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Buying Geocaching Gear

Updated on March 6, 2013

If you've started playing the global treasure-hunting game known as geocaching, you already know how addictive your new hobby can be. And of course, when we all discover a new hobby, we want to buy stuff to go along with it. Even though geocaching is a pretty simple sport that doesn't require much gear, there are a few fun things you can shop for to compliment your outings.

There are many stores online that sell geocaching stuff, and most carry these items. A few good shops are Shop Groundspeak and 3 Geeks Outdoor Store.

Geocaching Patch
Geocaching Patch

Showing Off Stuff

There are always T-shirts, hats and more available for any sport or hobby. You can choose from a selection of items with the geocaching logo or catchy slogan. A big patch, button or pin will add some colour to your geocaching bag.

Cache Containers
Cache Containers

For the Cache Owner

If you like placing caches as well as finding them, you can buy official cache containers and supplies. Nothing wrong with the old Tupperware tub or coffee can, but why not splurge and get a container imprinted with a logo and explanation. Some geocaching stores even sell real ammo cans for the more industrial caches. You can also find logbooks and logo pencils too.



Most trade items are just small trinkets, that you might find at the local dollar store. But you can also buy custom-designed minted "coins" to use instead. These coins are highly sought after, and it is usually indicated on the main geocaching website when one has been spotted at a cache. You will need to shop at a place that makes them, rather than at your usual swag shop. Some good sites are the Geocoin Store and Geocoin Design. These coins have tracking numbers, so you can use the website to watch how it travels from cache to cache as people register their finds. You can buy coins in existing designs, or even pay to have a custom one made just for you.

Geocaching travel bugs
Geocaching travel bugs

Travel Bugs

Like Geocoins, travel bugs are another item that gets tracked from cache to cache. These are less expensive than Geocoins because they are simple metal dog-tags with their tracking number imprinted on them. The intention is that you attach a travel bug to some other fun item, and then let it get passed from location to location. You just need to register them before you start dropping them in caches, so that they can be watched.

Cache in / Trash out
Cache in / Trash out


CITO stands for cache in / trash out, and is just a variation on the above merchandise. As we are all crashing around in the bush looking for the next cache, we are encouraged to pick up litter and trash on our way back out. There are CITO patches and T-shirts, as well as large garbage bags with the geocaching logo. You can even buy small canisters of CITO bags to leave in caches so the next finder will have a bag of their own to collect garbage.


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      Anonumous 6 years ago

      Hii, i love geocaaching but i did not understand a word u said???

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      red 3 7 years ago

      i am looking for a door mat that i can have the coordinates to my home put on. there is one on skymall but it use the zip code for the coordinates and we all know how irritating it is when the cache is not at the coordinates. any help on where to find such a mat?

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      Camping Dan 8 years ago

      I have done geocaching alot but I did not know that you could buy these items to make it even more fun. I started looking for caches in the Rockies while I hiked and then my kids found it and we were all hooked on the treasure hunt.

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      wmd 8 years ago from South Jersey

      Hey... it is great to find other geocachers here on hubpages. I just discovered this hobby a few days ago and I am already hooked. As with anything that I become addicted to I have started writing about it and will be starting a blog about my geocaching adventures.

      What is your username on Mine is

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      brawnydt 8 years ago

      Good job, I love geocaching, it's totally going to be taking off since people can't travel as much as they used to. Why not an adventure in your own back yard?

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      Adam Tuckley 9 years ago

      I'm new with Geocaching and i'm interested in meeting other geocachers. please visit my site at Thanks!!

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      Geocoins for Sale 9 years ago

      Nice intro to geocaching

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      Terri Paajanen 10 years ago from someplace in Canada

      I have a more introductory article on Geocaching:

      Give it a try. It's very addictive :)

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      Elisabeth Sowerbutts 10 years ago from New Zealand

      I'm still lost - exactly what is geocaching= a treasure hunt and you have to find the GPS coords!

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      Bill Smith, Spokane WA 10 years ago

      Check out the Geocache Gazette at for a list of geocaching blogs, stories, videos, and news.