From: Alex Lucas, WTVF Nashville
Load up your rain jacket’s pockets with necessities on a dry day, so you don’t have to fumble with what you need in the rain, and you don’t have to carry a bag.
We’ve all been caught in the rain with something giving us trouble, and knew if we’d prepared, we would have been fine. The best way to take care of bad weather is to prepare for it, every day. Here is a simple system to make sure you have everything you need in a rain storm, preloaded, and on you at all times. Here are three things that make life easier when you have them around, and they cost pennies. You will always need:
- Plastic sandwich bags.
- Some kind of dry towel scraps.
- Cheap, thin, clear plastic trash bags.
Put several little dry towels in a plastic sandwich bag and throw them in the same pocket. I’ll take that Nobel Prize now.
If you load up at least three plastic sandwich bags with dry towels, you’re golden. Open up the first bag, and use the plastic sandwich bag as a “rain hat” for your AB Ultralight or Frezzi. You now have two guaranteed dry wipes left, and you can get as wet as you need before you have to go back to your vehicle. The big secret is to keep the wipes separate, and dry, and you don’t ruin the bunch. Sandwich bags also make good all weather tape protectors for reporters who don’t take care of tapes in rain like they should.
The trash bags, (I keep at least three in my jacket) can bag up cords and devices that you use for lives, and make a good temporary camera jacket if you didn’t expect it to do anything but mist, and then the rain came. Always opt for the clear bags… talent can still see the off-air TV, and you can see what’s going on inside, without opening the bag. You just can’t count on the live truck having plastic bags. You can count on your producer wanting a liveshot, if there isn’t a safety issue. Bring your own trash bags.
These are obvious tips, but the real advice is to PRE-load them so your rain jacket is grab and go.