“Are you swaggin’ it tonight?” That’s the real question, isn’t it? After we left Marla and got to our camp near Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, I decided to bite the bullet and swag it.
A swag is an Aussie sleeping bag for your sleeping bag. It’s made of a vinyl or plastic that’s waterproof and has a thin mattress-type pillow inside. You unzip it and tuck your regular sleeping bag into it, then you zip them both up. It keeps you both warm and dry.
With mice running around and spiders creeping in the dark, swags were actually a better choice than the permanent tents because we’d lie right out in the open. We usually got to our campsite late and couldn’t do a thorough inspection of the tent to rid it of any temporary residents because it was dark. The tents didn’t have any light in them and a flashlight can only do so much. Setting up fresh bedding near the fire was better than sleeping in a tent that hadn’t been used by anyone for who knows how long.
Swaggin’ it was one of the best things I’ve done so far on this trip. Lying down next to new friends beside a blazing fire and looking at the stars was amazing. Even when it was cold and we had our heads wrapped in a hood, hat or scarf, it was still great.