What is a Trackable Item?
Trackables take many forms. The most popular are Travel Bugs and Geocoins. This information has been taken from the official Geocaching website and edited to suit
What is a Groundspeak Travel Bug?
Simply put, a Groundspeak Travel Bug is a trackable tag that you attach to an item. This allows you to track your item on Geocaching.com. The item becomes a hitchhiker that is carried from cache to cache (or person to person) in the real world and you can follow its progress online.
What is a Geocoin?
A Geocoin is a special coin created by individuals or groups of geocachers as a kind of signature item or calling card. Like Travel Bug® Trackables, each Geocoin is assigned a unique tracking ID which allows them to travel from geocache to geocache or to be passed amongst friends, picking up stories along the way. Geocoins are often created to commemorate a special place or even an event. WestOz have commisioned a Geocoin for each of our WA GOES BIG events and many of these are in geocachers collections, or travelling the world.
What does a Travel Bug do?
It's really up to the owner of the bug to give it whatever task they desire. Or no task at all. The fun of a Travel Bug is inventing new goals for the Travel Bug to achieve. One Bug's goal may be to reach a specific country, or travel to 10 countries.
How does a Travel Bug work?
Each Travel Bug has its own unique tracking number stamped on it. This tracking number is used as proof by the user that they found the item. It also doubles as a way for the user to locate the personal web page for the Travel Bug.
Travel Bug Trackables are tracked with the help of users who go online and 'grab' them from caches, or receive them from users. The idea is by picking up and dropping off Travel Bug Trackables on the web site you are mirroring the Bug's real world adventures. Each Travel Bug has its own 'diary' that follows its movements.
What do I do if I find a Travel Bug?
Don't panic! You have already made the first step by visiting this web site, where you can log that you found it. There is a how-to page that explains in more detail how to pick up and drop off Travel Bug Trackables.
I think I found a Travel Bug but there was no tag. Is it a Travel Bug?
Probably not. Some people have created their own systems for tracking objects. If it doesn't have a tracking number it isn't tracked on Geocaching.com. With exception to some geocoins, you should also see the Travel Bug barcode logo for it to be a legitimate Travel Bug.
Do you track geocoins?
Yes, we track a large variety of geocoins. For more information, please visit the Geocoin section.
How do Geocoins work?
Because each Geocoin is assigned a unique tracking number, its progress can be tracked online through logs posted by the finders. There are different types of logs that can be made on a Geocoin's personal home page, including picking up or dropping off the coin, and "discovering" the coin. When you log, you'll have the opportunity to share your thoughts on the Geocoin page and to upload any photos associated with it. In addition, by logging a Geocoin your online collection will reflect that you found that particular coin.
What do I do if I find a Geocoin?
Don't panic! You have already made the first step by visiting this web site, where you can log that you found it. We have a How to Use a Geocoin page that explains in more detail how to pick up and drop off geocoins.
What do I do if I find an unactivated Geocoin?
Oftentimes, geocachers will place unactivated Geocoins in a cache for others to have. In some cases, the activation code has not been included. If you need to obtain an activation code for your Geocoin, please visit the Geocoin manufacturer's website. Visit this Help Center article for information on locating manufacturers.
Is there any Trackable etiquette?
Use the Golden Rule when you find a Trackable item. Most owners would rather see their Travel Bug do a lot of travelling, so try not to hold on to it for too long. If you plan on holding onto the bug or coin for more than 2 weeks, make sure to send a courtesy email to the owner letting them know.
How do I get a Trackable Item?
A travel bug can be an exciting addition to geocaching. People (especially kids) love seeing where their travel bug has travelled. Once you register a travel bug, you can follow it’s journey on it official geocaching page. You can even view a map (which makes it all seem real). There are a number of sellers that sell travel bugs (and other trackable items). West Oz Geocaching is proud to have GroundZero Geocaching Supplies as a sponsor of our WA GOES BIG events. A link can be found here to their online store.