Before going on a ghost hunt you will want to go through a lot of planning. Although ghost hunts can follow any kind of structure, the most basic and preliminary steps have been outlined for you below.
1. Find a location
2. Do Preliminary Research
3. Gather the Equipment & Plan
Finding A Location
Finding a location for a ghost hunting expedition usually comes about in one of two ways. First, you may actively choose to investigate a location that you yourself have selected. Or second, this could be the result of someone else contacting you to help investigate unexplained phenomena. More than likely, for beginners you will be finding your own locations to investigate. Although ghosts may be able to reveal themselves anywhere, they typically seem to be identified with locations of either great trauma or significance to the discarnate soul. Anywhere there was a major trauma such as hospitals, torture chambers, and abandoned prisons, are likely places to discover souls that might still be attached to whatever major trauma they experienced while living. It is theorized that major and especially unexpected and hate-oriented events that may have resulted in the death of an individual can be extremely hard for some souls to let go of. They may still be drawn to the area where they passed on from, or any other area that is significant to them as it relates to their physical life. This could also include places like a person's home, their favorite retreat, or possibly in the cemetery where they were buried.
The other way of finding locations, people coming to you for assistance, will likely only happen after you or your paranormal investigative team have established some level of expertise and credibility. Keep in mind that when dealing with these kinds of locations, your primary intention should be that of assisting the person or persons who may be afflicted by these hauntings. This often involves cleansing the location and using a priest or some other object or method that has been identified by society as something believed to be of love, healing, and purification, basically things associated with God. More information is available about this in the follow-up section of this tutorial.
Doing Your Preliminary Research
Once you've identified a location, the first part of your investigation will be to gather preliminary research. This includes things like online articles, newspaper clippings, and especially important are gathering witness testimonies from either the people who live at the location or have claimed to experience ghostly encounters there. These don't have to be thorough or in-depth yet, especially if you need to travel a great distance to the location. This should be just enough to get a basic idea on what kinds of phenomena are routinely being experienced at the location. It will also help you with the next stage of preparation phase in your hunt.
Gather The Equipment and Come Up with A Plan
After identifying a location, and collecting preliminary information, you can start the actual planning process of what equipment and supplies you will need to bring. Ghost hunting equipment could consist of nothing more than the basic supplies such as flashlights, walkie talkies, and a digital camera or audio recording device. For many novice hunters, you may only wish to begin hunting with what you already have. However there are plenty of higher tech gadgets that can allow you to view much more of the environment than just your naked eye can see on its own. Devices such as infrared cameras have been especially helpful in documenting and gathering evidence of alleged hauntings. If you don't already have all the gear you need, TheGhostHunterStore.com has a great selection of ghost hunting equipment. Lastly, in addition to your equipment, you will want to bring whatever other tools might be helpful from the previous research phase such as notes, articles, and maps.