A Geocacher’s Backpack

 

We started geocaching in 2012, and in that time, we’ve realized how nice it is to be prepared for any geocache. Living in western North Dakota, most geocaches are placed out on dirt roads, miles away from our apartment, so I always grab our fully stocked backpack for the trip. Before leaving town, we make sure to have a full tank of gas, plus water and snacks. I’d like to share with you all what we bring on every hunt; please comment what you find useful to bring geocaching in your area!

Here’s the list of objects in our geo-bag:

  • Backpack: Mountain Warehouse has every sized backpack (day pack or hiking bag) a person may need. This is the perfect size for our day trips. We have an even smaller size for our little cacher’s future journeys. I imagine she’ll be in charge of the swag and snacks.
  • First Aid Kit: Unfortunately, I’m not the most graceful person in the wilderness. North Dakota’s cacti and tricky-to-climb buttes usually draw blood from my fingers one way or another.
  • Pens and Pencils: Pens are not always reliable, especially in the winter, so pencils are nice backups…or more pens. Gotta sign that logsheet!
  • Trackable Collection: I carry all my geocoins and owned trackables with me in their little case to be discovered by geocachers I may meet in our travels.
  • Selfie Stick, Tripod, and Bluetooth Clicker: I love to photograph our adventures; however, we don’t always have someone to take a family or group shot, so these tools come in handy quite often.
  • Geocaching Brochures: I created these brochures and enjoy handing them to people curious about geocaching. If anyone is suspicious of our activity, this is a great pamphlet to pull out to give them.
  • Geocaching License and Cards: These are fun ways to connect with other geocachers.
  • Trackables: Our panda TB is Sophia’s personal traveler, visiting geocaches she physically “finds” with us. I also keep all the trackables we pick up and move in this small zippered bag to stay organized.
  • Replacement Containers: I like to have a couple spare containers in case I find a cache in terrible shape. Here in western North Dakota, we have many camo-ed pill bottles hidden in the middle of nowhere. They bring cachers to neat places, but COs have a long distance to travel to complete maintenance or they have quit geocaching. Since we have so few caches to begin with (comparative to other areas in the world), I like to help keep these neat caches alive.
  • Replacement Logs and Baggies: Sometimes all a geocache needs is a baggie or piece of paper to keep it in working order. Why not pay it forward for a CO?
  • Notebooks: Paper is great to have along to rip up for logs and space to figure out a puzzle cache or coordinates for a multi-cache.
  • Protection against the Elements: Bug spray is my best friend during the summer. I also have a poncho for emergencies; luckily, I haven’t had to use it yet.
  • TOTTs: Tweezers, screwdrivers, a magnet stick, a pocket knife, and log rollers have all been utilized to retrieve and replace logs. Great additions to any bag!
  • Toothbrush: What?! That’s what I thought too, when I heard people bring toothbrushes along caching. The brush is used to clean out the grooves of cache caps to help them seal.
  • Plastic Bag: CITO! Clean up our game board, earth.
  • SWAG!: Pathtags and toys for all ages always accompany us. You never know what treasure you’ll find on the trail! Remember to trade for equal or better.

 

Always ensure you are safe while geocaching. Be prepared not only for the geocache, but for the area, trip, and weather you may experience too.

backpack

 

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