Wednesday, July 20, 2016

And They're Off! Prepping Trackables for Release

And they are off!

Naughty McDuck and Greedy McDuck are on the move in the HQ Duck Dash! TaGeez and I prepped them and will drop them on our way to Midwest GeoBash tomorrow.

Attached to our travelers are:

* 7 Deadly Sins Duck Trackable Tags
* Trackable Info sheets with clear missions (Ok, TaGeez's a little vague)
* GeoFleaz personalized tags
* On a ball chain with a soldered clasp (TaGeez uses liquid solder)

The Info Sheets are located in the upper right corner of the trackable page on Sending this along with the trackable gives it a better chance of success. Now, I don't particularly like the format of it, so I copy/paste the Info Sheet into Word and add my own edits. One feature is a clear tracking code for easier logging.

After I tweak it, I print them and have them laminated. It's super cheap at Office Max. Bring it home, trim it up, and punch a hole. Several bits of advice:
  1. Punch in the clear plastic and not through the paper. If you punch through the paper all you are doing is unsealing the plastic, making it no longer waterproof.
  2. If you feel the need to strengthen the hole, you can use a grommet.
  3. I like to use a scrapbooking corner punch to round the corners. Otherwise the sharp edges can tear plastic bags or cause a paper cut. 

Just remember the main rule about releasing trackables into the wild: Don't send anything out you aren't willing to lose. Trackables go missing all the time, but, sometimes there are great success stories that make it all worthwhile.

See you at the finish line!

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