Discover the Thrill of Hiding Geocaches: A Guide for Beginners

If you’re looking for a fun and creative way to explore the outdoors, you can’t go wrong with geocaching! Geocaching is an outdoor recreational activity that involves the use of GPS technology to either hide or find “geocaches” (also known as “caches” or “treasures”). It’s a great way to get out and explore nature, have some fun, and make new friends. In this blog article, we’ll explore the basics of hiding geocaches and provide you with some tips and tricks to ensure a successful geocaching experience.

Introduction to Hiding Geocaches

Hiding geocaches is a great way to add an extra layer of excitement to an outdoor adventure. It’s a fun way to get out and explore nature while also giving someone else the opportunity to do the same. Hiding geocaches can also help add to the geocaching community and connection with other geocachers.

Geocaching is a relatively simple activity that involves hiding a “treasure” in a certain location and then providing GPS coordinates to that location. Other geocachers can then use the coordinates to find the hidden treasure.

The treasures can be anything from trinkets to notes and letters. They can also be anything from a tiny container (like a film canister) to a larger container (like a bucket).

Steps for Hiding Geocaches

Hiding a geocache is a relatively simple process, but there are a few steps that you should take to ensure a successful geocaching experience. Here are the basic steps for hiding a geocache:

  1. Choose a good hiding spot.
  2. Get permission from the landowner if necessary.
  3. Prepare the geocache container.
  4. Place the geocache in the hiding spot.
  5. Log the coordinates of the hiding spot.
  6. List the geocache on a geocaching website.

What to Consider Before Hiding a Geocache

Before you hide a geocache, there are a few things you should consider.

First, you should make sure you have permission from the landowner, property manager or parks department in charge of the property or park.

Second, you should think about where you’ll hide the geocache. A good hiding spot is one that is out of the way and not easily visible. You should also think about how difficult you want the geocache to be to find.

Third, you should think about what type of geocache container you want to use. Different containers have different advantages and disadvantages.

Tips for Hiding Geocaches Successfully

Once you’ve chosen a hiding spot and prepared the geocache container, there are a few tips you should keep in mind to ensure a successful geocaching experience.

First, make sure you log the coordinates of the hiding spot accurately. You should also consider taking a picture of the hiding spot to help other geocachers find it.

Second, be sure to check the weather forecast before you hide the geocache. If there’s a chance of severe weather, you should consider postponing the geocache hide.

Third, make sure you list the geocache on a geocaching website. This will help other geocachers find the hiding spot and will also provide you with feedback on how successful your geocache hide was.

Finally, remember to follow geocache hiding etiquette. This includes refraining from disturbing nature and the environment, being respectful of other geocachers, and not hiding geocaches in prohibited areas.

Popular Geocache Containers

When it comes to geocache containers, there are a few popular options.

The most common type of geocache container is a waterproof container, such as a Tupperware container or a plastic bag. These containers are popular because they are easy to find, inexpensive, and can be used to store a variety of items.

Another popular option is a metal container, such as a film canister or an ammo box. These containers are more durable and can be used to store larger items.

Finally, some geocachers prefer to use a wooden box or a camouflaged container. These containers are more difficult to find and can add an extra layer of challenge to the geocaching experience.

Geocache Hiding Etiquette

When it comes to geocaching, there are a few etiquette rules you should follow.

First, be respectful of the environment. Don’t disturb nature or leave behind any trash.

Second, be respectful of other geocachers. Don’t hide geocaches in areas that are off-limits to geocachers and don’t interfere with other geocachers’ finds.

Third, be careful when hiding geocaches in public areas. Make sure the geocache is not visible to passersby and that it is not easily accessible to children or animals.

Fourth, make sure to securely hide the geocache. Make sure the geocache is securely hidden in a waterproof container and that it is not easily visible.

Finally, remember to follow the guidelines of the geocaching website you’re using. Different websites may have their own rules and guidelines for geocache hiding.


Hiding geocaches is a fun and creative way to add to your geocaching adventure. In this blog article, we’ve explored the basics of hiding geocaches and provided you with some tips and tricks to ensure a successful geocaching experience.

Ready to get started? Discover the thrill of hiding geocaches today!

Related Podcast Episodes

S3E16: Hiding Geocaches – The Basics and a Cacher’s Experiences

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