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130 Super Fun Summer Bucket List Ideas – The Ultimate Guide

Do you want to make your summer amazing? Do you struggle to find ways to make it as memorable as possible? Check out these summer bucket list ideas for some inspiration! 



Five college students dancing during summer on the breach

Summer break is the time to let go and have fun!

Do you want to make your summer amazing, but struggle to find ways to make it as memorable as possible?

Check out these seriously awesome summer bucket list ideas for some inspiration!

1. Go camping in the backyard

Camping isn’t for everyone, but camping in your backyard is something everyone should try. Pitch a tent in your yard and have fun in the comfort of your own private space.

My family and I camp in our backyard at least once every summer just for a change of scenery… and if you don’t want to be outside anymore, you’re right at home!

2. Make homemade ice cream

Ice cream is easier to make than some people might think, making it a great summer bucket list item! You can make your own fun, creative flavors with ease.

Plus, there are a ton of ways to make it without needing a fancy ice cream machine.

3. Travel somewhere without any directions

Everyone likes to explore new places, but have you ever tried going to a new place without knowing where it is? Just drive without any directions, taking whatever turns you want.

Hopefully, you’ll find a new and exciting place!

4. Go to a sunflower field

Going to a sunflower field is a must-have idea on your summer bucket list. When you go to a sunflower field, it’s a great opportunity to enjoy nature in a unique way.

Not only is it the perfect photo-op, but some places will even let you pick a few to take home!

5. Have an outdoor movie marathon

Movie marathons are a fun summer bucket list idea, but outdoor movie marathons are even better. You can enjoy your favorite movie and snacks outside by a fire with friends and family in your own DIY theater.

Whether on a projector or an extra television, an outdoor movie marathon is a fun and inexpensive way to spend quality time with your loved ones.

6. Go on a hike

Exploring nature is always a sure way to have some summer fun. Going on a hike is a healthy way to have fun and relieve stress.

Enjoy nature with your friends, family, or even by yourself to stay relaxed and explore a new trail you’ve never been on before!

7. Start a garden

Gardening is a great pastime that comes with multiple benefits, which is why it should be on your summer bucket list. If you have the time and space, I suggest you take on gardening as a hobby.

Not only will you eventually have organic fruits and veggies, but it’s also an easy way to get in some extra physical activity.

8. Go berry picking

If you like fresh fruit and being outside, berry picking should be on your summer bucket list. This activity is fun for people of all ages and helps you experience something you probably haven’t before.

Summer is the ideal time for berry picking, therefore you’ll be having fun while also ensuring you’re taking home the best fruit.

9. Make a scrapbook

Scrapbooking is sometimes an underrated hobby, which is why you should take advantage of it this summer! This activity gives you a creative outlet to organize all of your best memories.

Bright colored paper, stickers and souvenirs from your favorite places can all be kept safe in the same book, ensuring every memory of your summer will not be forgotten.

10. Visit a butterfly sanctuary

Butterfly sanctuaries are beautiful places to visit during the summer. Not only will you have fun seeing these beautiful creatures, but it can also be an educational experience.

You can view different breeds, learn more about their life cycles and get closer to them than ever before.

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11. Do beach yoga

Yoga has countless health benefits, making it a great summer bucket list item. Yoga is a relaxing pastime in itself, but do it on the beach and your mind and body will reach total zen.

This activity will improve your balance, help with specific areas of pain and improve how you manage stress. And who knows? Maybe it’ll be an activity you stick with!

12. Take a picture every day for a month

We can often get so caught up in our own lives that we forget to enjoy the little things. Taking a picture everyday for a month is a great way to ensure this doesn’t happen.

Some people take too many pictures, while others don’t take enough. If you fall into the second group, you should take the time to document your best moments.

13. Go white water rafting

White water rafting has a dangerous reputation, but when done with the right equipment with a reputable business, it can be a thrilling experience!

White water rafting involves floating a river on a raft in rougher waters. You might get pushed around a little bit, but speaking from experience, it’s an exciting ride.

14. Have a beach barbecue

If you love the beach as much as I do, you’ll try to spend as much of your summer there as possible.

Beach barbecues are a great way to ensure you catch those rays while also spending quality time with your friends and family. You can enjoy some of your favorite foods in a relaxing place!

15. Have a karaoke night

Whether it’s at a public place or in your backyard, karaoke is an experience everyone needs on their summer bucket list. It’s a fun way to let loose and enjoy your favorite songs while adding your own twist to them.

Whether you sound good or bad, everyone there will have fun and share some laughs.

16. Visit a state park

State parks are beautiful places that people don’t take advantage of as often as they should. Not only can you enjoy beautiful scenery, but you can also experience multiple activities in the same place.

You can go hiking on multiple trails, go bike riding, try rock climbing and so much more! It’s a great way to try new things and explore where you live in a new way.

17. Have a water balloon fight

There’s nothing like being our age enjoying the things we loved doing as kids.

Before we need to fully step into the real world, we should enjoy all of the things we love, and having an old-fashioned water balloon fight is one of those things.

It seems silly, I know, but when is the last time you fully let loose and threw water balloons at your friends?

18. Go kayaking

Kayaking is a summer bucket list idea that makes it on my personal agenda every year. It’s a fun way to get active without straining yourself too hard.

It’s a fun and easy activity that anyone can take part in.

19. Get matching tattoos with a friend

If you’re feeling extra adventurous this summer, get a matching tattoo with one of your best friends. It can be an inside joke, a favorite quote, or something meaningful to just the two of you.

This summer bucket list idea is a great activity for people who like to be spontaneous and try new things.

20. Go to a drive-in movie

Drive-in movies were more popular in the past, but have been making a comeback within these last few years. After experiencing it for myself, I absolutely recommend it to anyone.

Not only is it a different movie experience, but you get to enjoy your program within the comfort of your own car.

Unlike a theater, you don’t have to worry as much about being too loud or bothering other people.

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21. Change your hairstyle

Changing up your look every once in a while can be fun and exciting, and there’s no better time to do it than during summer.

Whether it’s a cut or a dye, there are endless possibilities for your hair to look great in a new way.

If you are adventurous and like to change things up, I suggest this as an easy way to try something new on your summer bucket list.

22. DIY/Paint your own shoes

Lately, trends like hydro dipping and painting your shoes have become more and more popular online.

People have become creative with the trends, adding their own unique touches to their shoes to let their styles shine through.

Customizing your shoes is an easy and inexpensive way to spice up your closet.

23. Go paddle boarding

Paddle boarding is a fun activity that is harder than it looks. When you first start, standing up on a paddle board is not easy, especially when the waves are working against you and your balance.

However, it is a fun way to challenge yourself and learn a new skill.

24. Pull an all-nighter

As we get older and have more responsibilities, bedtimes seem to unintentionally get earlier and earlier.

Therefore, I suggest challenging yourself to pull an all-nighter with your friends.

Although you do need to get sleep, this can still be a fun way to spend quality time together without stopping.

25. Go thrift shopping

Thrift shopping is a fun experience that everyone should try. People tend to underestimate thrift shopping, but someone’s trash can be somebody else’s treasure.

You can find vintage clothing, furniture, records and so much more at such a small cost. I highly suggest taking advantage of the opportunity to search for antiques.

26. Try cooking a new meal

Cooking is always a great skill to have, and learning a new recipe can be a fun and relaxing pastime. Even if you don’t enjoy cooking, it can still be a fun experience that will lead to a delicious ending.

Plus, knowing that you did it all by yourself will be such a rewarding feeling.

27. Read a new book

Reading a new book is a simple summer bucket list idea, but it’s one that everyone should take advantage of. As our lives get busier, finding time to relax with a good book is scarce.

So for the summer, set a goal of finishing at least one book.

28. Go geocaching

Geocaching is definitely something that should be on your summer bucket list. It’s basically like a country-wide treasure hunt, where you go to specific locations marked by coordinates in GPS to find hidden treasures.

Once you find it, you do need to return it to its original location, but it is still a fun way to get out of the house and try something new.

29. Do a scavenger hunt with your friends

If you want to keep it local though, creating a scavenger hunt with friends is just as exciting. You can search for any funny, wild, weird things you can think of.

It’s a fun way to get up and moving, and maybe even find new things you didn’t know were in your town.

30. Visit a local waterfall

Visiting a local waterfall is another fun way to explore nature and experience something new. Not many people actively see or search for waterfalls, making it a unique and exciting adventure.

Waterfalls not only look gorgeous, but they are perfect for taking pictures and cooling off after a long hike there.

31. Go an entire day without using electronics

This task is not as easy as it looks, making it the perfect challenge to put on your summer bucket list. It’s easy to get sucked into the world of technology when it’s readily available for us at all times.

Instead, take some time to unplug and enjoy everything around you.

32. Play manhunt

Manhunt is a fun game that everyone should play with their friends at some point in their lives. It’s like hide n’ seek and tag combined… but all in the dark.

I used to play this game with my friends and all of our siblings, and it is definitely something I would do again for some extra fun.

33. Make a time capsule

Making and burying a time capsule is a summer bucket list item that is unique and can also be really sentimental. Gather some of your favorite items to save for your future self.

Then, after a few years, you can reminisce on messages and items you left yourself from the past.

34. Tie-dye clothes with friends

Tie dying is something everyone is familiar with, but it continues to get more and more popular with time. It is an easy way to be creative with your clothing, and ensures no one will have anything that looks like it.

It’s an inexpensive activity that is fun for people of all ages.

35. Go to a sporting event

Even if you’re not a big fan of sports, going to a professional sporting event in-person is an exciting experience. The food, the music and the cheering all make for a memorable time.

I recommend this activity because it’s not something people do all of the time, making it even more special.

36. Play with puppies

Lately, there have been more and more places that allow you to spend time with puppies. This is a great summer bucket list idea for anyone who loves animals and needs a way to destress.

Being around animals can help you cope with stress and add some extra cuteness into your life.

37. Make your own soap

Making your own soap is another super fun activity that you should add to your summer bucket list. Although the process may not be very easy for an inexperienced person, the end result will be worth it.

Not only will you be able to make any kind of soap you desire, but there is an added benefit of knowing exactly what is in your product, as opposed to worrying about harmful chemicals in store-bought soap.

38. Volunteer somewhere

It’s always a good idea to give back in some way. Whether big or small, doing something selfless needs to be normalized more than it currently is.

There are countless places to volunteer, and these places are always looking for more people to help out.

You can take pride in the fact that you are working hard, and your hard work is highly appreciated by someone who really needs it.

39. Rent a water slide with friends

These can sometimes be pricey, but split the cost amongst some friends and you will have an unforgettable experience.

Not many people can say they’ve personally had a water slide at their house, but you and your friends can change that by adding this to your summer bucket list.

A water slide is a fun and unique way to cool off on a hot summer day.

40. Take a pottery class

Pottery is a fun and useful skill to take the time to learn. It allows you to be creative in what you make to ensure that every piece is unique.

It’s not an easy thing to do at first try, trust me, but after you get the swing of things it is such an enjoyable and exciting hobby to pick up.

41. Go fishing

Fishing can be a relaxing pastime to enjoy in the summer. It’s quiet, peaceful and fairly easy to do.

You can enjoy time on the water with your friends and family, or spend some time alone with nature.

42. Create your own version of a board game

Board games are always a fun way to spend quality time with friends and family, but try adding your own twist to them! You can create your own places with your own rules, and see where it takes you.

Whether you base it off of an already existing game or start from scratch, a homemade board game is an awesome summer bucket list item.

43. Have a cornhole tournament

Corrnhole is a popular game to play with friends and family in the summer. But instead of playing game after game, make it a tournament!

You and your friends can have fun getting competitive over a backyard game, and can set the stakes high fighting for a prize.

44. Learn a new language

Learning a new language is not something that will be quick and easy, but it will definitely be beneficial for the future. It’s always helpful to know more than one language, and can even benefit other skill sets in your life.

Plus, you will be spending your free time doing something useful.

45. Go on a ghost/haunted locations tour

If you have an interest in anything haunted or paranormal, you should go on a haunted tour with your friends. If you look up haunted places where you live, there are sure to be search results.

Now, don’t go anywhere unsafe, but if you are into ghosts this could be a fun experience for you and your friends.

46. Redecorate your room

A fun way to spend your time in the summer is to change a room in your house! After a while the same set up can feel kind of bland, so switch it up to change the vibe of your room!

Plus, changing your room around doesn’t need to mean buying all new furniture… it can be as simple and inexpensive as rearranging the furniture you already have.

47. Build a fort

Building a fort sounds a little kiddish at first, but hear me out. A fort doesn’t just have to be built with couch cushions or blankets. You and your friends can create a cute, aesthetic hangout indoors or outdoors.

And although it will look more grown up, you can still have the same fun as when you were a kid.

48. Go snorkeling

If you have the opportunity, snorkeling should make it on your summer bucket list. It is a fun and easy way to explore the sea, without the fear of diving too deep.

You can see everything right from the surface of the water and you don’t need to be trained like you would to scuba dive.

49. Go to a yard sale

Going to a yard sale is a great idea to add to your summer bucket list. This is another way to get some great finds for a small price.

If you’re on the lookout for new furniture, household appliances, books, etc. then you should definitely spend some time at a yard sale this summer.

50. Make snow cones

Homemade snow cones are a must-have for any summer bucket list. Not only are they the perfect sweet treat to help you cool off, but they’re also super easy to make.

Just shave some ice, add some of your favorite flavored syrup and you’ll cool right off!

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51. Have a photoshoot

Dedicate a day with your friends to have a photoshoot during your summer. You can either take pictures of each other or hire a photographer to get more professional shots.

But, either way, a photoshoot is a simple way to have fun, be creative and be outside with your friends.

52. Try pour painting

Pour painting is a great summer bucket list item for the people who like to DIY their home decor.

This technique creates a beautiful marbled look, all with the ease of pouring paint out of a cup and letting it spread naturally.

It’s easy, inexpensive and will make your home look stylish.

53. Learn to play a new instrument

Learning to play a new instrument is a great hobby to pick up in your free time. Not only will you learn a creative new skill, you will also learn another way to relieve stress and anxiety.

Playing an instrument has been proven to have many positive effects on your health, therefore you should give it a shot!

54. Make a funnel cake

Funnel cake is a well-known favorite at any fair or carnival. But did you know you can easily make it at home? There are many recipes to choose from, but the easiest ones consist of simply frying pancake batter in hot oil.

It’s a simple recipe that will have a delicious result.

55. Have an at-home spa day

The stress of everyday life is not always easy to deal with, and we could all use a break every once in a while. But, a relaxing day doesn’t have to be an expensive one.

Have an at-home spa day and pamper yourself for all the hard work you do.

56. Make homemade pizza

Making homemade pizza is a great summer bucket list idea. Pizza is fairly easy to make, giving you a delicious dinner with minimal effort.

Plus, it still allows you to be creative and add any toppings you want.

57. Go stargazing

When you’re constantly busy with life, it’s hard to make time for enjoying the little things. So, put stargazing on your summer bucket list.

This is a great way to lay back, relax and enjoy nature.

58. Run a marathon

If you’ve vowed to get more physical activity this summer, put running a marathon on your bucket list. Running isn’t for everyone and marathons are not easy, but if you like a challenge you should try it!

When you complete it, you will have the satisfaction of knowing you achieved an amazing accomplishment.

59. Go skydiving

Skydiving is something that should make it onto everyone’s summer bucket lists, and it frequently does. Although I’ve yet to go, skydiving gives you an amazing opportunity to see your community in a different way.

And after making it all the way up in the sky, you get to take an unconventional trip back to land.

It’s the perfect activity for someone who’s bold and likes to take risks.

60. Go to a carnival

In the summer, you’re bound to find a carnival somewhere. Carnivals are a great way to spend time with family and friends.

Between all of the fun rides and the fried food, there’s no doubt you will have a good time.

61. Take self-defense classes

This is an important summer bucket list item because it has a dual purpose. Yes, it is fun to learn how to throw a punch and protect yourself, but it is also necessary.

It’s never a bad idea to learn ways to be safe, and taking self-defense classes is a great way to ensure you will always be prepared.

62. Make friendship bracelets with your besties

Making friendship bracelets may seem old-fashioned to some, but I think it is still a great way to pass time in the summer.

Your bracelets don’t even have to match if you don’t want them to, but it will still be a fun and easy activity to do with your friends. It is something that is creative and simple to do.

63. Have a cook off with your friends

Having a cook off is a great summer bucket list activity. You and your friends can try doing your own version of the TV show “Chopped,” where you take three random ingredients and try to turn them into something gourmet.

It’s a great way to be creative and see who the real chef of the friend group is.

64. Try DIY-ing your clothes

After a while, I feel like people tend to get bored of their clothes. But instead of throwing them out and spending money on new ones, try to see if you can DIY a new garment by yourself!

Whether you simply cut off the sleeves of a shirt or completely transform a pair of pants, you’ll still have a new article of clothing that looks fun, fresh and made by you.

65. Make your own donuts

Trying to make any kind of food is a great way to add to your summer bucket list. But, donuts are something everyone should try to make at home.

They are fairly easy to make, taste delicious and allow you to be creative with flavors and toppings.

66. Say yes to everything for a full day

We can all get caught up in saying “no” to things we’re uncomfortable with or hesitant about doing. Instead, try taking a day to be a little more adventurous and say “yes” to the things you normally wouldn’t.

Of course, don’t say yes to anything unsafe, but if you can take advantage of trying something you wouldn’t have before, then do it!

67. Go paintballing

Going paintballing seems like such an exhilarating experience that everyone should try at least once. You get suited up in gear to protect yourself, so you don’t have to worry about getting hit too hard.

Plus, there are many different kinds of paintball games that you can choose from.

68. Get a psychic reading

Getting a psychic reading is something that I’ve always wanted to cross off my summer bucket list, and here’s why. To start, I do believe in that stuff, but even if you’re skeptical it can be a fun experience.

There are some that are not very expensive, and it can be reassuring to get some extra guidance.

69. Have breakfast for dinner

Breakfast for dinner is such a fun change that is often underrated. It’s nice to change up your dinner routine every once in a while, and there’s no better way to do it than breakfast for dinner.

You can have all of your favorite breakfast foods without paying attention to the time of the day.

70. Go on a picnic

Going on a real picnic is a great summer bucket list item. Picnics are a fun and relaxing way to get outside and enjoy nature.

You can go to your favorite park or find somewhere new to eat your food, but it will be a great experience either way.

71. Try a Tik Tok trend

It’s no secret Tik Tok trends are popular among people our age, so why not try one out? Whether it’s pulling a prank or learning a new dance, some of them can be really fun! And who knows?

You might even go viral.

72. Learn to juggle

Juggling is a hard skill to master right away. But, if you want to try, you should add it to your bucket list!

You need to have good hand-eye coordination, reflexes and concentration, but those are all thighs that can be improved with time.

73. Go to a rage room

A rage room is a great way to spend a summer day when you need to blow off some steam. In these rooms, you can destroy whatever you want with whatever you want.

And even if you’re not mad about something, it’s still fun to destroy stuff without getting in trouble.

74. Have a bonfire on the beach

A bonfire at the beach may seem like a simple bucket list item, but it’s still a great way to spend time with friends and family. Bonfires are great for chilly summer nights.

You and your friends can sit around the fire staying warm, telling stories and making s’mores.

75. Make a video diary

If you want a better way to document your best summer moments, try making a video diary!

It doesn’t need to be fancy to be special, so film your best moments on your phone camera and compile them into one big video at the end of the summer!

Then, you will always have a perfect compilation of your best memories of the summer.

76. Have an at-home Olympics

If you want to add something fun and creative to your summer bucket list, you should host an at-home Olympics with your friends and family.

You can do any of your favorite backyard games as the Olympic events. When you’re finished, you can even host a medal ceremony for the winners!

77. Have a bake off

Having a bake off is another great way to test your skills and have some fun. You and your friends can see who is more talented in the art of baking sweets, and the winner could get a prize.

You can add points for creativity, display and taste, and whoever acquires the most points wins!

78. Roast hot dogs over a fire

Roasting hot dogs over a fire is a great idea to add to your summer bucket list. It’s an easy thing to make since hot dogs are technically already cooked.

But, you can add biscuit dough around it and you will end up with the perfect treat!

79. Treasure hunt with a metal detector

This is a bucket list item I have always wanted to try. You can get a cheap metal detector online, go to the beach and search for some treasure.

People end up finding great things buried in the sand, and I think you should give it a try.

80. Have a potato sack race

This is a simple activity that will still bring you so much joy to do with friends and family. It’s a fun way to get outside and get some extra physical activity, all while having some friendly competition at the same time.

81. Go wine tasting at a vineyard

Going wine tasting at a vineyard is a great way to experience a common activity. It’s an elegant environment with so many options to choose from.

It makes for a great day trip with your friends, and you might even find a new favorite wine!

82. Fly in a hot air balloon

This is a great summer bucket list item because of the fact that it’s so unique. Hot air balloons are a new and exciting way to fly.

They make for what seems to be a calming, easy ride with a great view.

83. Take a nap in a hammock

Sometimes the best things in life are the simplest things. Taking a nap in a hammock is one of those things.

It can be hard to find the time to relax as we get older, so pick a day to relax, and take a nap in a hammock.

84. Try jet skiing

Jet skiing is a thrilling activity to do during the summer. Not only is it something most people don’t get to do every day, but it’s a unique way to spend time in the water.

Jet skis are fast, fun and exciting to try.

85. Sleep in a log cabin

Sleeping in a log cabin is a fun and exciting way to experience nature. Think of it as a more luxurious way to camp, giving you a sturdy shelter with plumbing.

Log cabins look cute and are pleasant to stay in.

86. Wake up to watch the sunrise

Waking up early to watch the sunrise is not an easy task for some people. But, if you can, I suggest you try. Watching the sunrise on a beach or at a park is an amazing experience.

The sky is filled with the perfect mix of orange, pink and purple hues, and it makes for a great photo op.

87. Build a birdhouse

Bird watching from your backyard is a great pastime to enjoy during the summer, and a great way to do it is a birdhouse. But, instead of spending the money to buy one, challenge yourself to make one.

This way, you will pick up two hobbies in one and can make exactly what you want.

88. Go on a coffee shop tour

I’m sure your town is full of small, quaint coffee shops you don’t even know about. Instead of leaving them unknown, make a list of them and go on a coffee shop tour.

You might even find a new favorite drink or a new place to sit and do work.

89. Go to an aquarium

Going to an aquarium is a great way to have some summer fun with friends and family. You can experience seeing some beautiful sea life while also learning a thing or two!

It’s a great way to gain a new appreciation for nature.

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90. Go cliff jumping

Cliff jumping is a summer bucket list item that is extremely fun! It seems scary at first, but it’s an exhilarating experience.

All you have to do is make sure you are safe, know the waters you’re jumping into, and go with a group of friends just to be safe!

You can even go to professional places to ensure maximum safety.

91. Make a homemade face mask

Keeping up with a good skincare routine is important. Not only are you benefiting the way your skin looks, but also the way it feels. So, why not try making a homemade face mask?

If done correctly with the right ingredients, it can have multiple skin benefits. Plus, when you make it yourself it’s guaranteed that there aren’t any harmful chemicals.

92. Go to a food festival

Going to a food festival is a great summer bucket list idea for any foodies reading. It’s the perfect place to indulge in your favorite treats, and maybe even try some that you haven’t had before.

Food festivals are great for being adventurous with your taste and giving you a sense of your community.

93. Go to a zoo

Zoos can be super fun to visit with family and friends. If you love animals, and love learning more about them, you should put this on your summer bucket list.

It’s a great way to explore nature and learn more about how to keep these animals safe.

94. Rent a boat with friends

This summer bucket list item may be a little pricey, but it is definitely worth it. You and your friends can rent a boat and cruise on the water for the entire day.

Not only will you have the boat to yourselves, you will also be able to relax in a unique and fun way.

95. Go on a day trip

Sometimes friends and family don’t have enough time or money to go on a full vacation. So instead, take a day trip somewhere new.

Vacations don’t need to be long, extravagant experiences, and day trips can be just as fun as a week long getaway.

96. Go to a farmers market

Farmers’ markets are a great place to get the freshest fruits and vegetables. Not only are you supporting your local farmers when you go, but you are also ensuring that your fruits and veggies are not being genetically modified in any way.

It will give you peace of mind that your food is completely organic and will help support someone else.

97. Try cryotherapy

Cryotherapy uses low temperatures to help your body with any inflammation or pain it may have. Although the chamber can get painfully cold for some, it is said to have great effects afterwards.

It’s a unique therapy that has great benefits that you should take advantage of if you can.

98. Take a glassblowing class

Glass blowing is an amazing talent to perfect, and some places will let you try it on your own! You can create whatever design you want with molten glass, which can be very dangerous but the end result is worth it.

You get to go home with a product completely made by you!

99. Have a garage sale

Having a garage sale is a great summer bucket list activity if you have too much stuff you don’t know what to do with. Put low prices on your unwanted belongings and people will flock to purchase them.

It’s a great way to get rid of what you don’t need, give back to others and earn a little extra cash.

100. Learn calligraphy

Calligraphy is an interesting and useful skill to master, and what better time to do that than in the summer? Hand lettering has become more and more popular for home decor and other style aesthetics.

You’ll be learning a great skill that you could even make some money off of… people will pay for anything homemade!

101. Learn to crochet

Crochet is another skill that could come in handy. Once you get the hang of it, it’s super easy to do and goes pretty fast depending on what you’re making! You can make blankets, sweaters, scarves and hats easily and for a cheap price!

102. Take a spin class

Spin classes have become more popular in the gym community in recent years. And although I’ve yet to take one, I can understand why. Spin classes are fast-paced fitness classes done on a stationary exercise bike.

However, although fast-paced, they have a great reputation for being motivational and worth the money.

103. Start a unique collection

If you like to explore and find new things, starting a unique collection of something should be on your summer bucket list.

Whether it’s rocks, shoes, or antique ring boxes, starting a collection will give you something fun to do this summer. It will give you the perfect excuse to get out of the house and go exploring.

104. Make your own candles

Candles are all the hype lately, and if you’re someone that enjoys burning them then you should try making your own! Making your own candles is not only fun but it’s also super easy to do.

All you need is a wick, melted wax and a fragrance of your choice. The benefit of making your own candles is that you can be creative in how it smells and how it looks.

105. Foster a dog

If you need a cute companion in your life and feel like you can properly care for an animal, you should try fostering a dog.

Fostering is a great idea for someone who wants to help an animal in need, but can only care for them temporarily. It’s a great way to help dogs who are in need until they get adopted by new owners.

Plus, you can always adopt them afterward if you create a special bond!

106. DIY decor for your bedroom

Buying new decor for any room can be expensive, so why not try making it yourself? If you feel like you need to spice up your room, you can make your own decorations easily.

Whether you make a table from scratch or simply repaint something you already own, DIY decor is always a great idea for someone who needs change, but on a budget.

107. Go on a shopping spree with no spending limit

This summer you should take the time to treat yourself, and there’s no better way to do that than going on a shopping spree with no spending limit.

If you work hard and save your money, there’s nothing wrong with splurging every once in a while. So, take yourself on a shopping spree without worrying about spending too much!

108. Go to an old bookstore

Going to an old bookstore should definitely be on your summer bucket list this year. If you’re a true bookworm who’s always on the lookout for a new read, then this is the bucket list item for you.

Not only can you explore a new place, but you can find some old books that you probably would’ve never found before.

109. Go to an axe throwing facility

Axe throwing has been more popular lately, and I think it is something that you should definitely try.

It can be dangerous, but when you go to a real facility they will teach you how to properly throw them to ensure there will be no harm to yourself or anyone around you.

It’s a new hobby to try that could potentially be very fun.

110. Learn to skateboard

Skateboarding is another hobby that can be difficult to learn, but once you get the hang of it, it can be really fun!

It’s a great way to get some exercise, and it gives you a new and exciting way to travel to your nearby destinations.

Plus, skateboards can be relatively cheap, so you can pick up a new hobby without needing to spend all of your money.

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111. Throw a theme party

Throwing a theme party is a great summer bucket list item for those who like to have a little extra fun.

You and your friends can enjoy each other’s company while dressed in funny costumes, and you can base all of the food, decorations, and music on that theme.

It’s a creative way to get together and it doesn’t need to be extravagant to be fun. Plus, with Covid, it may be a better idea to keep it relatively small, making for a more intimate time with your friends.

112. Make sangria

If you’re of drinking age, you should try making your own sangria. Sangria is essentially wine with fruit, but it is both delicious and easy to make.

Although recipes vary, the main ingredients usually consist of red wine, sugar and fruit. It is the perfect drink to have for a relaxing summer day with your friends.

113. Start a blog

If you have a passion for writing and want to do something with it, starting a blog is a great summer bucket list item for you. Blogs are great because they allow for maximum creativity.

You can really let your voice shine through, and you can write about anything you want! Whether it is informative or just for fun, it will give you a way to express yourself and your passion.

114. Have a water gun fight

A water gun fight is a fun way to let your inner child shine through. You and your friends can enjoy your time together without worrying about any responsibilities, and let yourself stay innocent.

Plus, it’s a great way to cool off!

115. Have a food fight

Food fights are always made to look so fun on television and in movies. But is it all it’s hyped up to be?

If you’ve been intrigued by the idea of a food fight and want to see if it’s really as fun as it seems, then it should be on your summer bucket list.

Go outside, grab some leftovers (because we don’t want to waste good food) and let loose!

116. Send a message in a bottle

This is an adventurous bucket list item that could have a rewarding result. Write down any inspirational or meaningful message, put it in a bottle and let it float away.

Depending on what you leave, it could help put a smile on someone’s face. Plus, it always looked fun to do in the movies.

117. Make your own song

If you want to challenge yourself this summer, try making your own song. It doesn’t need to be perfect, but it could be a fun experience to try. Some computers come with basic music software, so try it out!

Or, if you play an instrument, try composing your own piece! It will give you something to do and help challenge yourself to new experiences.

118. Successfully finish a newspaper crossword puzzle

If you don’t read the newspaper, you’re not only missing out on current events but you’re also missing out on fun word games.

But for those of you who do occasionally like to read the newspaper, you know those crossword puzzles can be challenging.

So, if you want to challenge yourself, make it a goal to successfully complete a crossword puzzle in the newspaper without cheating.

119. Go to a concert

Due to Covid, it’s been a while since we’ve been able to experience something like a concert. This summer, if you feel it is safe to do so, go to a concert with your friends!

They are a fun excuse to get out of the house, dress up and listen to your favorite music live. It’s a different and enjoyable experience for everyone.

120. Throw someone a surprise party

If you know someone who has a special event going on this summer, you should throw them a surprise party. This gives you something fun to plan and look forward to, and will be so rewarding to give back to someone else.

The person will be so grateful you thought of them and it will be a great way to get all of your friends and family together.

121. Learn to use chopsticks

This is on my summer bucket list this year, and it should be on yours too. If you’re anything like me, you’ve had a love-hate relationship with trying to use chopsticks… you’ve wanted to learn so badly, but fail miserably every time.

So, take the time this summer to perfect this skill!

122. Learn archery

Archery is an interesting and super fun hobby to pick up during your free time. It’s great for helping to improve your focus and gets you up and moving.

Although it takes time to perfect, like any new hobby, it is definitely worth the time.

123. Go horseback riding

If you enjoy being in nature, try putting horseback riding on your summer bucket list. Many places will take you on a beautiful trail, where you can enjoy your surroundings and take a peaceful ride.

It’s a great new activity that is relaxing and enjoyable for everyone.

124. Make fudge

If you like to bake but don’t want to do something super challenging, you should try making fudge! Fudge is a delicious dessert that is super easy to make.

All you really need is sugar, butter, milk and the flavor of your choice! It’s simple, delicious and can be enjoyed by everyone.

125. Enter a hot dog eating contest

I feel like we’ve all seen hot dog eating contests on television and have thought that they seemed fun. Well, why not try it out this summer?

You and your friends can challenge each other to eating as many hot dogs as you can in a short amount of time.

This challenge is sure to make you and your friends smile, and even better, it tastes delicious.

126. Try to break a world record

There are world records for many interesting, unique things. Some records are for the longest fingernails, others are for how long someone can hold their breath.

This summer, try to see if you can beat one of them! If you go to the Guinness World Records website, it will give you all of the information you need to find existing records, how to break a record and how to apply.

127. Make your own lipstick at BITE Beauty

If you live in the New York area, or have the opportunity to visit this summer, go to the BITE Beauty lip lab in the city. If you like makeup, this could be a great experience for you.

At the lab, you have the opportunity to make whatever lipstick shade you want. Consultants will aid you in finding the perfect shade and finish for your custom lipstick.

128. Make your own nail polish at Orly

Similar to the lip lab, Orly will make your own custom nail polish. If you have the chance to go to Los Angeles this summer, put this item on your bucket list.

At this location, they will ask you a series of questions to get an idea of the kind of shade you want. Then, a mixologist will personally mix your color for you so you can ensure it’s what you want.

You even get to name your shade!

129. Swim with dolphins

Swimming with dolphins is the perfect idea for your summer bucket list. Dolphins are playful, lovable creatures, so why not try interacting with them?

However, you should make sure you go to a professional place to ensure your safety.

130. Go bungee jumping

Bungee jumping is an exciting activity to put on your summer bucket list. You will be attached to a long, elastic cord that will suspend you from an insanely high height!

However, it can be dangerous if not done correctly. So, if you want to try it, make sure you go to a professional place with people who know what they’re doing.

I hope this list was helpful!

If you want to see others completing their bucket lists, check out this video.




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Best Mini Fridges With Freezers for Dorms – The Ultimate Student 2021 Guide

Looking for the perfect mini fridge with freezer for your dorm? Check out this ultimate guide to getting a fridge in college!



a college student with a mini fridge in her dorm

I am a big advocate of having a mini-fridge with freezers for your dorm room so I compiled the top fridges to get for your dorm!

From really compact mini-fridges in the form of Magic Chef to Galanz retro fridges to match your dorm room aesthetics, you can’t go wrong with any of these mini-fridges!

At first, I was hesitant to get a mini-fridge with a freezer for my dorm room, and you may be too. But remember that your food expense is going to be a lot higher without a mini-fridge.

Your takeout food leftovers will go to waste — you can’t buy fresh groceries because you have no place to store them… it could cost you at least $105 or more per week just for takeout.

Having a fridge in your dorm room is a great way to save tons of money, and who doesn’t want a cold drink when you need to stay awake and pull all-nighters?

I chose these fridges based on positive reviews, size, advantages and disadvantages, and, of course, aesthetics and size. Trust me, you need a mini-fridge in your dorm!

So, let’s take a look at the best mini fridges with freezers for dorms! Check out this ultimate guide to getting a fridge in college!

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TOP 10 Mini Fridges With Freezers For Your Dorm

Danby Compact Refrigerator with Freezer

Danby DCR031B1WDD 3.1 Cu.Ft. Compact Refrigerator with Freezer, E-Star Rated Mini Fridge for Bedroom, Living Room, Kitchen, or Office, White

This 3.1 cubic feet, double door compact mini-fridge from Danby is the fridge of your dreams.

Equipped with a vegetable crisper and a tempered glass shelf, the fridge is perfect for storing fresh groceries and keeping perishable goods frozen.

One thing I love about this product is its double door because it makes it easier to separate things I want frozen and things that I want to keep cool.

Plus, I adore how compact this fridge is — perfect for dorms.


Galanz Retro Compact Refrigerator

Galanz GLR31TBEER Retro Compact Refrigerator, Mini Fridge with Dual Doors, Adjustable Mechanical Thermostat with True Freezer, 3.1 Cu FT, Blue
  • Features: Retro design, adjustable thermostat, removable glass shelves, double door design, interior light and energy efficient.
  • Disadvantages: partial automatic defrost, the retro design might not be for everybody
  • Overall: Best for long term duration because of its energy efficiency! If you are looking for a fridge that will last you most of your dorm time, then this Galanz compact refrigerator is the best choice.

Black + Decker Compact Refrigerator with Freezer

BLACK+DECKER BCRK25V Compact Refrigerator Energy Star Single Door Mini Fridge with Freezer, 2.5 Cubic Feet, VCM, Brushed Metal Finish

If you love the convenience and do not want the hassle of having a two-door mini-fridge, then this Black + Decker 2.5 cubic feet compact refrigerator is perfect for you!

Plus, if you’re really concerned about space, the door of this mini-fridge is reversible so you can open it to whichever side is more accessible.

The freezer includes an ice tray so you don’t have to worry about getting one. And compared to other mini-fridges, this one is more compact, especially because of its reversible door.

I love that this fridge is ultra-quiet! You wouldn’t have to worry about disturbing the roommates.


Midea WHS-65LSS1, 1.6 Cu. Ft. Compact Refrigerator

Midea WHS-65LSS1, 1.6 Cu. Ft. Compact Refrigerator, Stainless Steel

A true space-saver is this Midea 1.6 cubic feet mini-fridge. Don’t judge the fridge by its appearance; it’s the definition of the adage “small but mighty.”

I love that this mini-fridge has reversible door hinges because it really won’t consume much space. So, if you’re looking for a reliable fridge that can easily be stored in a closet or under your bed, then this Midea compact refrigerator is perfect for you.


RCA 3.2 Cu Ft Single Door Mini Fridge with Freezer

RCA RFR322-B RFR322 3.2 Cu Ft Single Door Mini Fridge with Freezer, Platinum, Stainless

A mini-fridge for your dorm that’s best for your pocket is the RCA 3.2 cubic feet fridge!

  • Features: freezer, adjustable thermostat, reversible door
  • Benefits: energy-saving, small (good for dorms)
  • Disadvantages: manual defrost
  • Overall: A functional fridge under $200. Really the best for your money.

hOmeLabs Mini Fridge with Small Freezer

hOmeLabs Mini Fridge - 3.3 Cubic Feet Under Counter Refrigerator with Small Freezer - Drinks Food Beer Storage for Office, Dorm or Apartment with Removable Glass Shelves

Another great fridge is hOmeLabs’ 3.3 cubic feet refrigerator. This fridge is made to be put under counters or any space under your bed or shelves.

Plus, the glass shelves are removable so you can adjust the space to whatever’s more practical for you and your groceries. I love that this fridge has adjustable feet so I can level it properly on the floor or on whatever surface I decide to put it on.

This product comes in two sizes, 3.3 and 2.4, so you can choose whichever best fits your dorm space.


TECCPO Mini Fridge with Freezer 

TECCPO Mini Fridge TAMF33, 4.5 Cu.Ft Mini Fridge with Freezer, Energy Star, Auto Defrost, Super Quiet, Small Refrigerator for Dorm, Bedroom

This super quiet fridge with an auto-defrost feature by TECCPO is an amazing choice for your dorm. One thing you should look for when buying a mini-fridge is an auto-defrost feature because you don’t want to manually have to do that.

Plus, this fridge comes with a vegetable box where you can store your fresh produce and includes an adjustable leg. I like that this fridge comes with wheels! This can be really helpful when you need to move the fridge around.


RaySonics Mini Fridge

Mini Fridge with Freezer, 3.3 Cu Ft, Energy Star, Single Door, Low noise, Removable Glass Shelves, Compact Refrigerator for Bedroom, Office, Garage, Studio, Dorm with 3 Temperature Settings

If you are looking for another energy efficient mini-fridge then the RaySonics 3.3 cubic feet, an energy-star mini-fridge is perfect to bring to any dorm.

With three removable shelves, you can adjust the space inside the fridge to your liking. Plus, this is one of the fridges on the list that’s under $200! So, if you are also looking to save, this product is the one for your dorm.


Midea 3.1 Cu. Ft. Compact Refrigerator

Midea 3.1 Cu. Ft. Compact Refrigerator, WHD-113FSS1 - Stainless Steel
  • With a four-and-a-half star average of 3,986 ratings, this is the best mini-fridge your money can get.
  • Value: On Sale on Amazon from $199 to $249
  • Advantages: Double doors, freezer, adjustable shelves, adjustable leg, fruit and vegetable drawer.

Magic Chef 2.4 cu. ft. Refrigerator


Another mini-fridge with a freezer that’s under $200 is this fridge by Magic Chef. With a reversible door feature and adjustable legs, this fridge truly conserves space.

Not only that, a 2.4 cubic feet refrigerator can be put anywhere you’d like. I love that the fridge is really compact. I can imagine putting it on top of a big desk or under it, for easy access to cold drinks.


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If you are looking for the best overall fridge from the list, it is the Midea 3.1 cubic feet compact refrigerator!

Midea 3.1 Cu. Ft. Compact Refrigerator

Midea 3.1 Cu. Ft. Compact Refrigerator, WHD-113FSS1 - Stainless Steel
  • With a four-and-a-half star average of 3,986 ratings, this is the best mini-fridge your money can get.
  • Value: On Sale on Amazon from $199 to $249
  • Advantages: Double doors, freezer, adjustable shelves, adjustable leg, fruit and vegetable drawer.

Best For Your Pocket

RCA 3.2 Cu Ft Single Door Mini Fridge with Freezer

RCA RFR322-B RFR322 3.2 Cu Ft Single Door Mini Fridge with Freezer, Platinum, Stainless

A mini-fridge for your dorm that’s best for your pocket is the RCA 3.2 cubic feet fridge!

  • Features: freezer, adjustable thermostat, reversible door
  • Benefits: energy-saving, small (good for dorms)
  • Disadvantages: manual defrost
  • Overall: A functional fridge under $200. Really the best for your money.

Best Long Term Fridge

Galanz Retro Compact Refrigerator

Galanz GLR31TBEER Retro Compact Refrigerator, Mini Fridge with Dual Doors, Adjustable Mechanical Thermostat with True Freezer, 3.1 Cu FT, Blue
  • Features: Retro design, adjustable thermostat, removable glass shelves, double door design, interior light and energy efficient.
  • Disadvantages: partial automatic defrost, the retro design might not be for everybody
  • Overall: Best for long term duration because of its energy efficiency! If you are looking for a fridge that will last you most of your dorm time, then this Galanz compact refrigerator is the best choice.

Best For the Most Space

Magic Chef 2.4 cu. ft. Refrigerator/Freezer in White

  • Features: 2.4 cubic feet (small! Which is perfect for tight spaces), cheap, adjustable thermostat, compressor cooling, adjustable legs, reversible door.
  • Disadvantages: manual defrost
  • Overall: For only $149 this is the best mini-fridge you can get especially if you are worried about space. This fridge can fit almost anywhere!

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Why Get a Mini Fridge In Your Dorm?

At first, I wasn’t a fan of getting a mini-fridge for my dorm, too, but as the semester progressed I realized that I was spending so much of my money on takeout.

Not only that, I never got to enjoy my leftovers because I had nowhere to store them. For example, after I ordered a $15 pasta from my favorite Italian restaurant, I just threw it immediately even if it wasn’t finished.

What a waste! So I highly recommend having a mini-fridge. A mini-fridge in your dorm will allow you to get takeout and have leftovers! This means you can save money by having two meals for the price of one.

Not only that, having a mini-fridge allows you to do some grocery shopping and make food because you have somewhere cool to store it.

Plus, you can also start doing food preparations so you don’t have to worry about what you’re going to eat next mealtime.

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Where To Store Your Mini Fridge

Under the Bunk Bed

If you have the space under your bed, especially if it’s lofted, store your mini-fridge there. By having it under your bed, the mini-fridge wouldn’t get in the way of your other things.

Plus, if you have more space you can add shelves under your bed and turn it into a mini kitchen where your fridge is at.

By the Window

Another idea on where to store your mini-fridge in your dorm is to put it by the window!

If you have a desk by your dorm window then you can put the fridge to the side of the desk, but if it’s a completely open space, put your fridge by the window and use it as a mini shelf for your pot of plants or other things.

On Top of Your Drawers

If your dorm comes equipped with shelves that are sturdy enough to handle a 50+-pound mini-fridge, then you can put your fridge on top of it.

This is a wise move because you level up your mini-fridge, which means no crouching down to get things, and you save space.

Just make sure your fridge doesn’t leak or don’t put any stuff that you wouldn’t want to get wet inside the shelf you would put your fridge on.

The Foot of Your Bed

Another area where you can store your mini-fridge in your dorm is by the foot of your bed. Like storing the fridge under your bed, this space wouldn’t get in the way of your other things.

Plus, if you need a cool drink in the middle of the night you don’t have to get up. Just reach out for the fridge by the bed!

Essentials For Your Mini Fridge

If you are getting a mini-fridge, make sure to get these essentials too so you can make the most out of your fridge.

Mini and stackable ice cube trays

Reusable freezer bags

Quart Freezer Bags Reusable Food Storage Bags for Vegetable, Liquid, Snack, Meat, Sandwich, 8.46x7.28 Inch, 10 Pack

Freezer bags are perfect for storing anything you can put in it. Get reusable ones so you don’t have to repurchase every time you need some.


Over-the-door mini-fridge caddy

Classic Design - Over the Door Pantry Closet Organizer, Dorm and office Over the Fridge Caddy Organizer, Storage and Paper Goods Organizer (Black)

To really maximize the space of your mini-fridge, extend the space outside of the fridge with this over-the-door caddy.

In the caddy, you can store spices and condiments that are nonperishable or cooking tools. You can also store the reusable freezer bags in one of its pockets.


Magnetic Rack

Magnetic Fridge Organizer, Paper Towel Holder, Kitchen Rack, Rustproof Spice Jars Rack, with 2 Removable Mobile Hooks (Black)

Another mini-fridge essential is a magnetic rack for storing more things! The best thing about this rack is that there are no tools necessary to install it.

If you have a mini-fridge then the magnet should automatically stick to it and then you’ll have yourself a rack where you can store anything, from paper towels to cutlery and more.


Arm & Hammer Fridge Fresh Refrigerator Air Filter

Arm & Hammer Fridge Fresh Refrigerator Air Filter (Pack of 4)

An essential to keep your fridge fresh and clean is this Arm & Hammer air filter! The air filter eliminates odors so foods remain fresher longer.

And if you are worried about not knowing when to replace the air filter, the product comes with a replacement indicator to ensure your food is always fresh.


Food That Is Safe To Store In Your Mini Fridge

There is a lot of food that is safe to store in your mini-fridge. A key thing to keep in mind is that the fridge that you get should be able to keep items frozen and other things cool.

So, a lot of research is necessary before you buy your mini-fridge, but the fridges mentioned above are capable of storing a range of food. Here’s a sample list:

  • Fresh vegetables
  • Fruits
  • Cold cuts/Lunch meats
  • Milk
  • Eggs
  • Yogurt
  • Microwavable foods (TV Dinners, frozen meals, etc.)
  • Frozen vegetables
  • Ice cream
  • Cheese

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Mini Fridge Resources

Saving in college can be an arduous task. Like I mentioned earlier, prior to having a mini-fridge, I would always have takeout, not realizing that I am spending more than what I can.

Truly, having a mini-fridge in my dorm was a big help in terms of keeping track of how I spend my money and how I budget my meals, and it will be for you, too.

But if you need further resources, here are my picks on resources that help me save and budget!

Digit (savings app)

Digit is an application that can help you keep track of your expenses and informs you about your spending habits. When you link your bank account to Digit, the app analyzes your spending habits and when you set a spending goal.

Digit moves small amounts of money each day to help you reach your short and long-term goals.

If you want to save money for your next grocery trip or for eating out, the app can save money for that goal using machine learning that calculates smart amounts of money to save!

Plus, like me, you will love that the application has a low balance protection option because this gives us the power to control how low our checking account goes. PS: If you sign up with our unique link, you get $5 for FREE. 

Ibotta (grocery shopping cellphone app)

If you are buying groceries and need to decide what products to put inside your mini-fridge, the best practice is to make a list of products that can save you further money.

Ibotta has partnered with a lot of stores, from Walmart to Safeway, that can help you earn money for every purchase you make. The app is pretty straightforward to use!

You get cashback for every coupon that you clip and I love how even by spending my money I can still save some because of Ibotta.

Before making purchases for your mini-fridge, make sure to check out the Ibotta app and see what I mean when they help you save more!

$5 Meal Plan

If you are totally clueless about what groceries to put in your mini-fridge or what meals to prepare for the week, have no fear! The $5 Meal Plan gives you a healthy and satiating meal plan for the week.

The best part? You can try it for free for up to two weeks and then you pay $5/month to continue the service, which is not bad, especially if you think of the ease it will provide.

One thing I love about the plan is that it provides you a grocery list of ingredients!

So, if you are looking for things to put in your mini-fridge, the best way is to check the list and see if one thing is used for most of the ingredients and you can buy and store it in your newly bought mini-fridge for your dorm. Check it out here.

In Conclusion

Having a mini-fridge when you’re living in a dorm is a gift that keeps on giving.

When purchasing a mini-fridge for your dorm, make sure you’ve done adequate research to know which fridge can fit in your space, which of them has enough cooling power and which one matches your aesthetics (mini-fridges don’t need to be boring!).

I hope this article helped you find the perfect mini-fridge for you, and if you’re still on the fence about getting one, trust me, you need one.

Having one in your dorm affords you convenience and will surely save you money with all the meal preparation and storing you’ll be able to do. Have a great semester!





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The First Apartment Checklist – The Ultimate Moving Guide

Are you moving into a new apartment? Check out this ultimate moving guide with a first apartment checklist.




a college couple moving into an apartmnet and laying on the floor with boxes all around them

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For many of us, finding our first apartment can be exciting and a bit nerve-wracking.

Usually, when finding our first apartment, we are either reaching adulthood, moving out for our studies, recent college graduates, or have just gained financial stability.

When relocating, there are many things to consider; these include many small essentials that we probably paid no mind to before moving out.

Small necessities such as toilet paper and kitchen essentials can add up to be costly. Having a plan before moving will help you stay on budget and avoid the headache of deciding what you need to purchase for your apartment.

Through my personal experiences and consulting with friends, I have gathered a ‘First Apartment Checklist’ that will get you moving in no time.

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I would say that, to start, our first and foremost important category is bedroom essentials.

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Bedroom Essentials

Get a Bed!

There are many different types of beds. Before buying, make sure to consider the size of your room. Measure your room and keep in mind the other spaces needed for your other bedroom essentials.

I have created a list of beds that would be a wise choice for your apartment. All of them are affordable options.

Types of Beds:


ZINUS Shalini Upholstered Platform Bed Frame / Mattress Foundation / Wood Slat Support / No Box Spring Needed / Easy Assembly, Dark Grey, Queen

I absolutely admire the appearance of this platform bed. It makes your room look sophisticated. Very chic!

The headboard, with its sophisticated stitching and button tufting, rises more than 2 feet over the top of the bed frame to create a focal point in your bedroom, even with a very thick mattress.

If you are looking for a modern-style bedroom, platform beds are the best choice. You can comfortably enjoy your movie night without needing an extra pillow to lean against!

Another great feature about this bed is that it is easy to assemble, and you can tuck away smaller items and most storage bins underneath the bed.


Storage Beds


Are you in need of many storage containers? I recommend storage beds if you are the type of person with many things lying around, or if you’re living with your partner – do they need storage space?

Personally, I have a hard time staying organized, which is why I have this type of bed. It allows your bedroom to look neat along with providing plenty of storage room for your essentials.

The best part is that you won’t need to buy as many storage bins as you would’ve had you gone with a regular bed. Saving money and space - what’s not to love?


Adjustable Bed

LUCID L150 Bed Base – Upholstered Frame – Head and Foot Incline – Wireless Remote Control, Queen, Charcoal Adjustable

This type of bed usually enables you to increase or decrease the angle of the upper and lower part of the bed. It’s a good choice for when you want to read a book, watch TV, etc.

An adjustable bed has countless benefits, such as improved blood circulation, lessened back pain, and reduced acid reflux. It is best to take care of yourself before facing complications!

Also, who doesn’t like to adjust their bed perfectly how they like it?


Futon Bed

DHP Lodge Convertible Futon Couch Bed with Microfiber Upholstery and Wood Legs, Charcoal

I remember the first time I saw one of these at a friend’s apartment – I never knew it was a bed! Futon beds are foldable beds that resemble a couch, which makes it no surprise that you can easily use them both ways.

This type of bed is great for college students moving out of their parent’s house for the first time. Why? The bed is affordable and doesn’t require much space, making it a good option when moving into a small apartment.

Not to mention, you are saving time and money not having to purchase both a bed and couch. In addition, this bed would be great for your guests looking to stay overnight.


Standard Bed Sizes: 


A twin bed is the smallest size bed in the market. It’s typically made for one person.

Dimension (38” X 75”)

Twin XL

The Twin XL is slightly bigger than the original twin size bed. If you are tall, the extra space makes it a better option than a standard twin bed.

Dimension (39” X 80”)

Full (May fit two people)

Dimension (54” X 75”)

Full XL

Dimension (54” X 80”)


Dimension (60” x 80”)


Dimension (76” x 80”)

Check out more types of beds!

Related: 60 Best Dorm Room Ideas for Girls – The Ultimate Guide

Get a Mattress!

Finding a good mattress is just as important as buying a bed. Make sure to try it out before buying! Purchasing a mattress without trying puts you at risk of harming your back and other body parts.

Memory Foam Mattress


As its name implies, the memory foam mattress has a layer of memory foam along with springs or other support foam.

The memory foam mattress is my favorite. I love the feeling of my body sinking into it. The mattress is soft yet firm, which supports your body while having all the benefits of a soft bed you can fall into.

What makes this mattress very cool is that It sinks when you lie into it, but bounces back when you get up; however, over time, the bed will slowly “memorize” your sleeping position and shape.



      • Retains body heat (Excellent for keeping warm in the winter!)
      • Helps lower pressure points
      • Supports back and neck
      • Hypoallergenic
      • Modern style

Gel-Foam Mattress


Memory foam and gel foam mattresses are alike, but have a heat difference.


  • Allows the body to stay cool (Recommended if you get hot quickly)
  • Helps decrease back pain
  • Supports back and neck
  • Remembers and contours to your sleep form (With a partner, you wouldn’t feel their consistent movements!)
  • Immune to dust mites

Innerspring Mattress

Full Mattress, Molblly 12 inch Individually Wrapped Coils Innerspring Mattress, Pocket Spring Hybrid Mattresses Full Size

This type of mattress is the standard, making it affordable. However, there is a wide range in cost, depending on the materials used and the manufacturer.

The mattress consists of springs that support the bed, along with metal wires.

It was the first kind of modern mattress released in the market, taking over traditional wool, hay, straws, etc.


  • Metal wires generate a lifting effect
  • Low-cost (Recommended for students looking to save money)
  • Firm & sturdy
  • Durable (Very long-lasting!)

Latex Mattress

Sunrising Bedding 10" Natural Latex Full Mattress, Individually Encased Pocket Coil, Firm, Supportive, Naturally Cooling, Organic Mattress, 120-Night Free Trial, 20-Year Warranty

Latex mattresses are made with simple latex materials or with other elements of natural wool and cotton.

It doesn’t let your body sink in as memory foam does, which gives you it added benefit of letting your body stay cool, as it is open to more air.

Most latex mattresses are known to be antibacterial and low maintenance. If you like a firm yet bouncy bed, I highly recommend latex.


  • Eco-friendly
  • Firm
  • Long-lasting
  • Bouncy
  • Easy to clean

Hybrid Mattress

Olee Sleep 13 inch Galaxy Hybrid Gel Infused Memory Foam and Pocket Spring Mattress (Full)

As its name implies, hybrid mattresses combine the various types of mattresses into one. The hybrid mattress consists of innerspring, memory foam, gel, and latex.

You are getting the best of all mattresses in one; the foam helps lower pressure points while the construction of innerspring coils brings durability. Keep in mind, it’s generally more costly than memory foam, although it may last longer.


  • Lower pressure points
  • Firm and sturdy
  • Eco- friendly
  • Even weight distribution
  • Easy to clean (It comes with removable covers)

To save room, you may want to invest in a Portable Closet

More Bedroom Essentials!

  • Sheets
  • Pillows
  • Blankets
  • Bed Stand/Frame
  • Clothes Hangers
  • Desk
  • Mirror
  • Curtains (don’t forget your windows!)
  • TV Stand
  • Trash Bin
  • Nightstand

I recommend a nightstand for resting your phone and charger on. In addition, you should consider a lamp for your nightstand!

  • TV

Common sizes: (in inches)

32, 40, 42, 46-49, 55, 60, 65, 70, 75, and 80.

Check out the difference in sizes!

Kitchen Essentials

How much cooking are you planning on doing? Factor that in as you look at this list. Here are the basic necessities for the kitchen.

Get a Few Pans!

My friends and I usually use non-stick pans; it helps save time with cleaning, because foods don’t annoyingly stick to the pan. However, stainless steel pans are recommended if you are cooking with high heat, although they may more cleaning.

Generally, non-stick pans are coated with Teflon, giving them their non-stick quality. This type of coating cannot be used with high heat as it can release harmful chemicals.

Furthermore, if you find yourself using butter in many of your meals as opposed to cooking oil, a nonstick pan would be suitable for you due to its requirement of low-to-medium heat.

However, I recommend buying both stainless steel and non-stick pans for your apartment, because both types of pans have their unique usages.

Nonstick Pans:

Amazon Basics 3-Piece Non-Stick Frying Pan Set - 8 Inch, 10 Inch, and 12 Inch, Black

Remember, you don’t need to use a lot of cooking oil (use with low-to-medium heat)

Great Uses:

  • Frying and scrambling eggs
  • Making pancakes & waffles
  • Frying bacon
  • Creamy, cheesy recipes (Doesn’t stick to the pan)

Don’t Use:

  • Acidic recipes (such as tomatoes) (Using nonstick pans would ruin coating)

Stainless Steel Pans:

Misen Stainless Steel Frying Pan Set - 5 Ply Steel Skillet - Professional Grade Pans for Cooking - 8, 10, and 12 Inch

Use a generous amount of coating

Great uses:

  • Deep frying
  • Searing and charring meats
  • Acidic recipes
  • Preparing soups and sauces

Get Some Pots!

Can’t Forget Kitchen Knives!

Chef’s Knife 

Utility Knife

HENCKELS Forged Premio Utility Knife, 6 inch, Black/Stainless Steel

Chef’s knives and utility knives are both multipurpose. However, a chef’s knife has a larger blade, making it a better choice for bigger ingredients. The utility knife is wider in width and shorter in length, serving a purpose for smaller ingredients.


  • Multifunctional
  • Ideal for small ingredients
  • Suitable for mincing and creating small precise cuts

Santoku knife

Santoku Knife - imarku 7 inch Kitchen Knife Ultra Sharp Asian Knife Japanese Chef Knife - German HC Stainless Steel 7Cr17Mov - Ergonomic Pakkawood Handle, Best Choice for Home Kitchen, Brown

I love the santoku knife due to its light weight. In addition, the tip of the blade isn’t sharp, making it a safe choice for beginners in the kitchen.

Many people confuse a Santoku knife with a chef’s knife, as they look quite similar. However, it is important to note that the Santoku knife has a thinner blade.


  • Dicing
  • Mincing
  • Cutting fruits and veggies

Bread Knife

8-Inch Bread Knife, Serrated Bread Knife, Bread Cutter & Bread Slicers For Homemade Bread, Cake and Bagels, Ultra-Sharp German Stainless Steel-ABS Handle

As its name implies, this knife is suitable for all types of bread. Nevertheless, you may also use it for countless other foods.


  • Loaves of bread
  • Bagels
  • Bars of chocolate
  • Biscuits
  • Cake

Check out more types of knives.

      • Knife Sharpener
      • Kitchen Scissors
      • Cutting Board
      • Oven Mitts/Potholders
      • Bowls
      • Forks, Spoons, Butterknives
      • Whisk
      • Can Opener
      • Colander
      • Measuring Cups (liquid & dry)

Related: 50 Dorm Room Must-Haves for College Students

Dry Ingredients


Pick Up a Few Measuring Spoons!

      • Spatula
      • Tongs
      • Mixing Spoons
      • Soup Ladle
      • Kitchen Tables & Chairs
      • Microwave

Check Out These Living Room Essentials!

This is the most exciting category in the ‘First Apartment Checklist’- well, in my opinion. But don’t you agree?

A Comfortable Couch

      • Throw Pillows
      • Blankets
      • TV
      • TV Stand
      • Rug
      • TV Speakers
      • Trash Can
      • Shoe Rack
      • Coffee Table
      • Small Side Table (so you’ll stop losing the remote control!)


Related: 70 Best Dorm Gifts For College Students – The Complete Guide

Bathroom Essentials

      • Toothbrush Holder

      • Air Freshener

      • Washrag

      • Bathroom Mirror

      • Bathroom Mat

      • Bathtub Mat

      • Toilet Plunger

      • Shower Curtains

      • Curtains Hook

      • Toiletries

        • Toothbrush & Toothpaste

        • Floss

        • Mouthwash

        • Body Soap

        • Hand Soap

        • Shampoo & Conditioner

        • Razors & Shaving Cream

Remember Those Cleaning Essentials!

Cleaning products in a bin


Bathroom Cleaning Products

      • Vacuum

      • Tech Vacuum

      • Dish Soap

      • Laundry Detergent & Fabric Softener

      • Broom & Dustpan

      • Cleaning Gloves

      • Cleaning Rag

      • Bleach or Baking Soda

Related: 30 Best Dorm Room Ideas You Will Absolutely Need in College

Technology Essentials

      • Smart Thermostat

I recommend a smart thermostat for your apartment. Why? Because you can adjust the temperature of your apartment to your preference using a smart thermostat. The thermostat will turn on and off at certain times, making it convenient and cost-effective!

      • Coffee Maker

      • Air Purifier

      • Smoke Detector

      • Touchless Trash Bins

      • Charging Lamps

      • Amazon Echo

I highly recommend that you purchase Amazon Echo for your first apartment if you haven’t already! It is an intelligent speaker that listens to your commands and answers your questions.

The speaker would help assist you with specific tasks without you having to move an inch. This is extremely useful for just about anyone, especially if you are busy running errands all day.

General Uses

      • Answers phone calls
      • Turns your lights on and off with voice commands
      • Controls the thermostat
      • Searches for things on the internet with voice commands

Check out the Amazon Echo and its capabilities.

Check out other smart Amazon devices!

There you have it! These are the top essentials you should include on your ‘First Apartment Checklist.’

Having a checklist keeps you organized and helps reduce the stress of shopping, which will allow you to enjoy your first apartment. Need any ideas for decorating your apartment?

Check out the 50 best college apartment decor ideas!




By Tina Dieu

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The Best Self-Care Essentials Every College Guy Needs -The Ultimate Guide

Looking for products to enhance your self-care routine? We got you. Here is the best list of self-care essentials for your grooming and hygiene routine.




self-care routine for men

Disclaimer: This post is a paid collaboration with MANSCAPED. All our opinions are our own.

Is the time of the year again! School season is in full swing and students are getting ready to start school. After one year in quarantine, students are slowly adjusting to a new normal.

Let’s face it. The most dreadful part of returning to school for any student is figuring out what to pack. College packing is never fun.

The biggest challenge students face this year is to figure out how to thrive in school while staying safe amid the pandemic. That is why hygiene is more important than ever. 

When it comes to hygiene essentials, there are so many options out there that it can be overwhelming to find the right products for your personal care.

This is why we have compiled the best list of self-care products that will enhance your grooming and hygiene routine.

Self Care for Men

The Lawn Mower

Lawn Mower

There is nothing more important to the self-care routine of a college man than a trimmer. This 4th generation trimmer features a cutting-edge ceramic blade to reduce grooming accidents thanks to their Advanced SkinSafe Technology.  

The trimmer includes four adjustable guard sizes that can deliver a more customizable trimming experience. Plus, it is waterproof so you will be able to shave in the shower as much as you’d like. 

The Weed Whacker 


Looking for a compact trimmer that can get rid of those annoying ear and nose hairs? This is the right product for you. Have you ever pulled your nose hair out with some tweezers? It hurts more than you can imagine. 

The weed whacker has Proprietary SkinSafe technology that helps reduce nicks, snags, and tugs. Plus, the Intelligently contoured design enhances the trimming experience so it is easy and quick to use.

The best part of this trimmer is it has a waterproof design which makes for easy operation and cleaning. 

Refined Cologne 



Looking for a light fragrance to use daily? Look no further. This cologne has a clean and fresh scent designed for the refined gentleman. It is perfect for the busy college man who wants a pleasing light masculine fragrance.

You’ll be smelling like a million bucks with this fragrance. 

The best thing about this cologne is that it is Cruelty-Free, Dye Free, Paraben Free, and Vegan so you can comfortably use it without having to worry about any allergic reaction or health hazard.

Shears 2.0

The Shears 2.0

Tired of misplacing your clippers and tweezers when you actually need them? You are going to love this compact luxury 4-piece nail kit featuring stainless steel tools.

The kit includes a slant-tipped tweezer, a rounded point scissor, fingernail clippers, and a medium grit nail file that is perfect for a quick manicure. 

You will never be afraid to show your nails again when using this amazing nail kit. The coolest part of this kid has to be the premium PU leather case. It is so fancy that it looks like a fashionable wallet.

You will never feel embarrassed to take your nail kit with you anywhere you go.

We save the best for the last! 

The Performance Package 4.0


Looking for a complete grooming kit that will take your self-care routine to the next level?  We got you covered. This luxury grooming kit featuring the new lawn mower and the weed whacker trimmer is pure gold.

It will make you excited to shower and groom!

The kit also includes an anti-chafing ball deodorant which provides freshness below-the-waist;  a ball spray toner featuring a soothing aloe and witch hazel extracts for protection among the highly sensitive areas of your body; and disposable shaving mats so you never have to worry about making a mess while grooming. 

Want more? with your purchase of the performance package, you will get a free pair of manscaped boxers which are super comfortable to wear.

You will also receive a free compact fashionable travel bag perfect to carry your products comfortably while you are on the go. This package is a must-have.  Every college guy needs it in his life.  

Final Thoughts

That’s a wrap. I hope this guide on self-care for men is helpful.

Your hygiene in college is very important so make sure that you get high-quality products that will enhance your personal care routine.

If you liked ANY of the products recommended above, you can purchase them here.

PS: You will receive a 20% off + free shipping using our unique link so take advantage of it. ENJOY!

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