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[[Image:whattobring.jpg|right|Here's a good list of stuff from an experienced hiker]]
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[[Image:whattobring.jpg|right|Equipment carried by an experienced hiker]]
It's a good idea to have a list of things you'll want to bring when you go geocaching:
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== The short list ==
 
== The short list ==
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The following are important no matter where you're geocaching.
  
*GPS receiver
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* [[GPS receiver]]
*pen (for logging)
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* Pen (for logging)
*spare batteries
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* Cache information
*cache information
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== The long list ==
 
== The long list ==
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If you're hiking in backcountry areas, then you should have the [[Wikipedia:Ten Essentials|Ten Essentials]] with you:
  
*good map and compass
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# Map (in addition your GPS receiver)
**[[How to use a map and compass]]
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# Compass (in addition your GPS receiver)
*mobile phone
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# Sunglasses and sunscreen (or hat/clothing designed for this purpose)
*[[trade items]]
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# Extra food and water
*camera
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# Extra clothes
*food & water
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# Light source: headlamp, flashlight/torch, etc.
*torch / flashlight
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# First aid kit
*walking stick
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# Fire starter
*pocket knife
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# Matches (in addition to your fire starter)
*first-aid kit
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# Knife
*whistle
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*toilet paper
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The following are also very useful:
*sunscreen and/or a hat
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* Water bottles and water treatment filter/chemicals
*insect repellent
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* Repair kit, including repair tape ([[Wikipedia:duct_tape|duct tape]], [[Wikipedia:duck_tape|duck tape]], [[Wikipedia:gaffer_tape|gaffer tape]], etc.) and basic sewing materials.
*spare logbook
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* Insect repellent (or clothing designed for this purpose)
*duck tape (the most important thing to cary around anywhere)
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* Signaling devices, such as a whistle, mobile phone, two-way radio, unbreakable signal mirror or flare.
*replacement zip lock bags
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* Plastic tarp and rope for expedient field shelter.
*gloves
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* Toilet paper
**heavy work gloves
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* Spare batteries (for GPS receiver, lights, camera, etc.)
**latex/nitrile gloves
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* Terrain-specific equipment (e.g., an ice axe for glacier or snowfield travel)
*a rot13 encyption guide for multi-caches
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*calculator
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Geocachers often have the following as well:
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* [[Trade item]]s
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* Camera
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* [[Walking stick|Hiking poles or staff]]
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* Replacement [[Log book|log books/sheets]], [[stash note]]s, ziplock bags, pens, etc.
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* Gloves
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** Heavy work gloves
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** Latex/nitrile gloves
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* Tools of the Trade (TOTT)
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** Tweezers or forceps (for retrieving logs from [[micro-cache]]s and [[nano-cache]]s)
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** Quilling tools (for re-rolling logs from micro-caches and nano-caches)
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** Mechanics tools (mirror, magnetic pick-up, claw pick-up)
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** [[ROT13]] key for multi-caches
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** Calculator for mystery/puzzle and multi-caches
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* Bear Spray
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== See also ==
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* [[How to use a map and compass]]
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* [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6EBgPJHVsCE GeoSnippits: What's in Your Geocaching Pack?]

Latest revision as of 17:41, 24 July 2012

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[edit] The short list

The following are important no matter where you're geocaching.

[edit] The long list

If you're hiking in backcountry areas, then you should have the Ten Essentials with you:

  1. Map (in addition your GPS receiver)
  2. Compass (in addition your GPS receiver)
  3. Sunglasses and sunscreen (or hat/clothing designed for this purpose)
  4. Extra food and water
  5. Extra clothes
  6. Light source: headlamp, flashlight/torch, etc.
  7. First aid kit
  8. Fire starter
  9. Matches (in addition to your fire starter)
  10. Knife

The following are also very useful:

  • Water bottles and water treatment filter/chemicals
  • Repair kit, including repair tape (duct tape, duck tape, gaffer tape, etc.) and basic sewing materials.
  • Insect repellent (or clothing designed for this purpose)
  • Signaling devices, such as a whistle, mobile phone, two-way radio, unbreakable signal mirror or flare.
  • Plastic tarp and rope for expedient field shelter.
  • Toilet paper
  • Spare batteries (for GPS receiver, lights, camera, etc.)
  • Terrain-specific equipment (e.g., an ice axe for glacier or snowfield travel)

Geocachers often have the following as well:

  • Trade items
  • Camera
  • Hiking poles or staff
  • Replacement log books/sheets, stash notes, ziplock bags, pens, etc.
  • Gloves
    • Heavy work gloves
    • Latex/nitrile gloves
  • Tools of the Trade (TOTT)
    • Tweezers or forceps (for retrieving logs from micro-caches and nano-caches)
    • Quilling tools (for re-rolling logs from micro-caches and nano-caches)
    • Mechanics tools (mirror, magnetic pick-up, claw pick-up)
    • ROT13 key for multi-caches
    • Calculator for mystery/puzzle and multi-caches
  • Bear Spray

[edit] See also

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