Looking to geocache for the first time? For the easiest of geocaches you will need little more than a GPS device but for the more challenging one’s being prepared is key to a successful, safe find.
A geocaching kit list will vary depending on many factors including where the cache is located, the weather and time of day. Seasoned geocachers will have honed their kit and have preferences to what geocaching supplies they like to take but here is a basic geocaching kit list that will get you off to a good start.
GPS – A GPS or global positioning system is of course a must have for Geocaching- it allows you to pinpoint cache locations with accuracy.
Mobile Phone – If you’ve opted to use GPS via a geocaching app this is a no brainer! Even if you are using a GPS rather than an app a mobile is essential for emergencies.
Network access – It is important to remain connected to download caches locations, gain access to further cache information and to log your find online.
Spare Batteries – If you are using a GPS you don’t want it to run out of power and risk getting lost. Keep these in a waterproof pouch or zip lock bag.
Waterproof Pouch – In wet weather or damp conditions you don’t want any electrical kit getting wet. Look for waterproof pouches that will allow you to use a devices touch screen when still inside the pouch.
Pen/Pencil and Notepad– To write down any grid references and any important information related to your next cache. Most caches will have a pen or pencil to sign the log book but smaller caches may not have one so it’s worth carrying spares.
Geoswag – These are essentially small goodies that you can trade for an item in any cache that you find. If you take a geoswag item from a cache you must replace it with an item of equal or greater value. Low value items such as key rings, small toys, stationery and other small trinkets are popular choices. Think of something that you’d like to find and make sure it’s family friendly!
Waterproofs – Don’t let a bit of rain deter you from your mission,take a packable pair of waterproof trousers and jacket to keep you dry.
Sensible Footwear– Flimsy sandals and shoes just won’t cut it if you are locating caches in woodland or hilly areas. You never know where your hunt will take you so always wear sturdy, sensible shoes- ideally walking shoes or boots that are designed for trickier conditions.
Glove/s- You are likely to be digging around in places that are either dirty or dark so you don’t know what is lurking there. A glove will protect your hand.
Day pack or waist bag – You will need something to put all of your kit in. If it’s likely to rain you might consider a waterproof rucksack cover too.
Geocache Container – Take a spare container so you can replace any broken caches that you find or so you can hide one if you come across a great cache location.
Spare Logbook – Logbooks may fill up so take spares to add to caches where logbooks are full. You can download free logbooks for different kinds of caches.
First aid kit – Some geocaches can be located in difficult places, whilst it’s not advisable to take risks accidents happen.Take a first aid kit so you are prepared for any accidents.
Multi-tool– A multi-tool is useful to a geocacher for many reasons- they are ideal for helping to open stubborn geocaches and helping to retrieve caches hidden in tricky places.
Whistle – For use in emergency situations. In the unlikely event that this is needed use it to attract attention from passers-by.
Map and compass – For those who may like to use the old school method of locating caches. Even if you are using a GPS device it is worth carrying a map with geocaches already plotted as it will help you save the batteries on you electronic devices.
Drink and Snacks– Whether you are plan to be out for an hour or a whole day staying hydrated and keeping energy up is very important. Make sure you take enough water and food to keep you going.
Walking Pole – A walking pole will help reduce energy expelled when walking up and down hills and help steady you on uneven or muddy ground. A walking pole is also useful to prod in small spaces and move undergrowth out of the way to help you find well hidden caches.
Torch – Always take a torch whether you plan to be out for the day or not.Some caches can take longer than you think to find and you don’t want to be caught out in the dark. A torch is also ideal for looking into dark holes or spaces.
Mirrors – Most geocaches are pretty well hidden and some can be in quite awkward places- under things or around corners. An extendable mirror is useful for hunting these out.