Essential Geocaching Equipment – What’s in your Geocaching bag?
Whether you’re new to Geocaching or you’re just getting started, you most likely have a bag of some type, which you carry with you when you’re on your geocaching adventures. If you don’t then I highly recommend getting one and and filling it with the items listed below.
This list is a compilation of what I carry in my own bag and what other Geocaching friends mentioned to me on Twitter (thanks guys and gals) that they consider to be essentials.
1. Pens & Pencils – Most micros and even some smalls, regulars and larges do not contain writing utensils. If you go caching without a pen there’s a good chance you won’t be able to sign half of the logs.
2. Batteries – It’s great fun to be out hunting for caches in the middle of nowhere, or in the middle of somewhere for that matter But it’s not so much fun when your GPSr dies and needs new batteries!
3. Swag (Trade Items) – Especially when caching with children, it’s always good to have some small it
ems to trade for other items inside caches.
4. Tweezers – Many micro containers contain logs that are very difficult to remove. Tweezers have “saved the day” for me on several occasions! In some rare occasions tweezers are even needed to retrieve the actual Geocache itself.
5. Flashlight – Whether you cache at night or doing all of your hunting during daylight hours a flashlight often comes in handy. At night it’s obvious, but even during the day some hiding spots are much easier to find when a flashlight!
6. Paper and/or log books – Mannnnnnny logs get wet. It’s always good to help out the cache owner by replacing wet or full logs, so 1. you can sign the log 2. those who find the cache after you can sign the log and 3. the cache owner doesn’t have to deal with it. It’s cheap and easy, so why not?
7. Camera – You never know when you’re going to find a neat place, creative container, rare animal etc. on your geocaching adventures. Always have a camera with you, so you don’t have another “Darn, I wish I had a camera” moment 😉
8. Cache Containers – I have a few extra nanos and bison tubes in my bag. You never know when you’re going to come across a great spot that needs a cache.
That’s what’s in my bag, what’s in yours?
photo credit: geishaboy500