Guest Post: Tools of the trade: What every Geocacher needs

Every master tradesman has a toolbox full of the things he needs to ply his trade. A carpenter has hammers and nails, a mechanic has screwdrivers and wrenches, and an electrician has wire snips and needle-nose pliers. Geocachers are no different; they also need to fill their toolbox with the right tools in order to complete their treasure-hunting missions. Having just the right gadget for the job at hand, can make all the difference and add to the excitement.

Ask a bunch of geocachers what they carry in their packs or kits, and you will likely get a bunch of different answers. Most geocachers will agree that there are a number of items that every hunter must have, but there are also some that are influenced by the local weather and terrain, some that are dictated by the hunter’s level of experience, and some that are simply personal preference. Every geocacher needs a GPS device of some sort, a compass, a pen or pencil to add your entry to the logbook, some geoswag to leave or swap with items in the cache, a flashlight, drinking water, and a first aid kit – just in case!

So you’ve got your basics, what else can you add to your toolbox to make your hunting easier and more fun? Maybe you would like to bring along a camera to document your search or to photograph your findings so you can post pictures on your Facebook page. Perhaps some binoculars for checking out the wildlife or scenery as you close in on your coordinates. If the geocache you are hunting is hidden in a rocky area or up a steep climb, you might want to take a walking stick along. To more experienced hikers, that may seem silly, but one good save from a fall will make it all worth it

geocaching-metaldetectorMore and more geocachers are using metal detectors while on the hunt. There are several ways that adding a metal detector to your geocaching toolbox will enhance the adventure. Geocache containers are to be hidden within 20 feet of their given coordinates, making the area to be searched fairly large. Many of these containers are made of metal, or at least contain some metal parts, so a metal detector can make finding the container quicker and easier, especially if it is partially or completely covered by dirt, or hidden in the brush. For the avid hunter, a metal detector also makes it possible to geocache year-round. In colder climates, where there is snowfall in the winter, a metal detector comes in handy locating treasure covered by snow, and die-hard hunters don’t have to take a break for the season. If you geocache as a family, allowing the kids to use a detector while you hunt for a well-hidden cache may provide them (and you) a much needed distraction from the patience required, while still allowing them to feel involved in the game. Be sure to bring a whistle for the kids (a good safety item for everyone, really), and of course, you’ll have to throw some snacks in there, too.

Many geocachers also bring some replacement parts in their packs as well. You never know when a logbook may have gotten wet and needs to be changed out for future geocachers, or if a container has been damaged in some way. It’s a caching courtesy to take care of the treasure so others can continue to experience the thrill of finding the prize.

The items in your geocaching toolbox are likely to grow and change as you go about your hunting. Take what works for you and have a great time on your adventures!

gene_1fGene Knight is the Director of Sales at Kellyco Metal Detectors and an avid treasure hunter.

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Guest Post: Tips for Geocaching with a Metal Detector

 If you happen to live in the Northern Latitudes like our primary Blogger (North 43, to be exact), where the snow flies, admit it, you’ve considered this before in the winter! Or maybe that elusive “needle in a haystack” ammo can in the woods with hundreds of potential hiding spots, all while under heavy tree cover with a spotty GPS signal. We were approached by Michael Bernzweig, and his brother Daniel Bernzweig, co-owners of Detector Electronics Corp. (found on the web at and asked if we’d be interested in publishing an article that Daniel recently wrote. Absolutely we will! Check out their website of course, for all your personal and commercial metal detecting needs, and be sure to check out the History & Friends page on their site, which gives an excellent history of their family owned business (they are brothers, and the 2nd generation owners), and be sure to check out the Customer Reviews page on the site as well. Note that we’ve made the text “Metal Detectors are useful in Geocaching” a clickable link to an article by Michael, that is hosted on their website.

Tips for Geocaching With a Metal Detector
By Daniel Bernzweig

When you’re out geocaching a metal detector can be a great help. Similarly, if you’re looking for new places to go with your metal detector geocaching can be the perfect solution. Basically, geocaching with a metal detector can be a lot of fun and, will make finding most caches easier.

Geocaching of course doesn’t require a metal detector in any way. In fact, most geocachers use only their GPS to find the hidden caches. However, in many situations using a metal detector while geocaching has proved very helpful. For example, in colder climates geocachers can only enjoy their hobby when there’s no snow on the ground, unless they have a metal detector that is! And, when out with the family, using a metal detector can help make finding the caches easier, and will give the kids something interesting to do along the way for added enjoyment.

When choosing which machine will make the best geocaching metal detector, be sure to consider the terrain in the areas you frequent most. There are geocaches hidden all around the United States, and the world in all types of locations. If you want to focus on underwater geocaches for example, you’ll want an underwater metal detector. Other features to consider are the machine’s weight, display (visual or audio), and size. Be sure to read the article entitled “Metal Detectors are Useful in Geocaching” for some great tips on equipment selection.

You’ll also want to be sure to be well prepared for your trip. In addition to your metal detector and your GPS you’ll want to be sure to pack along extra batteries for both, food, water, a first aid kit, a map of the area, and other necessities like these. And, while most geocaches aren’t buried, if you find other treasures along the way, you’ll want some digging tools including a metal detecting shovel and serrated digging knife. 

Both Geocaching and Metal Detecting are also hobbies that hold a respect for the land they get to enjoy.  Basically, any participant in either hobby is to leave the place as they found it. Don’t cut trees or otherwise deface the property. If you do dig, use your tools to lift up sod so its easily replaceable and disturb the area as little as possible. 

Lastly, both of these hobbies also insist on having a good time! Participants in geocaching and metal detecting are looking for adventure and excitement; and they find both with these hobbies. Don’t take our word for it though, head out to enjoy some geocaching with a metal detector today!

About the author: Daniel Bernzweig manages in Southborough, MA. He has written on the subject of treasure hunting and metal detecting since the mid 1980’s. He enjoys traveling with his metal detector and helping to educate others in the correct use of metal detectors in their explorations.