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What’s On Your Military Spouse Bucket List?

Nothing makes you take stock of your life’s goals like a big transition – and …


Nothing makes you take stock of your life’s goals like a big transition – and if your spouse is heading off for boot camp or deployment, chances are, you’re wondering how you’ll fill a lot of that extra time. Instead of a New Years Resolution this year, make a Military Spouse Bucket List. It might even take you a few years to check them all off, but that’s okay. It’s a great distraction from worrying about being lonely, when you’ll move next, or whether your spouse is getting enough sleep.

Here are 99 ideas to get you started:

Military Spouse Bucket List
(Dmorit on Pixabay)
  • Swim in both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.
  • Donate blood or join the bone marrow registry at
  • Take a sign language class.
  • Learn how to do one really cool magic trick and have a party trick for life.
  • Build a house with Habitat for Humanity.
  • Go camping (or glamping) and learn how to start a fire with sticks.
  • Go parasailing (or hang gliding).
  • Go on a hot air balloon ride.
  • Wake up for the sunrise.
  • Crash a wedding with a friend.
Plant a tree
(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Caleb Nunez)
  • Go screen-free for an entire day.
  • Plant a tree.
  • Visit the house you were born in.
  • Go on a trip by yourself to the one place you’ve always wanted to go.
  • Write in a journal every day for a year.
  • Learn an entire choreographed dance.
  • Open your own Etsy shop.
  • Don’t buy anything except food and gas for three months and use the savings to pay down your debt.
  • Pay for the meal of the person behind you in the drive through.
  • Run a marathon or do a triathalon.
Military Spouse Bucket List
  • Set a Guinness record.
  • Do glass blowing.
  • Learn calligraphy.
  • Go to trapeze school.
  • Audition for a play.
  • Win the old Super Mario Brothers game and rescue the princess.
  • Go to Mardi Gras.
  • Get a tattoo.
  • Spend a whole day at the spa.
  • Spend a rainy day in a cozy library.
Day Spa
Wrocławski Park Wodny – Wellness Day Spa (WikiMedia Commons)
  • Have a staycation by yourself in a hotel, order room service and watch movies all night.
  • Have breakfast outside Tiffany’s.
  • Learn to bake bread.
  • Go to a movie theater and watch two movies in a row.
  • Host a party and replicate all the decorations and favors from Pinterest.
  • Become a Yelp elite reviewer.
  • Learn the Japanese art of flower arranging.
  • Learn to scuba dive.
  • Matchmake two of your friends.
  • Recreate a childhood picture with your siblings and give it as a gift to your parents.
Military Spouse Bucket List
  • Make a time capsule.
  • Declutter your entire house – every room.
  • Buy yourself flowers.
  • Ride a Segway.
  • Visit a national park.
  • Get an online degree.
  • Fly in a biplane.
  • Visit a real haunted house.
  • Go to a new city for a weekend without making any plans in advance.
  • Paint a self-portrait
  • Make a mood board.
  • Sponsor a child with Compassion International or another organization.
  • Ride in a submarine.
  • Go to an all-night diner in the middle of the night and people watch.
  • See all 50 states.
  • Go to Atlantic City and find all the streets on the Monopoly board.
  • Roll down a hill like you did when you were a kid.
  • Learn how to type on a typewriter.
  • Ride a mechanical bull.
  • Eat a hog dog at Coney Island.
Military Spouse Bucket List
(L.T. Hanlon on WikiMedia Commons)
  • Camp in your backyard.
  • Run in the rain on purpose.
  • Learn the constellations.
  • Sleep on the beach one night.
  • Learn to surf.
  • Be in a flashmob.
  • Buy a meal for a homeless person.
  • Learn an instrument
  • Throw someone a surprise party.
  • Swim in a fountain.
Martial Arts
(Photo Credit: Sgt. 1st Class Theresa Gualdarama)
  • Learn a martial art.
  • See a TED talk.
  • Be an extra in a movie.
  • Go back to your college and visit all your favorite places.
  • Go to a rodeo.
  • Go to a film festival.
  • Take a makeup lesson.
  • Plant a garden and have an entire meal with only the food you grow.
  • Drink only juice for a day.
  • Go on a wellness retreat.
Military Spouse Bucket List
(USDA photo by Lance Cheung)
  • Start a blog.
  • Write a children’s book.
  • See a Broadway show.
  • Build something.
  • Sew something.
  • Get your photo professionally taken.
  • Learn how to use a DSLR camera.
  • Research your family history.
  • Make a cookbook of old family recipes.
  • Restore an old car.
Restored Car
  • Brew your own beer.
  • Post a video on YouTube.
  • Make a quilt with old t-shirts.
  • Learn wood carving.
  • Get your fortune read.
  • Make your own board game.
  • Learn how to French braid.
  • Learn how to read Tarot cards.
  • Learn how to compost.

The 100th is your own…

Feature photo courtesy of Mike Libecap, U.S. Air Force

The editorial team at Sandboxx.