We’ve been stuck more than a few times with only a week or two of cherished holiday time, a campervan and BAD WEATHER.
So what to do when your stuck camping and the weather is bad? Will you stay or will you go? As weather predictions are often wrong and I’m sure you chose your current destination for some great reasons, you might want to stick it out a few days before you make the decision to bail for good and head somewhere dryer/warmer.
Our advice for sticking it out:
- Did you bring some boardgames and a deck of cards with you? If not, go and buy some pronto!
- Do you have a good book with you? I hope so!
- How many bottles of red wine did you bring? Go and buy some more!
- Do you feel like an antipasto platter for dinner with your wine? It will go down very well…and doesn’t require any cooking or washing dishes. A few different types of cheeses, cold cuts, dips and nice bread are just what the doctor ordered in this weather.
- If you have an ipad, tablet or laptop with you then you really do have entertainment on tap for at least a couple of days in the form of unwatched movies and TV shows.
- (If it’s possible) drive out of the camp spot and get the paper plus go for a coffee or lunch somewhere in a café or pub close by each day (prevents cabin fever).
- Check out a map and see if there are any interesting towns or cities within an hour or two’s drive and somewhere nearby to camp. Towns and cities offer LOTS more to do during wet weather than your free camping national park experience.
- Similarly, have a look if there are any wineries in the region – always a lot of fun.
- Make a nice bonfire if it’s not raining all the time and toast some marshmallows. Trust me this is almost better than campervanning in warm weather!
Our advice for bailing:
- Our first instincts when you’re camping and the weather is bad are always to just drive as far North from where we are as possible to escape any COLD we are trying to get away from. But think again before you use this tactic as it often rains more the further north you go, and that ain’t no fun at all. You might also only have a few days and don’t want to waste too much time driving further away from home.
A last thought to leave you with, you’re still in Australia…the weather isn’t really THAT bad…
If you have any tips on camping in bad weather please comment below!
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