A swag is an essential item of camping equipment; it’s a comfortable, portable and lightweight sleeping bag, allowing you to get a good night’s sleep in the great outdoors. When it comes to setting up your swag for maximum comfort, there are a few key considerations and steps you should take to ensure a pleasant, restful sleep and a successful camping trip.
Read on for a comprehensive guide to setting up your pole swag for maximum comfort. As an initial piece of advice, consider getting double swags if you need more space.
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Choose the Right Spot
If the area permits, pick a flat, dry area, away from potential sources of disruption, such as nearby roads, rivers and noisy animals. Make sure the ground is free from large stones and sticks, which can be uncomfortable when lying down.
Try to position the swag in a spot with some shelter from wind and rain. If you’re camping in cold weather, look for a spot that gets maximum sunlight during the day.
Choose the Right Swag
If you’re camping in hot weather, opt for a swag with mesh sides, to allow air to circulate and keep you cool. On the other hand, keep in mind that cold weather calls for a swag with a waterproof canvas to keep you warm and dry.
Swags come in a variety of sizes—double swags included—so make sure you pick one that is the right size for you and your camping companions.
Set Up the Poles
Once you’ve chosen the right spot and the right swag, it’s time to set up the poles. Most swags are designed to be set up with a single pole, which should be connected to the swag’s side loops. To ensure the pole is sturdy and secure, make sure to stake it into the ground. You can use pegs, cords or screws, depending on the surface.
Once the pole is secure, the swag should be attached to the pole by looping the loops in the material over the top of the pole.
Add a Pad or Mattress
To ensure you get the most comfortable sleep possible, add a pad or mattress to your swag, which also provides extra insulation and cushioning. Make sure the pad or mattress is the right size for your swag and that it’s firmly secured to the base of the swag, so it doesn’t slip or move around during the night.
Cover the Swag
Stay warm and dry during the night by covering the swag. Most swags come with a rain fly that can be attached to the poles, to provide protection from the elements. If your swag doesn’t come with a rain fly, it’s worth investing in one, as it can improve the comfort of your swag significantly.
Setting up your pole swag for maximum comfort allows you to enjoy your camping experience to the fullest. Remember to choose the right spot, the right swag, set up the poles securely, add a pad or mattress for extra comfort and cover the swag with a rain fly to protect you from the elements. With a few simple steps, you can ensure your swag is comfortable and ready for a restful night’s sleep.