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6 Helpful Tips For Beginner Ghost Hunters

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If you’re an adventurous soul with a fascination for the paranormal and dream of exploring historical and abandoned buildings, then you may have considered joining the ranks of a ‘Ghost Hunter’.

Ghost hunting, also known as paranormal investigation, has gained popularity over the years, with many people seeking proof of the existence of ghosts or simply enjoying the thrill of exploring haunted locations. 

But before you embark on your first ghost hunt, it’s essential to pack wisely, just like any other trip or adventure.

From watching many ghost hunting tv shows, we have learned important lessons from the experts. Forgotten batteries to uncomfortable shoes, they’ve faced it all. But fear not, for Haunt Scout is here, to share tips on how to pack like a pro for a successful ghost hunt.

Black clothes hanging up. Perfect for ghost hunting.
Cool black clothing suitable for ghost hunting.

Dress the Part

When it comes to attire, black is your best friend on a ghost hunt. Not only does it look cool and mysterious, but it also helps you blend in with the darkness and avoid being seen as a source of light reflections.

Plus, black clothes won’t show dirt or dust as much as lighter colors, which can be helpful in old, dusty buildings.

Comfortable, quiet shoes are a must for a successful ghost hunt. You’ll be walking and standing for long periods, so make sure to choose shoes that won’t hurt your feet or make noise when you’re trying to listen for ghostly activity.

Know Yourself

The first and most crucial step in packing for a ghost hunt is to know yourself. By this, we mean understanding your personal needs and making sure you have everything to keep yourself comfortable during the investigation. For example, if you have allergies, make sure to pack allergy medication. If you get achy easily, don’t forget to bring some painkillers.

Another important consideration is your comfort level in different weather conditions. Ghost hunts can happen at any time and in any place, so it’s essential to be prepared for changes in temperature or unexpected rain. A water bottle, an umbrella, and layers of clothing can make all the difference in keeping you comfortable during your investigation.

Silence Your Technology

While cell phones can come in handy in case of emergencies, they can also interfere with other equipment used by fellow ghost hunters. 

To avoid any false positives or inconveniences for others, it’s best to turn off your phone or put it on airplane mode during the investigation.

Woman with camera on a paranormal investigation.
Woman equipped with camera.

Be Equipped

Now that you have taken care of your personal needs and attire, it’s time to think about the tools of the trade. A voice recorder is a must-have in any ghost hunter’s backpack. It’s a simple and effective tool that can capture electronic voice phenomena (EVPs) or other unexplained sounds and conversations.

A camera, regardless of whether it’s a professional DSLR or just your smartphone, is also essential for documenting your experience and potentially capturing visual evidence. Don’t forget extra batteries and memory cards to avoid any disappointments.

It’s also a good idea to bring a flashlight or headlamp for navigating dark areas and avoiding potential hazards. A map of the location is also a must, especially if you tend to get disoriented easily like me.

We also have completed a list of ghost hunting equipment for you to check out.

Use Your Senses

While technology can be useful in capturing evidence, don’t forget to rely on your own senses. Observing and listening carefully can often lead to unexpected experiences. 

We have heard that ghost hunters have missed witnessing paranormal opportunities because they were too focused on their equipment.

Embrace the Experience

Finally, as a novice ghost hunter, it’s important to embrace the experience without any preconceived notions or expectations.

Ghost hunting is not about proving the existence of ghosts; it’s about exploring historical places, learning about their cultural significance, and being open to different interpretations and beliefs.

In the end, whether you’re a skeptic or a believer, ghost hunting can be a fun and exciting adventure if you pack wisely and keep an open mind. So next time you plan a ghost hunt, remember these tips and get ready to embark on a thrilling journey into the unknown.

Article by Haunt Scout

Article by Haunt Scout

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