While each specific geocaching event has its own set of particular rules, there are some basic rules of etiquette that go along with any geocache hunt. These are basic rules that all geocachers should know in any geocaching event. Failure to abide by a particular geocaching event’s rules would prevent you from “winning” as it were. But, failure to follow simple geocaching etiquette could have word spread quickly, disqualifying one from future geocaching events along with other, more serious consequences.
The first rule of etiquette falls on the cache hider or geocaching event organizer. Do not stash the cache where you are not permitted to do so. Placing a geocache in some areas is obviously illegal, but there are other less noticeable times when this is also the case. A geocache placed in a protected woodland could upset the natural environment with hunters trampling over endanger or important plants. Most aprks have designated areas or require a permit for you to hide a geocache there. Meanwhile, placing a geocache in a highly trafficked, public area could raise alarm by geocachers moving around suspiciously, trying to locate the stash. More than one geocaching event has met its end at the intervention of law enforcement.
Another common rules is that if you take something from a cache, you must also leave something. Few caches have anything of any real value, but it is expected that you will not go there and simply empty it out. There are geocaching events where there is a legitimate prize and you are supposed to take what is in the cache, but these geocaching events will be clearly noted as such.
When geocaching, unless part of an event where the goal is for you t locate and then move the cache, do not move or otherwise destroy the cache. This ruins the fun for others who were partaking in the same geocaching event.