Cache Containers

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There are many different types of containers used to create geocaches. These containers can be categorized into four different groups, depending on the cache size: Micro, Small, Regular and Large.

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Micro Containers

A Bison Tube (and a dime, to show relative size)
A Blinker (and a dime, to show relative size)

There are many different types of micro containers used in hiding a cache, some of these include:

  • Film cans
  • Bison Tubes
  • Magnetic Hide-A-Keys
  • Altoids tins (although they rust and are not waterproof)
  • Pill bottles
  • Pill vials & holders
  • Tic-Tac containers
  • Breath-strips containers
  • Magnetic strips
  • Match holders
  • Beach safes
  • Oboe reed case
  • Blinkers

Small Containers

Cache containers that are not quite a micro container, nor as large as a regular sized container, are categorized as a small cache. Some small containers include:

Regular Containers

A classic geocache: A regular size cache in a 50mm ammo box.

Regular containers are containers that are large enough to hold a logbook and still have plenty of room left over for trade items. Some examples of regular sized cache containers are:

Large Containers

There are some cache containers that will not fall into any of the other categories because they are very large. Some examples of large cache containers are:

  • 5-gallon buckets
  • Rubbermaid Action-Packers (24 Gallon)
  • Trashcans
  • Abandoned Railroad Box-Cars
  • Abandoned Bomb Shelters

Cache containers to stay away from

Unused sewer pipes

These containers are quite prone to leaking when they are cooled down in the winter, and then thawed out, creating a vacuum which sucks water into the pipe. Also, these containers resemble pipe bombs, and may create quite a disturbance if discovered by a muggle

Leak Prone containers

There are some containers that just will not keep the water out. Some of these are:

  • Altoids tins
  • Tic-tac or Listerine containers
  • Semi-disposable containers (Ziploc Snap 'n Seal, GladWare, etc.)

Glass containers

You should not hide anything in a glass container. Glass containers can crack or shatter if they get frozen, dropped or stepped on. The broken glass is then potentially dangerous to animals and cachers.


Food containers

Food containers smell like food, and critters will nibble on or otherwise disturb them. Even if you wash them really well, they still smell like food to animals.


Good cache containers

Many of these containers have gaskets to keep moisture out.

Ammo cans

These containers are dry, rugged, cache containers from heaven. They have been known to survive floods, fires, tornadoes and everything else Mother Nature can seem to throw at them. They come in lots of different sizes to suit your caching needs.

Beach safes

Waterproof plastic storage containers designed for beach use. They are called "sport cases" by some manufacturers.

Decon Containers

One of the definitive containers for a small size cache, decon containers are designed to hold military decontamination kits. Available at military-surplus stores, empty decon containers are waterproof, durable, and relatively inexpensive.

Before using one as a geocache container, you should sand off the warnings molded into the plastic lid, and peel off (or cover up) the military warning label on the container itself.

Pill Containers

The best known are the metal bison tubes, but most pill containers (designed to protect medication, vitamins, etc.) make good waterproof micro-cache containers.

Quality Airtight Food Containers

  • Lock&Lock
  • Nalgene® straight-sided jars
  • Nalgene® water bottles (although their neck is small, relative to the volume of the container)

Waterproof Equipment Cases

These are very effective, but they are also expensive.

Waterproof Match Boxes

These inexpensive plastic containers have screw-top lids with a great waterproof seal. They are a little longer and a little narrower than the typical film canister. They usually cost less than a dollar.

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