Creative Cache ideas

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Many geocaches are hidden in similar ways in similar locations. Here are some ideas for hiding an interesting and creative geocache that stands out from the rest.

Traditional Geocache Ideas

  • Hide decoy containers. This can be done in ways that are more subtle than simply filling a large container with micro containers, only one of which contains the log.
  • Make a game out of it.
    • Title it as Bigger or Better and tell geocachers to replace the one item with something bigger or better so you can see what is the highest cache value that you can get it to be.
  • Hide a large container with a slightly smaller container inside it, and a slightly smaller container inside that, and so on, like matryoshka dolls.
  • Forget hiding it near the ground. Try hiding it on the roof of a building or in the tree tops.
  • Find an abandoned car and have that be the geocache container.
  • Make it blend in to the area.
    • Mold it in the shape of dog poop.
    • Design a birdhouse to hide the geocache in. (But be sure birds won't try to actually nest in it, and be aware that birdhouses attract the attention of muggles and may be vandalized.)
  • Hide the geocache in a hard to get to location and then design a contraption to retrieve it.
  • Hide two geocaches 528 feet from each other in similar suburban areas and then title them both "déjà vu".

Puzzle/Mystery Geocache Ideas

  • Make the geocachers answer trivia questions in order to get the coordinates. (Be aware that the answers to some trivia questions are easy to find online.)
  • Hide a locked container that is easy to find, but which cannot be opened without solving a puzzle.
  • Have a multi-stage mystery where geocachers follow a storyline and solve puzzles to get from one location to the next.
  • Have coordinates or clues written in ink/paint that is visible only in UV light, or when (safe) household chemicals are applied. (Note that such caches will require more maintenance than other caches.)
  • If you know flash then try to program a web game that people must play before they can find the geocache. (But be aware that such caches may violate Groundspeak's guidelines because they "require the downloading, installing or running of data and/or executables".)

Multi-Cache Ideas

  • Theme the multi-cache around a book or movie like the Chronicles of Narnia
  • Have people go to a location and then hide 12-15 containers, each with one digit of the final geocache coordinates. (The number of containers depends upon the number of digits in your local latitude and longitude.)
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