Things to bring in the woods
Revision as of 05:46, 8 April 2008 by NiraD
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The short list
The following are important no matter where you're geocaching.
- GPS receiver
- Pen (for logging)
- Cache information
The long list
If you're hiking in backcountry areas, then you should have the Ten Essentials with you:
- Map (in addition your GPS receiver)
- Compass (in addition your GPS receiver)
- Sunglasses and sunscreen (or hat/clothing designed for this purpose)
- Extra food and water
- Extra clothes
- Light source: headlamp, flashlight/torch, etc.
- First aid kit
- Fire starter
- Matches (in addition to your fire starter)
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
- Hiking poles or staff
- Replacement log books/sheets, stash notes, ziplock bags, pens, etc.
- Heavy work gloves
- Latex/nitrile gloves
- ROT13 key for multi-caches