One homemade stamp (made by Noah)
One ink pad
One ink pad
One penIn addition to the thrill of finding the boxes, we also love seeing the stamps inside the boxes (many are handmade and specific to the location of the box) and the books filled with other letterboxers' stamps and notes. After discovering a box, we carefully open it up. We use our ink pad to stamp our family letterbox book with our newly discovered box stamp. I will usually write a small note to remember the day...details about the location, who was with us, anything funny that happened while searching, etc. We then use the ink pad again to leave our mark in the box's book along with a note (including the date and our names). We carefully wrap everything back up and replace the box in the same spot so other letterboxers can discover it. You can make your own stamp using these guidelines or these,too. Or you can use a store bought stamp that has some significance to your family.
And the only thing left is to do a search for a letterbox. You can find one here or here. We try to pack our letterboxing kit with us when we travel because it can turn into quite a memorable adventure plus it's a good way to see things that might be off the beaten trail. Just type in your desired location and find a letterbox that sounds interesting. Note that some are more appropriate for younger children (easier clues), some are riddles, and some are no longer active. Also be sure to read or print out these guidelines before getting started.
And a few pics from this weekend's successful letterboxing adventure: