While most geocache containers are standard tupperware or ammo cans, occasionally you will come across a container that is ingenious and distinctive. The best geocaching caches are disguised to look like something else or to blend into their surroundings.
In urban areas, making the cache blend into the background is very important. You want to make sure that those walking by don’t spot anything out of the ordinary so they will leave it alone. Tiny caches like nanos and micros work good in an urban locale. Micros are typically the size of a 35 mm film canister. Nanos are even smaller – with reference to the size of your fingertip. Nano and micro caches are popular choices in urban settings due to lack of other hiding places that would sustain a larger cache. Because these caches can be located almost anywhere due to their size, they can be exceedingly tough to find even without any camouflage on the container.
Nano caches are typically magnetic which makes them just right for hiding beneath benches or on fences. They can easily be mistaken for a bolt. The typical muggle (non-geocacher) most likely won’t detect anything out of the ordinary. Some of the best nano caches are hidden in plain sight and can baffle even seasoned geocachers.
Nonetheless, you aren’t just restricted to nano caches in urban areas. Adding magnets to a simple electrical outlet cover and painting it to correspond with the background is a simple way to hide a cache in plain sight on utility boxes. Of course this type of cache won’t have room for trading items, but it will hold a baggie with a log when the plate is in place.
If you want to hide a micro in an area that has a fence, look for loose fence post caps. You can easily affix a micro container to the inside of the cap that will hang down into the fence post.
A hollowed out book makes an outstanding cache for hiding in a library or bookstore. Of course you must make sure you have the owner or manger’s permisson first.
Some crafty geocachers disguise their urban caches to look like junk. A cache hidden in a stinky old shoe and hidden in an area with rubble will have other cachers scratching their heads. Crafty geocachers have also fashioned caches from old cans and bottles.
If you are hiding your cache in a wooded area, it is still worthwhile to disguise your container in some way so it stands out less. Interesting geocache containers are a lot more fun to recover than basic Tupperware. The camouflage can be as simple as gluing some leaves, twigs, and moss to the top of your container.
Contemplate duplicating things you find in nature for your geocache containers. You can acquire low-cost bird’s nests at craft stores and conceal them up in a tree. The one downside is that a bird might decide it looks like a good home! If you intend to hide a cache in a rocky area, consider those hide-a-key rocks. If you require a larger cache, you can purchase a plaster mold and make your own rock cache. .
If you are looking to up the difficulty rating a bit, one ingenious idea is to drill out the end of a small log and insert a 35 mm film canister into the hole. Then hide your cache in the woods along with fallen limbs.
When it comes to geocache containers, you truly are limited only by your imagination. If you don’t possess the tools or know-how to make your own, you can search eBay or Amazon for geocache containers. Regardless of whether you make up your own or buy one, a creative container can make the difference between a so-so cache and one that gets people excited about visiting your caches.