Here’s some handy information on staying warm and basic fire safety at NECTR. The woods of CT have unpredictable weather in October! Be prepared for nights with below freezing temperatures. We have had light snow!
HOW DO I STAY WARM!?
Stay Dry! Make sure to dress yourself in layers as well. There will be some community campfire spaces/burn barrels which you can feel free to use.
Bring a good sleeping bag and keep it dry! Small dashboard heaters (12v) hooked up to a car battery can be nice in a tent. Be sure to follow safety instructions and don’t use the battery from the car you drove in with. Most commercial heaters (patio heaters etc) should be okay to use in your camping area (not in your tent). NECTR event leads reserve the right to have you to discontinue use of anything that poses a fire threat.
A light insulating layer under and above your tent can do wonders. Use a sleeping pad between your sleeping bag and floor of the tent. Air mattresses do not insulate well. A light insulating blanket between your tent and rain fly will also help keep the heat in.
Think about warm and dry when designing your costumes.
We encourage theme camps and groups of people to collaborate on ways to stay warm together!
Burn Barrels and above ground fire pits are allowed in camping areas but you will need to check with the fire safety team about positioning before lighting them. You will also need to have someone constantly monitoring it while lit and have a 5 gallon bucket of water to douse it with if needed.
We have purchased 2 cords of wood this year. If you would like to use some for your camping area or one of the community fire pits you can use one of the wheel barrows to cart some from the effigy area to your fire pit. We only ask that you consider donating to offset the cost of the wood! Please donate HERE: paypal.me/NECTRWood (Suggested donation $15)
IF IT IS DRY OUT, BE EXTRA AWARE OF FIRE SAFETY!
Tips from our friends at Frost Burn: Winter Camping Survival
Camping in the winter requires much greater preparation than in the warmer months. Bring more blankets, sleeping bags, and clothing than you think you will need—better to have too much than not enough! A heavy sleeping bag and insulated sleeping mat are essential to winter tent camping. A sleeping bag rated well below freezing temperatures may be critical to your survival, and the use of a ﬂeece or summer bag inside your winter bag may be warranted, as even cold-rated sleeping bags rated for zero degrees may not keep you comfortable at that temperature. Similarly, extra bedding can be used over and under your sleeping bag to supplement its heat retention. A standard inflatable air mattress becomes as cold and uncomfortable as the air that fills it. A closed cell foam mat or winter speciﬁc air mattress will insulate your body from the cold ground, and is a much better option than a regular air mattress. Mylar sheeting can be placed between the ground and your bottom layer of bedding to reflect any body heat that escapes back to you for an extra measure.
Space heaters and camp stoves that consume wood-based or oil-based fuel carry a serious risk of ﬁre, carbon monoxide poisoning, air pollution and oxygen depletion. Do not operate any heat source that poses a threat to you or other attendees in a closed space. If you plan to burn fuel in an enclosed space, use a combination FIRE and CARBON MONOXIDE detector!
Outdoor Tent Camping
Winter camping requires far more information on preparation and planning than we can provide in this Survival Guide. We urge you to do extensive research before attending the event, including reading these referenced documents,seeking the advice of experienced winter campers or, if possible, obtain certiﬁcation in Wilderness First Aid. If you have the option, it can help to try camping in your backyard on a cold night to experiment with how to stay more comfortable in the cold.