Geocaching has many tools, from your computer to the walking stick you use for hiking!

The computer is the backbone of Geocaching. While internet access is not mandatory at home (you can probably go to your local library), it sure helps. There are a number of sites dedicated to the game, the most prominent is Others include: and

Garmin Venture

The Garmin Venture is a Trademark of Garmin Ltd
The GPS, again, while not necessary, is very helpful! Geocaches can be found based solely upon the maps & hints on See how a GPS works. A GPS uses a minimum of three orbiting satellites to determine its position. Many of today's GPS have multi-channel receivers which allow for simultaneous acquisition of satellites. Most, but not all, also have a base map (a map of a specific location such as the United States, the Northeast, or North America) of local roads or waterways. A Geocache's location can be programmed as a waypoint. When a waypoint is selected, the GPS will point in the direction of the cache relative to your current position.

Ammo Can

Mr. Magneto Bison Tube

Containers are a critical aspect of Geocaching. Containers are designed to be waterproof, or at least partially waterproof. Containers come in all shapes & sizes. In the picture at left, you'll notice the green "Bison Tube" which is a typical example of a "micro" or very small cache. There is enough room for a piece of paper, nothing else. When closed, a small "O" ring keeps it watertight. Other containers include plastic ware (Tupperware® or similar containers), ammo cans, candy containers, and plastic bags. Ammo Can are great because they are watertight, usually green, and are incredibly durable. Some of these tools can be purchased online at different sites, my personal favorite is Great Plains Geocaching Store.

Travel BugGeoCoin

Jeep Travel BugUnite for Diabetes travel bug

A Travel Bug is a trackable item that moves from place to place, picking up stories along the way. Anything can be attached to a Travel Bug & it can be named whatever the owner likes. Each Travel Bug has a unique six digit number for tracking purposes. A Geocoin is a special coin created by individuals or groups of geocachers as a kind of signature item or calling card. Like Travel Bugs, each Geocoin is assigned a unique tracking ID which allows them to travel from geocache to geocache. A Jeep Travel Bug is a special Travel Bug sponored by DaimlerChrysler Corporation. When you log a Jeep Travel Bug, your name is entered to win a new Jeep! The goal for each Unite for Diabetes Travel Bug is to reach its city and circulate throughout the city’s geocaches, spreading diabetes awareness as it goes.

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