I do not take a compass for geocaching or a topo map.
Make sure to waypoint (mark) your vehicle though so that if you do get turned around, you know where your ride is!
I probably should take a compass with me or a topo map, but I've gone into the woods many a time and have always found my way out without using either one . . . and I live dangerously . . . I rarely waymark my vehicle even (but I do keep track of where I have been with a bread crumb track!):D
4 years of caching and 900+ caches and I still use my Old yeller! I do have a Legend I use as well lately. Anyway, get what you can get reasably.
I take a compass because I have run into a few caches that require them. A lot of what you should take depends on your abilities in the woods, and just what types of caches you are going for. Fresh batteries and waypointing your car will usually do more good for most cachers - until they drop the GPS off that cliff at sundown!
I suppose you could take a map and compass with you on the outside chance that your batteries run out but for myself I don't even own a compass and the GPS has made that possible.Just carry extra batteries and don't forget to waypoint your car and you should be all set to go. With your kids caching with you I doubt that you will be going on any 10 mile hikes through dense forests to find your caches. Doesn't hurt I'm sure to have some experience with reading maps and compasses though. JMHO
Thanks for the compass info guys. I think I am picking up the Garmin GPS60 tonight and hopefully this weekend get the kids outside.
oh! You're supposed to take something with you when you go caching? Hmmmmmmm - no wonder I can't find the blasted things - hehehe
That's a great idea - lol!!!