What is Geocaching?

Finding a New Way to Enjoy the Outdoors
Some people are just drawn to nature. They enjoy themselves the most when they are relaxing on the patio or hiking with friends. However, many people get caught up in their daily routine and forget to enjoy spending time outdoors. If you haven't discovered geocaching you should give it a try! It is a great way to use technology to discover the world around you, and it really doesn't take much to get started. 

What is Geocaching?

Geocaching is an activity that uses a GPS device to locate a hidden container called a cache. These caches are hidden by geocaching members in every country. Caches range in size from micro to large. Caches also range in difficulty. You may go to a quick park and grab at a local business, trekking into a cave, or diving for an underwater container. It is so much fun searching for the cache to sign the log book. Most people leave a small item, called swag, and take one from the container as a souvenir of their find. No matter the cache type, size or difficulty, you will find yourself loving the game and spending more time outdoors. Geocaching really makes spending more time outside easy and fun. It's also a great way to get engaged and get outside with the kids. 

What do I need to get started?

To get started you really don't need much. However, once you really get into the activity you will definitely want more gear. To begin you need three main things, a geocaching account, your GPS device, and a pen! It really is that simple. Once you've logged a few caches you will be eager to jump into the outdoors. When you're ready to tackle more complex caches you should grab a few of the items on this list: 
  • Waterproof Backpack
  • Pens
  • Small Items for SWAG
  • Waterproof pouch for your phone
  • Flashlight
  • Hydration Gear
  • Walking/Hiking Shoes
Of course, the list of things you may need can get much longer depending on the intensity of the caches you choose to find. These items are just a basic list of things you should consider taking with you. You can find several great products at Athena Outdoor Designs. 

Their clear waterproof pouch is perfect for your phone. Whether you're using your phone as your GPS device, to log your finds, or take pictures of your adventures, it will be protected from water, snow, dust, and sand. The sports travel backpack is perfect for keeping your gear organized and protected while keeping your hands free to hike through the woods, crawl into a cave, or manage the kids on your next caching trip. They also have great hydration options for you, from water bottle clips to sports hydration packs. So fill up your backpack, and toss it in your trunk. You never know where your next outdoor adventure may be.

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