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Don’t worry, this one is simple and awesome.
So the treasure always changes. Some show you great destinations. Some are puzzles and riddles, or they may even have multi-caches that lead you from one cache to the next using clue after clue. Geocaching even have travel bugs that have unique ID numbers that are able to be tracked at geocaching.com and you can see where the travel bug has been, with some traveling the world.
Geocaching is great for long road trips with kids because it gives you an excuse to stop along the way and go find some “treasure”. The kids get a mini adventure along the way, release some energy, have a fun and are ready to head off again. You can either plan ahead and look up geocaches online before your trip or if you have a smartphone can look them up and even use the GPS feature to get close and have the kids do the rest.
To simplify the process even further, especially for kids, what if their GPS was already pre-loaded with hundreds of thousands of Geocaches? That’s what the new Geomate Jr from Brand 44 co is. Not only is it a kid friendly GPS, but it is one of the least expensive ways to get into Geocaching, costing roughly $70, which you’re unlikely to find even a base model GPS on the market for under $100.
The Geomate Jr. is designed with kids in mind. It is basic with only two buttons to navigate through the different screens and select options. It basically has an arrow that points the direction and a number telling them how far it is to get to the cache. It is very simple for kids to use. But the simplicity is also a limitation in that the Geomate Jr. isn’t going to give you any more than an arrow for directions, i.e. no roads, topography, etc. to help you get close to the next geocache if you happen to be miles away. That limitation can be overcome with planning ahead and looking up directions at geocaching.com or by plugging the coordinates into your smartphone. Then when you are close enough, the kids run the show.
One lucky reader is going to get a free Geomate Jr. from our friends at Brand 44 Co. To enter, leave a comment telling us about your favorite outdoor adventure you’ve taken with your family (yes, it must be an OUTDOOR ADVENTURE).
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So if you are looking for a simple, fun everyday adventure that you can have with your kids, try geocaching!
We would like to thank Brand 44 for supplying the Geomate Jr for this review. As always, these opinions are totally our own and are not influenced by anyone else.