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Geocaching Trade Items: Things you should NEVER put in a cache

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Geocaching Trade Items: Things you should NEVER put in a cache 

As a Geocacher, you know that one of the things that can make finding a cache fun is the treasure, the goodies, the swag, the trade items that you might discover (especially for younger hunters). If you've been geocaching for a while, you probably also know that the quality and appropriateness of swag can vary widely from cache to cache. If you're ready to hide a geocache, or if you're bringing items to trade, here are a few things you should know.


Geocaching is a family-friendly activity and cache contents should be suitable for all ages. Keep in mind this scenario: Young kids could go geocaching without an adult, ride a bike or hike to a cache and find it all on their own. It's for this reason that you'll want to make sure that you follow these guidelines (from Geocaching.com) for trade items.

Explosives, fireworks, ammunition, lighters, knives (including pocket knives and multi-tools), drugs, alcohol and any illicit material should not be placed in a cache.

If someone other than you places an inappropriate item in a cache that you own and this is reported, the cache may be temporarily disabled. As the cache owner, you may be asked to remove the questionable item before the cache listing is re-enabled.


In addition to those items, there are things that we've learned never to put in a cache. Bubbles! A bottle of bubbles may seem like a good, kid friendly idea, but we've run into too many geocaches that had the bubbles leak and made a mess of the inside of the container. Those freebie bubbles they sometimes give out at weddings are especially susceptible to mess making. I know you're thinking that you'll put in a brand new sealed bottle of bubbles that won't leak. It will. It will expand and contract from the heat or some cacher will find it, open the seal, blow a few bubbles, put it back and now we're back to the mess making again. Soap: A bad idea for a couple reasons. For one, see the bubbles mess making. All it takes is a little bit of water and the soap quickly becomes mush. Messy mush. Soap also tends to have a scent which can attract animals. These animals don't know it's soap, they sometimes think it's food and will chew through a container to get at it. In fact avoid leaving anything that might have a scent like lip balm and perfume. Then there's actual food. This include candies, gum, nuts and all other things that animals might want to get at. Besides, would you want your kid eating food they found in a geocache? 


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On 7/25/2021 at 6:34 AM, Unit473L said:

What on earth eats soap???


 Also deer, squirrels, chipmunks, rabbits, foxes, woodchucks, skunks, cats and dogs eat soap. There are two common reasons, the first time they were probably just curious about it and bit into it. This is highly likely as soaps tend to have a very nice smell. Perhaps the taste wasn't off-putting so they decided to try to eat it.

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