Creation Caches can come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Traditionally, average size boxes have been tupperware or food containers, which can be sealed against the weather. But jars, and even ammo boxes are also used. Small caches can be made from old 35mm film canisters (if you have any left lying around!). Old pill containers also make good mini caches. Micro caches are often made from bison tubes.
For the purposes of this site, I have defined 4 categories. Most caches should fit into at least one of these.
A traditional cache will usually contain a logbook and pen or pencil. There will also be an explanatory leaflet, and a couple of fun items for exchange purposes. These caches will typically be the size of a sandwich box. The items inside the cache will often be placed inside a sealable plastic bag, for double protection against the weather.
To all intents and purposes, these are the same as traditional caches, but much smaller. The logbook will usually be a rolled up strip of paper. You will usually have to bring your own pen (BYOP). There will be no room for exchange trinkets. However, don’t dismiss these caches. They are always great fun. Micro caches are often used in conjunction with:
In the case of a Puzzle Cache, the co-ordinates given only get you into the vicinity of the cache – not to the cache itself. There will then be a set of questions that you need to answer. These often yield numerical answers, enabling digits to be calculated, in order to find the actual co-ordinates of the cache proper. Once you have solved the puzzle, you proceed to find the real location of the cache.
There are certain areas where the placement of a real cache would not be possible. Such areas would include Pensacola’s Navy Air Station base, which, though heavily guarded, and requiring an ID check to enter, is nevertheless open to the public and contains a number of interesting tourist sites (Fort Barrancas, Advance Redoubt, Pensacola Lighthouse, Naval Air Museum). Other restricted areas include national parks. Sometimes, even though a real cache would be allowed, the cache creator just prefers a virtual cache at their site. In order to “score” a virtual cache, the player will need to answer one or two questions, based on information or observations at the scene. Some cache creators want you to email the answers to them, before you can claim the cache as found. Others will simply accept on trust that you have played the game! (After all, you are only cheating yourselves if you do – there are no prizes!).