Geocaching, a modern day treasure hunt involving GPS units, has become increasingly popular in the last few years. Whether turning it into a hobby or using it to benefit your health, geocaching appeals to people of all ages. If you are interested in trying geocaching, make sure you bring these essential items along:
Sneakers or Hiking Boots: With the popularity of geocaching rising, people have become more creative with hiding their caches. With this creativity, geocachers tend to find themselves off the beaten path so proper footwear is highly recommended. Wearing sneakers or hiking boots, you will be prepared for long walks through rough terrain.
GPS: While some people geocache without one, most geocachers prefer to use a GPS. Wondering which GPS to choose? The two most popular units for geocaching are Garmin's GPSMAP 62s and Oregon 550T. These GPS devices allow paperless-caching and wireless capabilities, making it easier to find a cache.
Log Book: If you find a cache, you want to make sure it is recorded! Log books can be found in almost every cache. The paper is specially treated and designed to bare even the most extreme elements. Each log offers a place to sign your name, the date and sometimes a quick note about your adventure.
Cache Container: To complete a cache, you need to locate the cache container. These containers can be put up high in a tree branch or subtly placed in the grass. More advanced containers, like this earth rock, are designed to blend in with its surroundings, raising the difficulty level of the cache.
Trackable Geocoin: A geocoin is a favorite swag item among geocachers. Usually an inch or less in diameter, geocoins fit in all size caches and can be customized. An official trackable geocoin has its own page on Geocaching.com so you can follow its progress.
Camera: Since a cache can bring you to places you've never been, you will want to capture the moment. Most people enjoy geocaching with friends or family so there are plenty of opportunities to use your camera. Furthermore, you can use your camera to document every cache you find!