Poor swag exchange in General geocaching topics Posted October 16, 2012 · Edited October 16, 2012 by smileyfacebandit I admit I am a newbie. I have been caching for a little more than a year. Since I live in the desert, I have found some interesting and subtle caches. Some are nearly 10 years old, others are relatively new. I like to plan my finds ahead of time. I look for a cache, see how hold it is, and then look at the last time the CO has logged in. If it is an old cache and a CO who has been absent for a couple of years, I go prepared with a new container, swag and log sheet. What troubles me is the "crap", for lack of a better term, that past finders have left behind. CO2 cartridges, bandaids, shotgun shells, ketchup packets, dead batteries. My God, I could go on. My question is, why? If you have nothing, leave nothing. There is no law saying you have to leave anything. Don't dig through your car until you find something. I have some suggestions for cheap and easy swag to carry around. Guitar picks, our local guitar store has guitar picks with Jimi Hendrix, or the Doors. They are cheap and easy to store. Polished rocks, buy some in bulk and hand paint your own logo on them. Again, they are cheap and easy to store in any car. Inspirational cards. You can buy these at most Christian bookstores very cheap. They bring happiness and are easy to haul around. Pokerchips. Just like polished rocks, you can take a pokerchip and paint a unique logo on it for others to find. Swag doesn't have to be expensive. But it needs to be meaningful. Thank you for letting me vent my spleen Your venting is noted and I agree with you! I have several caches and I always try to keep children in mind when I purchase swag. I have found the best swag (and least expensive) is party favor's. I like to go to party stores and buy yoyo's or small playing cards or action figures,or mini cars and they are generally very inexpensive. For FTF's I might put something a little more desirable, but that is only one item. I also keep this type of swag in my cache pack to exchange or just fill up poorly stocked caches. It doesn't have to be expensive and it's more fun for the next cacher to find. I am amazed at some of the garbage people throw in caches. I have a couple of a caches close to a golf course and I always seem to be removing old golf balls, cacher's have found on their hike in, as swag. I have requested that they refrain from placing in my cache, I'd rather they leave nothing than discarded items they found along the trail. My only exception would be fossils. Anyway, that's my 2cents! Happy Caching!