Top 8 Things That Should be on Your 2019 Summer Bucket List
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Top 8 Things That Should be on Your 2019 Summer Bucket List

personal growth

June 26, 2019

Summer is unarguably the best time to have fun. You have so much time on your hands to do whatever you want. There are times though when you just feel like sleeping summer away. I'm telling you now, don't do it. 

You'll regret not using your summer to do fun things. Before you know it, you'll be back at school and waiting until it's summer again. 

But what can you do to keep yourself busy? Keep reading to find out what the eight things you must add to your summer bucket list are.

1. Go Camping

I love camping with my family. We used to go to this campground by the beach every summer and it was the best. I used to look forward to it every year.

Camping can be fun to try if you're on a vacation. Instead of opting for a stay at a drab hotel, you could try something new and exciting like staying in a tent under an array of stars.

Many places have campgrounds with a variety of campsites nearby. As I already stated we used to stay at a campground that was by the beach. You may prefer staying in the mountains or by a lake. All you have to do is type "campsites" in the search bar and Google will do the work for you. 

But perhaps you don't have the necessary funds to do this. In that case, stay at home. You don't have to go very far to be camping.

Your backyard might as well serve as the campsite. You don't need much either. All you need is a tent, a sleeping bag, and you're set for an adventure.

2. Have a Picnic

This one is actually on my personal bucket list.

Instead of eating another dull meal inside, why not go outside and have a picnic? Picnics can be a fun way to spend some time outside. It can also be a fun way to spend time with good friends and family. 

You really don't have to know how to cook. If you can whip up some sandwiches, you're good to go. Just serve those along with some fresh fruit and your lunch will be fantastic. You can also order some food from your favorite restaurant if you'd like and add that to the menu. 

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Don't stress! You don't have to do much. Just grab a blanket, your basket (or cooler), and head outside. Then all you have to do is relax and enjoy!

To make things even more fun, you can even take your laptop and watch a movie. 

I will say that some necessary items are bug spray and sunscreen. You're going to be outside for some time. Watch out for mosquitoes, ants, and any other hungry fellows who want to share your meal. 

3. Read a Book in the Park

Reading can be a good way to disconnect from technology and from other things in life. Life and social media can be so darn negative so it's always a good idea to try to disconnect for a while.

So why don't you pick up a great book and get lost in a world that isn't your own?

Reading in the park can be fun to try. You get to get out of the house and get your vitamin D all while catching up on some reading. If your school enforces summer reading then this could really help you get a good head start.


If you don't like reading, then close your eyes (for imagination purposes) and try listening to an audiobook. Now if you do this, remember to really try to engage your imagination. Picture the characters and the settings that the reader is sharing with you. 

You should also try to set a goal for how many books you want to read over the summer. Make sure to have a variety of titles to pull from. It can get boring if you only stick with one genre. If you like contemporary romance then read a historical romance novel.

One of my reading goals is to read nonfiction titles and autobiographies. I'm not typically a fan of these, but I want to try something different.

Try going out of your comfort zone and reading something you normally wouldn't. Although it may be boring at first, the book you pick up may surprise you. If you don't like reading, I promise that once you find the right book you aren't going to want to put it down.

4. Make Popsicles

Popsicles are a summer must-have. While it's probably easier to go to the store and buy some, it's definitely more fun to create your own. This way you can add ingredients that you like and you're more aware of what's going into your popsicle.

If you really love having popsicles, you can always make a bath of them at the start of the week and have one every day or every other day. 

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Some possible ingredients include blackberries or any type of fresh fruit. You can also add honey, yogurt, even cucumbers or mint. You can basically make the popsicle however you want to!

I used to love taking yogurt cups and sticking in the freezer. After a while, it's like a Go-GURT. Now a Go-Gurt was the real deal back when I was growing up. If you don't know what that is, then Google may be able to help you locate the nearest grocery store so you can try one. 

5. Go Swimming

Whether it be in your backyard, a public swimming pool, or a lake, swimming is a summer must do.


Swimming is a fun way to cool down in the heat of the summer. It's also a fun way to get exercise.

Swimming burns a lot of calories and builds muscular strength and endurance. But besides all of these great health benefits, swimming is also a lot of fun. 

6. Make a Scrapbook

It's time to take out some pretty paper and cute pictures. It's time to scrapbook.

I have never tried to scrapbook, but I have always wanted to. It seems like the perfect way to remember things and events that have happened. The fun part is that you get to design your scrapbook yourself. If you have a keen eye for design, then you might really enjoy this. 

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All you need to do is gather the necessary supplies. You can easily find them at an arts and crafts store. Then you sit down in a comfy spot and get down to business. It's similar to making a vision board which can also be fun to try.

If you are going on a vacation, you should snap a few great shots that you love. Then you can dedicate a page or even a whole book to that vacation. If you would rather keep a record of an entire year, then take the time to take great pictures throughout the year. Once you have them all set and in your scrapbook, you can look back on them any time you want and remember the good times you had that year.

7. Take a Road Trip

Is there anywhere that you would love to go, but haven't gotten around to it yet? Well, summer is the perfect opportunity for you to do so.

Go on a road trip to the beach, the city, or if you're ambitious, then try making a trip out to the opposite coast of your country. (e.g. If you live on the West Coast head out to the East Coast and vice versa.)

I personally think road trips are fun. It's just you, your friends, good music, and the road.

You can plan out some fun activities to do on the road trip. For example, you could do some karaoke and sing along to some of today's greatest hits (or some oldies. It's really whatever fits your vibe).

You could also plan stops along the way at some of the greatest attractions (e.g. Mount Rushmore, South Dakota or the Golden Gate Bridge, California).

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This summer, grab a few of your besties and get out on the road. If you don't have your license yet then ideally one of your friends does. If not, then try a family road trip. Those are almost always fun too.

8. Learn a New Skill

Have you been wanting to learn something new? Whether it be cooking or playing the guitar, now you have the time to do so. There are so many places that you can learn these things at a relatively low cost or even for free.


One of my favorite apps to use is Skillshare. They offer a variety of free courses from business and design to writing and drawing. There is also a paid version that unlocks a wider range of courses to choose from.

Another app you can use is YouTube. There are tons of free videos out there that can teach you how to play the piano or how to make pasta.

Summer can be an ideal time to sit back and relax. You know staying at home curled up on your couch and binge-watching Friends. But summer is also the best time to go out and have fun. After a while, we won't have a summer vacation anymore.

Unless you're going to be a teacher. Then you have summer vacations for the rest of your career.

If not, then try to enjoy summer vacation all that you can. Start by making a bucket list and incorporating these eight fun activities you must do.

Comment down below which of these eight things you're most excited to try out!

Janelly Cabalceta
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Janelly is currently an 18 year old college freshman. She is working on acquiring her Associates of Science before transferring to a university where she plans to study computer science. Janelly enjoys writing and reading as well as learning new things. Feel free to check out her social media below.