Many a RVer has lamented weather like this, the dreaded all-day rain that forces one to press pause on sight-seeing and adventuring and stay cooped up indoors where cabin fever can quickly set in. Just sitting around wishing that the sun would come back out isn’t going to make it so, so I’ve come up with a few ways to make the most of a rainy day while RVing. And no, lounging about watching TV all day or bumming around on the internet are not on it.
1. Chores. I know what your thinking: ugh, I’m already stuck inside why would I want to make myself more miserable by doing chores? It’s not my number one idea of fun either, but think about it this way: if you do them now, that gives you more time when the weather is nice to do whatever you wish.
Cleaning up the inside of the RV, running errands, and doing small projects that keep getting put off can all fall under this category. Today I’m going to be sweeping the floors, dumping the tanks, and running to the bank to get more quarters to do laundry with.
2. Earn some money. The Rules state that one cannot go full-timing until they are retired. That’s total bull of course, but it doesn’t diminish the fact that if you haven’t had a lifetime to save up the funds that you need to keep earning as you go. There are as many ways to earn a living on the road as there are people on the road and you are by no means limited to just one method.
If you earn your living via location independent means, as in, something that can be done within your RV whether it’s on the computer, over the phone, or making a physical product, bad weather days are perfect days to do it.
If you’re like me and still trying to figure the location independent income thing out, then bad weather days are perfect days to think about the options. Or even better, start experimenting to find out what works for you. You won’t really know until you try after all, and action will get you a lot farther than endless planning.
3. Learn something new. Why do you RV/want to go RVing to begin with? There are probably a number of reasons, but chances are experiencing new and exciting things are a part of it. Rain may keep you from seeing it first-hand today, but that doesn’t mean you can’t read a book about something you’ve been wanting to know more about, or visit indoor attractions like museums that are equally enjoyable rain or shine.
On a related note, working on goals and <dream list> items are also a good way to spend a rainy day. Stashed away inside the Casita I have a blank package of index cards that I am intending to use as flashcards. I took Japanese as my foreign language in high school but three years was not enough to get close to fluent in the language and sadly I’ve forgotten a lot of it. I have a goal to memorize all of the hiragana and katakana symbols by the end of the year, and this would be a great thing to work at on a rainy day while cooped up in the RV.
4. Connect with loved ones. It’s all too easy to lose touch with friends and family when RVing. There is so much to do and see, and distance puts them from our minds. Rainy days when things are slower though are the perfect time to catch up with people you may not have spoken too in a while.
Just because they haven’t contacted you doesn’t mean they don’t want to talk to you. Several full-timers that I know say that they often have to be the one to initiate contact. It’s hard to say exactly why this is, but the best guess is because of the difference in lifestyle, we worry that we’ll have nothing in common to talk about. Sadly, while it’s probable that some friendships won’t last once you hit the road, you may be surprised by how many do, if you’re willing to put in a little effort to keep in touch.
So, what is your favorite thing to do on a rainy day?