Let’s set the record straight on some of geocaching’s most common myths. If you ask a stranger on the street about geocaching, chances are they will have a general idea of what it is…and include at least one of these myths in their description. Thankfully, we’re here to debunk five common geocaching myths.
- There’s money inside
If we had a nickel for every time someone asked this we’d have enough to make this myth true! The term cache often gets confused with cash, which can leave some people puzzled. So, while you may get lucky and find money in a geocache, you should only bank on becoming rich with experience when it comes to geocaching.
- You keep the geocache container
While geocaching is often called a treasure hunt, the geocache is not meant to be the treasure you keep. The treasure is your experience finding the geocache and, in larger caches, the SWAG available to trade for!
- It’s just Tupperware in the woods
We love hearing this one because we know they’re about to seriously be impressed and inspired. While geocaching may have started as a bucket in the woods, the creativity of this community is unparalleled. From a 28 stage Multi-Cache which takes you on a 350 mile (563km) journey to an entire house turned into a full geocaching experience, get ready to be awed. Check out the Geocache of the Week for more cool caches!
- Cities aren’t good for geocaching
Urban geocaching can be just as amazing as caches hidden deep in the woods—and with so many more muggles and fewer hiding spots, cache owners often have to get really creative with their hides. Plus, if you already live in a city or urban area, they’re much more accessible for the everyday.
- You need a handheld GPS
Twenty years ago when geocaching began this was not a myth! Since then, the official Geocaching® app or one of our partner apps is all you need to get started. Well, that and a sense of adventure, but thankfully no one has ever questioned that part of geocaching!
Now that these myths have been dispelled, what other common geocaching myths have you had to debunk? Share in the comments below!