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An introduction to Travel Bugs and Geocoins.

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  1. 1. Trackables<br />An introduction to Travel Bugs and Geocoins<br />By TripCyclone<br />For Educational Use. Please do not reuse without permission.<br />
  2. 2. What are Trackables?<br />Trackables are a unique trading item that geocachers can send out on missions or add to personal collections.<br />There are three varieties of trackables out there:<br />Travel bugs<br />Geocoins<br />Custom & other Trackables<br />
  3. 3. Travel Bugs<br />Travel bugs are random items with a specialized dog tag attached.<br /><ul><li>Each tag has a unique tracking # that can be entered on the Geocaching website.
  4. 4. The owner decides what item to attach to the tag and what goals it has.</li></li></ul><li>Geocoins<br />Geocoins are coins with a variety of designs created by geocachers.<br /><ul><li>Each tag has a unique tracking # that can be entered on the Geocaching website.
  5. 5. The owner decides whether to release with a goal, or keep in their collection.</li></li></ul><li>Custom Trackables<br />Customized trackablescome in a variety of forms.<br />Decals<br />Tattoos<br />Patches<br />Keychains<br />Clothing<br />
  6. 6. General Trackable Rules<br />The only rule regarding trackables is that they are not for keeps. They belong to someone, and were released so that they could travel. Without permission from the owner, no trackable should be kept. They should be moved to a new location.<br />
  7. 7. Trackable Etiquette<br />There are a variety of common views about handling trackables:<br />Try to aid the mission if possible<br />Don’t hold for more than two weeks without contacting the owner.<br />Trade 1 for 1<br />Trackables don’t require trading<br />If you don’t intend to log it, don’t grab it.<br />
  8. 8. Logging Trackables<br />First, how to log picking up a trackable.<br />Access the trackables page through this link.<br />
  9. 9. Logging Trackables (cont.)<br />Enter the tracking # found on the item here.<br />
  10. 10. Logging Trackables (cont.)<br />123456<br />Click here to log the item.<br />This is only shown on items you own.<br />The mission can be found by scrolling down the page.<br />
  11. 11. Logging Trackables (cont.)<br />Change to Retrieve<br />Set to the date you found it.<br />Re-Enter Tracking Code<br />123456<br />4. Type up a log entry.<br />5. Hit the Submit button.<br />
  12. 12. Logging Trackables (cont.)<br />There are three types of logs:<br />Retrieve – used when you pick up a trackable<br />Discover – used when you want to log that you saw the trackable, but didn’t grab it.<br />Grab from – used sparingly when an item hasn’t been logged by the person currently holding it.<br />
  13. 13. Logging Trackables (cont.)<br />Second, how to log dropping a trackable.<br />Go to the page for the geocache you dropped the bug in. Go to Log Your Visit.<br />
  14. 14. Logging Trackables (cont.)<br />Fill out the cache log like normal. But before hitting submit, scroll down to this section:<br />Change the Action drop box to reflect what you did.<br /><ul><li>Use “Dropped Off” if you left the bug in the cache.
  15. 15. Use “Visit” if you took the bug to a cache, but didn’t leave it.</li></li></ul><li>MIA Trackables<br />Trackables go missing. It’s hard to avoid. Common reasons include:<br />Poor logging<br />Muggled caches<br />Lost trackables<br />
  16. 16. Tips to Keep Your Trackables Alive<br />If it is valuable, don’t release it. <br />Attach some kind of mission tag.<br />If it sits for a while, ask someone to check on it.<br />If it’s held for a while, contact the person holding it.<br />Post a photo on the Trackable’s page.<br />
  17. 17. Summary<br />Trackables aren’t for everyone. Some people enjoy them, some don’t care for them. Either way, learning how to handle them means you can help keep them alivefor other people to enjoy.<br />