Beat the Boredom, Three Tent-Time Activities for Bad Weather

Madison, WI: You’re getting prepped for your next camping trip. Everything looks great, gear lined up; permits in order, you even have your food shopping done. Then, everything changes. A huge swath of green and blue takes over your weather radar screen and its time to adjust tactics. Are you still going to go? Are you going to have to plan for a little more tent-time than you were originally hoping for?


Life living on the road means camping out in all types of weather. Even on those relentlessly rainy days we do our best to get outside and explore while staying (mostly) dry in our rain gear. Even still, inclement weather turns the tent and the two of us into magnets, we get drawn into that dry, warm hideaway to let the weather pass. That is when our favorite tent-time activities come into play.  


Bananagrams: If you have ever played this tile tossing word game then I have no need to explain the attraction. If not, here you go, this play at your own speed vocabulary-testing game is sure to be a campsite favorite. Build your own web of words and challenge your creativity with word selection. Play with 2-6 people and watch the competition and laughs roll. 

Dutch Blitz: Fast paced, color-coded, and communal play make this card game a great way to spend down time at camp. The original pack comes with decks for up to 4 players but an expansion pack makes the game available to 6. We have spent hours throwing down cards and keeping score. Make sure you have a clear surface to play on to keep the communal card piles from toppling over.

Backgammon: A game built for two; first editions of the game date back to 3,000 B.C. Backgammon is an all-time classic that has been built for camping with lightweight, magnetic boards for people getting outdoors. This is the game we turn to the most when the weather looks iffy. One planned game turns into best of 3 out of 5, pretty quickly. This is one game we cannot live without on a rainy day.    


Tent-time activities are a sure fire way to beat the boredom. Whether you choose to play games, update your social media, or write a journal entry, there are plenty of excellent choices for rainy days. Get creative, fun, and beat the boredom on your next rainy day camping trip.


Adventure on, and Leave No Trace!

Steph and Andy – Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainer Team East

Leave No Trace’s Steph Whatton and Andy Mossey are part of the 2016 Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainer Program that provides free, mobile education to communities across the country. Proud partners of this program include Subaru of America, REI, Fjall Raven, ENO, Deuter, Thule, and SmartWool.