Tips for Buying a Swag
If you haven’t heard of a swag and you’re an avid camper, you’re missing out! Many of us are used to taking bulky, annoying sleeping bags alongside all manner of equipment for our trips, but what if there were more portable sleeping options that could take the weight out of camping? Swags were originally designed with the traditional bundle of belongings carried by travelers in the Australian bush in mind – with a lighter, less laden-down approach to enjoying the outdoors. Similar to a bedroll, a swag is a durable, practical mattress that is wrapped in canvas. So, now you know what a swag is, how do you know which type to buy? Here our top tips for buying a swag to help you to get the right one for your needs.
Define your Camping Needs to Choose the Right Swag
One of the first things to consider is why you need a swag. Instead of simply buying the first one that you come across, it will be much more beneficial for you to make an educated decision. Buying the most expensive on the market doesn’t mean that you’ll get the best option, as even the cheapest swags can go a long way if purchased for the right reasons.
Think about important factors like how often you’ll use your swag, how long you’ll use it for during expeditions and what areas and terrains you plan to camp in when using your swag. Questions such as these will help you to make the right decisions in terms of pricing, durability and even necessary features.
The size of your chosen swag can depend on who will be using it. There are a range of sizes available, and you can even buy double options to cater to couples who wish to share sleeping space. Remember that larger swags will be bigger and heavier to transport, especially if you are hiking for long distances. Features such as materials, mattress types (foam or inflatable) and waterproofing will be especially important to your needs.
Consider Necessary Extras
Not all swags come with certain features as standard. This means that zip-tops and specific fly netting can only be found on particular makes and models. Sandfly netting for example uses a much finer mesh than standard mosquito nets, so consider this before you find yourself with a bed full of tiny biting flies.
Larger swags are more likely to feature ‘hoops’ than smaller equivalents, which are used to create space above the swag itself, providing the user with enough room to sit upright, and even get dressed, whilst inside. These types of swag are technically tents, but use the traditional roll-up style of a typical swag.
If you are the kind of camper who likes to have a number of accessories to hand, a swag with pockets may be a better purchase for your needs than one without. Having the ability to store your keys, phone, torch, bags of guy ropes and pegs and much more can save you a lot of time and effort, and these options tend to be more popular for those who like to plan for longer trips.