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Dealing with Rainy Days in an RV

Dealing with Rainy Days in an RV

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.

Related Read: Are you Prepared for Unexpected Emergencies?

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.

Related Read: Upgrade Your TV: From Fat to Flat

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
  • Ceiling Vents
  • Cupboard and drawer interiors
  • Refrigerator
  • Under the bed (at least for us, this area accumulates a lot of dust and is where the inverter switch is located.)
  • Upholstery
  • Walls

This also gives you an opportunity to reorganize drawers, closet space, and spices, etc.

Related Read: Spring Cleaning for Your RV

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.

Related Read: Your Best Sleep in Your RV – Part 1

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.

Related Read: Slow Cooker Recipes for the RV

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!

Related Read: Full Time RVing with Kids


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.

Related Read: RV Friendly Crafts You can do this Weekend

In Conclusion

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!

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Carrie Todd


Carrie Todd

Initially, Carrie became a freelance writer, editor, and artist to support herself doing something she loves that also allows her to travel. Living in her Tourmaster coach, she has spent no more than five months in one place since October 2013. This ensures that she gets to experience the constantly changing scenery that accompanies the yearly seasonal changes, as well as meet new people across the country. She has since become a LuLaRoe Independent Fashion Consultant, as well to further this endeavor. In fact, Carrie considers herself fortunate, as most people have to be of retirement age to enjoy the sort of freedom she has, with every day bringing something different.

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