The Bucket List: 34 Things You Should Do While You're Still a Teenager

Being a teenager means living through a whole lot of firsts. 

From your first homecoming dance and first failed test to potentially your first kiss, first car and everything in between. A lot is also asked of us when we're teenagers, as it's a time when you're stuck between being treated both like a child and an adult at the same time.

However, there are plenty of ways to make the most of the many years that span between 13 and 20, and we've thought of a whole list of them for you. Whatever kind of teen you may be, you can take some inspiration for your own life from this bucket list of things to do before you say goodbye to your teens:

School-Related Items for Your Teenage Bucket List

  • Go to your first school dance
  • Join a club
  • Apply to your dream college
  • Work up the courage to ask your teacher for a letter of recommendation
  • Learn a new language
  • Go to prom, even if you don't have a date
  • Attend the homecoming football game, even if you don't care about sports

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Major Goals to Add to Your Teenage Bucket List

  • Learn to drive
  • Get your license
  • Make a new friend
  • Go on a road trip
  • Travel abroad
  • Go on a trip with your family
  • Go on a trip with your friends
  • Visit NYC
  • See your favorite artist live in concert
  • Get your first job

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Also read about: 4 Ways to Travel Abroad When You're Young


Holiday Topics for Your Teenage Bucket List

  • Carve pumpkins in the fall
  • Go trick-or-treating, even if you think you're "too old"
  • Wear matching costumes with your friends for Halloween
  • Have a holiday movie marathon
  • Do a Secret Santa exchange with your friends
  • Drink a pumpkin spice latte without caring if it's "basic"
  • Attend a Halloween party
  • Kiss someone at midnight on New Year's Eve, even if it's just kissing your friend on the cheek

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Just-for-Fun Things to Add to Your Teenage Bucket List

  • Make a vision board
  • Take photos in a photo booth
  • Sing karaoke
  • Go swimming at night
  • Host a sleepover
  • Bake something from scratch
  • Learn how to cook a meal from scratch
  • Get a piercing
  • Learn how to surf/paddleboard/kayak

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Also read about: 6 Things You Should Learn How to Do Before Graduating High School


At the end of the day, creating your own teenage bucket list is all about you. Life is what you make it, so make it great by starting your own list with some of these ideas (and maybe a few of your own). And try not to compare yourself to other, either—everyone has a different comfort zone, and you shouldn't feel like you have to leave yours just to live up to what being a teenager is "supposed" to be like.

In fact, there are some things you should know about while you're a teen that people don't always discuss, but we're here to do just that. Click HERE to read about things to know about before you turn 18.