Swags Vs Tents

What Is the Difference Between a Swag and a Tent?

Campers looking for the perfect sleeping place for their camping or hiking trip have probably come across both swags and tents.

If you are unsure about the difference between swags and tents, be sure to read on below!

What Is a Swag?

A swag is often referred to as a portable sleeping unit. Even though a tent and a swag perform the same function, there is a crucial difference between the two. A swag tends to be big enough for one or two people, while a tent can accommodate up to ten people.

What Is the Difference Between a Swag and a Tent?

What Is a Tent?

Tents come in various shapes and sizes. Contrary to the swag, a tent can accommodate more than two people, depending on the size of the tent you obtain.

A tent is more spacious than a swag, making it the perfect option for campers looking for a little luxury and plenty of space.

What Is the Difference Between a Swag and a Tent?

What Should I Take into Account When I Purchase a Swag?

Even though a swag is considerably smaller than the average tent, there are still many things to take into account when purchasing.

When camping or hiking, you want to be fully protected against all weather elements and have a good night sleep! To ensure this, be sure to take the following guidelines into account when purchase your new swag.

Weathering / Seasoning your Swag

New cotton canvas swags need to go through a process called weathering or seasoning. This is as simple procedure, simply put up the swag when rain is forecast and wait for the clouds to open. Or hose down with water and wait overnight to dry. The swag will get wet, some drips will come through and all the cotton fibres in the weave will swell, nestling into one another. The result? A perfectly waterproof swag and one that will give years of good service if well looked after.

Weathering Your Swag

What Should I Take into Account When I Purchase a Tent?

When comparing purchasing a tent to a swag, you will notice a swag is a little easier, since there are fewer options to take into account. When purchasing a tent, your requirements will depend on the type of camping trip you are going to have. For example, if you intend to go camping in extreme weather conditions, you will need something durable and sturdy without the frills. However, if you are planning on camping at a campsite and want a little more luxury, then the extra features on offer will be of great value to you.

Tent Material

Tent material will make a difference where comfort and durability is concerned, but again it all comes down to the specific benefits you wish to obtain. If you intend to go camping in rainy weather, you could take advantage of nylon, although this material tends to be less warm than a canvas tent. If you need both warmth and water resistance, you can also choose a canvas tent with a waterproof coating.

In addition to the most common tent materials, canvas and nylon, you will also come across hybrid materials such as polycotton or polyester. These materials tend to combine the benefits of both materials.

Tent Type

There are dozens of tent types on the market. The most common tent types being the dome tent, family tent and the quick pitch tent, each coming with their own range of benefits.

The dome tent is a popular choice for teens and young couples, who require a tent for a festival or a short camping trip. Smaller dome tents tend to be the most stable, with the additional height of a larger dome tent making the tent susceptible to windy weather conditions. However, there are dome tents available with aerodynamic designs, meaning the wind has less impact on the tent and its stability.

Family tents are a popular option for the campsite, giving campers a large amount of space and the ability to separate rooms for more privacy. Family tents regularly feature extras that can make your camping trip more pleasant. All this extra space and frills does however equate to a heavier carry weight making them unsuitable for hikers.

Then we have the quick pitch tent, which is a great option for people who go camping for the first time. Instant tents have become a lot more robust in recent years, so you can expect a good performance from your quick pitch tent.

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What Should I Take into Account When I Purchase a Tent?

When comparing purchasing a tent to a swag, you will notice a swag is a little easier, since there are fewer options to take into account. When purchasing a tent, your requirements will depend on the type of camping trip you are going to have. For example, if you intend to go camping in extreme weather conditions, you will need something durable and sturdy without the frills. However, if you are planning on camping at a campsite and want a little more luxury, then the extra features on offer will be of great value to you.

Tent Material

Tent material will make a difference where comfort and durability is concerned, but again it all comes down to the specific benefits you wish to obtain. If you intend to go camping in rainy weather, you could take advantage of nylon, although this material tends to be less warm than a canvas tent. If you need both warmth and water resistance, you can also choose a canvas tent with a waterproof coating.

In addition to the most common tent materials, canvas and nylon, you will also come across hybrid materials such as polycotton or polyester. These materials tend to combine the benefits of both materials.

Tent Type

There are dozens of tent types on the market. The most common tent types being the dome tent, family tent and the quick pitch tent, each coming with their own range of benefits.

The dome tent is a popular choice for teens and young couples, who require a tent for a festival or a short camping trip. Smaller dome tents tend to be the most stable, with the additional height of a larger dome tent making the tent susceptible to windy weather conditions. However, there are dome tents available with aerodynamic designs, meaning the wind has less impact on the tent and its stability.

Family tents are a popular option for the campsite, giving campers a large amount of space and the ability to separate rooms for more privacy. Family tents regularly feature extras that can make your camping trip more pleasant. All this extra space and frills does however equate to a heavier carry weight making them unsuitable for hikers.

Then we have the quick pitch tent, which is a great option for people who go camping for the first time. Instant tents have become a lot more robust in recent years, so you can expect a good performance from your quick pitch tent.

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