Make lemonade out of lemons and enjoy these 12 Tips for camping in the rain. Family camping in the rain activities for both staying dry and getting wet.
Camping is such a fun vacation to have. It is so simple but yet many people will share some of the most wonderful memories that they have from camping trips recently or from years gone by. It doesn’t matter if you go as a couple, with a group of friends, or take your kids along for the ride, it’s a vacation that suits almost everybody.
Picture the scene, your tent is up, your chairs are out, there’s a BBQ in the background and you hear pleasant chat and kids laughing. The sun is shining and everyone is having such a great time. But wait! The sun doesn’t always shine, does it? You hear rumbling in the distance and the dark clouds begin to roll in.
Camping can still be a great vacation even when it rains. Although camping in the rain is very different, there are so many camping in the rain activities and things you can do that the whole family will enjoy.
Here are some tips for camping in the rainy weather and camping suggestions if you find yourself camping in bad weather.
Camping in the Rain Tips
If the rain isn’t for you, hang tight. You could make some really cool memories out of these lemons. If you have a camping rain shelter, when life gives you lemons, stay at your campsite and make some lemonade.
Some of us just can’t stand the rain. The best thing is we can all check a forecast ahead of time and if it does forecast rain at any point during your vacation you can be prepared. Here are some of the things you can do if you plan on staying inside the tent when it starts to rain.
Bring with you some emergency board games
One of the first things you could do would be to pack up some emergency board games. These are great for evenings anyway even when you aren’t camping in the rain but they are perfect to pull out when the weather starts to descend. Games like Monopoly or Ticket to Ride are great games that take a little longer. Also consider these indoor games if you have the space. So the chances are when you are done, the rain will have stopped and you can venture outdoors.
Card games are always a winner
Card games are also great for when it starts to rain. There are many card games that are age-appropriate for kids and you could even use the time to teach them something new. Again cards are perfect to keep you entertained and occupied at night and a lovely bonding activity before bed.
Make hot chocolate
There is nothing cozier than being warm and listening to the rain and there is something quite magical about being outside yet still warm and dry. Make it extra special by making some camping hot chocolate. Pack a supply just in case and then enjoy the moment.
Use a device and watch a movie
If you brought iPads with you, which let’s face it with kids is likely, then why not download a few films to one of them in case you end up camping in the rain. You can put one on and then watch it together while you wait out the weather.
Hang your clothes to dry
It is likely inevitable your clothes will get wet. When your clothes are soaked, it might be tempting to dump them in the corner but this will add moisture to the temp and also smell like mildew.
Hang wet clothes on a DIY clothesline. under extra tarps to dry. When the sun comes out, you can remove the tarp so you clothes get direct sunlight. Add hand warmers to shoes to keep them warm and to speed up the drying process. Taking time to manage the moisture factor will make your trip a lot more pleasant.
Camping in the Rain Activities
If you want to embrace the rain, get your camping rain jacket, wet gear and water boots and let’s make some life-long memories.
Some people don’t mind the rain and often expect it when camping. There are lots you can do if you want to embrace the rain. Here are some suggestions.
Go and explore
One of the first things to do would be to put on your waterproofs and head out in it. Go for a walk and explore. Nature looks different in all kinds of weather and you may be able to spot some insects and animals that you might not have done if the sun was shining. If you do not have the proper rain gear, grab a garbage bag and turn it into a DIY poncho.
Open water swimming
Don’t stay dry, get wet. Swimming is always a fun activity but swimming in the rain just takes it to the next level. Besides, you are already wet so you may as well just enjoy it. Open water swimming in lakes and rivers are great options for when it rains. Obviously use precaution and make sure it is not thundering and lighting.
Fish seem to come to the surface a little more when it’s raining. So if the family are keen fishers then this could be the perfect time to go out with your fishing gear. Dress up in your waterproofs and pack some warm drinks to keep you going.
Put on an extra layer of clothes or strip down to your wet gear or swim suits. Try something out of the norm like these Minute to Win it Water Games. Be prepared for 16 splash-tastic 60-second challenges. Laminate your minute to win it directions and supply list before you packing for your camping trip.
Take all your camping games and play in the wet weather. Using many common supplies found on your camping checklist, enjoy these outdoor games in the rain. You can even go on a camping scavenger hunt (just add the clues to the inside of a Ziploc bag) to keep them protecting from the moisture.
Take your dog out
If you brought your dog camping with you then why not take them out for a walk? Your dog really won’t mind the rain, and it can be a fun activity for everyone to do. You will need to prepare with lots of towels before you leave, so you can get cleaned up the moment you arrive back at your tent.
Jumping in puddles
Finally, the simple activity of jumping in puddles is fun for any age, adults included. So if you have been camping in the rain then there is a big chance there will be plenty of puddles for you to explore.
Let’s hope this has given you plenty of ideas on the activities and tips for camping in the rain the whole family will enjoy if it is during your camping trip.
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