Things to bring in the woods

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The short 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:

  • 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

See also

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