Military clothes folding is an entire topic in itself. While you will be taught to fold your clothes military style during basic training, it does not hurt to learn ahead and get as much practice as you can before you go into training.
Today’s article doubles as a guide on how to fold pants military style. We will cover everything you need to prepare and do. For the insider tips and other essential information, make sure you read the rest of this article.
To summarize, the steps to fold military pants are:
- Lay the pants out and smooth any creases and wrinkles
- Turn the waistband inside out and flatten the pockets
- Flip the pants and flatten the pants again
- Fold one pant leg over the other to form a rectangular shape
- Fold the ankles up and smooth out any creases and wrinkles
- Roll the pants upwards, starting from the bottom
- Wrap the rolled pants into a mini burrito
Table of Contents
- Step-by-step Guide – Folding Military Pants
- Step 1: Lay the pants out and smooth any creases and wrinkles
- Step 2: Turn the waistband inside out and flatten the pockets
- Step 3: Flip the pants and flatten the pants again
- Step 4: Fold one pant leg over the other to form a rectangular shape
- Step 5: Fold the ankles up and smooth out any creases and wrinkles
- Step 6: Roll the pants upwards, starting from the bottom
- Step 7: Wrap the rolled pants into a mini burrito
Step-by-step Guide – Folding Military Pants
The correct term to use here is “roll”. You are actually folding instead of rolling.
What You Will Need to Have
Obviously, you will need a few pairs of pants to practice with. You will also need a flat surface, such as a tabletop or bed. Once you have these two things, proceed to the next section for step-by-step instructions on folding pants military style.
What You Will Need to Do
Here is how to roll pants military style:
Step 1: Lay the pants out and smooth any creases and wrinkles
Begin by laying the pants on a flat surface. Then, smooth out any creases and wrinkles using your hands.
Top Tip: Prior to this step, you should also give the pants a shake to straighten and check the pockets for any items. Also, make sure that any buttons and zippers are fastened.
Step 2: Turn the waistband inside out and flatten the pockets
Next, hold the top of the pants and fold one or two-inch inwards. The waistband, along with the pockets should now be inside out. Flatten the pockets with your hands and make sure that there are no creases or wrinkles.
Step 3: Flip the pants and flatten the pants again
Flip your pants so that the zippers are no longer facing you. Again, flatten the pants with your hands.
Step 4: Fold one pant leg over the other to form a rectangular shape
Pick up one pant leg and fold it over the other pant leg, creasing slightly at the center crotch area. The pants should look like a rectangle.
Step 5: Fold the ankles up and smooth out any creases and wrinkles
Now, take the ankles and fold them up one or two-inch. Smooth out any creases and wrinkles as well.
Step 6: Roll the pants upwards, starting from the bottom
Then, lift the bottom of the pant legs and start rolling. Go from the bottom to the top; don’t stop until you reach the inside-out top. Roll tightly to make it compact and space-saving. Flatten the sides while rolling upwards.
Note: Do not skip this step if the top is unfolding as you roll. It will ensure that your pants look neat in the end.
Step 7: Wrap the rolled pants into a mini burrito
Once you reach the top of the pants, you should be able to find a little pouch on the backside of the roll. Take the pouch and pull it forward to wrap around the entire roll. This will lock it into place like a mini burrito. Tuck any loose fabric into the roll’s center. This makes it look neat and at the same time, secures it.
This method is also referred to as “ranger rolling”. It keeps pants wrinkle-free while also saving space in the dresser. Plus, ranger rolls work for more clothing items regardless of size. Hence, it is also popular for traveling purposes.
For more detailed visual guidance, watch this video on Youtube by Armygringo!
Now, you know how to fold pants military style. Next time you are asked to do so, you won’t have to hesitate. Try to fold a pair of pants using our instructions. Then, share the experience and result with us in the comments!
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