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You can’t control what the weather is going to be like on an RV trip. Of course you want as many sunny days as possible, but that doesn’t always end up being the case. However, dealing with rain doesn’t necessarily mean the day is wasted. There are still things you can do to pass the time and keep the kids occupied. You might even be able to still spend time outside and check out the local sights! Here are some ways you can make the most of your time.

One way to spend a rainy day is by playing indoor games. Board games, card games, or even dominoes can get the whole group involved. There are also magnetic games for chess/checkers, backgammon, and Chinese checkers, which are ideal for keeping small pieces from getting lost. Of course, you can still make use of electronic devices as well. You may tend to shy away from them on an RV trip, but they come in handy during inclement weather. Your RV’s TV can provide hours of entertainment. A lot of campgrounds offer cable service, or you can make use of your own satellite antenna. On a related note, you can also take advantage of your campground’s WiFi if your location offers it. Using a WiFi range booster will ensure that you’ll have access throughout your RV. Perfect time to catch up on those shows you’ve been binging or stream a movie you’ve been meaning to watch! If you don’t have kids that need entertainment, you can take time for quieter activities, like reading, crafting, or journaling. Are there minor interior maintenance jobs you’ve been putting off? Rainy days are a great time to get to a few of the things on your list!

If the rain stays relatively light, you don’t have to be cooped up inside all day. Setting up your RV’s awning or a pop-up tent allows you to still be outside while remaining dry. Laying down an awning mat will keep the dirt and mud off your shoes so you don’t track anything inside your camper. Using a screen room attached to your RV’s awning can give you the best of both worlds. You’ll get the feeling of being outside while remaining covered on all sides. If you are up to getting your shoes dirty, you can even take a walk in light rain, provided you have the proper rain gear. Rain coats, umbrellas, and rain boots will keep you warm and dry as you venture outside. Wool and synthetic fabric are ideal for repelling water. If you have a smaller vehicle with you, you could spend the day checking out local indoor attractions, such as indoor shopping areas, movie theaters, museums, or restaurants. If you are going outside, make sure you’ve brought enough towels to dry off with and to clean wet boots. It’s important to dry off and get warm as soon as possible. Also make sure your things are completely dry before storing them. This includes outdoor gear, tents, and your RV’s awning.

There are a few other things to remember when RVing in the rain. It’s a good idea to have a weather radio on hand to keep up to date on current conditions, as you may not always be able to depend on cell phone service. If you are at a campground, see if there’s a clubhouse or community center that has indoor activities planned. Check the local weather before you leave. If rain is in the forecast and you’re able to choose where you park, try to avoid lower ground or areas near a body of water. Keep these tips in mind and you won’t have to let a rainy day put a damper on your trip.

Making the Most of Rainy Days on an RV Trip