Here are 9 Geocaching Tools – What Else Should You Pack?

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Nine pieces of important geocaching gear

Whether you’re geocaching in a park or grabbing a T5 from a rappel, having right tools may be the difference between a smiley and a DNF. In fact, thanks to some clever geocache hiders, some geocaches may require certain tools to be found. The tools in the photo above are some of our favorites that help make geocaching easier and more fun. Here’s a look at 9 essentials for your geocaching pack (smartphone with Geocaching App and/or GPS device not included):

1) Flashlight

2) Spare batteries (occasionally used to power motors that open geocaches)

3) Camera – Don’t forget to post your photos on our Facebook page

4) Utility tool – this also includes a tweezers to remove log books from micro caches

5) Pen – often best to bring more than one

6) A log roller – use this to help re-roll logs for micro caches

7) A magnetic pen – sometimes metal geocaches hide in hard to reach locations

8) Swag – bring this along to place in geocaches after you’ve found them

9) A retractable mirror – a smart geocachers tool for looking under benches


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Even more geocaching gear

The funny thing is, when you ask people at Geocaching HQ for essential geocaching gear, sometimes… okay, all the time, there’s always even more gear. So here are four more pieces of gear geocachers at HQ use out on the trail. And if you’re a shorter geocacher or just need to extend your range a little – number 1 might be perfect for you.

1) Grabber thing – it really works!

2) Headlamp – Free up your hands for searching

3) UV light – This is mostly for night caches with special UV reflectors

4) Metal poking device – Sometimes it’s a good idea to poke things before reaching in with your hands


In the comments below, tell us what else people should bring along while geocaching!

  • kralspace

    Mosquito Spray!

  • knitfobbs

    Gloves! Even garden gloves are good, because you never know what you might be sticking your hand into.

  • Geo-spaz

    I always carry a repair kit and several blank logs for replacements. Also a small notebook for taking notes on … whatever; things you see, additional WPs on a multi, etc.

  • purplesquirrel1

    Gloves, paper (to replace full logs), bandages, and a compass.

  • Frank

    In my trunk: 8 meter “geo-extractor”, 4 meter telescopic latter, drysuit, climping ropes and gear, rubber boots + all of the above and other small tools.

  • Binrat

    You forgot the MOST important one of all, a cell Phone for those PAF(Phone-A-Friend) calls for when you have spent hours looking for the cache and need a teeny, tiny nudge. Usually though while on the phone your eyes catch something unusual and you slap you head and say DOH!

  • waterloo.bob

    Not sure if it’s called ‘hanging wire’ elsewhere but it is here. It’s the kind of wire you might use to hang a heavy painting. I have about a 3′ (1m) length in my bag and it has proven to be invaluable on a number of occasions. The reason? It’s so malleable. It can be bent into just about any shape, like a hook at one end for example, and has the strength to pull some decent weight. I’ve used it to fish down tubes to haul up micros and push up caches from below. Just don’t poke you eye out with it!

  • Marie

    Blank logs & small containers…to replace full logs and repair broken containers

  • DustyDoodle

    I also carry gloves.

  • pisab

    a mirror, a small piece of rope, a whistle, spare pencils (ideal : two side sharpened IKEA pencils)

  • s82

    I always have my fenise (female stand-to-pee device). It keeps me out on the trails hunting caches all day instead of hunting for public toilets…lol.

  • Strike

    Salt, for those leeches.

  • Dhackworth

    I have a geocaching backpack I take with me on my caching adventures. I always carry new logs, containers, trackables, spare pens, bug spray, first aid kit, water, snacks, and miscellaneous tools I may need from a multi tool to flashlight. A special tool I carry is a small grappling hook. I’ve used it to grab a few caches that are water caches. Ex: Deadliest Cache. That little bit of rope and hook have come in handy several times. For the most part everything above is in the bag somewhere.

  • http://www.facebook.com/barbara.s.mccann Barbara S. McCann

    Definitely gloves – latex or similar like the ones used in hospitals – for poking those nasty spots (and an absolute essential for “Double Bubble Toil & Trouble!”). Hand sanitizer is also a good idea, as are one or two small plastic bags for a little CITO if need be!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1041247185 Brian Ream

    How does one make #6 The Log roller and how is it used? Wrap around the metal part guessing?

  • orienteeer

    i carry a digital audio recorder all the time. it happens to come in handy when i find/don’t find multiple caches in 1 afternoon. i record the names of the caches i find/don’t find, & record them when i get home.

  • GameForTravel

    and don’t forget… your GPS !
    (or GPS enabled device)

  • http://profiles.google.com/lgeasler Larry Easler

    I’ll add that I like to take a friend!

  • http://twitter.com/baDenton brenda denton

    Snacks! If we don’t bring snacks, the littles mutiny and we don’t make it very far down the trail

  • RED

    We should all carry plastic bags to pick up trash–CITO!

  • http://hi.im/danielsaunders Daniel Saunders

    Zip-Lock bags.
    To replace the inevitably split ones that no longer protect the logbook from the elements.

  • k9byt

    Walking stick, good for poking around in leaves, etc. Rubber coated cloth gloves, comfy, yet dry and clean.

  • DonPaul

    What about a measuring Tool?

  • http://www.facebook.com/devery.johnson.9 Devery Johnson

    Tweesers. To get the logs out of micros. You can also rewind them on the tweesers too. They are my go do item when I cannot get the log out (no matter how large or small) of a cache.

  • happydorkgirl

    Being chronically ill I tend to worry about the health side of life. Bring ALL emergency medications (like EpiPens, inhalers, snacks/juice for blood sugar issues) because you never know how long you’ll be out there and what you’ll encounter. Hand warming packs for cold weather caching. Ace bandage for twisted ankles. Paper towels and kleenex. Emergency information including list of meds and contact numbers. Water, lots. Don’t forget your ID! If venturing out on your own make sure that your phone is fully charged in case you get into a scrape. Don’t forget to take breaks if you need them; you may feel silly doing so in front of your caching friends but try to remember that that rest is going to help you find that cache! Going out prepared can weigh down your pack – but it can save a chronically ill person’s life, too.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/John-McNama/625975526 John McNama

    A walking stick and flashlight for poking under rocks and in tree hole, especially here in Texas. I really need an extending mirror. one person I knew decided to use his and found a snake on top of the cache.

  • waterloo.bob

    forgot another essential which so far hasn’t been mentioned – extra batteries for the GPS

  • YsOnes

    it is basically a spindle with a slot, you slip the end of the log into the slot and roll. You could pound it into a piece of wood or something as shown… great idea. Mine is just the little metal spindle and it’s a hassle to keep track of, I only use it for the super small micros cuz I hate to dig it out of my zipper kit.

  • Guest

    I’m going to need a bigger pack if I see anymore good ideas. As many have said, one thing that is CLEARLY MISSING from this list is gloves. I prefer leather, protection. I don’t like sticking my hands down holes much… but it’s part of the deal. We carry all the above plus a small first aid kit, but our newest addition is a 5 position folding ladder!!! There are three that we have seen but not been able to log due to inability to reach. My parents could hardly believe that we wanted a combined Christmas gift of this sort, I can hardly wait till we snap our first photo using it!! HA.

  • YsOnes

    I’m going to need a bigger pack if I see anymore good ideas. As many have said, one thing that is CLEARLY MISSING from this list is gloves. I prefer leather, protection. I don’t like sticking my hands down holes much… but it’s part of the deal. We carry all the above plus a small first aid kit, but our newest addition is a 5 position folding ladder!!! There are three caches we have seen but not been able to log due to inability to reach. My parents could hardly believe that we wanted a combined Christmas gift of this sort, I can hardly wait till we snap our first photo using it!! HA.

  • Sergeant Homer

    There are some great ideas here. I carry a reusable rain poncho, a notebook, small tool kit,and a first-aid kit which includes a splinter remover with a magnifying glass. It’s great for removing thorns and other sharp things embedded in your skin. I’ve never had to use the first-aid kit for myself but I once came across another cacher who’d gashed his thumb on an ammo box. He sure was happy to see all the bandages I had. Glad I had some latex gloves with me too..

  • disqus_FMjCCleFdq

    Don’t forget a cell and GPS

  • http://blog.geocaching.com Eric Schudiske

    So true! Can’t leave home with a phone.

  • Momma Nonna

    An item I’m still looking for is a pen that has a light that shines directly off the end so i can see what I’m writing on the log when night caching. Most other lights create a shadow as you write so I end up not being able to see the log. I also did not see a good shade hat & sunscreen. Maybe it’s too obvious, but it has escaped me before…bring water to drink! Don’t tell, but as a woman cacher I just hide behind a bush or my open car door to, ah, you know.

  • http://www.facebook.com/timothy.j.doll.3 Timothy J. Doll

    For some of us in the wilds of Montana and other states I would recommend bear spray also.

  • dadndaughter

    I think you’ve been my PAF on more than one occassion!

  • trevkevred

    Most important tool for me as a woman is if you are going bush Take a friend.. As many areas don’t have any phone contact. Once I slipped walking up a steep rocky slope and my backpack got stuck between rocks. It took me about 30 mins to roll over and get up as I was head down and feet up. Don’t laugh I was scared. Western Australia

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1039324943 Jeff Kalmar

    Gloves, definitely. Also food & water, lots of water – getting dehydrated is all too easy and dangerous. Safety glasses might not be a bad idea for some caches – my wife and I went after one that turned out to be in the midst of a bunch of thorn bushes and getting poked in the eye was a real concern.

  • Christine Musich

    You can buy one at any craft store (HbbyLbby). Ask for the quilling tools. :-)

  • Toddnks

    I have yet to find one that is too high for my walking/poking stick. Its 6’6″ and I am 6’3″ so if its higher than that, I don’t mind not logging it. One day I forgot the walking stick and used a fallen tree branch to get a cache that was about 14′ off the ground.

  • Chad L Harsch

    I carry a jewelry loupe, it closes and protects its own magnifying glass and has a cool little led light so I can even see those tiny numbers and letters on Geocoins and other pertinent minute things!!!!!

  • Juli3jay

    Look into nursing supplies for the pen. I used to have one I bought with my uniforms one time. It was advertised for “night charting”

  • Tony Turtle

    Easy method – small piece of dowel (round stick) with a split pin pushed into a hole drilled in one end with the open end out. I epoxy glued the split pin in and used another split pin in a smaller hole on the other end to hold a key ring to attach a lanyard.

  • Danielphunt

    Can’t leave home with a phone??
    I thought it was a good idea to have one with you…

  • Danielphunt

    Why not just use your cell phone to look up the hints yourself??

  • Danielphunt

    What does being a woman have to do with it?

  • Danielphunt

    I have to ask… Why on earth would you need a whistle?

  • Nelly

    Makes it easier to call for help than yelling, additional noise incase wild animals approach (and you don’t want them to). In my opinion!

  • Booba_Squishy2

    Am planning a pack for my hubby for a prents and there are so many great ideas here!!!!

  • ADmuk

    I take some duct tape and a length of insulated copper wire (14-ga); the latter can be made into an all-purpose picker/grabber and, well, duct tape!