What does a geocacher need to take along for an exploration experience? Actually, not much.
A geocache experience does not require participants to carry a great deal of items, unlike a camping trip or backcountry hike. Still, some items should find their way into a geocacher’s pack.
Geocache participants should always carry a GPS receiver, topographical map and compass, but the following items should also be considered:
Flashlight: For use in case dusk falls sooner than a geocache player expects.
Water bottle: Helps keep a geocacher hydrated during a serious search. Carry an ample supply.
Cell phone: A phone can come in handy in an emergency.
First-aid kit: Pack should include the basics as well as items specific for the environment.
Insect repellent and sunscreen: Apply before embarking on a geocache excursion, and reapply along the way.
Extra batteries: Handy for electronic devices, such as a GPS unit and camera.
Camera: Each finder of the cache snaps a photo to record their success.
Notebook and two pens: Use them to keep a running log of all caches.
Cache treasures: Cache finders will want to leave a little token and pick up a souvenir.
Money: While geocaching is a low-cost activity, bring along a few extra dollars for the unexpected.