Jump to content

Gear Check List

Larth's Clan

Recommended Posts

Sorry, this probably has been covered many a time.


I'm setting up a backpack to take with us on our first official, spend the whole day, GPS packed full of waypoints, geocaching experience tomorrow. The only thing I can think of is flashlights and baby wipes for dirty fingers... oh and a pen and pencil.


Soooooooooo, what do you take with you or what is just essential?

Link to comment

Several pens or pencils.

A compass.

Extra batteries for the GPSr.

A small notebook (for solving multi or puzzle caches, creating a make shift log sheet if the one in the cache is full, or making random notes).

Swag (to trade, if you choose to trade).

A rubber stamp (if you're going to do any "letterbox hybrid" geocaches)

A small first aid kit (at least a few bandaids).

Bug spray (if it's the season where you are).

Sunscreen (if it's sunny where you are).

A few "tall kitchen" sized trash bags (for CITO).

A few quart sized ziploc bags (for cache maintenance).

Added at the last minute: a good sized bottle of cold water.



Edited by Kai Team
Link to comment



Air Pump (frame pump)

$5 in bus fare

$20 in cash (just in case, emergency)

School ID

Insurance Card (It's bound to happen)




Ziploc bags (zip close, I'm lazy. :D )


and of course, the Bike. :drama: You didn't think I just carried around a bike pump for the hell of it, right? Heh.

Link to comment

You can carry a huge number of things depending on the terrain, your climate, your commitment to the environment and maintaining others' caches, and how much weight you can carry. :D


I started out with a minimalist approach and added things over time as the need arose, although I must confess that I sometimes leave my backpack in the car now (exceeding the last criteria above). :drama:


Other things in my current collection include:


A good trekking stick (Leki collapsible, purchased through LLBean), both for hiking and for poking around in places I don't want to reach into.

An extra baseball cap (for the one all too often left on the kitchen counter).

A extra pair of winter gloves (for when the first pair get wet)

A cell phone (especially if caching alone)

A signal whistle (in the event of injury, or just to round up members of your party who've wandered off).

Walky-Talkies (my wife has one and I have the other, given her tendency to wander off while I'm pursuing a cache that she's had the good judgment to let me retrieve).

A cheap rain poncho (for unexpected downpours).

A blaze orange vest for both me and my dog (that's him to the left), for caching during hunting season...

And probably a few other things I'm forgetting. I don't use most of the stuff on most outings, but when you need/want it, it's very nice to have!

Edited by Kai Team
Link to comment

Kai, again, thanks for the great list.


I don't have any plans at this moment to do anything that I'll need anything special for but am going to plan an outing like that really soon.


My goal is to eventually become someone that can and will hike a bit to get to caches... assuming they exist in hikable areas and I'm sure they do. And yes, it would be nice to have these things in the car and ready if we should need them.


As far as who gets to tote the oversized Coleman backpacks we have, it will be the older two of my boys. That's why you have children in the first place I believe, lol. Plus they like doing it too.

Link to comment

I pack depending upon how far I am going, and if I am caching in town or out in the woods.

I have had issues with spiders, and some caches have debri on them so a pair of gloves. A small flashlight, some of the cachers are in dark places. A couple of pens to write in the log with. A notepad - I like to make notes. A cell phone - in case I get into trouble. A platypus water bottle (and collapsable water dish for the dog) A couple of zip lock baggies, a little container of trade items. Digital or film camera if you want to take photos. A PDA if you want to auto route or whatever. Extra batteries.

I designated one of my backpacks for a geocaching bag, and I leave everything in there so I can just grab it and go...Good luck. Take care.

Link to comment

I'm pretty new at this still, but I bought a fanny pack at Walmart that carries two water bottles (since I live in Vegas, water is THE essential thing to take along!). It's currently holding trail mix, extra batteries, a compass, small bits of swag, extra pens, usually my wallet, and the GPS unit when it's not in my hand. Leaves the hands free for hiking and climbing, and it's not as bulky as a backpack. Course, it doesn't hold as much...

Link to comment

I'm sure there are other things I should take, but here's my current backpack setup:


For Cache Repair:

1 pack of 10 cheap pens

10 25 cent note pads for log replacers

10 homemade micro logs for replacements

a pair of scissors

a mini-stapler

roll of scotch tape

small and normal size ziploc baggies (usually about 20 assorted)


For Survival:

1-liter bottle of water

highway map of the state

a normal magnetic compass

first aid kit (just tweezers, bandaids, and a snake bite kit since i live in texas and all we have is cacti, trees, rocks, and snakes :ph34r:)

a printout of the "what is geocaching" page for presentations with muggles who pester)


For Seeding:

1 magnetic micro cache - preloaded with log

2 micro caches - preloaded with log

1 small cache - preloaded with items and log


For Trading:

cache trinkets/swag/items (of various values)


My Electronics:

my GPS

digital camera

camcorder for video

mp3 player (in case i'm in the mood)


and an ungodly amount of spare batteries

3 pairs of rechargable AA's

and two 10-packs of regular energizer AA's.

Link to comment

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.
Note: Your post will require moderator approval before it will be visible.

Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

  • Create New...