- this game is based on
leaving something of equal or greater value, so if you take
something - leave something. Always bring cool items to trade
and bring something of real worth in case you find something really
cool and you take it. Read the
Geocachers Creed. Other resources are located at
- After you've found a cache, go online to geocaching.com and
write a log. Resist the temptation to type TFTC (Thanks for
the cache), but instead write something meaningful about your
experience at this particular cache.
- If you visit a cache and can't find it, log it in as a DNF
(Did Not Find). Many many experienced cachers have
trouble finding a cache. Be honest about it.
- If you find a Travel Bug, Geocoin or any other trackable item,
do not keep it, but move it to another cache and log it in - or best
of all, leave it in the cache and log it as DISCOVERED! You
get credit for the trackable and you don't have to relocate it..
- Take care to hide the cache back right where you found it and
camouflage it so muggles (non-players) do not find it.
- Don't stick your hand any place you can't see - use your
walking stick to probe for snakes.
- If you own a kayak or canoe, there are many geocaches hidden on
local waterways. You don't need to worry about getting
luxury yacht charters
to navigate the rivers and lakes. Smaller boats are the preferred
- If you decide to hide a cache, wait until
you have found about 50 or 60 before you attempt it so you learn the
ropes. When placing a cache, avoid the temptation to hide a
Micro in the bushes next to a 7-11 or restaurant, etc. These
are known as high muggle areas. Be creative, do your homework,
and place one somewhere which requires the finder to do a hike,
visit a historical area or place of interest. In other words,
send a person on an adventure, not a visit to the Home Depot parking
1) Place the geocache container back where you found it.
Avoid the temptation to "be a better hider" and move the geocache to
a new, more difficult location. The hint and description on the
cache page will no longer be accurate. Other geocachers might not
discover the cache and it could be archived.
2) If you take a Trackable, move it along ASAP.
Geocaching Trackables, like Travel Bugs ®, are launched
by other geocachers with a mission. The Trackables should be moved
from cache to cache. They should never be kept. If you find a
Trackable, try to move it to the next geocache as quickly as
possible. If you're unable to move a Trackable within a few weeks,
leave it for another cacher to move along.
3) Write a "Found it" log you'd like to read.
Share the joy of geocaching by writing logs about your caching
adventure. Tell other cachers about the trail conditions, local
landmarks you enjoyed or the trip to the geocache. Don't forget to
thank the cache owner for placing the cache.
CITO - Cache In Trash Out - Go in for a cache, but carry out
trash. TNLNTFTC - took nothing left nothing
thanks for the cache.