Seven Rules for Geocaching

Geocache Swag

Just as in monopoly, tag, or baseball, there are rules for geocaching. These 7 rules by Groundspeak will help you have a successful geocaching adventure:

  • Rule no. 1 - If you take something from a cache, leave something of equal or greater value. Be fair. Don't take a compass and leave a pen. 

  • Rule no. 2 - Write about your find in the cache logbook. This is fun for you. You can see the notes and comments of other geocachers. Cache owners like it because it gives them a handwritten record of how many geocachers have found their cache. 

  • Rule no. 3 - Log your experience at When you log your cache find, you will see what experience others have had finding the cache. Also, I can tell you from experience that it's fun getting emails from other geocachers about how they found my cache and what they think about it.

  • Rule no. 4 - Geocaches should never be placed in a location that might cause unnecessary concern. When hiding your cache, think of your fellow geocachers. Don't place your cache where there are hazards that will cause someone to worry or be sorry that they took the time to hunt for your geocache.

  • Rule no. 5 - Don't place items such as food, explosives, knives, drugs, or alcohol in a geocache. Keep the game safe. 

  • Rule no. 6 - Geocache contents should be family friendly. No one wants to open a cache to find lewd trinkets or open a log book with profanities.

  • Rule no. 7 - Respect local laws and obey posted signs. You don't want your geocaching adventure to be spoiled because you have not respected a NO TRESPASSING sign. 

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Tips for Packing for a Geocaching Adventure

Heading out to search for the geocache.

When you go geocaching, think of yourself as an explorer trekking to distant lands - and be prepared.  An explorer charts a course and also takes necessary supplies for the journey. You should do the same for your geocaching adventures.

Have a plan before you go. Pick geocaches that are in the same vicinity, or are of a particular type, such as micro, easy, and so on. Jot down any notes you need for finding the cache. And while you're at it, pack that pencil or pen for signing the cache logbook. Take trinkets or swag that you may want for trading when you find the cache. Take a buddy or tell a family member where you intend to be. And of course, pack your GPS.

The above suggestions are all basic things you want to think about when setting out on a geocaching adventure. But there are others to consider as well.

For example, the sport of geocaching is like a treasure hunt and you may find yourself exploring in unfamiliar surroundings. The terrain may be somewhat different than described in the cache owner's information. Or the walk to the cache coordinates may be farther than you realized. Also, you may be out longer than you had expected.

Taking that into consideration, it's a good idea to pack as if you were going hiking. A backpack isn't necessary, but having items in a small bag or on your person will make your geocaching adventure more fun if you find yourself in need of the following items.

  • mosquito spray
  • cell phone
  • flashlight and extra batteries
  • water
  • multi-tool
  • camera

In addition, please consider bear spray if you will be geocaching in bear country, as my family and I were on a geocaching adventure up the Northfork in Montana. 

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Geocaching Made Easy in 9 Simple Steps

Follow these 9 simple steps to get you started on a geocaching adventure.

1. First and foremost, you need a GPS device. If you don't have one, you will definitely need to purchase one to participate in the sport. There are lots to choose from and the Garmin eTrex 10 GCB Handheld GPS Geocaching Bundle is an excellent choice to help you get started.

2. Next, go to's homepage. You may search as a guest or register to set up a free account.

3. On the homepage under browse, enter a location such as a city, zip code, country, etc., of where you want to hunt for a geocache. Click the magnifying glass to search. This will take you to a results page.

4. Choose a geocache from the results page and click on its name for details. Look for difficulty, terrain, distance, etc. It's a good idea to write down the name of the geocache and other notes you find in the details section. Doing this makes it so much easier especially if you intend to search for several caches in one day.

5. Load or enter the coordinates into your GPS. Many GPS devices include a geocache bundle making it simple to load geocache coordinates. Simply plug the cord that came with your GPS into your computer. Your GPS will be recognized and you will then transfer the cache coordinates to your device. Voila! You're all set!

6. After you've decided on the caches that interest you, get ready for some fun. Don't forget to pack some swag for exchange.

7. When you've arrived at your destination, let your GPS guide you to the hidden cache. If you are having trouble finding the cache (sometimes coordinates may be a little off), try developing your geo-sense by thinking, "Where would I hide if I were a geocache". Try it! It really works!

8. Once you find the geocache, get happy, exchange swag (this is optional and not all caches have trinkets), sign the logbook, and return the cache to its original location - just as you found it.

9. Lastly, log your find. Share your stories and also your photos with cache owners at the geocaching website. They love hearing when fellow cachers have had a good time hunting and finding their cache. Check out this winning log on our cache called "Leaving Just in Time". It's written in German and then translated in English. It sure put smiles on our faces!

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