It’s easy to create your first geocache and all you need can be found in your local Canadian Tire shop.
In this article, I’ll concentrate on a bigger cache container. If you’re looking for nano or micro containers, visit Bison Designs.
So first of all, let’s choose a container that can withstand the weather. One of the best on the market can be found in Canadian Tire:
- Lock & Lock 3.9 L Rectangular Container – http://www.canadiantire.ca/en/pdp/lock-lock-3-9-l-rectangular-container-1425201p.html#srp in Kitchen Food Storage & Wraps Food Containers. This is a 100% airtight and liquid tight waterproof plastic container that is one of the best choices you can make for your geocache, don’t go for cheap substitutes from Ebay.
- Another good choice is a Clearlock Plastic container, you can buy 3 pieces for $19.99. I’ve tested them personally and even though they only say they are airtight, they are liquid tight as well. Here is the link: http://www.canadiantire.ca/en/pdp/clearlock-plastic-container-set-6-pc-1425078p.html#srp and you’ll find it in Kitchen Food Storage & Wraps and Food / Containers section. This way you pay less and end up with 3 geocaches.
Next thing is to mask your container, so it’s not visible. One of the best options is to use camo tapes. One of these two from Canadian Tire would do a good job:
- Gorilla Camo Duct Tape – http://www.canadiantire.ca/en/pdp/gorilla-camo-duct-tape-0676180p.html#srp in Tools & Hardware Caulking & Adhesives Tapes
- Duck Brand Camo Duct Tape – http://www.canadiantire.ca/en/pdp/duck-brand-camo-duct-tape-10-yards-0751448p.html#srp in Sports & Rec Hunting Hunting Blinds, Tree Stands & Camouflage
Lock & Lock containers are fantastic, but we should nevertheless protect the cache contents with a zippered plastic bag, just in case there is a small leak, these are the best:
- Ziploc Medium Freezer Bags – http://www.canadiantire.ca/en/pdp/ziploc-medium-freezer-bags-20-pk-0532754p.html#srp in Kitchen Food Storage & Wraps Wraps, Foils & Resealable Bags
And once you have everything collected:
Now we need to clearly identify our cache as a geocache, the best thing is to mark the cache container with the words “Official Geocache,” the name of the cache, and appropriate contact information.
Final result could look something like this:
You could buy one of the Official Geocache labels, as shown above, but you can also use a sharpie black marker and write it on the top of the box. Sharpie Liquid Tip Black Marker will mark on almost any surface, including wet or oily areas and this permanent marker is water resistant, fade resistant, and non-smearing:
- Sharpie Liquid Tip Black Marker – http://www.canadiantire.ca/en/pdp/sharpie-liquid-tip-black-marker-1424159p.html#srp in Household & Pets Office Supplies Pens, Pencils & Markers Markers
Next, you will need a logbook:
- Five Star Fat Coil Book – http://www.canadiantire.ca/en/pdp/five-star-fat-coil-book-1424158p.html#srp in Household & Pets Office Supplies Notebooks & Pads.
Include a note to welcome the cache finder. The note, available here, has been translated into several languages and explains the activity in case someone accidentally finds your cache.
And add a soft pencil (pens tend to freeze and become useless):
- Soft Pencil – http://www.canadiantire.ca/en/pdp/paper-mate-canadiana-pencils-24-pk-1424181p.html#srp in Household & Pets Office Supplies Pens, Pencils & Markers Pencils
And it’s not a bad idea to include a pencil sharpener:
- Pencil Sharpener – http://www.canadiantire.ca/en/pdp/pencil-sharpener-1424153p.html in Household & Pets Office Supplies Scissors, Sharpeners & Rulers
Lastly, you can put items of your choice into the cache, which is recommended, but not necessary. What you place into your cache is up to you, budget permitting. People of all ages hide and seek caches, so think carefully before placing an item into a cache. Explosives, ammunition, knives, drugs and alcohol should not be placed in a cache. Respect the local laws. Note that food items are always a bad idea. Animals have better noses than humans, and in some cases caches have been chewed through and destroyed because of food items in a cache. Please do not put food in a cache.