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What is Geocaching & How Your Family Can Get Involved

Posted 29th September 2020

We all struggle to think of new and exciting ways to keep the family entertained on a budget, especially with having to deal with the COVID 19 pandemic. There are so many free activities that you and your family can enjoy outside, but sometimes these activities can feel a bit, been there done that a hundred times kind of thing.

It is good to find an activity that is also fun for us adults as well, as it can be nice for your children to see there parents having just as much fun as them. If you and your family enjoy being out and about, exploring amongst nature and discovering new things, then Geocaching is the perfect outdoor adventure for your family.

What Is Geocaching?

Geocaching is a treasure hunt for the digital generation, where you can enjoy the freedom of being outside, discovering new areas at the same time. A Geocache or cache is a small waterproof treasure container hidden outdoors. There are millions of them all around the world that are put there by people just like us. Geocaching has to be one of the most active and exciting activities made for all ages that can also get your brain thinking.

Each hidden container has something completely different in it. If you take a treasure out of the box, you should leave another Treasure in place, so come prepared with small items that you can fit nicely in a small box. Guided by GPS you can simply download the Geocache App, allow the GPS to find your location, and away you go.

You also don't have to travel far to find these hidden gems they could be all-around your local area. Some can be hard to find depending on the size, as the sizes can range from a large Tupperware box to small waterproof tube.

The App can help you by offering hints on the whereabouts of the hidden Gem. You can also find comments and pictures from the last people that have previously found that specific Geocache. Also, find out the size, the difficulty of the find, terrain and the activity of it to help give you more information if you're unsure about the area its located.

Most Geocaches have a logbook for you to read and write a message in, this can also tell you when the Geocache was last found. The satisfaction of discovering the box is a reward in itself, but when you find a strange array of trinkets that people have left to swap, can become even more exciting.

Want to hide one yourself?

If you are finding that Geocaching is a perfect activity for you and your family, then why not take it a step further and hide your own. Hiding one quality Geocache can be pretty rewarding to watch people find and discover. With your previous knowledge of finding them, you will learn to identify the perfect but slightly challenging spot for people to find your families Geocache. It also adds another activity to do with the family and gives your children another interest.

If you are interested in making your own Geocache, then search (Create a Geocache) and put in your login details. It will give you all the information that you need. If you want to find great ideas to stand out from the crowd, then search for (Geocache of the week) to get some inspiration.