Things to bring in the woods

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The short list

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

The Shorter List

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

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:

See also

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