TOTT aka What should I bring?
Posted 04 April 2010 - 06:49 PM
It seems that every time I go out, I find a cache but can't log it because I don't have a needed "Tool of the Trade" to retrieve it. Last week it was a set of grabbers... today it was a pair of tweezers.
So what do you guys carry with you? I know this will vary a lot depending on where you're caching and what time of the year it is.
Posted 04 April 2010 - 08:08 PM
- Minimag flashlight
- Pen and backups
- Spare AA batteries
- Spare minimag flashlight bulbs
- Pocket notebook
Thats more than I've ever needed to find a cache. However, there were some that necessitated some Macgyver like creativity to create TOTT from what was lying around the cache.
Of course, when out hiking I carry all necessary survival stuff as well.
Posted 04 April 2010 - 09:09 PM
Most of my finds are rural caches, I usually carry a backpack with a few trade items, a flashlight, spare pens and pencils, water, first aid kit, snacks, rain gear, and other things depending on the season and weather.
Oh, and spare batteries. I keep a pack in the car and one in my backpack.
Posted 05 April 2010 - 12:51 PM
flashlights x 2
mirror on telescopic handle
magnetic grabber with light
spare rite in the rain logsheets
Posted 05 April 2010 - 01:13 PM
I found wet wipes to be very nice to have around as well.
Oops, I guess this thread is about retrieval tools. I have a Gerber multi-tool and a Leatherman Skeletool, the Skeletool is nice but overkill for just geocaching. A rubber glove or something that gives grip when opening some containers is also useful. A paper clip or safety pin - you never know when a thin piece of metal can be useful. I've also improvised with branches and twigs when I have to.
This post has been edited by Chrysalides: 05 April 2010 - 01:18 PM
Posted 05 April 2010 - 03:29 PM
Two water bottles
Tecnu (for Poison Oak)
a small first aid kit
Extra logbook paper
washcloths for drying out the inside of wet caches
a couple of snacks
a pair of dry socks or two
small notebook for noting trackables
geotools: magnets, tweezers, paperclips
gloves and CITO bags
That's what we carry in our bag, also we bring a camera and our cell phones. Husband has a leatherman.
Posted 05 April 2010 - 06:16 PM
Some kind of magnet
A ferrous nut or bolt in case you have to retrieve something magnetic (use the string)
Skinny pokey stick
Comb (to remove cholla cactus)
Needle pliers in case the comb doesn't get then all