Geocaching Tips for Beginners
1. Don’t look for the container – As odd as that may sound it’s a good piece of advice. I, like many new Geocachers, remember looking for the container. I was always looking for something sticking out from a hole or hanging from something.
During that time, as you can probably imagine, I didn’t find many caches. It wasn’t until I started looking for good hiding spots, as opposed to containers, that I
started finding just about every cache I hunted for.
2. Look at a street map ahead of time if possible – I can’t tell you how many times I put in the coordinates of a cache, wrote down a few details and jumped in the car to find it, only to realize the cache was 50 feet away, on the other side of a river or something similar lol
It’s always a good idea to look at a map and check out the streets and rivers before heading out, or at least taking a street map along with you. Your GPS will point you in the right direction, but unless you have street maps loaded into, which most don’t, it can’t tell you the best possible route.
3. If you take Children along, be sure they understand the importance of discretion – Our son, Aaron, is only 2 y.o. so we don’t have to worry about this with him yet, but I have taken my niece and nephews out to find a few caches and they had me stressed out the whole time!
Kids are hyper and many kids enjoy Geocaching, so it’s not uncommon for them to get excited and run around everywhere, crawling over things etc. In some cases it’s OK, but in many cases it’s important to keep a low profile, so no “muggles” will come and discover the cache after you do! So if you take children along be sure that they understand that you don’t want other people to know what we’re doing, so they need to be calm and discreet.
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