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It’s raining, it’s pouring, camping doesn’t have to be boring!

Camping is a rain or shine experience.

In fact, inclement weather is a risk campers must take. Unfortunately, most won’t find an accommodating raincheck policy at any campground or RV park.

Still, don’t let vacation showers get you down! Here are some ideas, activities, and space-saving products for a rainy day.



RV Camping | Ideas For A Rainy Day



Outside the Camper Activities


 Play in the rain

If weather permits, of course, you bet we will be outside playing in a warm rain and stomping in puddles! 



Make rain play even more fun with the right gear!


Totes Kids Umbrella is a rainy-day fave! Colorful patterns on a transparent canopy allows kids to see what’s ahead while walking through the rain. Additionally, the dome-like design keeps them dry while ensuring no others nearby get poked by the tips. Buy on Amazon or Walmart.


Prevent little ones from getting drenched with the Rainslicker from Carter’s. Buy on Amazon.


Crocs Rain Boots come in bright colors with a waterproof design to keep feet dry and cozy. Buy on Amazon or Walmart.


  Relax outside

Put the awning out or set up a canopy. Still, make sure it’s not windy nor lightning present. Otherwise, nothing’s better than getting some fresh air and feeling the calm breeze under a soothing rain.


The Clam Venture 5-Sided QuickSet Screen Shelter is small enough to be packed and transported, yet big enough for a table and a few people inside. It’s great for on-the-go, offering no-see-um mesh and protection from the sun and rain. The best of all– set up in 45 seconds! Buy on Amazon, Walmart, or Camping World.



The JBL Portable Speaker has been a great campsite sidekick through the years! Did I mention it’s WATERPROOF?! From beaches, pools, bonfires, off-roading trails, boating and more– this durable speaker has been through it all! Buy on Amazon or Walmart.


 Clubhouse/Arcade activities 

If summer showers are putting you in a funk, check-out what kind of activities the campground hosts for their guests. Many have weekly or even daily activities scheduled at the clubhouse like game nights, crafts, movies, and more!


Directional Sign to a Clubhouse by Kindel Media –


If you’ve exhausted your campground amenities or are needing to get out of the camper and DO something, jump on Google and search near you:


Go to an indoor jump park: Need something to burn some energy? RVs can seem a little cramped over time, especially with energetic little ones. Indoor trampoline parks are the perfect activity to break up a gloomy day! 

Check out local attractions: Check out the city’s aquarium, museums, science centers, planetariums, libraries, malls, or escape rooms!    

Go to an indoor pool/waterpark: If swimming was the number one thing on your vacation list, but the weather isn’t giving you a break, make your wishlist come true! If near a city, search for an indoor pool or waterpark. See if a hotel near you offers a day pass for swimming.

Go to a movie theater: So the weekend wasn’t supposed to include electronics… But, as RVers know, traveling entails unknown paths and perhaps a few bumps in the road. In other words, things don’t always go as planned! Time for a new route!  

Go bowling: Rain still getting the family down? Find a bowling alley near you to keep up the spirit! 

Go to a roller rink: So old school right? Well, prove to the kids it’s just like riding a bike! 

Dine out: If the weather’s not looking very promising along with not much to do around town, sometimes dining out and watching the storm pass is the perfect change of scenery you need. Plus, you don’t have to come up with an alternative bonfire meal. 


Inside the Camper Activities


  Play games 

Board games, card games, and interactive games are the ultimate rainy day go-to.



Checkout fun, indoor games like:


  Activity and coloring packs

These are a rainy day must! Still, one thing you’ll want to do is look for contained, space-saving, activity packs. For example, the Crayola Color Wonder Kit and EZDesk Travel Activity Kit not only hold the paper as a sturdy lap easel (which is great for travel) but also stores other markers, paper, and supplies inside.




Coming from a limited-space perspective, keep the crafting supplies minimal. Look for crafting kits that include all of the supplies and that can be stored easily. Another idea is to prep crafts for little travelers first, so you’re not lugging the entire craft box along!



You’ll see in The Best Baby Gear for Your RV that the Bumkins Splat Mat goes everywhere with us. In fact, it’s not just used for dinner time– throw this under the kids when baking or making crafts!


  Paint rocks 

The Artistro Paint Pens are kid-friendly, dry quickly, and allow little artists to make precise designs– without large, messy brushes and paint cups. When it stops raining, hide your beautiful creations around the campground for other campers to find! 




Make cookies and decorate them! Have a cookie mix in the pantry or refrigerated cookie dough for minimal supplies and efficient pantry storage. Go with the camping theme! The Welcome to Our Campsite Cookie Cutters will perfectly complement the experience! 


  Snack and play!

Get creative with a rainy day snack. Let the kids build their own treat before gobbling it down! For example, Jello or pudding mix is super easy to have on hand. Make it fun by creating a pool, beach, or dirt theme– like below. 

Pool Theme: Blue Jello, Teddy Grahams, Lifesavers Gummies for the pool tube, AirHead Xtreme bites for the pool raft.

Dirt Theme: Chocolate pudding, crushed Oreos for the dirt, Gummy Worms, and chocolate rocks (the campground store had them– and they went perfectly with the “dirt-cup” theme!)

Beach Theme: Vanilla pudding, crushed Graham Crackers for the sand, Teddy Grahams, AirHead Xtremes Belts cut in pieces for the beach towels, and Cocktail Umbrella Picks for the umbrellas. 



  Movie and popcorn

A movie night is a great way to end a rainy day. Don’t forget the popcorn! Consider bringing a new movie along especially for rainy days.


  Create a scavenger hunt

If the weather is keeping you indoors giving you a little extra time on your hands, create a scavenger hunt for the kids (for when the rain clears up).

I created a quick scavenger hunt below with a few toys and treats (optional) from the campground store. The best part is, you can make your scavenger hunt “age appropriate” and with as many steps as you wish! Of course, treats and small prizes are completely optional (the clues, let alone, are fun for little ones) and it’s a fun campsite activity for the whole family! 




Adults! Don’t let a rainy day get you down! Check out these additional ideas for the older crowd.


Outside the Camper Activities


Go to a winery, brewery, or distillery: Do some local tasting or take a tour of the facility.

Go to a sports bar: Enjoy local food and drinks, watch sports, and meet new people.

Sit at a cafe: Enjoy a specialty coffee and watch the storm roll by.

Try a new restaurant: So, the bonfire meal you had planned unfortunately has to wait. Try a new restaurant! Check out places with live music or entertainment to help time pass by.

Enjoy live music or an indoor concert: Do a Google search near you or ask the campground desk of fun goings-on close by.

Dave and Busters: Skee-Ball anyone? It’s the perfect place to be on a rainy day!

Casino: Feeling lucky? Check out a casino near you. Not a gambler? Go for entertainment or, my favorite, the BUFFET!

Go to a spa and get a massage: When’s the last time you treated yourself? A massage would go nicely after yesterday’s long hike or game of volleyball.

Check out a comedy club: Rainy day getting you down? Have a good laugh to lift your spirit!

Go shopping or walk the mall: As if we don’t have enough camping gear…



Workout: Burn some rainy day energy at the campground’s fitness center. No fitness center? Do a quick, no equipment needed, workout in the privacy of your own camper. YouTube has tons of workout videos designed for every fitness level. A yoga mat and resistance bands are space-friendly accessories to bring along. 


Inside the Camper Activities


Movie marathon I get it. Many of us try to limit electronics when camping… But guess what– RVing doesn’t always go as planned. Get comfy and watch those movies!

It’s a good idea to have a coaxial cord on hand if the campground you are staying at offers cable.

Crafts: Now is the time to channel your inner creative side and explore your packed Pinterest boards!

Cook or bake something: Unless you’re a full-timer or avid RVer, you’re not going to have many ingredients to work with. Time to get creative with what you have!

Although camper space is already limited, try to plan ahead on your vacations and pack ingredients special for rainy days or unplanned downtimes. A simple dry muffin, cake, or soup mix can store well and doesn’t take up a lot of space in the pantry. Don’t forget compact bakeware for your RV oven!

Organize your phone’s photo gallery: Don’t we all have 10,000 pictures taking up precious space on our devices? Why not go through and clean up those bad selfies and accidental inside-your-pocket photos! Plus, looking at all of those great memories in your hand is going to help you get over the rainy day blues.

Research your next vacation destination: Now is the perfect time to plan your next RV trip! Where’s it going to be next?



Although camping doesn’t always go the way we plan, RVING IS BEING adaptable to our surroundings and optimistic through the obstacles put in our path. Perhaps a gloomy day could push us to explore farther, try things we’d never thought of before, meet new people, or simply cherish the special down time together– creating some of the best memories yet!





RVING IS BEING cheerful on a rainy day.