There seems to be different suggestions as to what the term “swag” actually means, but a common version is “Stuff We All Get”. There’s no doubt what it reffers to, though: the trading items found in geocaches.
Many cachers carry with them a bag of small, cheap tradeable items, in case they run across something interesting. Because as the main rule says, if you take something out, you should leave something of equal or greater value in return. But at the same time it’s very rare that you actually find something valuable. It’s often a matter of cheap plastic figures, personal cards or home made items.
Rules for SWAG:
- It is forbidden to leave food in caches.
- It is forbidden to leave sharp, poisonous or in other ways dangerous items in caches.
- All items should be family friendly.
Tips for good SWAG:
- Cheap objects – The most common for of SWAG are cheap plastic items, toys and stuff you might have laying around at home.
- Home made items – Many create their own SWAG, anything from specially designed coins to painted rocks. Stuff like these are often cheap but also personal and a good way of signallying “I’ve been to this cache”.
- Personal cards – To show that you have been at a cache it can be fun to leave your card. These often feature the alias of the geocacher, real name, contact information and perhaps even a photo. These cards might not be of much value as trading items, but are fun to leave behind anyway.
- CITO-kit – CITO means that you pick up trash as you geocache, to help pur eenvironment. A CITO-kit i basically a conatiner with a plastic bag in it. The point is for someone else to take the kit from the cache, use the bag to pick up trash in and the container to either make a new CITO-kit or hide a new cache.
- Batteries – These are often valued by other cachers – for obvious reasons.
- Expensive objects – Of course, expensive and valuable things are very appreciated. This might include anything from flash lights and above. Here, the rule of leaving something of equal or greater value doesn’t always apply – if you have left the item in a cache, it is not really yours anymore and anyone may take it – but it’s always fun making someone else happy!
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