I’ve always been a map/navigation freak, so it’s no surprise to me that I have found this geocaching quite addictive. I enjoy the creativeness of the quests. I like how each of the caches that I have found so far have introduced me to a place that I would probably have not otherwise visited. I’m also pretty stunned by how big the community around this is. Here’s a couple things that I have learned in my short time doing this
- Don’t take something if you don’t have something to put (this is mentioned everywhere, but I screwed it up on my first find).
- You really should have some sort of “signature” item to leave. I still haven’t figured out what mine will be. This can be something simple like a card, or fancy like a custom coin.
- The two most important things I have found for a GPS is an easy way to enter waypoints with Long/Lat data and some sort of base map (the first of these being more important than the last).
- Don’t wear anything that you don’t want to get muddy/wet/etc. You never know what you are going to find when you go looking for a cache. Be prepared for the worst.
- Bring a pen or pencil. Most caches seem to have this, but they may be disfunctional. Don’t get there and not have a way to record it.
- Take a camera. I haven’t done this yet, but having a photo record of where you have visited would be a good idea.
- If your GPS does not have a built in compass, get one. You don’t really need something that allows you to accurately find a bearing (over $15), just one that can allow you to find north so that the data on your GPS screen means something (under $5).