How to Set a Geocache

How to Set a GeocacheGeocaching is a very fun activity that allows hikers to go to spots that they may not have found on their own. It's like a treasure hunt where you are given GPS coordinates and have to use whatever clues were given on the geocaching website to determine the location of the geocache. Creating your own geocache can be a lot of fun too, especially seeing just how many people from all over the world have visited your cache. And setting a geocache takes very little work at all.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Waterproof container
  • Trinket items
  • GPS
Step 1
Choose a good location to hide your geocache. You can usually find geocaches on trails, in parks and in beach parks. Where you decide to place your cache is up to you. Some avid geocachers choose to put their caches underwater for scuba divers to locate. Be aware that you follow the guidelines found at the geocaching website so that you don't set your cache in an off-limits area like a military installation.
Step 2
Get a waterproof container. The container should be big enough to hold pen, paper and other items but small enough that you can easily hide it. Some geocachers use plastic containers while others like to use old ammo cans. It doesn't matter so long as it's waterproof.
Step 3
Fill your container. The most important thing you will need is a notebook and pen for other geopcachers to log their finds. A small disposable camera is also a popular item to include so that geocachers can take pictures of their team. In addition, a lot of geocachers like to also include little trinkets. These can be just stuff you have around the house such as interesting coins, a Rubik's cube or a tiny stuffed toy. Don't include food, though, since animals could get into your cache.
Step 4
Hide your geocache. Take your container out to your chosen location, and look for a good place to hide it. Use natural hiding places such as under a log or up a tree.
Step 5
Mark coordinates. Using your GPS, mark the coordinates for the geocache site.
Step 6
List your new cache. Log onto the geocaching website, and fill out the online form to list your new cache site. You will need to give your geocache a name and include some attributes about the location, such as how difficult the terrain is or whether or not the location is dog-friendly. Once you have submitted your listing to the website, your submission will be reviewed in just a couple of days and will then be listed on the website for other geocachers to find.

Tips & Warnings

Geocaches need to be maintained so that they're not negatively impacting the environment. Periodically check on the cache, and make sure that it's still there and still hidden.

Article Written By Shiromi Nassreen

Shiromi Nassreen has been writing professionally since 2005. She specializes in travel and outdoor topics, and her articles have appeared in various print and online publications, including "DISfunkshion Magazine" and Matador Travel. Nassreen holds a Bachelor of Arts in theatre studies from Rose Bruford College of Speech & Drama.

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