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Tuesday, June 9, 2015

What's in my Caching Bag?


What’s in my caching bag depends on which caching bag I am using at the moment and where we are headed.  I have 2 different ones that I regularly use. Now, in order to geocache, all you really need is to sign up on the GC caching pageand if you look at the satellite pictures, you can sometimes guess about where some of the caches are hidden.  But to really get the most out of your caching experience, I suggest investing in a GPS.  So all you really need is a GPS, a pen and to follow the directions on the GC page.

However, I love gadgets and gear.  I am a gear junkie!  I like stuff!  I also believe in the motto:  Be prepared.  See, I am my mother’s daughter.  She was a Girl Scout leader and I was a girl scout.  This is my mom - you've met her before....


My mom is very good at going with the flow.  She handles whatever life thows at her.  She is always up for something fun (especially geocaching) and she never complains.  I like to think that I inherited those traits from her.  So, like any good girl scout (and my mom), I am prepared. 

Ok, so I have 2 basic packs.  The first one is my Eddie Bauer day pack, which we call (originally enough) Kim’s caching bag.  This is the pack I drag literally everywhere with me.  I mean, you never know when a geocache will be nearby and I want to be ready for it.  Especially since Louie, aka the best husband in the world, bought me an ipad recently and I take it everywhere so I can read my ultra important emails geocache alerts at all times. 

Attached to the outside of my bag is Snoopy, who goes everywhere with me.  Also attached is a mace sprayer, a whistle and my nametag that friends brought me back from Hawaii.

Incidentally, I've never used the mace but figure its good to have in case I run into a bear or a mass murderer while in the woods.  The whistle we used once when we got seperated on the trail from my mom and dad and we had to find each other.  It worked really well and better than running thru the forest screeching for each other.  The name tag serves no function at all, other than the fact that I like it. 

Inside my caching bag I have a glove in case I have to stick my hand inside something icky, a small flashlight for peering into dark places, my nuvi 1100 GPS and my Garmin 450 GPS, spare batteries for the 450 and my camera,  a waterproof bag for travel bugs and another waterproof bag with my camera, tweezers (good for slivers AND removing log sheets from tight caches) a magnet attached to a screwdriver and a multi purpose tool.


 All of that gear fits easily into my caching bag and I am prepared for most caches we encounter in between working or running around doing whatever.

My other back pack is used when we are going hiking in the woods for caches or on a day long cache excursion someplace.  This pack is a nice little Swiss Gear pack.  I also have a waterproof windbreaker that I bought from Eddie Bauer.  It's lightweight and rolls up into a ball about the size of a pencil case.  It's a dream to take along cuz I can stuff it into my pocket if I want to.



Inside this backpack we have another waterproof bag ( I love waterproof bags) with 2 bandana's (good for drenching in water and wrapping around your neck if you're hot, or can be wrapped around your head or can be used as a band aid or a sling),  a roll of toilet paper, wet wipes, 2 pairs of gloves, 2 more flashlights (in case we're out at night), a first aid kit and a tri-pod for my camera.


I also have a pencil case stuffed with pens and pencils, asperin, an emergency blanket, an emergency poncho and a firestarting flint.

And last but not least, I have another pencil case with my epi pen and benedryl in case I get stung by something, scissors, small knife, 2 more multi tools, some nylon cord and a mirror (for looking up into spaces).

Here's my bag totally packed.  It doesn't weigh that much and I've easily carried it on my back for 6 hours while hiking.


Check out this cool hiking stick.  We found it in the woods when we were deer hunting last year and I had to have it.  Unfortunatly we cut it a little short.  But I polyurethaned it up and its pretty neat looking.  Mostly I just have it sitting in a corner but sometimes I use it.  I call it "Twisted Sister."


And just to show you that I am not crazy enough well prepared, this is what the back of my car looks like. 
We have a plastic container that holds bug spray, extra water bottles, a complete change of clothes for both of us, a spare backpack, more toilet paper, an extension grabber (for reaching caches up high) and extra shoes in case we get wet or muddy.



And finally, we have our collapsible ladder….


Now, you’re probably looking at all this gear and think it’s way too much stuff to have to invest in.  Again, this is just me.   You really only need that GPS and a pen.  We've been caching tho for over 2 years and during that time we've found things that have come in useful more than once, so we tend to bring them with us.  Like I said, I like to be prepared!  My mom trained me well.

13 comments:

Heather Cook (Lady-Magpie) said...

Well Kim what a great blog, but I'm a little disappointed not to see the kitchen sink in your bag as well. Seriously though you can't risk not being prepared particularly after my major caching accident in Dec 2010 my family first went berserk at me going out caching on my own, then spent all the next Christmas's and Birthdays buying me safty equipment for my caching bag - Oh, bears what are they ???

Kim@Snug Harbor said...

Hi Heather: Black bears are common in Tennessee and grizzly bears or brown bears can still be found in Northwestern United States. My sister has run across black bears several times while hiking in Tennessee. I've never seen one tho.

Big_Dog1970 said...

Great Blog Kim
Looks like you changed the motto from be prepared to Be-yond Prepared....lol. All kidding aside though I have had times when all the stuff you listed could have come in handy for me while out on the trail.
My Wife thinks I'm obsessed with caching because I keep my bag in the car at all times.

Heather Cook (Lady-Magpie) said...

Hi Kim, must admit my question regarding bears was a bit tongue in cheek because we haven't anything dangerous in the UK to really worry about, perhaps adders a slightly verminous snake but not many people are killed by them. The biggest danger out there is probable myself as I tend to forget my limitations as a pensioner, still think I'm a spring chicken.

P.J. said...

It really does amaze me how many things cachers can put in their bags. I don't usually carry too much, but to see what others carry is quite amazing!

BLOODHOUNDED said...

I love the telescoping ladder, that is a must for my geomobile.
Big_Dog1970 - You're not obsessed, you're cachecrazy!

BigAl said...

Kim, great article. I have found that the multi-tool is really worth having around; right Dodger? It sure came in handy on our excursion last year. I too love to see what others carry in their bags. I have a fanny pack that I take most of them time and then also a larger Swiss Army pack for the day trips. Now that I have another truck I need to get all of my caching stuff put back into it.

Kaybe said...

If this Mayan calender-thing ever pans out - I'm heading to Kim's house :D

BLOODHOUNDED said...

Always carry Benadryl! It could quite literally save yours or someone else’s life. A bee sting could kill a person who is allergic. It can also help in the case of poison ivy or any type of allergenic reaction. It's a must have.

sparkle100-havealook.blogspot.com said...

Kim thanks for dropping in on my blog to my bear story.

I see you have the maze. Do you really think you wont push the maze at your self in shock. It has happened or even be brave to aim fire with the maze when he stands up tall. I dont think so.

Oh Momma prepared you well first aid as well. Insect repellent for sure. Those bugs. Lordy, lordy.

Oh yes I was thinking too. Everything but the kitchen sink you have.

That is your gear wow it looks mighty loaded. You to carry that as your a tiny lady. It must weigh you down.


Enjoyed your blog and Momma.

Shelia said...

Oh, this was a great idea to have a blog about caching since so many of us have never heard of it. I'm amazed at all you take with you. The glove sounds like a very smart thing! :) Happy Thanksgiving, sweet friend.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

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