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Geocaching in Secluded Locations
 
What is Geocaching? How to Begin Geocaching? Tips for Geocaching with Kids Geocaching Codes Safety Tips for Geocaching

Safety Tips Geocaching

If you plan to go geocaching to secluded locations, where you will be hiking into the woods for a distance and will be out of site of your car, then you must take safety tips seriously and fill your backpack with the items listed below.  Safety must be a priority!

  • Read the entire cache description to determine if there are any warnings or possible hazards that you need to know.

  • Always check the weather conditions before you leave.

  • Wear a good pair of hiking boots

  • Never travel alone.

  • Always let someone know where you are going and when you will return.

  • Be aware of your surroundings and where you are walking.

  • Mark the location of the car or main trail prior to starting the hike.   It is important to have it for your return.

  • Consult Road and Topographical maps to determine the features of the area prior to leaving.

  • Recognize your limits and constantly evaluate your situation.  Always consider darkness, weather, temperature, time and distance.

  • Be conscious of ticks. Follow the rules for outdoor safety against ticks

  • Carry a walking stick to aid in walking as well as for protection against small animals if needed.

  • Bring along a flashlight/extra batteries or glow sticks in case you get it gets dark.

  • Be sure to dress according to the weather.  Always have layers with you in case you need it.

  • Try not to venture off of the main trails.

  • Keep children close to you and in sight at all times.

  • Each person in your group should have a whistle and ID around their neck

  • Dress in bright colors, especially children, so that you can be seen easier.

  • Review what to do if someone gets prior to the hike.  For example always stay put and blow the whistle.

Things To Bring With You Geocaching...

  • A small, lightweight backpack to possessions

  • GPS receiver

  • Cell phone/Walkie Talkies

  • Compass

  • Flashlight

  • Road map

  • Topographical map of the area

  • Extra batteries for the GPS and flashlight

  • Identification and medical cards

  • Money

  • Trade items

  • Whistle

  • Water bottle

  • Snacks/food

  • Sweat shirt

  • Sun tan lotion

  • Hat

  • Bug repellant

  • Camera

  • Pen and notebook

  • Trash bag

  • Small medical kit

  • Prescription medicine if necessary

  • Gloves

  • Extra socks