First of all, what is geocaching?
Geocaching is the recreational activity of hunting for and finding a hidden object by means of GPS coordinates posted on a website.
A geocache is an item, typically a container holding a number of other items, that has been hidden at a location whose coordinates have been posted on the website or downloaded to a GPS device.
Take a moment to watch an excellent short video on geocaching here.
What are the best and most popular geocaching websites?
Geocaching.com is one of the best websites for geocachers. You can easily search for geocaches in your area, but you must create an account with the website in order to view geocache information. The basic membership is free. Geocaching.com catalogs geocaches from all around the world, so it is a great resource if you want to go geocaching in your own neighborhood or on your vacation.
Why do people like geocaching so much?
Geocaching.com asked its members why they geocache. Here are the top reasons:
- Discovery, exploration, and adventure
- It gets you outside!
- It’s a great way to stay healthy while having fun.
- It’s fun for the whole family.
- You can see the world.
- And experience new places like a local.
- Discover places you never knew existed right in your own neighborhood.
How does it work, exactly?
Here are the steps:
- Register for a free Basic Membership on geocaching.com.
- Visit the Hide & Seek a Cache page.
- Enter your postal code and click “search.”
- Choose any geocache from the list and click on its name.
- Enter the coordinates of the geocache into your GPS Device.
- Use your GPS device to assist you in finding the hidden geocache.
- If you take something, then leave something in return.
- Sign the logbook and return the geocache to its original location.
What do you need for geocaching?
- Smartphone with Geocache app or handheld GPS unit
- Flashlight (This one would be perfect.)
- A trinket (SWAG) or two to replace what you take from the cache
SWAG for trading. SWAG = something we all get. The golden rule for geocaching: If you take something, leave something of equal or higher value. Keep a few fun items in your bag to trade.
Ideas for swag. Baseball cards, foreign coins, unopened glow sticks, new plastic farm animals, army soldiers, toy bugs, new plastic rings or any costume jewelry, small compasses, keychains, small LED flashlights, carabiners, matchbox cars, playing cards, small cache containers, small tools, balls, puzzles or games.