Ok, so now that I’m going to be getting some time off for the holidays, I’m hoping to actually be able to get out and do a little Geocaching. With that in mind, I decided to come up with 5 things that I think are important to remember when getting ready to take a Geocaching trip. Here ya go!
1. Plan, plan, plan, plan, plan. I don’t know how many times I’ve gone to Columbus or Phenix City on a whim, and tried to find caches without any planning whatsoever. Theoretically it should be fine as long as I have the coordinates right? Nope. If I didn’t look before I left, the caches I’m going for could be disabled, lost, or maybe I just forgot that it was a 5/5, and had no chance of finding it anyway. That’s why I say keep checking geocaching.com up until right when you leave, make sure you have all the coordinates already loaded into the gps, and make sure you have all the descriptions and hints for each cache you want to find, as well as a game plan as to how you want to attack them. Sure there will be times when you might make a quick lunch run to grab 1 or 2 on a whim, but for anything more than that, plan, plan, plan!
2. Have a first aid kit. Unless you already know exactly where the cache is, then you could run into anything, from briers to bear traps. Ok, maybe not bear traps, but briers can be pretty nasty. Trust me, I’ve had some doozies. So be sure and have some bandaids if nothing else. They will come in handy sooner or later.
3. Don’t forget your cell phone. All real cachers know that sooner or later you will need a phone-a-friend, and you can’t do that if you leave your phone at home, or in the car. Now if you can’t get a signal when you’re deep in the woods, that might be a different story, but at least you’ll be able to call when you come back out. Also, if your cell phone can get on the internet, you can use the website wap.geocaching.com to look up info on caches and trackables. It’s come in useful for me.
4. If at all possible, take a friend. If you don’t have any friends who geocache, then introduce it to them, invite them along, and by the end of the day you may just have you a caching buddy! Friends are useful on caching trips for many reasons too. They provide an extra set of eyes when looking for caches, they can help carry stuff that you may need while searching, and they can help carry you back to the car in case you sprain your ankle! Very useful indeed.
5. And for my last tip, always make sure you bring some sort of writing instrument. It can be a pen, pencil, sharpie, crayon, or even eyeliner pen, but you need something to sign the log with. It’s one of the worst feelings to finally find that elusive cache you have been searching for only to realize you forgot the pen. So don’t forget one.
That’s it for this round, and there are plenty of other things I could add to this list, but these seemed to be pretty important to me. I hope they somehow help you out on your next cache run!