Last Updated on November 17, 2021 by Ellen Christian
Interested in geocaching? Read these geocaching safety tips before you leave. I started geocaching a few years ago as a fun way to get out and get active. Over the years, I have learned a few geocaching safety tips through trial and error. Wherever you go, it’s always best to be prepared for the worst-case scenario just in case. You never know what might happen when you’re out searching for your latest cache.
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Geocaching Safety Tips
Although I’ve been geocaching for a few years, I still consider myself very much a beginner. I choose the easy trails that generally involve less than a mile or two walk to get to. You won’t find me scaling cliffs or climbing mountains. Because I’m in a very rural location, I generally drive to the general area of the cache, park my car and then walk the last mile or so.
Leave a note
Before leaving home, make sure someone knows what area you’ll be geocaching in. I leave the geocache map up on my computer for my husband just in case.
Bring your phone
Always bring your cell phone. I geocache with a geocache unit but if I get lost or hurt, a cell phone will let me get help. Make sure you use a protective case for your cell phone. You never know when it might get dropped.
Bring a water bottle and stay hydrated while you’re out. make sure that you apply sunscreen and bug repellent before you go. I tuck a first aid kit into my backpack just in case.
Bring a small emergency kit just in case. The one I brought today has an instant cold pack (for sprains), bandages and Puracyn for wounds and skin care. Puracyn is the ideal choice because it doesn’t require running water to cleanse the wound. When you’re geocaching, you may not have access to running water.
Wear sturdy shoes and long pants. You never know when a cache will have you climbing over rocks or walking through brambles.
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One last thing
When you arrive, park the car well off the road and leave a printed copy of your geocache destination in the car, on the dash just in case.
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Today’s geocache adventure was my first geocache for 2014 and it took me to a local cemetery. I drove part way there and then walked the last mile or so. The walk was gorgeous and I got to check out some of the old cemetery stones since Hillside Cemetery was established in 1851.
I ended up having to climb through the woods to find this particular geocache and I almost missed it. I won’t give you too much information in case you’d like to find it yourself. Besides some mosquito bites, I managed to find the cache and get back to the car with no injuries but if I had hurt myself, at least I would have been prepared.
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