What Is A Trackable

What is a Trackable?

On another page on this About-Geocaching.com website we talk about travel bugs. Travel bugs are a form of trackable.

For those that don’t want to go the travel bug route, you can leave many items in a geocache that are trackable.

If the item is traceable – that is, it registered at geocaching.com and been assigned a number – then it can be considered as a trackable.

Commemorative Coin Trackable

In the image below we see a coin trackable, with a custom look.

What is a trackable? This is one.

In the next image we see the reverse of this geocaching trackable. This trackable has a serial number center bottom and is registered at geocaching.com. It will be back in circulation soon, we promise!

What is trackable. This is the reverse side of a geocaching trackable.

Like the travel bug, a trackable has a serial number that has been registered.The trackable owner registers the serial number and then can monitor the travels of the trackable as it moves from geocache to geocache.

Custom Trackable

There are many shapes and sizes of store-bought trackables available on the market.

It is possible, too, to have a trackable made for you that is unique to you and your reason for having one made. More information about that is available at geocaching.com as well.

Next time you find something that looks like a souvenir in a geocache container, please do take a closer look. Odds are good if there is a serial number on it somewhere, it’s a trackable and not a souvenir. The item isn’t to be kept, but to be moved along. Please help the trackable on its way.

Please Don’t Keep the Trackable

Trackables are not meant to be kept as souvenirs when found in a geocache.

The finder takes the trackable, logs into their geocaching account on line and logs that they found the trackable. At the same time they can find out if the owner has plans for the trackable over and above just keeping track of where it ends up.

Next available opportunity, the finder drops the trackable in a geocache, and logs that have done so in their online geocaching account, and the process carries on.

Next time you find something that looks like a souvenir coin in a geocache container, please do take a closer look.

Odds are good if there is a serial number on it somewhere, it’s a trackable and not a souvenir. Or, the owner will likely have marked on it somewhere that the item isn’t to be kept, but to be moved along. Please help the trackable on its way.

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