I recently read and viewed some videos about ranger roll, which I found somewhat fascinating. In the really extreme example for a day or two trip you could do:
- Lay down an extra t-shirt on a table, fold in the sleeves and a little bit of the side of the shirt in towards the middle
- Add an extra pair of underwear in the middle
- Put an extra pair of socks close to the neck of the t-shirt:
- Take the left sock and put the toe close to the right side, so that the top extends out on the left side
- Take the right sock and the toe close to the left side, so that the top extends out on the right side
- If so inclined, add a tooth brush into the bundle
- Roll it up, and you should have a roll approximate the width of a leg
- Wrap both socks back onto the roll
The above procedure is not exactly a ranger roll, but it makes a neat little bundle you can throw into your back pack, and you'll have most of what you need for a day or two.
The proper ranger roll use the garment itself to wrap around the roll, and can be described as the following:
- Lay down your t-shirt on the table
- Make a lip/fold/crease on the bottom part, that is turn it inside out all around the bottom part for a 5-6 cm (a few inches)
- Fold in the left side towards the center (optionally fold the sleeve back again over the center), and repeat for the right side
- Starting rolling tightly from the neck/collar all the way down to the bottom
- Wrap the lip around the roll, and this should hold the entire thing together neatly
Sorry, if my explanation is not clear enough, but the gist of the idea is to roll the garments into rolls which self-lock (either by using a sock as in the first example, or the garment it self doing a proper ranger roll). You now have a few rolls, which you easily can fit into whatever back pack you choose to use.
Regarding back pack, I would go as small as possible, and I had one with a laptop compartment in the back, and a few large rooms in front of that. That way I could have the laptop in the back, all clothes in the first large room, and then all the tidbits (music player, wallet, keys, a little food, and so on) in the front compartment.