You will want to bring along a small notebook and pen to take notes on the walk-through with the client. It is important to jot down the areas that have the most possible activity. You will want to make note of any history the client may be able to offer including names and dates. You will need to note any areas that may be dangerous and any rules the client may have about their property such as which rooms or buildings are off limits during the investigation.
One should make it a point to research the areas history fully before offering any information to the client after the investigation. This is an important part of the evidence reveal that offers further insight into whatever may be occurring at the site.
A flashlight is an absolute necessity. It is best to have a small, easy to carry, flashlight that is easy to use. If possible take an extra flashlight, if you would drop your flashlight and the bulb quit, or something come loose inside you will be glad you had a spare. Again, be sure you have plenty of extra batteries, and if possible, extra bulbs are a plus.
In order to capture Electronic Voice Phenomena, better known as an EVP, it is important to bring along some sort of recording device. Most investigators use a digital voice recorder for this purpose. It is a good idea to make sure you have plenty of memory available for high quality recording.
A digital camera is a staple for paranormal investigating. You will want to have the opportunity to capture photos at various times during the investigation and a quality digital camera with plenty of memory or an SD card will offer an easy way for you to transfer images to a computer for review.
Though this is not a necessity an Electromagnetic Field (EMF) Detector is a great tool to bring along to the investigation. There are many different types of EMF Detectors on the market. It does not have to be anything fancy or terribly expensive it just needs to be able to detect high EMF readings to alert you to areas of dangerous levels or possible paranormal activity.
If you have a video camera or infrared camera, these can also be useful during an investigation. Video cameras cannot only capture visual images but audio as well. A video camera may even capture EVP’s.
You may want to bring along a cell phone in case of emergency though you will want to keep this on vibrate or off during the investigation so as not to interfere with the collection of evidence. Two-way radios are handy for keeping track of where everyone on the team is during an investigation, this is not only helpful in collecting evidence but also for safety purposes.
One other very important tool to have with you is water. It is important that during the investigation you remain alert and hydrated, especially if you are investigating in a hot area. It may also be a good idea to have a little extra water on hand in case someone in the team would need it.
Another thing to keep in mind while investigating is that some areas are off limits. You do not want to be arrested for trespassing on private property, always get permission from the property owners. Illegal activity or any kind while on an investigation reflects badly on you and your team.
It is not important to have each member of a team bring each of these items but it is helpful to have all of these things available during an ghost hunt. Paranormal investigating does not have to be expensive or difficult, there are many options but it each investigator should have their own flashlight, and some sort of recording device or camera.
Taking the investigation seriously does not mean you cannot have fun, it does not have to be a financial burden or a stressful event. The most important thing is to relax and have a great time.
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Catch A Ghost Paranormal Equipment
Local Area Investigative Group Websites:
Kansas Paranormal Research Society-KPRS
Kansas Paranormal Investigators-KPI
Surrounding Area Investigative Group Websites:
Kansas Researchers of Unexplained Phenomenon
Miller’s Paranormal Research
Kansas Paranormal Societies.com
Ghost Tours of Kansas, LLC
Paradigm Project Radio