So your ready to start Geocaching but you’re wondering where to start. I’ve got you covered! Here’s my list of 5 Things you need to know before you can head out and start caching. Don’t worry you’ll be outside in no time!
Before you do anything else you will need to create an account. Don’t worry it’s quick and FREE! Make sure you use the Official Geocaching website. This way you can properly find and log caches.
When you make an account you will also create a username. Make it something fun that you (or your family) will understand. Ex if your last name is Smith- smithcachersrule or If you love monkeys- monkeycacher1. When you find a cache most will have a log book that you sign. When you sign it you will use your username. When you log it online that will be what shows up under the caches log.
This is optional but very handy. You can use your phone in 2 ways. You may enter the coordinates that you find online into google maps. Doing it this way you can find any coordinates for any cache. You will have to manually log the cache on the website when you are done. If you don’t have a smart phone you can use a handheld GPS device.
I prefer the official geocaching app. You can pay for premium app or use the free app. I personally use the free version and then in the summer months pay a month at a time. The free app will only show “easier” caches. As much as I love caching, I strongly dislike the cold and snow. I know I am not about to go digging in the snow for a cache which is why I only pay a month at a time. With the app you will be able to see caches close to you, it uses your phones GPS to let you know how close (or far) you are from the cache you are looking for. Once the cache is found you can log it right there.
Bring Your Own Pen. Any cacher will tell you to never leave home without a pen. Some caches are so small there is no room for a writing utensil. Other times you may find the pen missing or it simply doesn’t work anymore. If you want to be able to sign the log book you’ll need one. It also comes in handy if you need to dig for a cache or log book.
Swag is found in bigger caches. This is something you can take with you and trade for other swag that has been left behind. In order to take it with you, you will have to leave something in return for the next cacher to find. I’ve seen it all, coins, stickers, costume jewelry, kids meal toys, or rub on tattoos. Our favorite has been a cute little doll my daughter traded for. Not all caches are big enough to have swag and you may not want to take any if there is. That’s up to you.
Know the CITO rule:
Cache In Trash Out® (CITO) is an environmental initiative supported by the geocaching community. Since 2002, CITO has helped preserve the natural beauty of cache-friendly spaces. Geocachers have a love for the outdoors and we want to keep it beautiful. So when your out caching and you see trash please do your part to dispose of it properly.
Mad Ninja Skills:
Now your ready to go! Just be careful for muggles (non-cachers)! You’ll need to be sneaky so that no one sees you. Especially when the cache is in a high muggle traffic area. Always make sure that you leave the cache where you found it (some rare cases they’ve been moved and need to be put in their proper space).
So what are you waiting for get out and start caching!
**Click HERE for a list of a glossary of terms you may come across on your Geocaching adventure! **
What do you think of this list? Comment below if there are any “must have’s” that I left out.