Batteries – You’ve got to have extra batteries. Batteries often are drained quickly in areas of paranormal activity.
Camera & Film – Pretty much any style of camera will work. Most investigators agree that the simpler the better. Always have lots of film on hand at least 400 speed, but 800 is best.
Chalk – Just your every day stick chalk. This is used to mark around objects that have been moved or that you suspect might be moved by unseen forces.
Common Sense and Basic Items -Flash light, First aide kit, Note book and/ or investigation forms, watch, candles and matches(just in case flashlight batteries are drained), map, backpack, ect
Compass – Is handy to have for navigating but can also be used to detect fluctuations in the magnetic field. Look for sudden out of the abnormal in the needle.
Digital Camera – Many investigators like to use these. You can see your pictures right away and this allows you pinpoint areas of possible activity.
Digital Audio Recorders – Very handy to have along. Has much better sound quality then a tape recorder and they are fairly inexpensive. Most all have the added feature of recording the date and time of audio recording, so it’s good for record keeping.
EMF Detector – These are used to read the electromagnetic fields. It is believed that ghostly phenomenon cause the electromagnetic field to fluctuate in the area of activity. The larger the fluctuation the greater the activity in the area.
Motion detectors – These are used to detect movement by unseen forces.
Tape Recorder w/ external mic – If you do not have an external mic then you will record the noises of the internal mechanisms.
Thermometer or Thermal Scanner – Used for detecting sudden fluctuation in temperature such as that caused by cold spots. The preference here is a thermal scanner because it’s easier to pin point areas with them, but these can get a little pricey. A everyday digital thermometer that you can purchase at any local hardware store will also work.
Walkie Talkies – If your out in a group you really need to keep in touch.Video Camera – Any kind will do, but the preference is to have a camera with a night shot feature.
Take notes or record all activities and occurrences during the course of an investigation. Using memory at a later date to try to recall what happened when is not a professional way to work.
A timeline should be established beginning with the day, date and time of the investigation, the weather and lunar conditions and a list of those present.
Any occurrences should be logged into the timeline by member, first by making sure that your teammate with whom you are working is aware of the activity as it happens and that the occurrence is put in your private log and then added to the team log.