Summer is around the corner and you don’t have a bucket list yet? Welcome to this ultimate summer bucket list with tons of ideas what to do this summer.
In this post, I will share the best ideas for things to do in summer, focused on students! I hope these ideas inspire you and you’ll create your own summer bucket list.
Summer Bucket List for Students
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Before we start, I just want to add that there is now a SUMMER BUCKET LIST PRINTABLE that you can download FOR FREE.
1. Find a new hiking trail
Hiking is a great way to exercise without it being too exhausting. Trying new hiking trails is always fun!
How about a sunset hike?
2. Go on a bike ride
When was the last time you have used your bike? Grab it and let’s go on an adventure. It doesn’t have to be far at all.
3. Go camping
If the current lockdown situations weaken, you can go camping! Camping is one of those things that you can do for even one night and it’s an adventure!
Should the lockdowns remain for longer, you can just camp in your back yard!
4. Wake up for the sunrise
Another great summer bucket list idea is to watch the sunrise! Even if it’s just from your window; grab a coffee and your journal and enjoy the sunrise.
5. Watch the sunset
Talking about sunrises, watching the sunset might be more convient for you if you hate waking up early.
Whether you watch it from your window, the yard, or go for a hike, sunsets are always great if the weather plays along.
6. Have a game night
Whether this will be virtual or live with your family or friends, games are always fun. How about you put together a quiz for the others?
7. Make your own cocktails
If you are over 21, trying out new cocktails would be a great idea for the summer. If you’re younger, you can still make them but without alcohol.
8. Go stargazing
I personally love stargazing! Grab a few blankets and lie on your balcony or in the grass. So magical!
9. Have a picnic
A picnic is one of the more simple things to do in summer, but a classic!
Again, you can do this near your home, in a park, or on a hike.
10. Take a daytrip to a new place
Taking a day trip to a place you haven’t been to before can be a lot of fun. You can connect it to other things on this list, such as a picnic or the sunset.
11. Prep for college
Depending where you are in your school career, you could prep for college during the summer.
That can include taking on some responsibilities that look good on an application, visit your university, or even do some dorm shopping.
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12. Make a vision board
This is one of my favorites!
A vision board is basically a bigger picture frame that you fill with pictures and magazine articles that show your goals and dreams.
Making it is so much fun and lets your dream a little, and it’s also motivating every day you see it!
13. Take family pictures
When did you last take some family pictures together? Use the time with them to take some and develop them.
14. Run a 5k
Even if you are not a runner, a fun 5k would still be great! Whether it’s for charity or a color run, the summer is the perfect time for it.
15. Make a henna tattoo
Ever heard of henna tattoos? They are those brown/reddish temporary tattoo that Indian women wear on their weddings.
Summer is a good time to try them, and rock them!
16. Dye your hair
I think every girl has thought of changing their hair during quarantine, right?
How about doing it! If you know you wouldn’t regret it, go for it!
17. Swim in a lake
No beach around? No problem! You can just go to a lake (that is safe to swim in) and take a dip.
Again, you can connect this with a picnic or a hike!
18. Try a new ice cream flavor
Once gelaterias open again I’ll be the first in line!
How about trying a new ice cream flavor? If the cafes aren’t open you could also make your own at home.
19. Have a pool party
A pool party is on everyone’s sumer bucket list. But for a reason! Summer is the perfect time for pools and friends. If you don’t have a pool, don’t worry. You can go to a public one or buy one of those inflatables!
20. Go thrift shopping / challenge
Thrifting is so much fun, and it’s even better if you do challenges with your friends or siblings.
21. Cook a new meal
Stuck inside still? Try to cook a new meal for your family! I’m sure your mom would love a break from cooking and you have something to do!
22. Make ice cream cake
Have you ever had ice cream cake? you need to try! Making your own would be a lot of fun and also a good way to cool off on a hot summer day.
23. Take summer classes
Not going on vacation this year? That’s okay! But try to use your time efficiently and do something for your future instead.
You could take online classes (2 months for free!) to catch up on college credits or take some fun classes to learn something new.
24. Make money online
Another idea to use your time at home is to make some money. I have collected a lot of online job ideas for students here if you want to take a look!
25. Get a summer job
If you can find companies that hire people, apply for the jobs! Here are some interview tips to ace it:)
Volunteering is a great way to keep yourself busy, do something meaningful, and boost your resume and college application. Click here for more ideas!
27. Have a bonfire
Is it just me or are bonfires great every season? Either way, it’s a fun thing to do in summer, whether with friends or with family.
28. Do a home workout every week
Having trouble staying fit? Who said the gym is the only place you can workout? Try some home workouts on your phone or even your TV and get sweatin’!
29. Play Mario Kart
Still have your wii? Play some Mario kart or other games that you know from your childhood. Maybe you can play on a video call with your friends to make it more fun.
- Ultimate Fall Bucket List for Students
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30. Have a karaoke party
A karaoke party is also a great way to entertain yourself if you’re tired of watching movies. Get your friends together (when gatherings are allowed of course) and sing your heart out.
31. Learn a new skill
You could learn a new skill such as skateboarding, or even more useful ones like doing speeches. Practice makes perfect!
32. Learn a new language
Talking about new skills, how about learning a new language or improving your school spanish?
There are so many online sites where you can learn languages pretty easily, and I think it’s a pretty useful thing to do in summer!
33. Go kayaking
If you have access to some outdoor fun, you can go kayaking or canoeing. Those are perfect activities for summer!
34. Learn skateboard tricks
Learning new skateboard tricks can also be a fun activity to try, whether that’s with friends or by yourself.
35. Visit an old friend (or call)
Depending on the world situaton when you want to do this, you could visit an old friend you haven’t seen in a while or call him/her for a nice talk.
36. Send a message in a bottle
You live near water such as a sea, lake, or river? How cool would it be to leave a message in a bottle for someone to find?
I’ve done this before when I was in Italy, a couple of years back, and it was a fun adventure. (Though I’m still waiting for someone’s reply)
37. Write a letter to your future self
This is a great idea for when you are starting a new chapter in your life, such as graduated high school or started college.
You could write a letter to your future college graduate-self and open it once you graduate college. Just don’t forget where it is!
38. Sleep outside
Sleeping under the starts is on every girl’s summer bucket list! But for good! It’s fun and reconnects you with nature.
39. Have a cream or paint fight
Wouldn’t it be fun to have a paint fight? Or a whipped cream fight? You could even make it a prank for your sibling. Hehe.
40. Play mini golf
If open, playing mini golf can be so much fun too. Or you can even make your own parcour in your yard
41. Have a movie marathon
This one is a classic, but perfect for rainy days. Make some popcorn and you’re ready to go!
42. Write thank you letters to people
If you just graduated high school (congrats btw!!), you can write thank you letters to your teachers, counselor or your parents. I’m sure they’d be so happy to receive it!
43. Paint on canvas
Get your creative juices flowing and paint something on a canvas! You can find great inspirations on Pinterest or google a famous painting and copy it to practice.
44. Learn to knit or crochet
Wanna have a new scarf next winter? Well that takes some time, so why not start now?
There are tons of tutorials on Pinterest or YouTube; I’m sure you’ll find the perfect one.
45. Build a fort
Let’s create a throwback to our childhood and build a giant fort! They are honestly still fun and you can watch a movie inside!
46. Plant flowers or plants
After you do some research on what plants or flowers you can plant in summer, I’m sure you can get your hands on some seeds or sprouts to plant in your own yard.
47. Start a travel journal
You love to travel? You could create a travel journal with pictures and tickets from your past travels. Making it is so much fun and takes a couple hours, so if you have nothing to do, what are you waiting for?
48. Create a college bucket list
Heading off to college in the fall? You need a college bucket list! If you need some inspiration, here is a post with the ultimate college bucket list.
49. Start a blog
If you’d like some more to do and create something long term, you could start a blog. I have oublished many great resources how I started mine, and how you can start yours too!
50. Set goals for the next 20 years
I’m sure you set some goals for this year (if not, here is how to set them and reach them)
But have you thought of where you want to be in 5 years? 10? 20?
Being home in summer might be a good opportunity for you to think about your goals, and write them down.
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Those were 50 things to do in summer!
I hope you enjoyed this summer bucket list for students and you find some time to comment your top 5 things to do in summer too!
What is your favorite from this list? Mine is probably the camping and making money online:)
Stay safe and have a great summer!!