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Rainy Day RV Activities: How To Have Fun Without The Sun

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What do you do if it starts raining right in the middle of your vacation? Do you pack up and leave, or do you wait it out? As much as we would like, we can’t always have sunny weather when we’re out camping. A rainy day doesn’t have to end a great camping trip. In fact, you can still make those lasting family memories with a few rainy day RV activities.

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Kellie and I have have plenty of trips when the weather just didn’t want to cooperate with what we had planned. Actually, I believe we have had more bad weather than good over the years. The rain doesn’t have to dampen your spirit or your trip. As a matter of fact, the weather on our trip to Sommerville Marina and Campground was terrible for the first day or two. We just decided to make the best of a bad situation. When the sun came out, we had a blast for the rest of our trip.

There are several of ways of keeping the family connected and keep making memories for years to come. One of our favorite rainy day camping activities is playing games and listening to the radio. We have all of our games stored in the cabinet right above our dinette for easy access. Below are some examples of some great ways to spend a rainy day while you’re out in your RV.

Board Games

Board games are a great way for families to spend quality time together. A few of my favorites are Sorry and Clue. There are tons of different board games available for the whole family. Let’s not forget some other classics like The Game Of Life, Chutes And Ladders, and Candyland. Throw a few of your favorites in your camper for easy access on those dreary rainy days.

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Monopoly Board Games

Card Games

When it comes to card games, the possibilities are endless. We have several packs of cards in the RV as well as in our house. Card games can be a fantastic rainy day RV activity. Not only do you have the option of playing several different games with the classic Bicycle cards, you also have card games like Uno, or Skip-Bo. All are fun activities for adults, teens, and little ones.

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UNO Card Game


If you have an oven or a convection microwave, you can bake a few cupcakes and have a “cupcake war”. Let the kiddos decorate there own cupcakes. If you don’t have the ability to bake in your camper, you can pick up un-iced cupcakes or cookies at your local grocery store. If you are feeling really adventurous, try making individual pizzas with the kids. Kellie and I tried this one with our nieces and nephews when they were little. They absolutely love putting their own toppings on the pizza.

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Reading books or coloring in coloring books are another great rainy day camping activity. While you are making your RV packing list, throw a coloring book or a few kids books on the list. Reading and coloring keeps the imagination strong. It also helps everyone unplug from their devices for a little while.

Get the kids a travel journal they can write in to keep track of the places you have visited as a family. Have them list their favorite things from each place.

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Arts And Crafts

Here in Brazoria County, there was a game going around where people would paint rocks and leave them hidden around ton for others to find. When the rocks were found, they would post a picture of the rock on a Facebook page. It was a lot of fun for adults and kids. You could do this in RV campgrounds as well.

Get the family together and paint your rocks and leave them hidden around the campground for the next campers to find. There are several other craft kits for children and adults of all ages.

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Conclusion On Rainy Day RV Activities

Bad weather and rainy days are an inevitable part of camping. It’s not a question of “if” it rains, but “when” it rains. Don’t let the weather ruin your vacation. Embrace it and use that time to enjoy family time together inside. Make it a day for coffee and hot chocolate. Check out the article Types Of Coffee Makers For Campers for some great ideas on coffee makers.

Do you have more ideas for rainy days? Leave us a comment below and let us know.

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