Geocaching is one of our kids’ favorite pastimes – even though we do not always successfully discover a hidden cache! We have the incredible good fortune of living very close to these stunning woods, complete with well-cared-for trails. The location combined with the excitement of searching for hidden treasure always makes for a magical afternoon. Do you live in the city? There are probably some fun urban geocaches in your area, and some libraries have GPS devices you can borrow if you don’t have a smartphone or other GPS device of your own that you can use!
Tips for Geocaching with Kids
Are you just starting out geocaching with your kids? Here are some tips that might be helpful:
- You need a GPS device. Some libraries have some you can borrow. We downloaded the c:geo app onto Mike’s smartphone, and it works really well..
- Pack a small treasure to swap into the cache.
- Pack snacks. It can take quite a while to find a cache!
- Dress appropriately – comfortable shoes and clothing. Layers are nice to have.
- Enjoy the journey. You may or may not find the cache you are looking for. Even if you find the cache, some caches are not very exciting. We find that, for our kids, the joy of geocaching is mostly about the excitement of searching for a treasure together as a family. Finding a cache is fun, but it should not be the sole focus of the trip.
- When do you do find a cache, sign the log. You can also swap out a trinket. Just make sure you leave something of similar value if you do take something. My kids like to swap out squinkies, small cars, and fancy marbles.
I asked the kids what they liked best about geocaching, and they answered: “Finding sticks and rocks.” With that focus, every geocaching outing is successful, whether or not you actually find a geocache!