Holiday Gift Guide | Geomate.jr Review
When I was a little girl, I had so much fun playing outside and exploring the woods. When I was a parent, I was determined to encourage my own children to enjoy nature and outdoor activities.
The Geomate.jr™ is a creative, fun way to motivate even tech savvy kids to head outdoors on a fun adventure. I will admit that until discovering this device, I was not familiar with the popular trend of GPS treasure hunting, known as, “geocaching.”
So how does it work? The Geomate.jr™ is a handheld device that is already preloaded with over 250,000 geocaches all over the United States (also available for Canada, Europe, Australia and New Zealand). It is basically an outdoor “treasure hunt” where you are search for a “geocache” which is an actual container of varying sizes that has a log book and trinkets stashed inside. When you find a geochache you can sign the log book and then trade trinkets (i.e. take something and leave something in its’ place for the next adventure seeker). These hidden areas can be found in both urban and city areas as well as the county side and wilderness settings.
The Geomate.jr™ is user friendly and I like that you can choose your treasure hunt based on difficulty level so there is an easy setting for beginners like us. Geocaches can be hidden anywhere and can be “as small as a thumbnail or as large as a bucket.” Don’t forget to check logs, rocks, faucets and even that Tupperware container or metal box!
It took a bit of a learning curve for me to get familiar with how to use the device but once you get the hang of it then it is a lot of fun for the entire family. I appreciate that this is an excellent way for families to spend time together doing a fun activity and it is also very exciting too! My husband was really excited to go on a treasure hunt with the kids and we plan to bring this with us whenever we go bike riding on a trail or head out. In fact, we have been practicing how to use the device at home and we have set up our very first treasure hunt this weekend……I can’t wait to find our first geochache!
The device itself is easy to travel with as it is small and lightweight. It is also efficient because it runs for over 18 hours of operation on two Energizer® Ultimate Lithium AAA batteries. I appreciate that it is affordably priced and look forward to possibly starting an exciting new hobby with my husband and kids.
You are invited to visit their website to learn more about geocaching and to purchase the Geomate.jr™ for only $69.99!
*I did not receive any financial compensation for this review, though I did review a sample of the product for evaluation purposes. The opinions are based only on my experiences with the product.*