Geocaching – What is it and how can I do it?
Have you heard of Pokemon Go? Yep? Ok, then we are halfway to describing Geocaching. Except Geocaching is so much more than Pokemon Go could ever be. It’s real. There is real-life treasure hidden all around us, waiting to be unearthed!
Sounds exciting right? Well it is! If you are new to Geocaching and have no idea what I’m waffling on about then go with me here. Trust me, by the time you’ve read this, you’ll want to find your first “cache” 😉
First, let me answer a few questions and we can go from there!
Common Geocaching terms:
A cache is basically a treasure box. Caches vary in size. Some are micro-sized and literally contain just a log book. Others are larger and may contain trinkets and toys to swap.
Muggles are people milling about while you’re geocaching. Basically the general public! When out and about looking for caches, you need to watch out for “muggles”. Geocachers don’t want non-Geocachers discovering or worse, binning (!) treasure.
Each cache contains a log book. This could be a rolled piece of paper or small notebook. When you find a cache, you can sign to say you found it. If you use the app, you can log your finds on here too.
What is Geocaching?
Geocaching is basically a world-wide treasure hunt. And there are literally millions and millions of caches hidden all over the world. Take a look at the app now and I bet you there are some close by 😉
Geocachers hide caches all around the world and you use GPS locations on your mobile phone to find them.
What do I need to get started?
If you want to start geocaching then all you need is a smart phone with the Geocaching app installed. We pay for the full version. It is expensive but when you consider how often it will get you out and about, we think it’s worth it. If you are a beginner though, try the free version and see how you get on.
If you are just starting out, filter the app by traditional caches to start. There are many different types of cache but to get you going, traditional are a good place to start.
We used to love doing multi-caches as they would get us out and about walking in the area. Typically you have to find the first cache and something in that cache will help you find the second, and so on.
This weekend we took the little man out to find his first cache and he LOVED it. This first one was literally a five minute walk from our house.
Have you tried Geocaching? If you have a toddler and fancy doing something different on a weekend then I highly recommend it! Don’t forget to pin this for later so you don’t forget!