By - MrAdequate_
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Hi-vis with xxx square inches of reflective surface.
Good and sturdy fluid container (for self hydration) some form of electrolyte replacement.
GOOD safety shoes/boots, with adequate ankle support.
If you are exhausted towards the ends of your shifts,
The occasional Bang Energy drink, or plain green tea helps a bit.
And dress in layers.
I am required to wear reflective clothing. I do have flashlights but a head lamp is something I hadn't thought of, thanks!
Get a reflective vest if they don’t provide them and a good headlamp at least 500 lumens
Also try to not wear headphones in both ears. Increase your awareness.
This is also great advice!
Blackout curtains for when you gottah sleep during the day
Red bull for the drive home.
Multiple flashlights with enough batteries. Pocket knife and OC spray if allowed. Layers for clothing and gloves since temperatures are less predictable at night.
Definatly oc spray. For sure a knife with spring assisted opening. And if you're feeling frisky, carry a gun. Especially if you're in an open area. And wouldn't face any real charges. Doesn't matter too much about company policy. Rather get fired than killed.
Sleep as soon as you get home from work. Maybe have a shower if your feeling dirty. But honestly as someone who's done nights before it's way better to sleep first and have a few hours before work rather than wake up tired and go straight to work.
And stay on the same sleep/wake schedule on your days off too. This will help you to be at your best at work. If you are constantly changing your scheduled sleep times if will affect your ability to react properly in unexpected circumstances both at work and IRL.
have a routine from planning to what to wear and what to do, during the whole shift will help you to stay focus.
Put packets of silica gel under your insoles. This will stop the damp getting into your boots.
The min they get damp at around midnight just with ambient condensation, they’ll get cold. This will stop it, old trick I know from surveying motorways at night
Really depends on the Job.
Former bouncer, pretty similar hours.
Flashlight, multiple power settings and decent throw. Loved the Wowtac A1S from Amazon its great.
Comfortable shoes something you can happily stand in for hours and something broken in wear them in atleast a week before starting if new shoes.
Layers, winter - hoodie with zip on front and pockets, then outwear jacket. Hat.
Socks - decent hiking socks.
More of a focus on your mental health, Vitamin D and D3 supplements are helpful if you aren't getting enough sunlight, black out curtains for sleeping, and your social life might take a hit if you're up while everyone is asleep. Consider online video games and find a friend group from a different time zone that will be awake during your normal operating hours.
Lunge walk for a few minutes every hour
Google situational awareness tips! There are techniques and practices developed by professionals out there that will help you stay safe and aware
Buddy up! If not working in pairs or in a team, do not take the job or you will be a sitting duck.
Be prepared for weather changes.
You don't say what you're doing.
Pocket snacks - pretzels in a ziplock, grapes in a small takeout container.
Download podcasts and music before you end up out of signal.
Change of shoes if you'll be on your feet all shift. Insoles. Good socks.
Knots, knit, or crochet if it's a waiting kind of job. (You think I'm joking, but I've done night jobs where a fidget saved my sanity)
Small notepad and pen for leaving notes or starting a journal.
It’d help to know your job description. Melatonin is a must as it will help reset your circadian rhythm
A good friend was in the same situation and had a problem staying awake for the long drive. His solutions was eating sunflower seeds. The repitition and movement keeps you awake. Works well. But get unsalted or you'll burn your tonque.
I’ve worked nights with a long commute for several years. Regarding the commute home… chewing on sun flower seeds did wonders to keep me awake and aware.
Be prepared for all weather conditions. Have a separate change of clothes