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What do you carry in your geocaching kit?

Postby be23skido on Tue Mar 02, 2010 10:45 am

Being new to geocaching, I have to wonder what everyone carries with them when geocaching. A GPS is a given, but what else does everyone carry in there kit?

I have a backpack I thought would make for a good geocaching backpack that I could have ready for a cache at any time. I'm thinking along the lines of being ready for just about any cache.
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Re: What do you carry in your geocaching kit?

Postby Spotty Spotty Pony Girl on Tue Mar 02, 2010 11:32 am

Wow. ask a loaded question....

I have a decent size daypack that I leave in the vehicle. It has the following in it that I can remember right now without looking (seasonal items noted)

1. batteries and lots of them
2. waterproof camera bag for the point & shoot (designed so you can take photos with camera in the back)
3. first aid kit (including LOTS Of ibuprofen & dramamine)
4. telescoping mirror
5. telescoping magnet
6. flashlights
7. pencils
8. extra log books
9. zip lock bags
10. pencil sharpener (hope that's still in there)
11. Food in bar form
12. socks (heavy duty socks in winter, lighter socks for lighter shoes)
13. matches
14. poncho
15. hand warmers (obviously these leave when it gets warmer)
16. dry bag
17. pony stamp & stamp pad
18. compass
19. sunblock
20. small knife (true, that's usually attached to me, but it depends)
21. retractable small tripod
22. webbing
23. duct tape
24. binoculars
25. napkins
26. swag

I'm sure there is more in there, but that's all I can think of right now.
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Re: What do you carry in your geocaching kit?

Postby Rock_Rat on Tue Mar 02, 2010 12:56 pm

From memory I believe the list would be:

Waist pack
GPS
Camera
FRS/GMRS Radio
iPod Touch (for cache info)
Flashlights
Batteries
Compass
Small first aid kit
Swiss Army Knife
SWAG Bag
Bug Bag (for trackables)
Note Book's (one for writing one as a replacement for logs)
Pens
Ziplock Baggies
Personal tokens
Poncho
Matches
Cord
Change
Power Bar
Country Time lemon aid pouch
Hiking Staff (Well alright that's not technically in the pack)
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Re: What do you carry in your geocaching kit?

Postby scoutingwv on Tue Mar 02, 2010 2:54 pm

Kit?
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Re: What do you carry in your geocaching kit?

Postby wvangler on Tue Mar 02, 2010 7:09 pm

I keep scaling down. I found that when I brought a backpack along, it always stayed in the car instead of going with me where I actually needed the stuff inside. So I picked up one of those $10 fanny packs at WalMart that has two waterbottles/waterbottle holders on each side. I removed one water bottle and my GPSr fits perfectly in there and I clip a caribiner between my GPSr and the pack. The other water bottle has, well, water in it.

Inside the guts are:

- A small pistol
- A power bar in case of emergency (my 20 minute hikes always turn into hours)
- Tweezers
- A swath of duct tape wrapped up on itself
- A few of those small ziplock bags
- Travelbugs and Geocoins that I'm in the process of moving
- A few pens
- Extra batteries
- A gorillapod
- Point and shoot digital camera
- Ibuprofen
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Re: What do you carry in your geocaching kit?

Postby scoutingwv on Tue Mar 02, 2010 8:52 pm

cell phone
spare gps batteries
compass
pen/pencil
small note pad
travel bugs/geocoins
pocket camera
multi-tool
water
gloves
mini-maglite

That's the regular kit. fits in a waist pack (except for the water bottle). If it's a day trip, I'll pack lunch and other gear in the backpack. The DSLR is always an option, too, depending on the location. Except for my cell phone and DSLR, each piece of gear takes AA batteries. Simplifies what I carry and the re-charging process.
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Re: What do you carry in your geocaching kit?

Postby scoutingwv on Tue Mar 02, 2010 8:57 pm

Reading the first two replies makes me realize why it takes us so long to do anything.
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Re: What do you carry in your geocaching kit?

Postby wvhunter on Tue Mar 02, 2010 9:56 pm

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Re: What do you carry in your geocaching kit?

Postby wvangler on Tue Mar 02, 2010 10:00 pm

I also have a ziplock that I sometimes take that has letterboxing stuff - My personal stamp, ink pad, my stamp book and a compass
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Re: What do you carry in your geocaching kit?

Postby Lledier on Wed Mar 10, 2010 4:17 am

Typically, I have:

Hiking Stick (not in bag)
GPSr
Flashlight
Plastic Baggies
Pencil
Notebooks (replacement log books)
any swag/geocoins
Stamp Pad
Stamp
Stampbook
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