If you are reading this, chances are you have an interest in Geocaching. If you have no idea what it is, this website will tell you all you need to know. Basically, it’s a modern day treasure hunt or hide and seek game that got its start in the year 2000. Geocaching has become one of my latest hobbies, and I have compiled a list of five things you should always bring with you.
Geocaches are hidden in the great outdoors. During the spring and summer month especially, you are going to get sweaty and dehydrated in your quest for gold. ALWAYS carry a bottle or two of water with you.
You are going to encounter lots of little critters when out geocaching. Many geocaches are hidden in state parks and wooded areas which are ground zero for mosquitoes, ticks, fleas, and other biting insects. Always be sure you spray yourself good with deet, and carry a small bottle with you at all times. Also, be sure you check yourself good for ticks when you get home, as they like to hide in your “hard to reach” areas (back, behind ears, etc.).
Many geocaches contain little inexpensive “treasure” items. These items can include anything from small children’s toys to coins and even dollar bills. It is cardinal rule 101 in the geocaching community that if you take a treasure out of a geocache, you must leave something of yours in return. I like to carry small, inexpensive souvenir or gumball machine items (little alien toys, plastic jewels, etc.) in a little ziplock bag to leave behind.
Always a good idea when you are outdoors for an extended period of time. Even if you are geocaching in the big city (were many are hidden), it is always a good idea to protect your face from getting burned.
Snake Bite Kit
Yes, it’s more than likely you will encounter a snake or two in your geocaching adventures. If you are trekking into the woods or any area that is swampy, be extra careful about where you step or stick your hand down. It is always a good idea to carry a snake bite kit with you just in case!
Other tips: Always dress in comfortable clothing, in particular jeans and sneakers. You will be walking in areas that might have stickers and its better to have your legs covered than to be scratched and bloody. Same also applies for shirts, as I prefer to wear long sleeves. I also carry all the above mentioned items in a small back back or fanny pack.
Remember, geocaching can be dangerous, so do it at your own discretion!