Respecting the elements

Adam Pinsker is a multimedia reporter at WFTX in Ft. Myers, Florida. He was previously a reporter with KTUU in Anchorage, Alaska, and a Sports and news reporter with WACH-TV in Columbia S.C.

Chances are, no matter where you’re working these days, you’re going to battle the elements. Rain, snow, heat and cold.  

Preparation is always key when braving the elements. I can remember a couple years ago suffering from minor frostbite after taking my gloves off for only seconds while out in the field.

It never hurts to have extras of everything. Rain boots, rain jackets, pants and hats. Keep them in your car, you never know when you’ll need them. If you’re in a cold climate climate stash plenty of hand warmers, gloves and parkas.  

I always keep these items in the car, because I’ve found that sometimes you’re sent to a scene and you think it will be a quick vo/sot but you end up being there for hours.
Especially important in warmer climate: extra clothes! Ever go out to a scene and come back drenched in rain or sweat, then end up wearing the same clothes on the air?

Keep an extra shirt or blouse in your car…  Bug spray and sun block as well. And in northern climates, an extra jacket. We all know how quickly temperatures can plummet.

Lastly…water and non perishables. There is nothing worse than being hungry in the field before a live shot. Trail mix, and even apples keep up well in vehicles without refridgeration. Of course, you can always bring a cooler.

It may seem like you’re packing for a road trip, but the hassle is well worth it.  

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