Rain, Rain, Go Away! How to Stay Sane in Your RV
Spring—depending on where you’re located, this season may be filled with long cloudy days with rain and wind added in for fun. Whether you live in your RV or are merely using it for your vacation, a week of drizzle is enough to put a crimp in almost anyone’s style. Once the novelty’s worn off, how do you make it to the next sunny day with your faculties intact? It has been my experience that the best way to weather the storm is by embracing it and doing things that you avoid, put off, or just don’t consider doing during dryer periods.
Binge-Watch a New Show
Probably the least productive activity on this list, watching hours of the latest TV show or movies on Netflix or Hulu is an entertaining way to pass a series of stormy days. Plus, then you’ll be caught up and able to intelligently comment about said shows when they come up in social media posts. Win-win.
Call Friends or Family
Speaking of social media—whether checking in to Facebook is a daily routine or only occurs when time allows, a rainy day in the RV is a perfect time to catch up with your loved ones. Although social media is one way to keep up, it may not be the best.
Instead, contact them for a video chat or even for an old-fashioned phone call. Taking the time to have a one-on-one conversation with a friend or family member really shows you care. Additionally, you’re more likely to engage in real communication that is satisfying for you both.
To find RVers near you to connect with check out MRV Connect!
Catch Up on Cleaning
Of course you clean your RV regularly. Since they typically accumulate dust quickly, you probably do so more often than most people in their brick or stick home. When you’re working your way through a week’s worth of rain, it’s the perfect time to get nitty gritty and address some of the out of the way spaces, such as:
- Ceiling Vents
- Cupboard and drawer interiors
- Under the bed (at least for us, this area accumulates a lot of dust and is where the inverter switch is located.)
This also gives you an opportunity to reorganize drawers, closet space, and spices, etc.Catch Up on Sleep
Studies have shown that most inhabitants of the United States live on a less than optimal amount of sleep. RVers are likely no exception.
Personally, I know when we’re traveling—even though we’re sleeping in the same bed as we always do—we don’t get as much rest as when we’re stationary. Plus, since we’re decades away from retiring, we still have the normal obligations of work. Rainy days seem particularly conducive to napping. Even if you don’t feel tired, the dim light accompanied by the sound of rain tends to lull us to sleep and we feel better for it.Cook an Elaborate Meal
There’s something soothing about spending the day in the kitchen preparing something grand. Try to have a decent variety of spices on hand because with spices and a few ingredients, you can create a masterful meal.
Even if you don’t have sufficient supplies, you can probably find what you need at the closest supermarket or even the campground’s general store. Plus, by searching a site like AllRecipes or SuperCook for the ingredients you do have, you can prepare something you had never considered. Try something with fish, cheese, or eggs to supplement the vitamin D you aren’t getting and alleviate the rainy-day blues.Play Games
As a child, rainy days were board game days. Playing games is still a totally legitimate way to spend a day that you’d rather not be outside. Board games and card games have the added benefit of requiring no electricity, which make them perfect for boondocking or other times you’d rather conserve energy, as well.
With a couple of travel-sized or multi-pack games and a deck of cards, you and your companion (or companions) can entertain yourselves for days. Don’t underestimate the allure of a puzzle, a friend, and your favorite beverage for hours of fun!Read
When the sky is dark and gloomy, there’s nothing I like better than a cup of tea and a good book. With iPads, Kindles, and smartphones, as well as a full online library, nearly any book is available with a brief search. Plus, digital versions don’t take up any of your limited RV space.
Work on a Hobby
Whether it’s building fishing flies, drawing, crocheting, journaling, scrapbooking, or woodcarving, working on your favorite project may be the best way to spend those rainy days. For many people, dark and dreary days lead to a bit of depression and investing your time in a hobby can combat that.
As you can see, there are many things you can attend to when you’re stuck inside trying to decide what to. Aside from completing unfinished tasks, visiting with loved ones via phone or social media, or catching up on your reading, writing, or favorite Netflix series, you can still engage in the activities you normally would. Unless it’s actively storming with lightning and dangerous wind, there’s no real reason you have to stay inside. It’s just water. Get out and enjoy it! There are plenty of ways to stay active and entertained; don’t be afraid of being creative!