Sunday, March 18, 2012

Tips for Geocaching While on Vacation

Well, summer is finally here which means that it’s time for warmer weather, BBQ, and vacations! While you’re busy planning the perfect family vacation this summer, why not consider incorporating a geocaching excursion in your trip? Whether your whole family is in on the fun or it’s just you, here are some tips to help you get the most geocaching fun on your trip:

1. Plan ahead of time

This is probably the most essential part of including something like geocaching in your vacation: planning. You not only need to be sure to set aside a specific time, but also take everyone else into account. If you know exactly what you’re looking for and when you’re going to look, then it’ll make things go much smoother.

2. Don’t go overboard

If you’re the only geocacher in the family, then try setting aside some time so you can look for a couple of quick caches. Don’t make it an all-day outing, and be sure to find something for everyone else to do if they’re not willing to go with you.

If your whole family geocachies then why not make a day of it? It’ll be much more convenient to set aside a specific day to go tromping about in an unfamiliar area. Let everyone pick one cache they’d like to find, or choose some together so that everyone has something fun to look forward to!

3. Pack Appropriately

Be sure to check the terrain difficulty of whatever geocaches you intend to go looking for and bring everything you’ll need including extra batteries, boots, jackets and anything else you would normally take with you. You might even consider packing a separate geocaching bag that you can just grab and hit the trail.

4. Bring any Trackables

An assortment of geocaching trackables

An assortment of trackables

Check and see if you have any trackables that you can help along on your trip, and throw them in your bag. Just be sure you don’t forget about them!

5. Check for Local Geocaching Events

Meeting local geocachers is a great way to find out about caches that you just shouldn’t miss and connect with other geocachers. If your family doesn’t mind, why not attend a local event and see if you can find some fellow geocachers to trade stories with? Who knows, you might even find someone to go geocaching with on your vacation!

6. Try a Geotour

If you’re new to an area and don’t know where to start, then you should definitely check out geotours. These official tours basically catalogue all of the best geocaches in an area so you’re sure you don’t miss something really cool.

Do you have any tips for geocaching on the go? Share them with us in the comments!


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