7 Best Rainy Day Camping Activities for Adults

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Don’t let the rain ruin your camping trip! Here are the best rainy day camping activities for adults…

Rain, rain, go away,

Come again some other day,

We want to go outside and play,

Come again some other day,

Even as an adult, that nursery rhyme always pops into my head every time it rains. Especially when Jennifer and I are camping and all we want to do is go outside and play!

But with over 10 years of enjoying the RV Lifestyle and lots of rainy days, we’ve learned how to keep ourselves entertained on days when the weather is not cooperating with our original itinerary.

So, we’re going to give you plenty of ideas on how to spend a rainy day while camping. Plus, I’m going to give you plenty of helpful links to help you make the most of each option.

7 Best Rainy Day Camping Activities for Adults

Just a couple of weeks ago, we shared 15 Ways to Keep Kids Entertained in an RV on a Rainy Day. So, today, we’re going to focus on the adults.

We’re going to start off easy but don’t expect all of these activities to be lounging activities… they’re not! Sure, rainy days are a great day to relax, but that doesn’t mean you have to be completely inactive.

1. Read a Good Camping Book

Rainy Day Camping Activities for Adults

Now I know you may be thinking this isn’t original advice, but reading a book is a go-to rainy day camping activity for good reason. There’s something about the pitter-patter of rain that helps you immerse yourself in the pages of a good book.

I will point out, too, that I said you should read a good camping book. Not just any book! 

A good camping book will transport you to another world while keeping you connected to your current travel experience. It will help inspire and motivate you to get out there and enjoy the great outdoors as soon as the rain lets up.

That’s why I highly suggest you keep at least one of these great camping books at the ready on every vacation.

2. Watch a Good Camping Movie

That’s right, not just any movie… a good camping movie! Like I said about books, you should choose a movie that keeps you immersed in your camping experience. 

That way, you still get a taste of adventure even if you’re confined to your RV. 

To make it easy for you, I’ve made a list of the 13 Best Roadtrip Movies for RVers.

3. Invite Friends Over

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A few years back, rain tried to interfere with an RV gathering Jennifer and I were attending. As you can see from the video above, we didn’t let the rain get us down!

We made a game of it, seeing how many RVers we could fit into our campervan (obviously this was WAY before you know what…). It was a fun day with lots of laughs and a great opportunity to make new friends.

So, no matter the size of your RV, you could always invite fellow campers over. Whether you squeeze inside or tuck under your awning, it’s always nice to gather together on a rainy day.

Plenty of campers will agree that one of the best rainy day camping activities is playing games. So, invite some people over and have a game night! Or, rather, a game rainy day.

Here are some of the best card games and best party games for adults.


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4. Journaling & Scrapbooking

Another great rainy day camping activity is journaling and scrapbooking. It’s the perfect time to sit down and catch up on your recent experiences on the road.

If you want to be prepared for such a rainy day, you can check out these great travel journals and notebooks.

Some of the journals have prompts while others give you plenty of space to write freely. 

5. Crafts & Activity Books

Rainy Day Camping Activities for Adults

Doing arts and crafts is one of the best ways to keep yourself busy while being stuck inside. You can draw, paint, knit, carve, or even color.

There are also lots of different activity books you can enjoy from crossword puzzles, sudoku, and miscellaneous games.

Here’s a list of some of the Best Travel Crafts and Activity Books for Adults.

6. Plan Your Next RV Trip

There’s no time like the present to plan your next RV trip! Especially if rain is keeping you from enjoying your current one.

If you’re stuck inside, you might as well make good use of your time and start planning your next adventure. Whether it’s reworking your current itinerary or starting a new one.

I have lots of articles about planning a great trip, but I recommend starting with my #1 Advice & Tools for Planning the Perfect RV Trip.

Or, you can take the opportunity to review some of the Best Travel Guides for RVers. That way you just have to decide where to go next rather than plan the whole trip yourself.

7. Go Out in the Rain!

Rainy Day Camping Activities for Adults

Just because it’s raining, it doesn’t mean you have to stay inside! It doesn’t mean you can’t hit the trail or enjoy what you had planned for the day regardless. (As long as there’s no lightning, of course.)

Rain is just water, after all. You’re not going to melt (I’m tempted to enter a mother-in-law joke here but I’ll refrain).

Like they say, there’s no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing. 

So, whip out your camping poncho, put on your hiking hat, and slip on your waterproof shoes. Get out there and see how the world looks different under its cover. Jump in puddles, turn your face up to the sky, and enjoy the rain!

What’s Your Favorite Rainy Day Camping Activities for Adults?

You know, I should’ve added cuddling and romantic dinners to the list. Taking advantage of a rainy day to help Keep the Romance Alive While RVing is a great idea. 

And I’m sure that’s not the only thing I missed. So, please add your suggestions for the best rainy day camping activities for adults in the comments below.

You can also check out some more great conversations in our RV Lifestyle Facebook group.

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