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The game of Geocaching has been around for awhile now, but with the rise of GPS-enabled smart devices, the location-based scavenger hunt game is becoming more popular than ever. And as long as you have a smartphone, you too can get in on the action.
Geocaching is a game where people stash prizes around the world and you use your GPS to find them. They can be hidden in and around cities, in the countryside or in hard-to-reach places that require camping and hiking to find them. If this seems like an exciting hobby you’d like to get into, here are a few tips and tools you may use to make your hunts fun and rewarding.
What do You Need?
The only physical piece of equipment that you actually need is a GPS-enabled device. This can be a smartphone, a tablet or even an old-school GPS that displays the coordinates. This will allow you to find the location of the cache you are looking for.
If you are looking for a cache in an urban area, your GPS device may be all that you need. If you are going into the wilderness to find a cache, then you’ll want to make sure that you take along hiking necessities, like extra clothing, water, food and an emergency kit just in case. The simple fact is that you will figure out the tools you need as you search for more caches.
You will also need to register at geocaching.com so you can log in and find caches that you want to search for.
The technology you use for Geocaching is up to you. You may eventually need an off-road vehicle or a decent amount of camping equipment if you really get into it.
One thing you should have is a good weather app, like this weather app from the Google Play store. Apps like these will give you plenty of time to see what the weather will be like on your journeys, so you can always be prepared. Make sure the app has a weather radar that is updated frequently and maybe even a sunrise/sunset feature so you know how long you have to look for the cache before dark.
When you’re ready to look for a cache, you simply find one on the website that looks interesting and follows the directions. The caches can range in size, from about a film canister to large boxes, depending on what is inside and where it’s located.
Every cache will have a log book so you can register your information. Then you can see others who’ve found the cache before you. Some caches may contain prizes, ranging from small memorabilia to gift cards and other gifts. If you take something, though, you are expected to replace it, so bring along a couple of items with you on your trips.
Geocaching is a fun hobby that doesn’t require a lot of equipment.