A beginner's guide to geocaching

Geocachers enjoy a good hunt and learning about new places and people. The best geocaches take people to locations they would have never explored if they didn’t know how to geocache and tell stories that people would never had heard otherwise.  Sadly, some caches just do not live up to the adventure that geocaching should be (a roadside cache in a random bush for example). Take some time to create a cache that makes geocaching fun and unique. 

Before Making Your Geocache Hide

Before making and hiding your first cache, do some geocaching. Find several different types of caches in different locations. You will quickly learn which ones are fun and unique and which ones just do not live up to expectations.

How to Make a GeocacheCredit: JL TusoTips for How to Make a Geocache Unique and Interesting

Choose geocache sites that are off the beaten path. Find a spot that not typically on any map or is known only to locals.

Pick a spot with a story. It could be a historical site, unmarked grave that only locals know of, a favorite childhood swimming hole, or just a location that means something to you. Give the story in the geocache listing to give the hide personality and interest.

Do not hide the container in a location known to be swarming with muggles. It can be very frustrating trying to find a cache when stealth is required; you do not want people to give up before finding the cache.

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Tips for How to Make a Geocache Unique and Interesting

Choose geocache sites that are off the beaten path. Find a spot that not typically on any map or is known only to locals.

Pick a spot with a story. It could be a historical site, unmarked grave that only locals know of, a favorite childhood swimming hole, or just a location that means something to you. Give the story in the geocache listing to give the cache personality and interest.

Do not hide the cache in a location known to be swarming with muggles. It can be very frustrating trying to find a cache when stealth is required; you do not want people to give up before finding the cache.

Get Creative with the Cache Container

First, put the cache in a container that will survive the elements. Finding a wet and soggy cache is disappointing.

To make creative geocache containers, camouflage the container and hide it in an unusual spot. Under tree logs and in rock outcroppings are the standard hides for caches. Add a challenge to the hunt by painting the container to match its surroundings and think of a unexpected spot to place it. Some well camouflaged geocache boxes or containers will not only be painted, but have elements from the hiding spot glued to the cache, such as leaves and twigs. It is possible to hide a geocache in plain sight with this method, and it certainly makes for a creative hide.

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Involve the Kids

Have your kids help by choosing their favorite outdoor spot, creating the theme for the cache, and/or camouflaging the geocache box. Older kids can also find the coordinates of the hide to record and upload to Geocaching.com.