Nightmare Festival Camping Checklist

We’re all ready for the fun that is about to begin, but it’s important to be prepared!  Nightmare Festival can get very cold at night if you do not follow our extremely helpful tips which could be the difference between a great weekend and a difficult one.


Sleeping Bag:  Sleeping bags are designed to insulate & prevent heat loss.  If you cannot get a sleeping bag then you will want to be sure to follow the rest of the recommendations below.
Blankets:  It is recommended to sleep with one extra blanket per 10 degrees under 70.  That means you will want 3 **additional** blankets for Nightmare Festival.
Winter Hat & Scarf: Body heat escapes from your skin.  You’ll retain body heat much better if you sleep with a hat and/or scarf.
Hot Packs:  Need extra heat?  Bring hot packs along. You can throw a few inside your sleeping bag to help warm you up or use them to warm yourself.


  • Flashlight
  • Garbage Bags (Nightmare is a 100% Leave No Trace Event)
  • Extra Car Keys
  • CASH – more than you think you will need
  • Credit card/Debit card – There is an ATM onsite
  • Umbrellas or hats for rain (if any)
  • Sandwich bags for cigarette butts and MOOP (Matter Out Of Place)
  • Mobile Phone Charger
  • Headlamp and/or several backup ways to see in the dark

Keep In Your Car

  • ID
  • Wallet
  • House Keys
  • Jumper Cables
  • Leave yourself a clean change of clothes, fresh socks, a little bit of cash for tolls and a couple of granola bars in your car for the ride home



  • Tent (TIP: Set it up beforehand to get familiar with how to set it up, just in case you have to in the dark!)
  • Sleeping Bag or bedroll
  • Extra Blankets (TIP: bring at least 3, it gets cold at night!)
  • Pillows
  • Air Mattress or Bedroll (TIP: Don’t forget your airpump and extra batteries!)
  • Tarp(s) for shade and/or to put under your tent for less moisture wicking
  • Luggage or Locker Lock for your tent (better safe than absolutely mad)
  • Canopy
  • Chairs and/or rugs for sitting (TIP: Put a tarp underneath!)
  • Fold-Out Table (TIP: DIY table with 2 record crates and a piece of wood or plastic)
  • Camp Deco! Tapestries, fabric, lanterns, windchimes, etc.
  • Extra light source (TIP: Solar lights are great and can be very cheap!)


It’s A Trap!

  • Use flags, neon rope, lights, or other methods to identify tent lines and stakes
  • Always keep your car keys in the same place: whether it is a pocket in your tent or in your bag, but keep track of them!
  • Identify nearest restrooms to your tent during daylight


Cooking + Eating

  • Small camping stove, small grill or rent a fire ring
  • Extra gas canisters, fuel or charcoal
  • Biodegradable hand and dish soap (TIP: Dr. Bronners soap cleans dishes, bodies, and teeth too!)
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Straws (of course)
  • Wet Wipes
  • Reusable hot mug for coffee (TIP: Delicious coffee is sold on the grounds at the Coffee Dragons Café!)
  • Reusable cold mug for drinks (TIP: Drinking Water is available at spigots)
  • Reusable camping equipment (TIP: Figure out what kind of food you will be cooking / bringing and make sure you have the necessary equipment to prepare it)
  • Flask



  • 2x the amount of socks you think you will need
  • 2x the amount of underpants you think you will need
  • Jacket or Hoody
  • Poncho / Rain Jacket (because you never know!)
  • 2-3 long-sleeved shirts + pants
  • Sleepytime clothes