There are many ways to improve your geocaching game, from being environmentally conscious to serving as a mentor to new geocachers, and lots in between! Consider these 20 tips for becoming a better, smarter, and more responsible geocacher this year and beyond.
- Geocache in the off season
Experience a whole new side of a popular destination.
- Take the road less traveled
Find a lonely geocache! These are geocaches that haven’t been found in a year or longer.
- Log your finds
Even if it’s a DNF! This helps cache owners and other geocachers alike.
- Use waypoints
Mark your starting point so you can make a safe return.
- Be a mentor
Invite a friend and introduce them to the game or show a new player the ropes!
- Go the long way
Be mindful of the trail and don’t cross switchbacks or walk off the path, you could disturb wildlife.
- Set a goal for yourself
Check out our 2020 Geocaching Resolutions post for some ideas!
- Step outside your geocaching comfort zone
Try and learn something new by taking on a new hobby while en route to a geocache, like snowshoeing, biking, or photography!
- Be prepared
Dress for success in layers for changing weather patterns, pack water and snacks, and be sure to bring any necessary tools of the trade!
- Bring SWAG
Trade swag by replacing items in the geocache with something of equal or greater value.
- Move trackables
Move trackables you find along to another geocache towards their mission! Don’t forget to share a photo or story from your adventure in the trackable log.
- Give a Favorite point
Track and share the geocaches that you enjoyed the most with Favorite points! (Favorite points are a Premium member feature)
- Be mindful of the environment
Follow these six tips to show your love for Mother Earth when geocaching.
- Carry cache maintenance supplies
You never know when you’ll need an extra pen, logbook, or some good ole’ duct tape!
- Check your coordinates
Yahoo! You’ve solved that puzzle. Now confirm you’re headed to the right spot with our GeoChecker.
- Write nice logs
Thank the cache owner for their efforts in hiding and maintaining the geocache! Plus, logs can help other geocachers find it in the future!
- Don’t post spoilers
Don’t post pictures of the geocache or exact hiding location unless permitted by the cache owner. This ensures the fun isn’t spoiled for future cachers!
- Reduce your carbon footprint
Use public transportation, bike, carpool or walk to the geocache to make for a greener outing.
- Read the geocache listing
Get the details on what you’re looking for so you can make sure you have everything you need.
- Plan for spotty reception
Premium members can make a List and save it for offline use when they are geocaching!
What tips do you have for improving your geocaching this year? Share in the comments below!