How to Make Your Own Geocache: A Beginner’s Guide

Geocaching is an exciting outdoor activity that involves finding hidden containers using GPS-enabled devices. If you’re an avid geocacher and want to take your hobby to the next level, hiding your own geocache can be a fun challenge. However, it’s not as simple as hiding a container in a random location. Here are some tips to help you get started.

The first step to hiding a geocache is to gain experience by finding more geocaches. It’s recommended that you find at least 100 geocaches before hiding your own, so that you can get a better understanding of what makes a great geocache. This will also help you gather some great ideas and figure out what you like and don’t like.

Once you’re ready to hide your own geocache, the next step is to find a suitable location. Make sure that the location is at least a tenth of a mile away from any existing geocaches and is in a place where geocaches are allowed. It’s also important to choose a spot that’s safe, easily accessible, and memorable.

After you’ve found the perfect location, it’s time to choose a container. Your container should be durable, waterproof, and well-labeled. There are many different types of containers to choose from, such as Tupperware containers, ammo boxes, and even fake rocks or logs. Whatever container you choose, make sure to add a logbook and any other items you want to include.

When placing your geocache, make sure to get accurate coordinates, take note of the difficulty and terrain ratings, and remember your geocache’s size. Then, plug all of this information into and write a clear and descriptive hint to help geocachers find your container.

Once you’ve submitted your geocache for review, a community volunteer will review the details to make sure that it fits within the guidelines. If everything looks good, your geocache will be published and ready for geocachers to find.

Hiding a geocache can be a fun and rewarding experience, but it takes time and commitment to make sure that your geocache is enjoyable for years to come. By following these tips, you can create a geocache that will challenge and delight geocachers of all skill levels.