We all have summer bucket lists. Year after year, we promise to take dream vacations, go on summer runs, achieve our fitness goals, read lots of books, and have movie times with our best friends. the right body. Summer is full of potential for fun activities and fun, so, of course, we start the season with the highest hopes.
Whether you feel like you’ve achieved everything on your bucket list last year, summer 2023 will be different. Because of the lessons we’ve learned over the past few years, this summer will be the year we don’t take even a second. To welcome the stress-free summer we all deserve, we’ve put together a summer bucket list full of activities to bring you closer to your coworkers, help you be your best self, and get the most out of it. good at that time. Grab your favorite shorts, throw on some SPF, and get ready to make this summer your best yet.
1. Host an outdoor movie marathon
A perfect summer evening? An outdoor movie marathon featuring your favorite summer movies. Maybe your idea of ”summer” is beach flicks (like Baywatch), the epic high school drama (grease, anyone?), or movies that make you feel like you’re back at summer camp (like Dirty dancing-because the combination of sexy dancing and Patrick Swayze is exactly the camp we all want to go to). And you can’t go wrong with travel as a summer movie theme. Choose movies like Mama Mia! or Say a prayer of love to enable you to travel around the world from the comfort of your picnic blanket. In the mood for romance? The Last Song, Call me by your name, or the Mary-Kate-and-Ashley-on-an-island movie is a great choice. To organize a movie in your own backyard, all you need is good projectora sheet of white paper (or a garage door), and some popcorn to eat.
2. Invest in the perfect pair of summer boots
After months of wearing uncomfortable socks and slippers, it’s time to let your fresh toes see the light. High-end summer shoes can make or break a season: Is it sturdy enough to take you to the farmers market or the local fair? Is it nice to take a drink from the rooftop pool? Whether your style is a cute leather slip-on or a casual pair of sandals, invest in a pair that you’ll want to wear every day and every time. Don’t know where to start? Check out some of this year’s popular shoe styles.
3. Start a vegetable garden at home
Summer is the perfect time to start planting your own lawn (you can do it—we believe you!). Let’s talk about why: Producing seeds is better for you, better for the planet, and easier on your wallet. It’s also refreshing to whip up pesto pasta with basil that you’ve grown yourself. If you have a yard or even just a balcony, start with the basics, like basil, mint, and chives (these are the easiest herbs to grow). Then hold it agricultural equipment design, a beautiful three can, and some planters, come to work. If you’re at home or don’t have outdoor space, grow fresh herbs and pots on the windowsill or and a smart field.
4. Take your workout outside
If you’re stuck in a rut of taking the same gym class every day, summer weather is your solution. Consider taking your HIIT circuit or yoga run outside. Bring your mat and sunbathe in the park, or go for a walk instead of a run in the sky. Bonus: Because of the long days, warm weather, and bright sunlight, we tend to have more energy during the summer, so use this opportunity to increase energy. Go for a walk to check out the sights, swim instead of lying on the beach, or train for that marathon you’ve always wanted to run. Just don’t forget your SPF!
5. Make your own ice cream
Your modern ice cream cone is a celebration of the season – it means summer in public Here. I love Ben & Jerry’s as much as the next girl, but ice cream is easy to DIY with good-for-you ingredients or high-end gourmet flavors that will upgrade your cone. Whether you prefer to scoop or freeze or mix ingredients, check out our guide to DIY ice cream (with all our favorite recipes!). But if ice cream sounds complicated or isn’t your thing, popsicles are another good option. Pour the fruit juice into the form (eg This one or This one) in the refrigerator for six hours. (Pro tip: If you’ve got one of these stuck in a glass of prosecco, we’ll call you intelligence).
6. Hike in a national park
Do you mind getting out and doing some research? Yes, one. Take advantage of the beauty, tranquility, and sights that this city has to offer. You can plan a hiking and camping trip in a national park, or visit a state park near you for a few hours to soak up the beautiful and beautiful weather. Need more motivation besides the fact that traveling is fun (and free)? Being outside is good there raise your position and reduce stress to help you feel happier and more relaxed.
7. Make a beach book list
Books deserve their own bucket list, so write down all the books you want to get to by the end of the summer. If you need some inspo, check out the most popular beach books, books that will make you feel like you’re on vacation, or some of our favorite songs. Keeping a TBR list will not only help you get excited for all the beach days and lazy afternoons ahead, but it will also keep you accountable when you’re tempted to put the book down and scroll through TikTok endlessly. For a fun twist, get your friends involved and have a summer book swap to buy books you want to read.
8. Go on a summer day
After months of trying to escape the cold, it’s time to get out and enjoy the warmer weather. If your summer goal is to use those right swipes to the next day, plan a trip to the beach or a picnic in the park. If you and your significant other are desperate for some quality time that doesn’t involve sweatpants and takeout, surprise them with a movie night out (see point #1), go berry picking , or lie on a blanket and have wine and cheese. under the stars. Regardless of your relationship status, make the most of the time by getting creative with the summer days. PS Taking your best friend (or yourself!) on a date is also great!
9. “Summer white” your house
Why should water have all the fun? Spend a day sorting through your junk drawer, donating clothes you don’t wear, and optimizing the space in your kitchen. “Cleaning heat” is not only going to be boring, however. Update your decor for a happier season with beautiful accessories, summer wall art, or what’s happening right now that you’re looking for on Instagram. Small changes like fresh flowers in vases or citrus oils and diffusers can also make a big difference.
10. Take a day (or two or three) of PTO
Remember to grow up (or High school music 2) when summer means vacation? Even though we are adults now and don’t have a summer break from work (and that’s not a good idea?), the summer serves as a perfect reminder that work should be a. part of your life, not your whole life. Take advantage of your PTO, whether that means taking a long weekend trip with friends or a mental health day to sleep in, get outside, and enjoy life. If all else fails or if PTO isn’t an option, turn every weekend into a mini-vacation by taking a day trip, exploring a new part of your city, or checking things off a list. this bucket.
11. Your favorite summer wine master
Who says an Aperol spritz or a flavored margarita is only for restaurants and bars? Take a break from your usual glass of wine and perfect your favorite summer drink at home. Not only will the cucumber spritzer or petite will improve your Tuesday night at home, but it will also be fun to play with fresh fruits and herbs in new ways. Plus, getting your friends over for some homemade French 75s can make you the best friend in the group. But be warned: They’ll want you to host every girls’ night from now on. For some of our favorite summer cocktail (and mocktail) recipes, click here, here and here.
12. Try to make your hair lighter
Summer is one time where a simple sundress and a little make-up (which is for the best because the foundation disappears in a matter of seconds) is not only acceptable and expected. Your hair goes through hell in the summer thanks to the bright sunscreen, chlorine, and salt water, and showering more than usual isn’t good for your beloved locks. Protect your hair and try a lighter hairstyle that will enhance and help you achieve that “I-woke-up-like-this” look that is the signature of the season. Think beachy waves, textural decor and effortless drape. If only finding a place for dinner was that easy!
13. Go on a day trip
Imagine this: you and your best friend, open roads, changing surfaces, and heart-shaped sunglasses (Thelma and Louise style). Even if the changer is something that is not good and you look much Better with round frames than those with heart shape, you will get the point – Summer is appeared for travel. Even if you have nowhere to go, drive around your city killer playlist back and discover places you’ve never been before. After all, it’s not the journey, it’s not the destination?
14. Have a weekend without wifi
One of the best parts about summer is that there is so much more to do Watching TV or staring at your computer screen (cool, we love you, but you forced many of us into some Netflix black hole). Decide to go tech-free for the weekend. Go on a hike, read a book, or hang out with friends without posting it on Instagram. No matter how you choose to spend your time without technology, make sure you put down your phone, close your laptop, and turn off the TV to enjoy your day at work and off the grid. If you want more of a challenge, consider going on a social media vacation for a week or limiting social media to a half-hour block each day.
15. Find a swimsuit that makes you feel confident
Shopping for a bathing suit that works for you can be daunting and overwhelming. But a swimsuit is like a pair of jeans No Sisters of the Traveling Pants: As hard as it is to find, perfect is magic. As much as it may not seem like it, the right bathing suit for you is out there – we promise! To start your quest, check out our collection of this year’s best swimwear.
15 ways to make the most of your summer