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I did wonder whether there were any long standing letterboxers whose experience would put me to shame lurking around here, but since the question is now more generalised I feel more qualified to answer! What is letterboxing? It's most commonly practised (and originally started) in Dartmoor, and shares a lot of things with geocaching. It originally started ...
Use an ammunition box - commonly found at Army/Navy surplus stores or on eBay/Craiglist for ~$10 USD, depending on the caliber size of the box. .50 caliber boxes are larger than, say, 30 caliber. Waterproof, cheap, and very durable. Another option is to use Tupperware or something similar if a smaller size is desired. Buy higher-end containers that ...
I live on the edge of Dartmoor and have some hands-on experience of letterboxing. What is letterboxing? It was reportedly started by James Perrott, a Dartmoor guide who placed a bottle for visitors' cards on a cairn at Cranmere Pool in 1854. Before the modern military tracks this was the most remote point of the moor and a fashionable spot to visit. (The ...
Letterboxing is very much the precursor to geocaching, although it's available in relatively limited places compared to the former. Dartmoor is where it was invented, and is thus the most popular place - you can easily find some boxes just by looking under "suspicious" rocks. I believe it's also available elsewhere in some areas in the US, though I'm not ...
A gallon size water jug like this works well, too, although I did have a bear tear apart one in a geocache because it apparently associated that kind of plastic with food.
That would make you a 'naked geocacher'; a player who searches for geocaches by using a map, not a GPS. It's not uncommon, though it is a minority section of the international geocaching community. I cached naked for my first 40 hides, using maps and satellite images from Google Earth - it generally requires more preparation and a longer search at GZ but I ...
I have not done any geocaching but as I understand it, you get the coordinates of the cache and then you go find it with a GPS. Well, you don't need to use the GPS if you don't want to. If you know the coordinates, you can search for it with a map and compass. It will just be harder.
The 'Lock & Lock' brand works well as the four-side locks ensures the seal is tight.
I prefer the rubbermaid containers of various sizes that lock with tabs on all four sizes. You can get small ones right up to very large containers for any size of cache you need.
Letterboxing resources for various locations: Dartmoor http://www.dartmoorletterboxing.org/
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