What is Geocaching Swag?

Troll Doll Geocaching Swag
SWAG – A troll doll found in a geocache available for trading.

Have you heard the geocaching term SWAG, and are wondering what it means? SWAG is an acronym for Stuff We All Get. It applies to the trade items that are found inside traditional geocaching containers such as an ammo box or Lock & Lock.

Rooting through the loot at the bottom of the can is like finding a buried treasure and finding swag is fun. It is sure to bring a smile to your face, especially if you are geocaching with children.

When finding a geocaching container with “swag”, you are welcome to take the items as long as you trade or exchange them with items of equal or greater value. These items may be trinkets, signature items from a geocacher, geocoins, or travel bugs.

It’s okay to recycle items for trade that you have around the house such as small toys, but be sure your trade is a fair one. If you run out of things at home, the Dollar Store is a great place to purchase fun trinkets for trading in geocaching containers.


A few tips to think about when deciding on SWAG


  • Think about what you would enjoy finding in a geocache.
  • Kids especially like finding swag. Consider small toys, stickers, crayons, etc.
  • Do not put food or anything scented in a geocaching container. Foodstuffs and other scented items put off odors that attract critters. The last thing you want to do is attract animals to your cache. And let’s face it, nobody wants to find spoiled food in a geocaching container.
  • If you find a trackable (travel bug or geocoin), it is best to leave it unless you can follow the specific instructions of the trackable owner. If you decide to take the trackable, you will find a unique tracking number on it. With this number, you will identify and locate the personal web page of the trackable owner at geocaching.com. There you will find complete instructions on the trackables purpose and how to move the travel bug or geocoin. Please keep the trackable moving and pass it on as soon as you can. If you feel you will take more than two weeks to move the travel bug or geocoin, please email the owner of your delay.


Happy Geocaching!