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Hey everyone. I just today got introduced to geocaching. Its sooooo coool!!!!!!!!! My question is that when you come to a cache that is not themed, what kind of or what expense of item(s) should you leave in it? Have you ever found anything really nice?

 

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Well I guess always there's the logbook and writing utensil. After that it's whatever you want. I try and leavce some cool stuff. I've visited enough caches that have nothing but junk in them to make it depressing. Here's everything I've left, I spend a few dollars trying to buy some cool things, some things I haven't released yet:

 

4 bottles Tabasco sauce

Little rapper figurine

Key ring bottle opener

Heart charm gold necklace

Paul Stanley Signature Guitar Pick

Petrified rock

Light Stick

Fire Truck Toy

Lilo Figurine

Boy Scout Pin

"Jesus is Lord" Coin

- 2 Skull Slimes

- 4 Halloween PEZ Dispensers

- Vampire Blood and Fang Set

- Flourescent Hair Coloring

- 3 Skull Shot Glasses

- Pumpkin Carving Set w/Templates

- Space Ace Travel Bug

X-men DVD

Kiss - "You Wanted The Best, You Got The Best" CD

Quasar Pen Radio

Tropicana Casino Playing Cards

Stitch as Elvis figurine

Batman Figurine

Simi Alarm Clock

Slacktone sticker

IAFF fire dept. sticker

Kiss sweepstakes card

Hawaiian key chain

Golf ball

Mild to Wild business card

Wienerschnitzel hot dog thingy

Dick Dale guitar pic

Toyota 2002 championship racing pin

fishPOET Geo Token

Mild to Wild Travel Bug

1. 2003 Penny - for good luck

2. Glow-In-The-Dark Dinosaur - from another cache

3. Pirate carved out of wood - from another cache

4. Green accent highlighter marker

5. Yu-Gi-Oh Plastic trading card - from another cache

6. Jammin' Bread menu - local sandwhich shop

7. Smith Tank Lines key chain - from another cache

8. Pumpkin Seeds

9. 1992 Upper Deck Hockey Heroes Card w/ Gordie Howe and Wayne Gretzky.

10. Mild To Wild Pepper & Herb Co. pin

 

Firehouse16 & Code3

"Dave, Teresa & the 2 kids"

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A basic cache is a box and a logbook. Beyond that is up to you. Don't leave food, adult material, or blatant promotional items. Go for unique rather than expensive. Most caches end up with mostly used junk (which is really a shame) so try to improve a cache if you can. Most of the time I don't trade at all, just log the find. The only thing I really go for is pins and travel bugs, but am quite happy with just a logsheet. The best solution is to come up with your own unique signature item that you leave in every cache.

 

 

"See the wonderous works of Providence! The uncertainty of human things!" Geo.Washington

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I like to go to any of the "Dollar" stores to find trading stuff, Play-Doh, toys, modeling clay, gadgets, anything I find interesting or kids would like. I am working on a signature item, a laser cut token with my avatar or something on it.

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Here is a partial list of things I've left in my own caches and caches I've found. Many of them cost under a buck and most are under $3.

 

small US flags

US flag pins

modeling clay

carabiners

Energizer squeeze lights

stickers

bags of toy soldiers

Swiss Army tools (not knives, we don't call them knives)

sets of water colors

mini screwdriver sets

allen wrench sets

gel pens

boxes of crayons or colored chalk

emergency rain ponchos

packs of AA batteries

collectable coins (buffalo nickels, Indian head pennies, SBA or Sacagawea dollars, foreign coins)

music CD's

blank RW CD's

cassettes (blank and recorded)

calculators

clip on safety strobes

bungee cords

Leatherman type multi-tools

LED key lights

"euro" stickers & other decals

mini sewing kits

maps (hiking & road)

software

travel packs of Wet Ones or Baby Wipes

Hot Wheels and Matchbox cars

key rings

bags of balloons

velcro fasteners

interesting buttons

foreign money

rolls of film

lighters

movies on VHS & DVD

office supplies (packs of paper clips, thumb tacks, Post-Its, etc...)

Mylar emergency blankets

decks of cards

mounting putty

packs of Armor-All & Rain-X wipes

survival whistles

Geocaching.com hats, pins, patches and compasses

Wheresgeorge bills and stamps.

 

"You can't make a man by standing a sheep on his hind legs. But by standing a flock of sheep in that position, you can make a crowd of men" - Max Beerbohm

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I have found about 27 caches so far and am having fun. I have placed many of the same things as listed above and like to leave fun things or at least trade up. (See the trade up post in the general forum). I liked seeing what others were placing like GEO Coins and tokens. Being my nick is Etrex Pirate I decided to go with the theme and created these this weekend.

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Whatever you choose please don't be too cheap and place broken toys or totally useless items that I have seen in many of the caches I have seen so far. It takes much of the fun out of the hunt. If you don't have anything worth leaving take nothing and leave nothing. Just sign the log book and move along.

Happy Caching.

 

I'm the good kind of pirate... if there is such a thing

 

[This message was edited by Etrex Pirate on October 19, 2003 at 11:01 PM.]

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Ummmmm, Etrex Pirate...I hate to tell you, but you spelled geocaching.com wrong on your "treasure token".

 

"You can't make a man by standing a sheep on his hind legs. But by standing a flock of sheep in that position, you can make a crowd of men" - Max Beerbohm

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Good catch. It's also it's a good thing it's only a prototype. I was about to make the rest of them today.

 

I'm the good kind of pirate... if there is such a thing

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I wouldn't put in anything too valuable unless you're setting up your own cache and want to reward the first finder. Most of the stuff I trade is in the $1-2 range but oftentimes I just sign the log and take/leave nothing.

 

I am considering leaving either steel pennies or half-dollars as signature items. I'm more concerned with the steel pennies since they could rust, but they're cheaper than half-dollars. What's everyone's take on it?

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I guess diamonds are out of the question.

Being a photographer, I usually put a new roll of film in. They seem to go real quick.

I like the idea of leaving coins. I've been to only 2 water-logged caches, and it looked like it was because of bad judgement in containers. If you picked good solid containers to put them in, rust won't be a problem. I saw someone left a 1943 silver nickel in one. When I got there that same day it was left, the cacher an hour before me grabbed it.

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I guess diamonds are out of the question.

Being a photographer, I usually put a new roll of film in. They seem to go real quick.

I like the idea of leaving coins. I've been to only 2 water-logged caches, and it looked like it was because of bad judgement in containers. If you picked good solid containers to put them in, rust won't be a problem. I saw someone left a 1943 silver nickel in one. When I got there that same day it was left, the cacher an hour before me grabbed it. icon_smile.gif I'm all for it.

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I am considering leaving either steel pennies or half-dollars as signature items. I'm more concerned with the steel pennies since they could rust, but they're cheaper than half-dollars. What's everyone's take on it?

 

I'd think that would be a really nice find. As for rust, how about just putting them into a ziplock? (I'd think a lot of cached items would fair better if they were ziplocked instead of tossed lose into the containers). You could probably get small 2" or 3" zipbags at a hobby shop if you don't want to put a single little penny in a big regular sized bag.

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I personally am making a habit of leaving all my stuff in zip lock baggies.. just keeps it nicer..

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Well I'm about ready to place my first cache. I'm using an ammo can with a good seal, and being a computer geek (Linux user), I will put linux cd's in it amongst other techie goodies icon_smile.gif

 

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Remember not to put knives or the like in. I have put marbles in and they go fast. I have done that for micro cache film cans. Caribeeners go well. Small bouncing balls like from a gumball machine seem to be liked. Also Foreign coins are good and they do not have to be expensive they are just exotic. I think it is good to place nice things in the cache, but you may want to hold back so you can put more in later. I like the survival gear and batteries some people place in the cache.

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Wow, awesome thread revival! Almost 10 years! LOL

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i leave a glass marble with my innitals painted on it.

Marbles are good. Even better when they're personalized like that.

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This thread had some good ideas. I just put together some caches that I plan on putting out soon and the list helped a bit.

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Around here people like to leave scratch off lottery tickets. Those are always fun to find and add a little extra excitement when you crack open that cache! :anitongue:

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Thanks, this has helped me as well as I have been wondering what to put in caches when I eventually find this type.

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