S.W.A.G. - A
Secret Ops Group
or Some Cool Trading Items?
It seems to be a fairly common acronym. S.W.A.G.
for things from women's groups to wild guesses. In geocaching, it
stands for one of two things:
- Souvenirs, Wearables, And Gifts
- Stuff We All Get
It's pretty cool or downright silly stuff that is
placed in geocaching containers for trading. When you find a cache with
items for trade, you can take something and leave something. Always try
to leave something as good as or better than the item you take. You can
leave something without taking but never take without leaving or soon
the cache will be empty :( When my daughter has found more than one
thing in a cache trip that she wants and I'm out of s.w.a.g to trade,
I'll drop some change (not pennies) or a dollar or two if it's a really
There are some really good ideas for swag and some
really bad ones. Let's look at the bad ideas first.
Never place these items in a cache, EVER:
- Food may seem like a good idea sometimes but
the creatures and critters have better smellers than we do. They will
find it first and the cache can be destroyed or hauled off to an animal
- Nothing dangerous like knives, guns, needles,
etc. for obvious reasons.
- No drugs of any kind. Even if you got 100
bottles of tylenol on clearance for $.05 each. It just isn't a good
- Nothing illegal of course!
- Nothing that could be deemed for adults only.
You never know who or how old the next cacher will be.
- Lighters, matches, or fuel. Again, do you want
a 10-year-old with matches in the woods near your house?
These aren't banned but not preferred either:
- Junk that no one wants, like parts off of other
- Broken toys.
- Stuff picked up on the trail on the way to the
cache, like rocks.
- Trash of any kind.
- Dirty items because they get everything else in
the cache dirty.
- Flyers, business cards, etc. It's just not the
place for it and it leaves a bad impression on those who find it.
- Coupons are iffy... your regular run-of-the-mill
comes-every-week stuff is not the best.
Some great ideas for s.w.a.g.:
The main thing is to think about the next cacher when you are picking
out your swag to trade. The various dollar stores have some neat stuff
and some junk so pick according to what you or your kids would want to
find. Another great place to look is a goodwill or a thrift store. The
hunt for great s.w.a.g. to trade can be just as much fun as the hunt
for a swag-filled cache.
- Foreign Coins
- Matchbox Cars
- Neat Cookie Cutters
- New Pens or Pencils
- Mini Tools
- Small Camping Gear
- Novelty Items
- Costume Jewelry
- Office Supplies
- Small or Miniature Decorations
- Gift Certificates or Coupons for Local Businesses
- Tickets (local concerts, museums, events, etc. - not expired)