briefs, your favorite tee, and—with a little practice—some lightweight shorts) into a compact, bag-ready burrito of gear. Read on for step-by-step instructions for pulling off the skivvy roll—you’ll never pack the same way again.

Skivvy Roll: Step 1

Step 1 

First, take your favorite short-sleeve shirt and lay it flat on the ground. Then, take your briefs and shorts, fold 'em in half, and place them right below the collar of the shirt—this will make it easier to roll up.

Skivvy Roll: Step 2

Step 2

Next, fold your shirt right above the shoulder and then layer the second sleeve in the exact same way. If you want your shirt to stay wrinkle-free when you unroll it, be sure to take your time on this step. 

Skivvy Roll: Step 3

Step 3

Then, grab a pair of crew socks (ankle socks won’t do—you’ll see why) and cross them toe to heel right over the sleeves of your now folded shirt.

Skivvy Roll: Step 4

Step 4

Once in place, take the collar of the shirt and begin to tightly roll the shirt to the bottom. The tighter you roll, the less space you will create.

Skivvy Roll: Step 5

Step 5

When you are happy with your roll, you should have the two ends of the socks sticking out on either side. Take one of these ends and slide it over the roll. It should cover at least half of your shirt bundle. With the remaining sock end, repeat the step to completely cover the shirt. Ta’dah—you now have the coolest and most compact way to pack for your next adventure.

Skivvy Roll: Final Product

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Got any other foolproof packing methods we should be using on our next adventure? Let us know in the comments below. 

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