Geocaching is an outdoor recreational activity, where participants use a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver or mobile device and other navigational techniques to hide and seek containers, called “geocaches” or “caches,” at specific locations marked by coordinates all over the world. These caches typically contain a logbook and may include various items for trade.


  • Physical Activity: Encourages walking, hiking, and sometimes climbing to reach cache locations.
  • Mental Exercise: Enhances problem-solving skills and spatial awareness through navigation.
  • Educational Value: Offers learning opportunities in geography, environmental science, and technology.
  • Community Engagement: Connects participants with a global community of geocachers and promotes teamwork and family bonding.


  • Websites: – the official site for geocaching activities worldwide.
  • YouTube Channels: TheGCDoc – provides tips, tricks, and geocaching adventures.
  • Apps: The official Geocaching® app – offers access to the most extensive list of geocaches worldwide.
  • Books: “The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Geocaching” by the Editors & Staff of (available on Amazon)

Best Age to Start

Geocaching is suitable for all ages, but children as young as 6 years old can particularly enjoy the treasure hunt aspect under adult supervision.

Equipment and Materials

  • GPS Device or Smartphone: With geocaching app installed. Smartphone cost: Varies, GPS device cost: $100-$500.
  • Comfortable Walking/Hiking Shoes: Essential for outdoor terrain. Cost: $40-$120.
  • Weather-Appropriate Clothing: To stay comfortable outdoors. Cost: $50-$200.
  • Small Trade Items: Optional, for exchanging in caches. Cost: $1-$10 per item.
  • Monthly Cost: Minimal, primarily for transportation to different geocaching locations.
  • Membership Fees: Free to start, but a premium membership on offers additional features for about $30/year.

Starting Tips

  • Start with easy to find, low-difficulty caches to get familiar with the activity.
  • Read logs of previous finders on the geocaching website or app for hints and tips.
  • Respect the environment and cache properties by following “Cache In, Trash Out” and other geocaching etiquette guidelines.
  • Keep the activity fun and respectful, leaving caches as you found them for others to enjoy.

Mastery Requirements

  • Find a wide variety of cache types in different locations, including multi-caches, puzzle caches, and virtual caches.
  • Hide and maintain your own caches, contributing to the geocaching community.
  • Participate in geocaching events and activities, sharing experiences and learning from others.

Famous Geocachers

  • While there are no widely recognized celebrities in geocaching, many enthusiasts become well-known within the community for their inventive caches and contributions to the sport.

To master geocaching, participants should engage regularly, exploring a variety of locations and cache types. Developing skills in navigation, puzzle-solving, and contributing to the community by hiding your own caches and participating in clean-up efforts enhances the experience for everyone involved.