Liz and I love spending our days outside exploring what the world has to offer. Whether it is traveling the world, hiking through the wilderness, or just relaxing; enjoying the fresh air and scenery of the great outdoors.
We have found that geocaching goes well with our outdoor activities. Since we enjoy combining all of these things into our trips, it’s essential to have a good geocaching bag that meets our variety of needs. We have found that our Mountainsmith Tour TLS Lumbar Backpack is perfect for our adventures! It’s not too big, but it’s big enough for to fit everything we need to be prepared for a day hike, or touring a new city. In fact, we enjoy it so much that we refer to it as our “geocaching adventure bag!”
GPS or SmartPhone
There are a few things that are a must have for your Geocaching Adventure Bag, and we always have ours packed and ready to go. The first item you need to even be able to geocache is a GPS Unit and / or a smartphone with the downloaded Geocaching App. The app is only $10 for your smart phone, and it’s very handy if you do not want to invest in a GPS unit. However for more accuracy (and use outside cellphone service areas), we use a Garmin Oregon 650T GPS unit. This model is the newest version to our geocaching bag, and we are still learning about all the features and functionality of this awesome device. We look forward to all the added adventures it will provide us.
It is also very important to keep a variety of sprays in your bag, since this is an outdoor sport. When we were beginner geocachers, many times we found ourselves somewhere without any sunscreen; and the next day really wishing we would have remembered it! So now, a small spray bottle always stays in the bag. Bug spray is also a must have in the geocaching bag. We always seem to be on some kind of hiking trail in search of a geocache, and Liz seems to attract mosquitos wherever she goes! So keeping the bugs away is important so you can enjoy your hike, and the next day.
While on all these outdoor adventures, it is critical to stay hydrated. Our Mountainsmith Tour TLS Lumbar Backpack has two convenient pouches for water, while maintaining a functional design. In fact, this is what we love most about the bag. It has an over-the-shoulder strap that secures it to your body, while having an additional strap for your waist. The waist strap is an amazing feature because it really takes the pressure off of your back! It also brings you better stability while you are hiking because the bag doesn’t shift around, even with the water in the pouches! So don’t forget the water!
Notebook and Pen
Also, we always have a notebook and pen with us in our bag for when we have that awesome idea that we want to write down. And the notebook comes in handy when you are working on a “multi-cache” and need to write down clues during your geocaching hunt which lead you to another location. Other geocaches will require you to answer questions before you move on to the next location. So don’t be stuck without your notebook.
Lastly, we bring along several odds and ends in the bag. A flash light is always useful, as well as a small first aid kit (just in case), and some snacks. We also bring along an iPod mini-boombox from time to time. We really enjoy listening to some our of more relaxing music while we hike. As a bonus, the sound warns the wildlife of our approach to keep us from catching them by surprise. Of course, we are sure to be considerate and not have the volume at a level that will disturb our fellow hikers. You might also find a koozie, dice, and cards in our geocaching bag too. We never know when when we might want to play a game to kill time, or trade some *Geo-Swag.
***Geo-Swag are tradeables that you will find in Geocaches. If you take something out, you have to put something in. Always be good to your fellow Cachers.
Having a great Geocaching Bag is essential. We love that our bag is filled with things that we need on the trail, but also comes useful while exploring around a city. But whatever bag you choose, make sure that you are prepared for the environment, and the unexpected.
Oh and don’t forget your camera. Geocaching will take you to some pretty amazing places!
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