Quarantine Bucket List: 85 Fun Things to Do At Home & Outside

The coronavirus outbreak has affected our lives in more ways than one, from wearing masks to working from home to being in quarantine and more. And with many of us staying in our homes for the unforeseeable future, you might be thinking that the pandemic has put a stop to some of the plans you’ve put on your bucket list. Nope, it doesn’t. There are plenty of fun things to do at home!

With the way things are right now, we have to make use of what we got and turn the situation to our advantage. To keep your bucket list fire burning, here is a list of the best things to do during quarantine!

Quarantine Bucket List: 85 Fun Things to Do At Home & Outside

Quarantine Bucket List: Fun Things to Do At Home & Outside

1. Eat a New Food

Can’t think of anything to eat? Maybe now is an excellent opportunity to try something new. It would open you into a new world of flavors that you never knew existed before. You’ll be expanding your food choices in the process as well.

It can be as simple as dipping fries on vanilla ice cream or trying a new type of pasta or sushi. Your taste buds will thank you for that (hopefully!).

If your feeling really adventurous than pick an item from this list: Weird Food Bucket List: 60 Strange Foods From Around the World

Eat a New Food

2. Bake Something Delicious (Pie & Cookies)

For all you pie lovers, there’s an art to making the best homemade pie. It’s all about the fruit inside, creating the perfect pie crust and making it with a touch of love. It doesn’t matter if it’s apples, lemons or peaches — choose whatever is sure to make your mouth water.

Get yourself The Perfect Pie cookbook or use one of these popular recipes to help you with your pie:

Maybe cookies are more of your ideal treat during quarantine? Baking cookies can get a little messy, but who doesn’t like a home filled with smiling faces and the smells of fresh-baked cookies? It doesn’t matter whether it’s snickerdoodles, oatmeal raisin or simple chocolate chips, spend an entire day just baking. The one who does the most work gets to lick the spoon!

For some delicious cookie ideas see the Epicurious’ 113 Favorite Cookie Recipes (and send me a dozen of the spiced molasses cookies!). Don’t forget the cookie sheets! The Rachael Ray Yum-o! Nonstick Pans are amazing, or at least get yourself some silicone baking mats that make the process so much easier!

A person holding a freshly baked pie.

3. Be an Organ Donor

Becoming an organ donor is an example of one of the most beautiful things you could do for someone and one of the most meaningful quarantine goals any of us could have. After all, it helps save lives! 

By registering as an organ donor, after your own passing you can potentially help someone who’s sick and in urgent need of a healthy organ which you may possess. You can sign up to be an organ donor at www.organdonor.gov.

4. Binge Watch a New TV Series

This is the perfect thing to do during quarantine! Cook up some popcorn, cozy up under a blanket and find the perfect TV series to binge watch. I have happily and obsessively watched all the seasons of The Good Place, You and Schitt’s Creek. They were all fantastic! You can easily find something fun and entertaining on-demand or there’s plenty of options if you are an Amazon Prime member. If you are struggling to find a show , then my 100 best TV shows to binge-watch will help you out.

Binge Watch a New TV Series

5. Board Game Night Marathon

Stay in for the evening, get cozy in your jammies and have a board game night marathon. There are different games for all ages, but Bingo and Scrabble are favorites for almost everyone in the family (this bingo set comes with everything you need!). You can make it even more fun by adding prizes for the winner, like store gift cards, candies or extra TV time for the kids.

Unsure of which games to play? Check out this list: Board Games Bucket List: 50 of the All Time Best Ones to Play

Board Game Night Marathon

6. Learn to Start Fire Without Matches

Play the game of Survivor, get some flint and learn how to start fire sans the matches. Here are 13 ways you can do it!

Learn to Start Fire Without Matches

7. Brew your Own Beer

It has been claimed that beer is the most consumed alcoholic beverage in the world. No matter where you are, you’ve probably noticed craft breweries popping up with uniquely named flavors — the industry has grown way beyond the simple Coors Light! Why not try your hand at creating your own flavor profile that fits your taste buds? It’s easy to do with the perfect beer making kit and a few award-winning home brew recipes.

8. Build a Model Airplane or Car

With hundreds of little pieces, building a model is one of those rainy day activities that takes a lot of time, effort and dedication. Choose from these best selling model airplane kits or these top car models, and then put your patience to the test.

Build a Model Airplane or Car

9. Cover the Bed in Rose Petals

Perhaps your partner has to work late even at home. Still, you want to send them a message about how much they mean to you and put your point across. Have you considered arranging rose petals on bed that spell out your message? Turn your bedroom into a romantic retreat by showering some red roses throughout the bed. Say ‘I love you’ or any other message you choose.

Cover the Bed in Rose Petals

10. Clean Out & Organize Your Closet

It is surprisingly rewarding to be able to purge some clothes, plus it is purely a bonus that you can donate or consign them! If you are anything like me then it’s pretty hard to decide what to keep and what to give away, so use these 17 Invaluable Tips For Anybody With Too Many Clothes.

Clean Out & Organize Your Closet

11. Clean Up Your Email Inbox

We sometimes tend to keep emails in our inbox for too long, thinking that we might need them in the future. Or maybe since it’s digital, we figure we don’t have to clean it up as we do in a messy room.

Decluttering, removing unnecessary emails, and organizing the important ones go a long way in keeping your email clean. Unsubscribe to mailing lists for products and services you no longer use, make folders to keep everything organized, those kinds of things. It might take a while to go through your inbox, but trust me, it is well worth it!

Clean Up Your Email Inbox

12. Clean Up Your Phone

In this day and age, almost everyone owns a smartphone, and it has been pretty much a part of our everyday lives. Whether it be taking important business calls, shooting selfies, or even playing mobile games, we tend to accumulate many things, which is why keeping our phones clean and organized is essential to keep them in tip-top shape.

It can be as simple as removing unused apps and files, transferring photos to a computer, or even just grouping your apps to make them more organized.

13. Freshen Up Your Resume

Regardless of whether you are currently employed or looking for a job, it is necessary to keep your resume updated just in case. How often would you like to update your resume is entirely up to you, but a good rule of thumb is to update it twice a year, more if you are unemployed.

There are many different sites offering great tips on how to freshen up your resume to make employers interested in learning more about what you have to offer. Here are two:

14. Clean Out Your Fridge

The fridge is probably one of the things that we don’t pay much attention to. We sometimes cram stuff in and then leave it at the back of our minds afterward. Before you know it, your fridge has become a mess, not knowing where things are and sometimes realizing you left some food on the fridge weeks ago.

Now is probably a good time to do some fridge cleaning. It doesn’t only mean taking out unnecessary items and organizing things but also cleaning and defrosting your fridge so that it will be a clean and safe place to put in your food!

Clean Out Your Fridge

15. Complete a Large Piece Jigsaw Puzzle

This is one of those fun things to do in quarantine on a rainy day that most of us haven’t done since we were children! You don’t find too many opportunities where you can concentrate on one thing, so be present and let everything else in your mind go. That alone will be worth every minute.

Not sure what puzzle to complete? Check out the best 1000 piece jigsaw puzzles for adults (& tips to complete one) or just buy one of these popular ones:

Annette enjoying a peaceful day with jigsaw puzzles

16. Start a Blog

Both Blogger.com and WordPress.com offer free blogs with easy setup, all you have to do is come up with something creative to talk about. Some of the most popular blog topics are Money, Travel, Food, Mommyhood, Technology and Celebrity Gossip. Put a new spin on any of these things and start writing!

PS: If you decide to start a blog, then read my articles: Become a Blogger: How to Start a Successful Blog in 6 Easy Steps and How to Make Money Blogging: 7 Ways to Monetize. But, also make sure to know the top beginner blogging mistakes to avoid (& how to fix them).

17. Create a Family Recipe Book

During quarantine, you will have a lot of time cooking, and what better way to incorporate your love for food than creating your own family cookbook that you can pass on for generations.

Family cookbooks are a traditional handcrafted gift. Make yours extra unique by incorporating a little family history and honoring the individuals and places that inspired the recipes you enjoy.

You can check this if you need help creating your own cookbook: How to make a family cookbook, filled with recipes from your favorite people.

18. Make a Scrapbook

Creating a scrapbook is a great way to be able to look back and reminisce about all the adventures and good times you have had. You can preserve all your experiences in the form of pictures, ticket stubs, pressed flowers or just about anything else. And if you get the entire family in on this beautiful project, it will be something you cherish for a lifetime. PS: Here are some cute layout ideas!

19. Create the Perfect Song Playlist

Music is a great way to get you geared up for any day, especially one made for spending it chillaxing indoors at home. Having a hard time thinking of songs? Spotify has made it easy with its hundreds of playlists to choose from, one of my favorites is the  Best Chill Music.

20. Create Your Own Cocktail

Become your own mixologist by concocting the perfect cocktail. The best part about this bucket list goal is that you will have to do a lot of sampling before coming up with your own perfect harmony of flavors. Practice makes perfect! If you’re not the best at creating drinkable concoctions, you can check these 10 tips on how to make a great cocktail. Or base your drink off of one of the Great Classic Cocktails.

Create Your Own Cocktail

21. Eat Breakfast in Bed

Start your morning in a truly relaxing way, with a tasty breakfast in bed. The easiest way to complete this goal would be to order room service at a hotel, but don’t cancel out the opportunity to do it in your very own home too. How dreamy does it sound to indulge in some waffles, eggs and mimosa’s while still cozied up in your bed.

22. Finish a Crossword Puzzle

Select a challenging crossword to attempt and don’t cheat! No dictionaries or assistance allowed! Finishing a crossword puzzle can take many hours, but if you don’t want too much of a challenge buy the New York Times Light & Easy crossword puzzle book and make it a challenge to see how many inside the book you can complete.

Finish a Crossword Puzzle

23. Get Ordained

Have you ever wanted to officiate a wedding ceremony? Then think about becoming an ordained minister — it’s easier than you think. Simply Google “get ordained” and a slew of websites will come up that offer free ordination. On my last birthday, I got ordained with the American Marriage Ministries. It was super simple, free, and only took mere minutes. Get started now with this article on How to Get Ordained Online: 5 Easy Steps to Ordination

Be aware that each state has different laws on who can marry someone, check with Marriage Laws to find the rules in your state.

24. Go 24 Hours without Internet, Radio or Television

Now, I know, this is a tall order and may not be easy for some. We use the internet for everything nowadays. But think about it. When was the last time you went for two hours without your phone? Try going 24 hours without internet, radio or TV. Read a good book, talk to your family or use the time to complete some of the other ideas on this quarantine bucket list. Soon enough you will wish you had these quiet and peaceful moments more often.

25. Organize Your Old Photos

When was the last time you stopped and looked back on old photos? We might be too absorbed in taking pictures of unforgettable memories but not spend enough time revisiting them, especially very old photos.

Organizing and looking back on your old photos is a great way to remind us of the things that happened before and see the things that have changed throughout the years, whether it be happy or not-so-happy. Consider getting a photo album (or creating folders, if digital) as well to organize them better.

If you want to get truly creative, try using Shutterfly to create a memory book or calendar.

26. Have a Family Dance Party

Of all the things that we have on this list, this is one of the activities you can enjoy, rain or shine. 

There is no limit to what type of dance you can do. It can be a Zumba dance party, ballroom, or even freestyle. If you don’t know how to dance, it’s okay, it’s just a fun thing to do in quarantine!

Have a Family Dance Party

27. Have a Movie Marathon (Watch all the Oscar Winning Movies)

One of the most enjoyable things to do in quarantine is to watch some old and new movies. Yes, it’s perfectly acceptable to spend a whole day inside vegging out on the couch and watching movies.

Keep a warm blanket on hand to snuggle under, prepare a bowl of popcorn, and settle down to watch the shows! 

Make it even more bucket list worthy by binge watching all the Oscar Winning Movies (another bucket list goal!).

Have a Movie Marathon

28. Have a Pajama Day

What kind of luxury would it be to spend all day in your pajamas?!? Put on your most comfy pair and lounge for a full 24-hours.

Don’t have a comfy pair of PJ’s? Try J. Crews dreamy cotton pajama set or the cozy ones from PajamaGram.

Have a Pajama Day

29. Set Up an At-Home Spa Day

A self-care day will leave you feeling completely revitalized, and it is a quarantine activity that can be done right at home. Put on a moisturizing face mask, paint your nails and play some relaxing music to maximize the experience.

Set Up an At-Home Spa Day

30. Have an Arts and Crafts Session

Bring out your inner craftsman at home by doing some arts and crafts projects. You can set up your materials on a kitchen table and try out some things, like coloring or painting, doing origami butterflies or flowers, anything!

Doing arts and crafts can also serve as an opportunity for discovery. It can be the start of finding a new pastime for the hobby bucket list that you will love or rekindling an old one that you used to do when you were a kid.

31. Have an Indoor Picnic

Picnics aren’t just for the outdoors—clear a space on your living room floor and recreate a memorable dining experience. You can even pack a traditional wicker basket with your favorite picnic foods and enjoy the feast without going too far. Real Simple magazine can help you out with their Picnic Packing Checklist. If you want to set up an Instagrammable picnic, here’s a cute red checkered picnic basket.

32. Host a Virtual Party

Celebrating parties doesn’t have to stop just because we can’t meet up in person. Though nothing beats the vibe of a real party, virtual parties have grown in popularity as an excellent alternative to commemorate personal and business achievements.

And with that, why not host your virtual party? It may require a different kind of planning than real ones, but it can be a fun experience to do. Below are some guides that can help you throw a successful virtual party:

Host a Virtual Party

33. Indoor Camp in the Family Room

How fun would it be for the whole family, kids and all, (or just the two of you) to have an evening camping in the family room? Move the furniture out of the way and set up a pop up tent right in the middle of the room. Then gather up your pillows, blankets, snacks, books and any other for activities you want to do while you are disconnected.

34. Keep a Gratitude Journal

Start by listing five things you are grateful for. In the beginning it will probably be a struggle to come up with a mere five, being wrapped up in a world full of fear can disguise the good in your life. Think hard. Did you just drink a deliciously warm cup of coffee? Or did you connect with a friend by text? Or enjoy a heartwarming movie on television? There is always something to be grateful for—always.

Need help with coming up with things to be grateful for? Read the article Being Grateful: 100 Things to Be Thankful For Today

Keep a Gratitude Journal

35. Knit a Scarf

Go to the local craft store (or order online) and pick out your favorite yarn to knit yourself a cozy scarf. You can find different How-To videos on YouTube or even learn from family or friends if you don’t know how to make one.

You can also check out this step-by-step video on How to Knit a Scarf for Beginners.

36. Learn a Magic Trick

Bring on the abracadabra! Everyone can appreciate the good old vanishing coin trick or pulling a flower bouquet out of your sleeve. If your whole family is bored, you can even have each member in the household learn a different trick and then put on a show!

You should be able to find an illusion to attempt within these 10 easy magic tricks, or simply buy a Card Magic Kit that includes tons of tricks to try. By the way, if you want to perform a card trick, but no ordinary deck will do, then step it up a notch with some sparkling gold foil cards.

37. Learn a New Language

You can learn a new skill at any age, so why not learn a new language? It can be a fun and interactive experience for the whole family. Perhaps you can learn the language of a dream destination where you hope to go on a vacation someday? Dream big!

Rosetta Stone and Duolingo are two great programs to get you started.

38. Learn Calligraphy

I have always been wowed when I see a perfectly calligraphed letter—it truly is an art form! You can start with faux calligraphy that uses a standard ballpoint pen or buy a simple lettering set that includes a brush pen!

Learn Calligraphy

39. Learn How To Cook

With virtual cooking classes and Youtube videos you’ll be eating deliciousness in no time, which is the ideal thing to do in quarantine.

There are several online cooking classes to pick from, where you may learn from the finest chefs how to cook new recipes or even techniques to improve your cooking. 

40. Learn to Juggle

You’ve got some time to kill at home? Grab a few oranges (or apples) and perfect your juggling skills. Some videos say that you can learn in 10 minutes—let me know how that turns out for you!

41. Learn to Play a Song on an Instrument

It’s time to channel your inner rock star and learn a song on the instrument of your choice. Pick something like a guitar, keyboard, ukulele or even a harmonica for your musical gadget then pop onto YouTube to find a class.

Learning a song of the harmonica has been on my bucket list and this harmonica and lesson guide will have you playing When the Saints Go Marching In (or one of these easy harmonica songs) in no time at all!

Annette playing a Harmonica

42. Learn to Use Chopsticks

Not very many adults know how to do this and even fewer kids can comfortably use chopsticks. Do you want to seem sophisticated and well-cultured, then learn how to use chopsticks. It can even be a fun way to eat your favorite bowl of noodles, and you can impress your friends when you are all out for sushi.

Annette white in Japan

43. Leave Reviews For Your Favorite Places

Do you have a favorite place in your area that you want to share with others? If so, have you written a review about it? If your answer is no, then this is a chance for you to write one up!

Leaving reviews on sites like Google My Business, Yelp, or Trip Advisor (to name a few) for your favorite places not only helps other people know what things made you love it, but it also helps the business see what works and what needs to be improved. 

44. Listen To Podcasts

Podcasts are a great way to get your daily fix of audio content. From personal growth to finance, you’ll find a podcast that suits your interests. With most podcasts being free and downloadable, you can listen to one on the go even without internet access!

Apple users have a built-in podcast app on their iPhones, iPads, and Apple Watch. As for Android users, podcasts are available on apps and sites like Google Podcasts, Spotify, and many more.

45. Make a Bucket List

If you don’t have a bucket list yet (why the heck not?!?!?!), take this opportunity at home to create one. Don’t worry if you don’t know how to start—you’ve come to the right place—here are some articles to help you:

46. Make a YouTube Video

We are all gifted with unique natural skills like dancing, singing, drawing, acting and so on. To showcase your skills or creativity and to get a chance to see just how many people find that impressive, why not create a YouTube video? Just create your first YouTube video showcasing your natural flair and upload it. It’s a brilliant way to tap into your creative side and you just might make money out of it. Plus, it can be super simple bucket list idea to complete!

47. Make an Origami Animal

Origami is a big part of Japanese culture and it truly is fascinating how little tiny pieces of paper can be crafted into beautiful pieces of artwork. The crane is one of the most popular shapes and you can fairly easily learn how to make one. There are countless videos and instructions online and below are two that worked for me.

It’s perfectly okay to use a simple piece of white paper, but you can also buy traditional Colorful Japanese Origami Washi Paper online.

Annette showing a crane origami she created

48. Make Fresh Pasta

One of my fondest memories as a child was helping my Italian grandmother make fresh pasta on the kitchen table. It didn’t matter what shape it was, the handmade pasta always tasted better. There is nothing like the taste of fresh pasta and it is fairly easy to make, using only 3 ingredients you can make fettuccine, pappardelle or tagliatelle. This pasta recipe is the one I use at my restaurant.

At my Italian restaurant we use the red Marcato Atlas Pasta Machine every single day and love it! They have a bunch of other cool colors too.

49. Make Homemade Pizza

People can be picky little eaters, but almost everyone loves pizza! From kneading the dough to adding your favorite toppings and sprinkling hearty amounts of cheese, everyone in the house can have fun making their own personal pie.

Get started with this easy pizza dough recipe and these 20 homemade pizza recipes.

50. Make Ice Cream

Instead of going to the grocery store to buy your favorite ice cream flavor, set up shop and make some at home. And making your own is not as hard as it may seem. The trick is to perfect the basics, then expand on it by adding different flavors. If ice cream seems too complicated, try making fun flavored popsicles, like Blueberry Vanilla Yogurt. Yum!

This is the ice cream maker and popsicle molds that I use for my sweet treats.

51. Master Your Favorite TikTok Dances

Is there a popular dance or two on Tiktok that you’ve always wanted to learn? Well, now is your chance to do so! You can check out some dance tutorials on how to perform these, or you can also make your own dance choreography for those songs.

52. Try to Meditate

Meditation is much more than sitting in a lotus position chanting “om” over and over again—it is a way of life. Clearing your mind through meditation has many benefits, like lowering blood pressure and anxiety levels. Plus, it can give you a brighter outlook on life! Having an “empty mind” for even a few seconds can seem like a challenge, but I’m sure you can find guided meditation online that will help you along the way.

53. Mend Your Old Clothes

Do you have a pile of old garments that you’ve wanted to mend but haven’t gotten around to it? A day spent indoors is the perfect opportunity to rummage through your closet and pull out all the items that require repairs. Grab your emergency sewing kit and start mending up those rips, snags, or tattered ends!

54. Order Take-Out From Your Favorite Restaurant

When you are in quarantine, it’s hard to go out and eat at your favorite restaurant. But thanks to takeouts (and delivery), not only will we get to support our favorite restaurants, we can still enjoy our favorite dishes in the comfort of our homes!

Most restaurants have a number you can call to order take outs so that you can grab them along the way when you go outside. You can also order deliveries instead, either directly from the restaurant or through third parties like GrubHub, Uber Eats, and DoorDash.

55. Plan Your Post Quarantine Vacation

When you’re stranded at home due to the quarantine, you might be dreaming of getting tanned by the beach or going on a beautiful mountain getaway. Now is the perfect opportunity to start organizing your trip!

Make a cup of coffee, open your laptop, and plan your trip, including where you want to go (maybe our ultimate travel bucket list can help?!?), when you might be able to take time off, and how you’ll fit it into your budget. You can also check out our printable packing lists to help you on your trip!

56. Play Cards

Card games are a fun and entertaining way to bond with family or friends. It only takes a deck of cards, your wits, and just a bit of luck to play.

You can have a game of the classics like Old Maid or Poker, even ones like Uno (which has its deck of cards.). 

Need more ideas? See our Card Game Bucket List that has 100+ fun ones to play with family & friends.

57. Read Some Books (Read a Classic)

I know, this doesn’t sound like the funnest thing to do when you’re bored, but have you ever read ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ by Harper Lee? How about ‘Diary of a Nobody’ by George and Weedon Grossmith? The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien? Well, the movies are more entertaining but the novels are pretty sweet too and more detailed. The point is, you can learn more when you read these wonderful classics than you typically do playing Candy Crush on your phone.

If you love the classics then check of the Classic Books Bucket List: 25 of the Best Must-Read Novels. You can easily download many classics to your Kindle for free. Find a ton of free classics on Amazon.

58. Renovate A Room

Renovating a room can be a great DIY project while at home, especially if it needs a fresh, new look. Updating your space can be as simple as painting the walls or doors a different color, changing pillow covers, or adding something new like plants or decorations.

If you are good with your hands, you can also check out items you have put away and see if you can reuse or repurpose them, like making floating shelves out of old fence pickets.

59. Research your Family Tree

It’s getting easier to find out your roots, so spark up an interest in genealogy and start researching your family tree.  You can start your search at My Heritage who offers a 14-day free trial or Ancestry.com who gives you a free starter account.

60. See a Foreign Film

Sometimes those darn subtitles keep us from watching a foreign film—this time, don’t let them! There are masterpiece flicks made around the world and here are 25 of the best.

61. Set Up a Virtual Date

Being away with your sweetheart is difficult, but that doesn’t mean we can’t spend some quality time with them, especially when it comes to dates!

With our loved one being a Skype or FaceTime away, virtual dates are a fun, romantic experience you can explore together. From watching movies to ordering and eating the same food to playing online games, you’ll have plenty of things to do with your partner on your virtual date. You can even dress up and have a candlelit dinner if you guys feel fancy.

Helpful Links: 41 Fun Virtual Date Night Ideas for Quarantine in 2022 
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22 Virtual Date Ideas To Recharge Your Relationship or Make a First Date Less Awkward

62. Sharpen Your Interview Skills

It’s true that you only get one chance to make a great first impression in an interview, so it’s perfectly normal to be nervous, especially if it has been a while. But by practicing smartly and consistently, you can enhance your performance in this situation.

You can find different resources online offering some great tips on brushing up on your interview skills. Having a partner to do a mock interview works wonders in putting everything into practice, as is doing it in front of a mirror too.

63. Start a Garden

Whether it is a relaxing way to pass the time or a way to have access to fresh produce, gardening is one of the best hobbies we can pick up this season. Even if you haven’t developed a green thumb yet, just being outside working on the seeds and the soil feels fantastic, especially if you’ve been cooped up inside your home for quite some time.

If you don’t have any space for planting, you can go with potted plants instead. Not only is it perfect for small spaces, but it also adds a touch of nature to your home.

Start a Garden

64. Start An Online Book Club

Getting connected to people nowadays is easier than ever, even in the comfort of our own homes. If you have a passion for reading books, why not consider starting an online book club?

Having an online book club is a great way to meet other book lovers. You can also engage in healthy discussions regarding a book or even pick up some book recommendations from them.

You can check out guides online like this one if you need help starting your online book club.

65. Stay Up All Night

Do you remember when the two of you just started your relationship or you just got some exciting news to share with your BFF? You would spend the wee hours of the morning just talking on the phone. Try to replicate that special period of time by planning an all-nighter that may include chatting, laughing, cooking together or dancing in the kitchen.

Need some ideas for this all nighter? You can ask your friend these 365 thought provoking questions to get to know them even better or check out the top 20 stay-at-home date night to share with your spouse.

66. Take a Bubble Bath

One of the best quarantine pleasures for people is to dip into a calming hot bath filled with your favorite (or homemade) moisturizing soap blend. After a long day, a tub full of bubbles is the ideal tonic to unwind, release tension, and disconnect from the outside world.

Take a Bubble Bath

67. Take A Class Online

Is there a particular thing that you want to learn, like blogging, programming, or playing the piano? Now is probably a good time more than ever to start learning it, even at home.

You’ll find plenty of online learning websites like Udemy and Skillshare offering lots of different courses/classes. There are also sites dedicated to a single trade or craft, like Sur La Table Cooking Classes if you are interested in learning how to cook or Gaia if you are into yoga.

68. Take On A Side Gig At Home

Having a side gig you can do at home is not only a great option to earn some extra cash on the side, but it can also serve as a creative outlet or even as a “breather” from your day job (or even potentially replace it.)

You can look at your skills first to see if you can turn it into a side gig, like if you have a knack for drawing or crunching numbers you can make logos or do bookkeeping.

69. Take Up A New Hobby

Another great one to add to your bucket list is picking up a new hobby. As we grow older (especially for adults), we sometimes tend to focus too much on work/studies and less on our leisures. And more often than not, we stop trying new things altogether.

Picking up a new hobby not only reignites or sparks your passions and interests, but it also works wonders for our overall well-being. If you aren’t sure what new hobbies to pick up, try doing different things that you find interesting. And most of all, be happy and enjoy the process!

There’s dozens of different types of hobbies to test out: check out these our Hobbies Bucket List: The 100+ Most Popular Types to Try

Annette White at Quivira Golf Club & Course in Los Cabos, Mexico

70.  Perfect Your Skincare Routine

Our skin is probably one of the things that we take for granted, and sometimes we tend to overlook taking care of it. Keeping your skin healthy not only makes you look your best, but it also makes you look and feel healthier.

There are tons of tutorials online, especially on Youtube, that can serve as inspiration to perfecting your skincare routine. You might even pick up new things or products to add to your current skincare regime!

71. Volunteer—Virtually!

You no longer have to be onsite to do the good deed of volunteering—you can help right from your comfy couch! Many organizations need help fostering dogs and the United Nations online volunteering program needs everything from researchers to designers to content editing.

72. Get Inspired by Watching TED Talks

TED Talks provide valuable insights on different topics in just a short amount of time (more or less within 18 mins). These are shared by speakers who each have their own unique experiences and stories to tell. What’s more, many of these talks will leave you feeling motivated and inspired after watching!

If you haven’t watched one yet and are not sure what to pick, you can check out this playlist of the most popular talks on their website.

73. Find a New Workout Routine

We sometimes reach a plateau that we can’t seem to break through yet, especially when it comes to fitness. If that’s the case, consider trying a new workout routine.

Whether it be doing a bodyweight-only routine or doing a different workout split, a new workout routine ensures that you are constantly challenging your body. It also opens you up to new exercises or techniques that you have not done before.

Find a New Workout Routine

74. Write a Haiku

A Haiku is a traditional form of Japanese poetry that consists of only three lines and a total of 17 syllables. The first and third line has 5 syllables and the second has seven. The lines do not need to rhyme, actually most of the time they don’t.

On one of my birthdays, I wrote this one:

A plane flies over,

you dream of being on it.

Ideas flourish.

Want to write your own haiku? The how to write a haiku article will help, and it includes 15 examples!

75. Write a Letter to your Future Self

Writing a letter to your future self can help to lead your life in the right direction. Share your current thoughts on love, family, career, finances, aging, etc. and also your hopes for each of these things in the future. Tuck your letter away and do not open for at least five years!

On my 40th birthday I wrote a letter to my future self. It is a beautiful piece about exactly how I felt at that point in my life. After not reading it for five years, I have now vowed to visit it on every birthday.

Make your letter even more special by picking some pretty paper (like this Japanese Stationary) and handwriting it.

76. Write a Thank You Note to Someone Who Deserves It

So often people want to tell a company or friend how they feel when they are not satisfied, instead write a thank you to show your appreciation for a job well done.

Writing your note on a simple sheet of paper is fine, but stocking up on blank greeting cards may be a good idea instead. I literally just bought these bird greeting cards which would be perfect for a simple thank you.

77. Write An E-Book

Writing an e-book is one of the best ways to jumpstart a career in writing, especially if you have a passion for writing stuff. Don’t be put off as well if in case you want to write one but have no writing experience at all, since this can become an opportunity for you to learn.

If this is your first time writing and publishing an e-book, this great guide can help you from start to finish!

78. Hike a New Trail

If you are interested in the outdoors, being active, or exploring something new, or the combination of all three, perhaps it’s time to go on a hike? Hiking is not only an excellent way to challenge yourself physically, it’s beneficial even mentally. 

To make your day even more epic hike one of the 25 Best Hikes & Backpacking Treks in the World

Annette hiking on Inca Trail, Peru

79. Play a Game of 21 Questions

There is always something new to learn about someone, even the people you have known for a long time like your spouse or best friends. And what better way to get to know them even better than a game of 21 Questions!

This can also be a great ice breaker when meeting new people to learn something about them, like during your first online book club meeting.

80. Go Bird Watching

Bird watching is a great thing to do during quarantine because it is outdoors and generally you’ll be the only human around. You can even buy a bird watching book to see how many you can see.

Go Bird Watching

81. Go Kayaking

If you want to spend some time outside and the weather is right, try out kayaking. It’s a unique way to enjoy your day and lets you admire some gorgeous views of nature while enjoying the active setting.

Go Kayaking

82. Take a Tandem Bike Ride

If you’re quarantining with another person, then consider taking a tandem bike ride. A successful tandem bike ride will take communication, cooperation and teamwork. All things that are very important in many aspects of a relationship. Many locations will offer hourly bicycle rentals, so pick a beautiful afternoon to take a tandem bike ride along a peaceful path.

Take a Tandem Bike Ride

83. Watch the Sunrise

Watching a beautiful sunrise cuddled up with your partner is the epitome of romance, but solo with a cup of tea is just as good too. Though there’s some stunning sunrises around the world, there’s no need to travel far, you can take advantage of what’s in your own backyard.

Watch the Sunrise

84. Learn to Change the Oil in Your Car

This will be an invaluable goal to learn that will save you tons of money in the future. No…it doesn’t sound like fun. Yes…you might get dirty. But, need I remind you that it will be a new experience and you will learn something? 

Edmunds has a great article on how to change your oil that will make it easy (and way cheaper than taking it to a shop!)

85. Read the Book Before the Movie

Lots of movies today are based on novels. Not only are the contemporary ones turned to blockbuster motion pictures, but the classics also made their way to the big screen. If you’re a bookworm, you’ll find that reading the book first before watching the movie is almost always better. I know it’s easier to just watch the movie than read the book, but once you read the book first, you’ll fall in love with the characters even more and appreciate the movie afterward.

86. Make a Homemade Beauty Product

Skincare is all the rage nowadays. Who wouldn’t want to have fair glowing skin, right? However, products can be quite expensive and some even contain harmful chemicals. A cheap alternative you can do is to make homemade ones. You can use natural ingredients you can find in your kitchen and turn it into soaps or moisturizers. This can also be a perfect gift idea, and when you get the hang of it, maybe you can turn it into a business! My Experience Making a Homemade Beauty Product was not only fun, but practical too. If you need some inspiration, then see these 15 Homemade Beauty Products and 17 DIY Beauty Products to Whip Up.

87. Make Tie-Dye T- Shirts

Do you have a bunch of white T’s you would like to breathe some life into? Why not make tie-dye T-shirts? This is something that the entire family can get into and enjoy as you all try to outdo each other with your various brands of creativity. A tie-dye kit will make it much easier for you!

Make Tie-Dye T- Shirts

88. Learn to Fly Fish

Learning how to fly fish is a great skill to acquire, mainly because it allows you to do more bucket-list-worthy experiences in your future adventures (like fly fishing in Shoshone National Forest!)

You can check out your local fly fishing shop for lessons or seminars on how to fly fish. It may be more challenging than regular spin fishing, but just the experience of being on the stream or river while fly fishing is more than rewarding itself.

89. Do a Random Act of Kindness

Random acts of kindness are some of the most fulfilling things you could ever do and giving without expecting anything back is a valuable lesson to teach every child.

90. Fly a Kite

Flying a kite is a relaxing way to spend a sunny day that has a bit of wind kick to it. If you haven’t previously had any luck getting your kite in the air, wikiHow can tell you how to fly a kite in 8 steps (and this rainbow kite is a hot seller!)

Fly a Kite

And with that, we conclude our quarantine bucket list! One of the things this situation has taught us is there is always something worthwhile to do, even at home. Take the time to take a fresh look and you’ll see that there are plenty of things to do during quarantine, even the simple ones outside like watching the sunset.

Like all journeys in life, there are moments when tough challenges come our way. I hope that your bucket list will always serve as motivation for you to push through and overcome any trials. Stay safe!

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3 thoughts on “Quarantine Bucket List: 85 Fun Things to Do At Home & Outside”

  1. I’m so tired of this pandemic! I just need to get out and travel. However, I do find doing some of the things on your list makes me feel better! Just getting outside and walking is huge!


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