Camping this season? Add geocaching

Going on a camping trip is one of the best ways to break out of your daily grind and reconnect with nature, not to mention camping is a fun and relatively low cost way to travel and see new places. For anyone looking to get the most out of their camping trips this season, we’ve got a great tip: add geocaching! Geocaching and camping are a natural pairing. It’s a great way to explore the outdoors and it gets the whole camping crew involved in a fun treasure hunt.

Here are four tips to add some geo-magic to any camping trip you take this season:

  1. Keep an eye on attributes
    When picking which geocaches to search for, look at the attributes of the nearby caches, or if you’re a Premium member, filter by them using Advanced search filters. Attributes provide information that can help you decide if the geocache matches the kind of outing you’re looking for. If you’re camping with the whole family, look for the “Recommended for kids” attribute. If you want to find an impressive outlook, look for the “Scenic view” attribute.

  2. Get off the beaten path
    When you look at the geocaching map and you see a cache with a fair number of finds and Favorite points off the main trail, pay attention. These caches often indicate special spots that could be easily missed and are probably not mentioned in hiking trail or campground descriptions.

  3. Make a List
    Lists are a Premium member feature that makes geocaching while camping much easier. After you’ve decided what caches you want to look for, you can add them to a List to organize your outing, and share it with your camping buddies. Also, most importantly, Lists can be downloaded for offline use so that you can access them even if you are out of cell range.

  4. Check the rules
    If you’re camping in a park or managed campsite, check ahead of time to see if they have rules about geocaching. Many sites have established policies about where and how folks can geocache in order to protect their land and make sure people stay safe.
Genevieve is a Marketing Associate at Geocaching HQ.