What is geocaching?
Geocaching uses GPS coordinates to guide geocachers to hidden containers (known as caches). It is done world-wide and is a great way to get outside, get exercise, and explore places you might have never even gone.
Before starting out to find your first cache, it’s a good idea to be prepared. Below is a list of some things that you can put in your geocaching survival pack.
What should you put in a geocaching survival pack?
Backpack – Obviously, you’re going to need somewhere to put everything. Backpacks are great as they can have many compartments to place everything, and they’re easy to carry – especially when the cache you’re looking for is in rough terrain.
GPS Device – Geocaching is much easier if you have a GPS device of some sort. Many of the walking GPS devices have a geocaching feature on them, which is quite handy (the feature usually allows you to mark caches as found, or can show you hints). A lot of phones now have GPS in them, and you can download applications for some that allow you to geocache with your phone.
Batteries – If your GPS runs off regular batteries, it’s always a good idea to carry some extras. You don’t want to be in the middle of a field, looking for a cache and run out of batteries.
Writing Instrument – Part of geocaching is marking on a log that you have been there. Not every cache contains a writing instrument, so it’s best to have your own. Extras are a good idea, just in case you run out of ink or break the pencil lead.
Notebook – If you are going to several caches in one day, it’s nice to have a notebook to track what you’ve taken or left. A notebook is also handy to write down extra hints to give yourself the best opportunity at finding the cache.
Small Items – Some caches are big enough that you can take or leave objects. Some are trackables (which you can track online), whereas some geocachers simply leave an object to show that they were there.
Bug Spray – Occasionally caches are located in areas where there might be bugs. Bug spray will save you some itching.
Sunscreen – If you are geocaching on a sunny day, sunscreen will protect you from getting sunburnt.
Water/Snack – Sometimes a full day of geocaching can be fun, but be prepared with water and a snack. Snacks are also perfect if you are geocaching with kids. If anyone in your group gets hungry while geocaching, you don’t have to stop to eat.