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Top 5 GeoCaching Essentials – Travel Guide Blog

by TGB
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Looking for a new hobby in 2019? Then look no further than Geocaching – a fabulous family activity to get you out and about and also increase your fitness levels too! Read on to find out what Geocaching essentials you need to have at the ready…

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…

What Geocaching Essentials Should You Have At The Ready?

Geocaching essentials

A pen

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!

Geocaching essentials

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!

Geocaching essentials

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!

Geocaching essentials

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!)

Geocaching essentials

Extra paper

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!

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Louisa June 8, 2018 - 12:03 pm

This is very useful thank you. My children accidentally came across a geocache while in the forest and want to try it out themselves. I would never of thought to take a pen. What sorts of things do you leave in the cache? #pocolo

TGB June 14, 2018 - 10:05 am

Awww wow, that is awesome that you found a geocache by accident and it has spurred you on to give it a try. Swaps can be left in the containers, small tokens such button, stickers, keyrings, charms etc Sim x

Fran Back With A Bump June 12, 2018 - 7:17 am

I’m not sure I know what geocaching is but it sounds a fun ativity! #triumphanttales

TGB June 14, 2018 - 9:54 am

You use the app to find containers that have been left in obscure places and simply log your name down and the fact you have found it. An outdoor treasure hunt for want of a better phrase but a fun, healthy activity 🙂 Sim x

Claire Rocks June 12, 2018 - 8:26 am

I’ve always wanted to give geocaching a try! This is mega useful and I will take it into consideration. Thanks #triumphantales

TGB June 14, 2018 - 9:49 am

You should definitely give it a try, so much fun and you don’t realise how far you are walking either 😉

Hannah swancott June 13, 2018 - 4:45 pm

Don’t forget tweezers and small swapsies too!

TGB June 13, 2018 - 4:51 pm

You’ve just reminded me, I packed tweezers on a recent explore… and randomly a magnet. It’s good to check out potential geocache in the area you are due to explore just incase you do need any specialist tools to find it 🙂

Mrs Mummy Harris June 18, 2018 - 11:41 am

This sounds like a great family activity! Definitely something I’ll remember once the boys get bigger!
Thank you for sharing this with us at #TriumphantTales. I hope to see you back tomorrow.

Helena June 18, 2018 - 3:52 pm

Geocaching is my family’s favourite hobby. You’ve named some great essentials. However, we would recommend an actual gps as the mobile phone really doesn’t last long doing a big series. In fact we’ve ended up helping one set of fellow geocachers out as their phone died part way round. A pen is certainly a must but if you could also use a family stamp. #TriumphantTales

TGB June 18, 2018 - 5:05 pm

I do fully recommend (and mentioned) taking a power bank with you, the app is a battery zapper for sure. An actual GPS device is a genius idea to pinpoint with accuracy 🙂


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