Geocaching is an international sport or game that uses GPS technology to hide and find small containers out in the world. Some are hidden in forests or deserts, while others are hidden in bustling urban areas. Wherever a geocacher chooses to hide their cache, he or she must be sure to use the correct type of cache container. Below is an overview of the different types of geocache containers as well as interesting ways to camouflage them.
Nano and Micro Containers
Micro cache containers are tiny, and nano containers are even smaller. They often consist of waterproof match containers, bison tubes, altoid mint tins, film canisters, magnetic hide-a-key containers, and other items of that size.
Micro containers can be more difficult to find than larger caches, but not always. Really, it is the manner in which they are hidden that makes a good hunt. Micro cache containers are often hidden in urban or suburban areas, though some are hidden in the woods as well. Geocachers often complain about a camouflaged film canister hanging on a branch halfway up a pine tree in the middle of the forest.
Regular Size Containers
Regular, or traditional, size cache containers can be anything from a Tupperware bowl to a large ammo can from an army surplus store. These containers not only contain the logbook that is essential to every geocache, but often contains swag to trade. Swag consists of small, inexpensive items that geocachers trade for. You will most likely find a regular, or traditional, sized geocache in a more rural setting, or at least a suburban park. It can be difficult to hide a large canister in the city without it being found by non-geocachers.
Many people camouflage their cache containers to make them more difficult to find. An easy way to do this is through the use of camo colored paint of camo printed duct tape. Other people enjoy being more extravagant in their camouflage techniques by using tree bark, dried leaves, silk plants, or even dirt and sand. They glue these objects to the actual cache container and then hide it in a corresponding spot.
In some instances, the cache container is a natural thing itself. There are stories of people hollowing out logs and even rocks and putting the cache inside.
Some geocachers get really creative with their cache containers. People have hidden caches inside spooky Halloween decorations. Imagine coming across a severed monster head in the woods? Others hide the caches inside plastic rats, owls, and squirrels.
Some unusual micro and nano cache containers include hollowed out bolts put into fences, pinecones, and even acorns and other nuts.
Choosing the write geocache cache container is important if you want to create a fun experience for the other cachers. Whether you choose a tiny micro container or a traditional sized cache, it must be designed to make a fun experience for the geocacher who comes to find it.