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Geocaching is an outdoor recreational activity, in which participants use a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver or mobile device and other navigational techniques to hide and seek containers, called "geocaches" or "caches", at specific locations marked by coordinates all over the world.
A typical cache is a small waterproof container containing a logbook and sometimes a pen or pencil. The geocacher signs the log with their established code name and dates it, in order to prove that they found the cache. After signing the log, the cache must be placed back exactly where the person found it. Larger containers such as plastic storage containers or ammunition boxes can also contain items for trading, such as toys or trinkets.
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Trackables are physical game pieces that move from geocache to geocache. Types of trackables include: geocoins, tags, t-shirts, and more!
In most cases, trackables want to travel. Use the tracking code on the trackable to look up its goal. Log trackables in order to move them along
Trackables can be found in geocaches, your inventory, or through the trackable code search on geocaching.com
Use the tracking code to access the trackable details page and then choose the appropriate log type.
You can shop for trackables on our website. You can choose to design a custom item or buy one that is ready made.
Once you receive your trackable, drop it in a geocache to send it on its way.
SWAG – or Stuff We All Get. SWAG is something that represents a geocacher, their interests, or where they’re from! Geocachers trade swag with others while at events or out looking for caches. SWAG can also be left behind in caches to let other know you have been there. SWAG is meant to be kept, just be sure to leave something for the next person by trading up or trading evenly.
The easiest way to differentiate between a trackable item and SWAG is to look for a tracking code on the item. Tracking codes can be found on the item directly, such as written or engraved, or attached to it via a tag.