Tips: Geocaching Containers

 
There are two elements which are needed to create a good quality geocache: an appropriate container, and a good location.
 
A good quality geocache, one that will become a favorite for finders and require minimal maintenance for you, the hider, begins with selecting an appropriate container.
 
While there is an endless list as to what could be a geocache container, the ones presented here have been tried, tested and found true; they are the standards to which all other containers are compared, and they are the ones that I would highly recommend anyone hiding a geocache use. 
 

Traditional Ammo Can Cache

 
~ One of the most durable containers is the military surplus ammunition can, or "ammo can."
 
~ These are sturdy,  waterproof containers that have plenty of room for a logbook, trade items, and Travel Bugs. They are a favorite with younger geocachers.
 
~ One concern with the ammo can is that to non-geocachers, they may appear "dangerous," which is why it is extremely important to clearly label the container with "Official Geocache."

"Tupperware in the Woods"

 
~ The next most common geocache container is the Lock-n-Lock style plastic storage container.
 
~ Unlike other types of plastic storage containers, the Lock-n-Lock uses a silicon gasket to keep the seal from deteriorating, as well as ensuring that the contents remain dry. They are also easy to open and close.
 
~ These plastic containers come in a variety of shapes and sizes; provide plenty of space for logbook, trade items and Travel Bugs; and can be spray painted to match the surrounding environment, but again, should still be clearly labeled "Official Geocache." 

The Crafty Microcache

 ~ A "microcache" can vary in size and form. The traditional micro-container is the 35mm film canister, or waterproof match container (shown above). Other "micros" can be bison tubes, plastic pre-form tubes, and small magnetic nanos. They rarely ever hold more than the logsheet, and perhaps a "stubby" pencil.
 
~ Micro-containers are best suited for Urban-Caches, "evil" hides, and Park-n-Grab geocaches.
 
~ Of all the geocache containers, "micros" tend to require the most maintenance. Due to the fact that many Urban-Caches require micro-containers, they are often found and, mistakenly, removed by non-geocachers.
 
~ The seals on these containers are usually made of rubber, which deteriorates over time, leaving the contents of the microcache vulnerable to the elements. 
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