Tell me about camping in the rain with kids.

The good news is, we have rented a yurt, so there will be no fiddling with tent stakes or having our food washed away, and possibly the weather will discourage that very bold skunk we met last time. The bad news is, it sure looks like it’s going to be raining.  We were mostly just planning swimming and hiking and cooking outdoors to amuse us.  Any other suggestions, other than moving to Guadalajara and changing my name?

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  • suburbancorrespondnt

    Seriously, Simcha? From a mom of 6 with camping experience? DON’T go camping in the rain.

  • richard

    Yurt is a new word for me. If you are able, take a rain check and try later.

  • DeirdreMundy

    Our deal for camping in the rain is that we only camp within 45 minutes of home, and if it’s miserable, we just leave.

    On the other hand, hiking in the rain can be fun as long as there are dry clothes to change in afterwards. And if you get a good fire going BEFORE the rain, it can withstand it. And ponchos? Lots of ponchos? How many days is this for? 1 or 2 can be fun. A week? Better bring the valium.

    Oh, and get cards. And the hard-core camping families I know do caving and movie theaters on rainy days.

  • Some yurts are better than others. If you’ve got one of those with a gas stove, kitchenette, and satellite TV, you’ll be fine. Yurts without plumbing are not quite as fun, but still pretty dry. Better take the poker chips.

  • Monica H

    Eesh, even when it was just the two of us and a dog, camping in the rain was kind of a bummer! I couldn’t imagine it now with a little guy. I’ll let my relatives in Guadalajara know that you’re coming…

  • Dan F.

    bring gin… 😉

    Also, post pictures of the yurt for our amusement. Bread and circuses FTW!

  • I concur with everyone below–don’t do it. Put off the trip and make S’mores at home.

  • ThereseZ

    We were fewer children but we camped in rain and enjoyed playing the easier card games like Old Maid. No strain to learn rules, nobody had to “be the banker.” Also pick up sticks (although you probably too many little ones), rolling dice (again, small stuff, shoot). We even played with salt clay and rolled balls into baskets.
    The point is, even the older kids in our case enjoyed the “baby games” because the tent or the cabin or the trailer made it novel.

  • 5 years ago, we had a yurt on our parish camping trip. Unusual for Oregon in July, it rained buckets.

    We have only one kid- but it worked. Everybody without a yurt went home.

    But since my special needs child is almost as bad as parenting several kids, may I suggest the following:
    – Board games
    – a laptop with a DVD player (believe me, if we hadn’t have had Thomas videos, we would NEVER have gotten through the weekend).
    – books for snuggling and reading
    – at least 3 sets of clothing per day per person.

  • Jeannine

    1. Ponchos
    2. Rubber boots
    3. day trips to nearby towns with indoor attractions. These don’t have to be expensive: my grandchildren greatly enjoyed a trip to a quirky little antique car and taxidermy museum in the town near our camping place.
    A camping trip is doable with children if there is a dry place to sleep. We quit trying to do that sort of thing in a tent!

  • A yurt! We adopted our son from Kazakhstan. We got to see a few there. They are quite cozy. I didn’t know they had them here in the US.

    • Many state park systems are putting them in, but they’re not like the ones from Kazakhstan. They’re usually upgraded with tent fabric and insulation and electric heaters at the very least. Some of the really fancy ones are three room cabins with kitchen and toilet.

      • LOL, leave it to we Americans to spoil a traditional concept with luxury. 😉