How to Make Geocache Containers

Camping geocache containers

Geocache Containers

  • What they are   • How to make one
  • What to put in one   • Where to hide one

Geocache containers generally come in two size categories; micro and very small – which are mostly used for Urban geocaches, and “everything else.” (as you will see below)

The concept of the Geocache Container:

Micro and very small geocache containers are primarily used for Urban geocaching, (geosearching in populated areas), and seldom contain more than a log scroll. No swag. Most of these types of geocache containers are purchased items that are designed to be deceptive. Like the examples below:

sample small micro geocache containers

Camping and Hiking Geocaching:

Although Urban Geocaching has skyrocketed in popularity, it all started in a camping and hiking environment, and the biggest contrast between the two is the actual geocache itself, and the “geocache swag” concept. (Urban geocaches generally don’t have “swag”)

Camping geocache containers

How to make a geocache container video

courtesy of geocacher “Headhardhat

  • Geocaches might also contain items known as Travel Bugs, and Trackables, (tokens, tags, coins). These are not swag items – they have recorded numbers that allow them to travel from one geocache to another, and their progress is tracked on the same geo sites that record geocaches.

Other than the “Dollar” store trinkets mentioned in the video, there is also “official” geocache swag, (shown below), but, the “numbered” items, like the travel bugs, and travel tags, (and even some geocoins and tokens), are not intended to be swag items. These should be recorded as either; “found only,” or found and carried forward to another geocache. The point is they are intended to remain in the geocaching world – not somebody’s swag collection.

GeoCoins GeoTokens GeoFlags
geocache geocoin

Some geocoins are also trackables
geocache geotoken

Geotokens are just for fun
geocache geoflag

Some geoflags are also trackables
Geocache Travel Bugs Geocache Travel Tags Geocache Travel Flags
geocache travel bug
Geocache Travel Bugs

Travel bugs are trackables

Geocache Travel Tags

Travel tags are trackables
geocache travel geoflag
Geocache Travel Flags

Some geoflags are also trackables

Notes and discussions:

See recommended handheld GPS units and smartphone Geocache apps

Here are a few more pieces of geocaching gear you might be interested in:

Hiking and Trekking poles work great for geosearchers. Besides their obvious walking support, they are great for brushing aside the undergrowth, and poking and prodding to find that cache hidden under nature’s cover.

This inexpensive model is not only anti-shock, but it also telescopes from a compact 27 inches to a full 55 inch trekking pole.

And it comes with a carabiner clip, compass, and mini-thermometer. See available Geosearcher Trekking Pole

Get all the information and advice you need to jump-start your new geocaching hobby.

From the “For Dummies” series to more advanced tips and tricks, and, hiking-formatted log books – these selections will provide the “fine points” of geosearching. See available Geocache log books


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