Sounds like you've got the fixings for some signature items. The only other thing I might suggest is picking up some trinkets for swapping as the rule is to swap tit for tat -- in other words equal trades. If your kids see something they want you'll want to make an equal trade and poker chips/business cards wouldn't really fit in that category. You don't have to go crazy and go out and buy $5 items . . . a trip to a dollar store or similar place is usually fine.
Originally Posted by MaineWannaBe
For example, I rarely take anything or make a swap (but then again I don't have kids), but I still bring along my Swag Bag full of my signature items (wooden ladders) which I drop into caches whenever I am moved and an assortment of trade items which include bouncy balls (wrapped in plastic), carabiners, mini frisbees, pencils with pencil eraser tops (which I place in baggies), small stuffed animals (again in plastic baggies to keep them clean and from getting damp/mildewy), etc. I also pack along a few "high end" items such as a pair of mini binoculars ($15-$20 value), Palm ($5-$15 value), mini Mag-lite ($5-$10 value), etc. in case I find something that is on the high value end that I would like to trade. However, I don't think I've found much out there that rates as a high end trade.
As I said I rarely make a trade, but when I started out I made a trade on just about every cache. I also have noticed that when I take my kid 16-year-old brother along he tends to like it when he finds cash in the cache (often $1 Where's George dollar bills . . . and yes I realize I just wrote out One dollar Where's George dollar bills) . . . which means I often end up making a trade so he can get "rich."
I have picked up a few things over the years that I have liked -- a glass cat for my wife, a metal frog for me, a keyring LED light which comes in handy since my beater car has no interior lights (including dashboard lights), AA batteries (very handy since I had no spares and my batteries in the GPSr died shortly after making this trade), etc.
So in answer to your question . . . the general rule is to make an equal trade . . . of course some people might think trading a McDonald's Happy Meal toy for a $10 bill is a fair trade, but a) I have yet to find a $10 bill in a cache (although I have placed some $10 gift certificates in some of my caches) and b) I believe most cachers realize that this would not be a fair trade.
Good luck. Have fun. Stay safe.
Oh yeah . . . before you go you might want to make sure you know how to use the GPSr and the all-important "go to" feature so you'll get where you want to go and be able to find the cache without doing what I did the first few times I attempted to geocache -- I kept going forwards and then sidewards and then backwards and then sidewards again as I tried to line up the N and W coordinates to match those on the print outs.
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