Hiding a cache

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Get Started: Choose a cache type

There are several cache types: traditional, multi, mystery/puzzle, etc. Choose a type that suits your style.

Be sure to understand the cache listing guidelines before you submit your cache listing. Be aware that Geocaching.com will not accept new listings of the grandfathered cache types: virtual, webcam, locationless, and traveling.

Some suggest that new geocachers should wait to hide a geocache until they have found a specific number of geocaches. There is wisdom in this advice, even though there is no "magic" number of finds that enables you to hide a good cache. Finding a variety of caches can help you understand what kinds of caches you find more enjoyable. Experience with others' caches can also help you learn what kinds of containers are more reliable, and what kinds tend to require more maintenance.

Second Step: Choose a cache location

Sometimes your choice of location will dictate your choice of cache type, but you can also choose which type to place, and then go hunting for a suitable location. Be sure to find a location that will not cause suspicion. Also be aware that all geocaches must be placed a minimum of 0.1 miles from each other.

These articles discuss the details of choosing a good location to hide your cache:

Third Step: Assemble your cache

Fourth Step: Fill your cache

Next: Hide your cache

One of the big rules is "don't use digging tools to create a place to hide your cache!" Caches are not buried. However, they are frequently placed under piles of branches or rocks, and micros tend to be stuck to metal objects, using magnets.

Finally: Submit your cache for review

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