A Geocacher’s Backpack

 

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We have been geocaching since 2012, and in that time, we’ve realized how nice it is to be prepared for any geocache we may find. 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!

From left to right, here’s the list of objects pictured at the top of this post. When a word is in red, I have linked it to Amazon.com, where I bought that item.*

  • Backpack: I LOVE this backpack. Its canvas material is cute, but sturdy. The size is perfect, since all our tools and swag fit inside it, and my husband, who is 6 feet tall, looks just as good wearing it as me, a 5 foot 3 inch gal. I’ll be getting one of these in a fun color for our little cacher when she is old enough.
  • Pens and Pencils: For most caches, you need to BYOP (bring your own pen/pencil). You need to have your name written in the log for the “find” to count! I think it’s odd how many “recent logs” show up online, but not on the physical log sheet.
  • Keychains: I attached these cute keychains to our backpack (a ribbon with the words “My Baby is a Geocacher” and an ammo can with our name, Jangie, written on it). We received these from a geofriend on Instagram.
  • Small Baggies and Large Ziplock Baggies: If we find a geocache with a soggy log sheet, I like to put it in a small ziplock baggie. And if the swag is wet, I place it all in a larger baggie.
  • Camo-ed Container: Since most caches are so far away from town, I like to bring along a few small camo-ed containers if we find a cache that needs a replacement. Many geocachers in the area have retired from the game or live miles away from their caches, making it likely that maintenance does not take place frequently. I like to help keep these caches alive for other geocachers in the area, since not very many people place caches here, and I’ve received many grateful messages from CO’s (cache owners) and visiting cachers.
  • Car Charger: I use my iPhone to geocache, and the app drains my battery pretty quickly!
  • Small Screwdrivers: Some containers require a tool; a common one for us is a screwdriver, so I bring a few different sizes.
  • Poncho: That small blue rectangle is a poncho, which I found in a cache. I haven’t used it yet, but it seemed like a nice thing to have, just in case.
  • Tweezers: Micro caches have some of the tiniest log sheets. Tweezers help remove the log without ripping the paper.
  • Bug Spray: Here in ND the mosquitoes can easily ruin a geocaching experience, especially if we have to walk a long distance to only score a DNF because they are swarming us. I find the highest deet spray possible and cover our bodies in the stuff.
  • Pocket Knife: Sometimes we need to cut open our snack bags, but maybe we’ll need it for something else one day too.
  • Magnet on a Stick: Magnets are another one of those commonly required tools to access the log book. Luckily, I found this guy in a cache as well.
  • Flashlight: The cache could either be hidden in a dark space, or we find ourselves out night caching.
  • Band-Aids: Geocaching is a dangerous activity at times. Those sticks and brambles can give some nasty scratches.
  • Notebook: For multiple caches or challenge caches, we have to write down coordinates or notes for later use.
  • Log Roller: Those micro containers have log sheets that can be difficult to roll, so this little wooden knob helps a lot!
  • Green Notebook, Square Log Sheets, and Rite-in-the-Rain Sheets: These all come in handy if a log sheet needs to be replaced, either because it is ruined or full of names. Rite-in-the-Rain paper helps keep moisture from ruining the paper or making the ink run.
  • Geocoins: I bring our geocoins with us to be discovered by cachers we meet.
  • Swag: Our little bag of swag consists of small toys, pathtags, magnets, and little trinkets I’ve found around the house or at garage sales.

 

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.

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If you’re interested in this topic or would like to see another’s perspective, check out the resources below! I enjoy reading about and watching other geocachers’ experiences, and I’d like to share a few sites I’ve found while writing this post. Do you have a geocaching related vlog, blog, or social media page? Let me know! Happy hunting!

* If you decide to make a purchase on Amazon, I get a (very) small percentage of that sale.

 

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