Plan your site visits – access, equipment, clothing – but be prepared for all plans to go out the window. The nature of site-specificity demands improvisation in all facets
Be determined. Cannot access a site? Try another way in. Warning signs saying no entry? Well, if you are not bothering anyone, or damaging anything, go for it.
I’m all for public space performance, but not in residential areas. Respect residents (human and animal) who may be bothered by your activities.
If you are going somewhere remote, or potentially dangerous, tell someone where you are going and when you expect to be back, for safety reasons.
In the dark, drive/walk slowly. Take your time. Don’t fall over and hurt yourself. Scout locations thoroughly during daylight hours, look for hazards as well as potential sites of interest.
Think about how you will transport your equipment to the sites you intend to visit. Will a car get in? I’m using a backpack and a small wheelie suitcase, along with several small bags with shoulder straps. An old towel or tarp is invaluable for wet ground and sudden rain.
On site, don’t leave your equipment scattered around. Keep it in the one place. It’s very easy to lose and forget things in the dark.
No matter if you forget/lose/break equipment/recording devices, all that is ultimately required is for you to be present in the site.