We have just taken our first foray into the world of Geocaching and we are already hooked on this outdoor activity. Our first ever geocache was found as part of a friends picnic and I had packed enough to feed an army, so we were definitely prepared. Though now, we are looking to explore specific geocaching friendly hotspots which require a little more preparation with essential we will need for our trip.
Picking up tips each time we go, here are our top 5 geocaching essentials you need to have ready to explore…
This is an absolute geocaching essential in order to record your visit on the geocache log that you find. Some cache that we have found have been in containers large enough to contain a pen, but you never know what you will find, that is part of the excitement! It’s always better to pack a couple of pens, just in case!
A fully charged phone / power bank
You will need to download the official app to your phone first and foremost in order to take part and use the locator map to find cache, because you kinda need to know where you are going! A fully charged power bank is a super handy essential to boost your phone and ensure you can keep exploring!
Food and water
A bottle of water or two is essential for keeping hydrated on your adventure, especially in the warm weather. There will be lots of walking involved so be prepared, especially if children are exploring with you. Have snacks to hand for when everyone needs an energy boost too and to keep grumbles at bay!
A first aid kit and sun-cream
You are probably going to find yourself knee deep in nettles at some point, the point of geocaching is that you have to hunt for the caches! With this in mind, it’s a great idea to pack some antiseptic cream, plasters etc, but more importantly sun-cream! You could be out in the elements for hours, so make sure you slather on cream beforehand and take extra with you. (Thanks to SunSense for their awesome sun-cream sample kits handed out at the recent BlogOn event, the kits even included pens… bonus!)
The containers are out in the elements, so it goes without saying that some logs that you write your name and date of discovery on maybe water damaged or even filled with names. In one that we found, I had to squirrel away in my purse for an old receipt to use! Always carry some extra paper on you, or even a new logbook strip which are reasonably cheap to buy.
The main points of geocaching is that you just get out there, explore and have fun. The feeling of satisfaction when you find a cache is awesome, though it is always best to be prepared! Don’t forget to pack swags for swaps too! Swaps are little tokens such as a rubber, keyring, bracelet, button etc, something that can be found by the next geocaching fan and swapped. It only has to be small, some containers will not have the room but swaps are also geocaching essentials!