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What to Bring on a Ghost Hunt – 10 Things to Take

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Planning to ghost hunt this weekend?  Here are 10 things to take with you…

10 Things to Take With You on a Ghost Hunt

flashlights.jpg1.  Patience. Ghost hunting is a lot like fishing – you need patience because you won't always see results immediately.  On some investigations, you'll find paranormal activity. On others, you won't. Sometimes what you thought was paranormal can be explained by natural causes. Be patient and understand that you may need to visit a haunted location several times before you experience anything unusual.

2.  Plenty of flashlights. Always bring plenty of flashlights, along with extra batteries.  You do not want your light source dying on you, in the middle of an investigation!

3.  Audio Recorder (Digital, preferably).
This is a tool that I always take with me.  If you plan to capture EVP's or record sounds, a digital audio recorder is a must-have tool.

4.  Your ID. Always carry ID in case you are stopped by the police or local law enforcement.

5.  A Log book. Always log every event that seems out of the ordinary, (doors that lock, electrical problems, swaying
chandeliers, strange lights). Videotape everything for proof. Assign someone in your group to be the "secretary" to record all the details of the investigation. Details to record include who is participating, changes in temperature, weather, location, and date and time of any happenings that may take place – including who witnessed them. Be sure to walk through the site beforehand to record your thoughts and feelings that you (or any of your team members) may be getting from that particular site.  I find it is often easier to keep an audio "logbook" instead of a written log.  Although, the two can be used together.

emfmeter.jpg6.  EMF Meter (Electromagnetic Field Meter). An EMF meter measures electromagnetic radiation, and can be a very useful tool.  Usually, areas of paranormal activity produce strong electromagnetic fields, and have high EMF readings. Be careful, though. EMF meters can produce false positives. Man-made electrical sources such as power lines, appliances, cell phones, and fuseboxes, can give off strong EMF readings. Before assuming paranormal activity, check to see if the cause could be a man-made electrical source.

One strong indication of paranormal activity is EMF's that move.  (The background EMF needs to remain constant in order to locate such fields.) Usually, these EMF's will either move away from you, or follow you. In one case, I was able to follow a moving EMF through three floors of a building.

7.  A camera - Bring either a digital camera or a 35 mm camera. If you use a 35 mm camera, bring several fresh rolls of high-speed film. For best results, use 400 speed film or higher. If you use a digital camera, use the highest resolution and make sure the memory stick is empty (or has enough storage capacity).

8.  Video camera. Always use clean, new discs for your camcorder. If you are filming a designated room/area, place the video camera on a tripod for stability and ease of use.

9. Food, snacks, and drinks. Make sure you pack plenty of food and drinks. This may seem trivial, but many a ghost hunt has ended because of lack of food. Sometimes it's difficult to predict how long an investigation will take. So, come prepared!

10. An open mind. Investigate each location with a positive attitude, an open mind and a healthy dose of skepticism. Try to recreate all reported paranormal events and eliminate any natural explanations before reaching a final conclusion.

A couple of other tips…

  • Arrive early to your location with your necessary ghost hunting equipment and give yourself plenty of time to set everything up.
  • Wear sneakers and warm, comfortable clothing with extra pockets.
  • If you need extra pockets, you can buy a fisherman's vest (available at WalMart for about $15.00). These vests are lightweight, fit over a bulky sweatshirt and provide lots of pockets to store batteries, discs, audio recorders, cameras, etc. There's even a clip to attach a flashlight to.

Have fun!

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Comments on What to Bring on a Ghost Hunt – 10 Things to Take

September 12, 2008

Alex @ 11:06 pm

The list of supplies is good minus one detail.  Well, maybe you could just add more information to the description of bringing flashlights.  I have investigated ghosts for around 2 years now, and I have found that bringing flashlights can affect your investigation in a bad way when using cameras or digital video recorders.  This is due to the fact that it causes many reflections that an amature hunter might find to be paranormal.  Just a suggestion of adding a tip when using flashlights.  Just turn them off when taking a video or picture. But when you are not using these items, they can be most useful.

November 27, 2009

taylor @ 12:51 pm

this came in handy.

July 31, 2010

dominique and latasha @ 7:55 pm

im so scared but this came in handy. we are still scared, but i hope god will bring us through. im shaking.

September 6, 2010

Stacey @ 8:51 am

thanks for the list. me and my friends are going to go ghost hunting for our 30th time.

October 15, 2010

Courtney @ 11:55 am

Thankfully they had this list, because i am needing to find those kind of items for a first time ghost investigation.

October 24, 2010

michael @ 3:46 pm

this came in handy im ready to find ghost :D

November 2, 2010

Liam B @ 8:20 am

thank you very much for the list. Simple really dont need anything too expensive unless you can progress from funding. But for a hobby this is one of the best thrill seeks you can find and it will take time but i studing how to become a medium atm – this is hard stuff. but understand this remember to call for you gardian angel before a ghost hunt and look for spirital cleansing and guidance before doing so. have any form of a quartz of agathist stone to help draw away bad energy. —-for the beginer out there THIS WILL be affective but is not garenteed to be stong enough for any draw away potergiest ativity. That really is some real bad energy. BEWARE!!

November 10, 2010

Emma @ 11:19 am

This may come in handy there is a ghost in the girls changing rooms at school and 2 of use are going 2 look 2 see what it realy wants

November 24, 2010

Marc @ 11:00 am

hi there, these tips are really handy. thank you for posting them on here. earlier this year i took a trip from Montrose Scotland, to Louisville to do a ghost hunt of Waverley hills Sanatorium. it is by far the most activity i have came across. thanks again, Marc

January 21, 2011

Rory G @ 1:10 am

I think you forgot my favorite, night vision video camera.

Kevin K @ 10:33 am

Ive been hunting for ghosts with my friends. we have a team called the M.S.P.A. which stands for Massachusetts Squad of Paranormal Activity. we go around different places in massachusetts in search for the paranormal

March 5, 2011

Kevin K @ 8:05 pm

ghosts have the ability to drain battery so you must have enough flashlights or batteries handy.

sonja and kayla @ 10:24 pm

we have not gone ghost hunting before but we thought it would be fun so we looked on what seemed like thousands of websites, but this was the best website to go to!! we hope all the rest of you have a good time ghost hunting!!

May 1, 2011

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May 31, 2011

Trent @ 9:46 pm

My ghost hunting group is SSS (sheboygan supernatural squad) and i must say this list was pretty good. I never though about bringing my I.D. which might save us a lot of trouble in the future. I never thought of the fishermans vest (we have a lot of little items to carry) –Thankyou

June 3, 2011

Spencer, Marissa, and Tasha Ghost hunting Inc. @ 11:42 pm

Also, you should bring a buddy or two, because if somebody gets hurt, you need somebody to help you out!

June 19, 2011

Haley @ 1:09 pm

This info was so helpful! My friend and I are going to the Lincoln Square Theater in Decatur, Illinois because we are having our practice dance recital there. I have been studying the theater online and also when I have went there, and I know all the hot spots to spot some ghost or spirts. Can't wait!

June 28, 2011

NGPR @ 10:38 pm

Came in handy. Try to wear something that doesn't make noise. Like a number of jewelry on your wrist, or boots that have bells on them, but always bring your equipment. I am going on a ghost hunt this Friday at my grandma's. She says she sees faces in the walls, footsteps, doors slamming, and cabinets opening and closing.

September 6, 2011

Travis @ 10:42 am

hey, alex me and my brother in law are just starting ghost hunting. we need some tips. maybe you could give me a call some time and maybe we could go on a hunt together.

September 20, 2011

Steve @ 5:21 pm

I have gone hunting in fund du lac WI many times at the old RETLAW INN on the 7th floor. now i live in MO going out with a Ghost Hunter this sat. she has written a book on ghost hunting. I hoping it is real and not some gimmick. it should be fun. AND YES this is the best site i have seen.

enrique @ 9:16 pm

cool – now what i need is the things to buy.

November 23, 2011

Patty @ 1:09 pm

I have seen people standing on the stairs. I have heard voices and footsteps. I felt someone sit on my leg one time, and have had someone poke me. Ghost are things that you should not be afraid of. They are just like us — people except dead you know. they have feelings too. Ipads have an app that is called photo booth. There you can choose what types of things you want your photo to have. There is a thermal imager and it is perfect for ghost hunting. I took a picture with it and it looked like there was a little girl sitting on my shelf. it was super cool!

February 1, 2012

Bogdan @ 5:06 pm

I think you always should bring something holy, in case you encounter a demon, poltergeist. Thank you very much, I`m planning to start my first ghost hunt.

February 26, 2012

Andrew @ 6:59 pm

This came really in handy. I had most of the stuff you mentioned. I just got a crew — I have been doing it solo for a year and a half.

March 4, 2012

Nicholas @ 2:00 pm

This really helps us with our ghost problem, so thanks for putting this up.

June 12, 2012

Victoria @ 7:57 pm

This will be fun. I'm very excited. Hopefully the iPhone ghost hunting app will work well for the EMF. Thanks for all the tips and postings. I live in a neighborhood that was here during slavery, so there were lots of people hung in the trees that are around my neighborhood. I was just told that a white man died in my house. He hung lots of people in my yard tree. I really hate those times. :( It was very sad and depressing. But the ghost hunting will be fun!! Hopefully, we will be able to help the spirits go "home"!