Geocache Containers and Sizes
Popular regular sized caches found in Scotland is the every day clip-top containers. If placed well and maintained properly these containers can survive many years out in the elements and protect the contents of the geocache.
A sure fire winner to put a smile on a geocachers face is the ammo can. These boxes were designed for storage and generally constructed of metal. Finding an ammo can will bring delight to the hunter and is the equivalent of that free toy dropping from the cereal box in the morning.
What makes a good cache,
Clean – Old food containers, pill bottles, etc. should be thoroughly washed to remove any trace of their previous contents.
Water Tight – The containers should have a good seal to prevent moisture, water, dirt, and critters from making their way in.
Weather Resistant – A container should be able to stand the test of time in our elements.
Clearly Marked – The exterior of the container should be marked as a Geocache with a permanent marker, paint, or sticker.
Transparent – A good practice is to use a clear container so that the contents can be easily seen (due to security concerns)
Functional – Finders should be able to open and close the container without tools or hurting themselves.
A very good resource for guidelines within the UK when placing geocaches can be found at the GAGB website.
A great bird hide from Quirky Caches
Some caches are smaller and present more of a challenge to find them. A commonlly used small cache is the film canister, if used in relative dry places and away from the harsh Scottish rain. It must be remembered that these caches are not waterproof.
Some geocaches are very small (and evil) and can take quite a while, at times, to find them. These are usually classed as nano's. Mostly this type of cache can be found hidden in major cities and towns.
Another well used smaller cache is the bison tube. If maintained well, the bison can last years in the Scottish climate. Bisons can usually be adapted to any area and provide an entertaining find if used in a creative manner. A creative hide will always put a smile on the finders face and as an owner the 'Found It' logs can be quite amusing.
Then we have the small evil to find crafty caches. These can come in an a range of fake every day objects, from fake bolts, ivy leaf or bark to thin magnetic strips. These can sometimes take even the most experience cacher a while to find.
Once you start exploring the various different creative geocaches available out there, the sky is literally the limit. Creative cache containers can be custom built and adapted to almost any environment.
The limit of the creativeness is only your imagination and the skills that you have in making them. Creative geocachers provide the community with some of the most awesome built and at times, truly ingenious hides.
One of best builders of creative caches in the UK is Quirky Caches, all home made containers of all shapes & sizes that Pop, Lock & Drop are all hand built in his shed. Please check out Quirky Caches store here.
No matter what the size, some of best creative geocachers are able to custom make and place caches in plain sight. Muggles walk past them every day, but only a geocacher knows they are there.
What makes a poor cache,
Anything shaped or marked in manner that it can be misconstrued as a sinister object.
Prone To Rusting – Unprotected metal containers will rust after exposed to moisture (morning, dew, rain, snow, flash flood) and we get alot of that in Scotland.
Poorly constructed – Takeway plastic containers are very brittle and don't usually last more than a week.
Cardboard – A cache made out of a shoe box or similiar will not hold up to the elements.
Geocaching containers come in all different shapes and sizes. The main rule for all caches is they will all require a logbook for fellow cachers to write their name into, to prove to the owner, that they found the cache.
Some caches are larger and are quickly and easily found. Often they will be filled with swag and other things to swap. These are great geocaches for kids to find. Just remember one of the golden guidelines, If you take a item from the geocache, leave something family-friendly of equal or greater value. Avoid placing food or scented items as these attract animals. (The last thing we want is to attract wild haggi to our caches)