Geocaching: A Unique Camping Adventure

Geocaching became popular as an interactive outdoor hobby just over 10 years ago. Today there are an estimated 1.3 million caches worldwide. Take a break from the usual afternoon hike, and try geocaching on your next camping trip.

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What is Geocaching?

Seekers participate in an outdoor treasure hunt using a GPS enabled device. By following a specified set of coordinates, they're led to hidden containers called caches. There are a variety of reasons why this simple game is the perfect adventure for your next camping trip:

  • It's a family activity that involves kids and adults.
  • It encourages outdoor activity.
  • It teaches map-reading skills.
  • It's cost effective: free.
  • It can be done anywhere in the world.
  • It helps you discover new people, places and things.

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How Does it Work?

Use the GPS coordinates of your current location to search geocaches at geocaching.com, or through the app. The GPS guides you to the cache, a sealed container, where treasure and a logbook are hidden. It's customary to sign and date the logbook, choose a treasure and replace it with a new trinket before returning the cache to it's spot.

Who Can Geocache?

Geocaching is great for all ages and abilities, but it's a particularly great activity for families.  Because most campgrounds are located near a mountain or woods, it's easy to find one that is close to you.

Step-by-Step Guide to Your First Geocache

Your next geocaching adventure is just a few simple steps away.

1. Sign Up

Sign up for a free account at the website. If you're already on the go, download the smartphone app and use that. A free version is available to try before you buy.

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About the Author

Jessica Bowers

Jessica lives a self-proclaimed average life in Middle America, with her four home-schooled boys. Together, they leave ordinary behind to set off on extraordinary adventures around the world. She shares these stories as a contributor to ReserveAmerica.com. You can read more about their travels in Family Fun, Dallas Child, and at the family's travel blog Suitcases and Sippy Cups.

Jessica lives a self-proclaimed average life in Middle America, with her four home-schooled boys. Together, they leave ordinary behind to set off on extraordinary adventures around the world. She shares these stories as a contributor to ReserveAmerica.com. You can read more about their travels in Family Fun, Dallas Child, and at the family's travel blog Suitcases and Sippy Cups.

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