Until just a couple of years ago, I had never heard of geocaching. Can you imagine?? The basic idea intrigued me so, I did what all good moms do to learn more; I searched Pinterest! There I found an abundance of ideas and information that helped my family get starting in this super fun hobby.
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Geocaching for the Whole Family
There is a job for everyone in the family on each geocaching adventure. In our family of eight, the youngest children suit up in their homemade binoculars and keep their eyes peeled looking for signs of the cache. Our older children take turns navigating and trying to solve the clues. I search for area caches and plan the route from cache to cache and Dad does the driving.
What is Geocaching?
Geocaching is a real world treasure hunt using GPS coordinates and clues obtained from a website or smartphone app. Caches are hidden and logged by other Geocachers. Caches often include a log to sign and sometimes “swag”.
Geocachers can use the official app to locate caches hidden close to their location. Caches are rated based on level of difficulty from beginner to expert.
Information about the size of the cache is also given. Caches can be sized from micro, which is about the size of a 35mm film container to large, which is about the size of an ammo box. Larger caches are especially fun to find because they are likely to contain some fun swag.
Swag can be almost anything from official Geocaching merchandise to any small trinket size item. Larger caches with higher difficulty levels sometimes have larger cache items. Though the swag is always great, any of our children will tell you that the fun is in the hunt.
Some of these tools are absolutely necessary, while others are simply nice to have on any caching adventure.
- Smartphone or Tablet with Geocaching App
- Pen or Pencil to sign log
- Swag to leave in exchange
- Caching bag to carry equipment
- Appropriate shoes
These are a couple of our favorite books. They were absolutely invaluable when we first started out.
To help you get started, here are some free printables to use in assembling a notebook to log information about all of your caching, adventures. I hope your family will enjoy it as much as mine does!
Free Notebook Printables