Ghost hunting equipment for paranormal investigation

by tealmermaid

Learn about the equipment needed for successful paranormal investigations.

Interested in ghost hunting? Whether you are new to the world of the paranormal or have been an avid researcher for years, there is no wrong time to begin actively searching for ghosts. Everyone has to start somewhere in this hobby, so get your gear together and go!

But what equipment is recommended for first-time ghost hunters? How does one get started?

Choose equipment for exploring hauntings
Choose equipment for exploring hauntings

Your first ghost hunt

If this is your first outing, it is best to go with a group of people, including a guide from the local paranormal research group. Your guide will know of local sites that manifest paranormal activity, and will be able to lead you through the area safely. Do not stray from the group. Always go around in at least pairs in an unfamiliar area so no one gets lost or injured.

If possible, I recommend visiting the site during daylight hours so you can get baseline readings. It is also a very good idea to look around for any possible dangers in the area of which you should be aware.

Once at the site for your ghost hunt, find a safe base site to set up your equipment. Once you are set up, begin recording to see what you can find!

Ghost hunting equipment

What to bring on a ghost hunt

While there isn't a set list, in this modern age many like to bring along a variety of technological devices intended to prove the existence of paranormal activity. These devices can record information about the area such as temperature and EMF, and might just detect something out of the ordinary.

EMF meter

The EMF meter is probably the most expensive piece of equipment that you will use when first beginning paranormal investigation. It is however one of your most important pieces since it will allow you to eliminate would-be paranormal activity that is simply the result of high EMF levels. There may well be a natural cause for that alleged haunting.

Digital voice recorder

The digital voice recorder is intended to recording ghostly voices. It can detect sounds outside the range of normal human hearing, which is the frequency range used by spirits when they wish to communicate. The recorder will capture sounds that you won't be able to hear, and can be used to determine if a ghost had actually communicated with you during the recording session.

Infrared sensor

The infrared sensor is used to detect temperature fluctuations in an area, including the infamous "hot spots" and "cold spots" caused by paranormal activity.

During the initial use of this sensor, please check for any a/c vents or heating ducts that may inferfere with the sensor's intended target. Also check that there isn't simply a draft at that area caused by an open window or door.

Dowsing rod

The dowsing rod can be used to detect that water is nearby. It is said that spiritual activity is more frequent over or near moving water. This is also helpful to eliminate nearby plumbing as a potential source of the alleged paranormal activity.

Film camera

Digital photos are insufficient as proof of the paranormal. Always bring an old-style camera which uses actual film on your ghost hunts. Any tampering done to film is clearly evident to even a casual observer, so it is the best option should you manage to capture a photo of any resident ghosts at your chosen site. There is no easy way to fake a negative showing a ghost.

Spare batteries

A small thing, but I cannot emphasize this enough: always bring spare batteries for your equipment. Even if you are using package-fresh batteries in every piece of equipment, batteries have a habit of going dead at the worst possible time. Bring a minimum of two spare batteries of the appropriate type for each piece of equipment you have.

For serious ghost-hunters

Equipment tips for the experienced

If you decide to make ghost-hunting into a serious hobby, you can of course expand your equipment repertoire with high-end electronics. A thermal imaging camera is the perfect tool to show on-screen that there are hot or cold spots in a particular area, for example, but as it is rather expensive it is not recommended for beginners. The same goes for a lot of common radiation measurement tools (if that is a concern) or even anything more than basic audio/video equipment.

One further thing you might want to bring on your outings that you probably already have would a tablet or laptop. This would be useful in jotting down any observations you may make during the outing, and with the right apps you can have GPS at your fingertips to prevent getting lost in the woods.

Have you ever gone ghost hunting?

Updated: 06/04/2018, tealmermaid
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CarleyClagg on 11/10/2015

Interesting article. Wile I'm sure there is more equipment that could be invented, the inventions today are pretty remarkable themselves!

tealmermaid on 11/10/2015

I'm sure there are more potential inventions which can be used to locate ghosts. We didn't used to use all this electronic equipment for this purpose, after all.

frankbeswick on 11/10/2015

Do you think that we have yet to invent the full range of equipment needed to hunt ghosts? I suspect that there is more yet to invent, but I don't know what it is. I think that the association of ghosts and night is false, they are just as present in the day time, though daylight makes them less visible. The information about traditional cameras is significant..

candy47 on 11/09/2015

Interesting topic but not a hobby for me to explore. Eerie!

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