So, how to create a functional blanket roll that won't fall apart on the march? To answer that question, my first recommendation is to look at what you have and the way you reenact.
Blanket rolls aren't for those who want to maximize comfort - they're for the people who want to go as light as possible, trimming down as far as they can tolerate. My "take-along" suggestions go like this:
- Extra shirt and extra pair of socks. Socks more so than a shirt. Nothing beats a dry pair of socks.
- Musket cleaning kit. Look at these suggestions to create one that fits easily into a blanket roll.
- Hygene kit - always smart to pack the good ole toothbrush and any necessary meds.
That's it for me. Remember this one rule of thumb -- the gum blanket always goes with you, so don't make it as part of your roll. Attach it to the outside of your blanket roll, or roll and wear it separately. It does you no good if it's in your roll when a rain storm comes.
My second suggestion? Find some instructions on how to make a blanket roll. Here's some great instructions for making a blanket roll for the Syke's site. The 47th Virginia has another great set of instructs on what to carry and how to create an authentic blanket roll.