Groundspeak Weekly Newsletter – August 10, 2011

What to Place in a Geocache

A few of the Groundspeak Lackeys went geocaching this weekend. We went on a long hike to a geocache in the mountains that hadn’t been found for nearly a year. It was in a beautiful spot and the snap closure geocache container was in perfect condition on the outside, but inside was a different story. It contained two empty chewing tobacco containers, a jolly rancher, a pack of ibuprofen, a few miscellaneous pills, a business card and a few other small things.

The “other small things” were things you would expect to find in a geocache – a fun key-chain, a small mirror and a plastic horse. But when we retrieved the key-chain, we found that it was covered with blue goo. The culprit was the Jolly Rancher, which had melted and escaped its wrapper. Although a Jolly Rancher may seem like a fun thing to place in a cache, food and other scented items do not make good SWAG. They can mess up the inside of the cache container or attract animals.

The tobacco containers and pills were not great cache contents either. Geocaching is a family-friendly activity and the items you place in a cache should reflect that. If you were a 6-year-old geocacher, would you want a pack of ibuprofen in exchange for your toy? Consider what type of SWAG makes sense for an audience of all ages. Please remember, the item that you place in a cache should be of equal or greater value than the item that you are taking.

Fun items to trade include small toys, patches, pins, or an item that symbolizes who you are (a signature item).

  • MPBear

    these are some thing I leave in a cache! I’m also tired of people taking all the Trackable items and Geocoins, please take one and leave some fun for other people and don’t forget to log you find! they have tracking codes for a reason, use it!

  • IDIfers

    Quit keeping track of how often we remove food items from caches.  The really aggravating item we find quite regularly are corroded batteries – YUCCHH!

  • LOL about the golfball.  We picked one up at a chache yesterday along with a cool stretchy green frog.  My son lamented the entire way home that he did not get the golf ball and he REALLY wanted it (my daughter had the golf ball and was thrilled).

  • Novfrog

    I hope you removed it and disposed of it properly. There should be a “dislike” button on here.

  • Novfrog

    Worst things I’ve found in a cache:

    1. candy/gum/food (attracts animals)

    2. cigarettes/chewing tobacco (items with an age requirement to purchase should not be in caches)

    3. random pieces of trash (take it with you!)

    4. anything that melts (candles, crayons, candy, etc. gets all over the inside of cache and on the contents)

    5. damaged items including wet stickers and trading cards, moldy stuffed animals, rusted keychains and pins, and corroded batteries.
    Please ziplock bag anything going into a cache to protect it from the elements. PLEASE!

  • Lavamama12

    A good place to get cache items is garage sales.  There are often little toys for a few cents. I recently picked up a whole bags of toys for only a buck and plan to beef up some of the caches we find that are lacking good swag.

  • Mattydred

    Two worst things I’ve found:

    -Disposable lighter
    -Drill bit

    Come on folks, are you trying to hurt kids?

  • Mattydred

    Tell me, where was this cache? Heh, just kidding.

  • Kidsofhazel

    We once found a cigarette in a cache! I was a kid cache and that is no fun! I’m also sick of people saying they took nohing after you visted the cache then you re-vist after them and theres nothing there! Get real people! Rubish no. Paper no. Your card for avitising, NO! All it does is gets soggy and then turns into mush.