What To Bring
All you need to find a cache are the coordinates and your GPS-enabled device. However, the items below may make your adventure a bit more pleasant.
Your cache page includes the basic information of your outing: coordinates, parking, cache clues and hints.
Good trail or topographical maps can help you on your outing, especially to navigate around any barriers before you get to them!
It is always a good idea to bring a cell phone along on your adventure in case of emergencies. Check out reception in the area before you head out so you know what to expect for coverage. Besides, you may want to Facebook your find!
You never know when you’ll get a sliver or worse, so pack your first-aid kit on your hike and be ready for any emergency.
Dusk may come sooner than you anticipate, so bring a flashlight along just in case. It can also help when you’re searching for a cache in a dark nook.
For your body
Hydrate! It is very important to drink enough water during any hike so that you can remain healthy for your adventure.
Even if you are planning a short jaunt into the woods, pack a snack in case you get hungry or encounter any unexpected wrong turns. It is important to keep up your strength.
Depending on the time of year and your location, a handy bottle of insect repellent containing DEET can make your geocaching adventure a lot more pleasant!
Proper clothes and outerwear
It is important to dress for the season and terrain where your geocache will take place. Be prepared for changes in weather and always wear comfortable, sturdy shoes or boots.
Apply before you go and, depending on the length of your hike, bring a bottle along to reapply.
In case you experience technical difficulties halfway through your hike, whip out your compass and map to find your way home.
Catch your cache on film! Snap a shot of your cache so you can log it. Or perhaps you’ll get some pics of wildlife along the way!
CWF supports CITO, a cache in trash out program. Bring a garbage bag on your hike and do a little pick up as you pack in and out.
Make sure you have spare batteries for every device you bring in on your hike: GPS, cell, flashlight, camera or whatever your tech.
Notebook and pens
Depending on the season, a cache’s pen might be frozen – this is Canada! – or a pencil broken. It is a good idea to bring pen and paper with you so that you can log your cache, record waypoints or jot down wildlife observations.
Cache trade items
Bring some small treasures of your own of different value so you can trade like for like when you find a cache. It is cache courtesy to always leave something of equal or greater value to what you have taken.