Essentials for Your Geocaching Adventure

geocaching pack 1The great explorers who charted the globe knew a thing or two about being prepared. They crafted a checklist of essentials before they even thought about leaving homeport. You’re now among the newest generation of explorers, but your checklist still needs the same essentials and a few brilliant new innovations (like bug spray).

A geocaching adventure begins with a plan and then a backup plan. Make sure you tell someone where your journey is taking you, just in case you’re late returning.

Bring water, extra batteries, a cell phone, the correct clothes for the climate, and the aforementioned bug spray.

Now the fun begins. Get ready to pack your geocaching tools-of-the-trade. Some geocachers only pack their GPS or smartphone and a pen and call it good. But what about packing something Columbus could have only dreamt about, like a “Trackable Leatherman Micra Tool”? Or even an Ultra-Violet flashlight for deciphering geocache clues? Visit Shop Geocaching for even more ideas. If you’re outside the United States, check out our International Geocaching Retailers.

Share tips on what to carry in your Geocaching pack below in comments!


  • Bill Wilson

    I pack gloves ALL the time. Just like American Express, “Never Leave Home without them”. Thorns are no fun. Also a First Aid Kit.

  • Barbara Ower

    We always carry tweezers. Totally necessary when retrieving logs from nano and micro caches.

  • Dave DeBaeremaeker

    gloves, *extra* pens, note pad for making notes, camera, rope, compass, whistle, snacks, water, extra ziplocks (for replacing things in caches, and for stashing your camera/cell phone in if you get caught in a downpour), leatherman (always pack a knife, why not pack a knife with pliers attached? 🙂

  • Zargfinders

    Swag, TBs, log extraction tool, extra logs, extra bags, MANY extra batteries (my garmin eats through them so fast) iPad, phones, GPSr, and any extra tools (eg screwdriver) we pick up along the way. And torches!!