You can either be a single person looking for solitude or a couple wanting to snuggle under the stars, swag camping is an option to be considered.
What is a swag?
A modern swag is a bedroll usually made from waterproof canvas and is used for sleeping.
All swags come with a foam mattress and can comfortably be slept in with the addition of a pillow and sleeping bag and can sometimes be insect proof.
When rolled up the swag is relatively lightweight and compact, making it ideal for storage and transport. It is easy to roll out and roll up can be done quickly.
Swags are made for either singles or couples and will protect those it shelters from the elements, bugs, dirt, and any other slithering, slimy, scurrying, or flying critter. The newer models are shaped like domes and allow for more height than a traditional swag, which is typically two canvas layers with a mattress in between them.
Advantages of a swag
- Low maintenance: Simple set up of unrolling – you can even store all of your sleeping things inside of it while it is in transit.
- Comfortable mattress: Generally, most swags comes with a mattress and it is usually extremely comfortable.
- Well-insulated: You will stay warm when it is cold and cool when it is hot and protected from the unwanted wildlife.
- Good ventilation: Keeping the flaps open will provide a refreshing amount of air flow.
- Wintertime camping: Swags are ideal for camping in colder and dryer weather.
Disadvantages of a swag
- Heavy rain: Swags by themselves are not appropriate for wet weather and an additional cover is recommended such as a tarp.
- Weather issues: In warmer months when the swag is completely covered, it can get quite hot inside.
Swag for Boots!!
As space is limited in a swag here is a great idea to also protect your shoes from the elements. ARB have designed the ARB Boot Swag to be placed alongside your ARB SkyDome swag or at the base of your rooftop tent ladder.
And don’t forget your furry friend…..
You do not need to leave anyone at home as The Jolly Swagman has designed a swag for dogs – “Swags for Wags”. These standard dome swags are made with breathable 14oz waterproof TearCheck™ 100% cotton canvas, and requires no ropes, just simply peg it down. To ensure your best mate is comfortable, the dome style swag comes with rolled with a washable 35mm Eco Friendly Foam mattress covered in a durable zipped canvas, re-enforced leather corners, pegs and removable heavy-duty buckles & straps so your pooch can’t chew them.
Find the right Swag for you..
There are a variety of Swags to choose from and here are two companies to get your search started: