50+ Things to Do While in Quarantine at Home

Running out of things to do while you’re stuck at home social distancing? Here’s a fun list of over 50 things to do while in quarantine that are guaranteed to help pass the time!

1. Drink some Wine

Putting this first because let’s face it.. a lot of us are drinking much more than usual. Might as well embrace it. Don’t worry, the list gets more productive but in case you don’t get past number one, at least you can feel accomplished knowing you’ve ticked off at least one of these!

2. Watch Broadway Musicals online - for free!

Broadway has blessed us with free shows online for a limited amount of time! While I wish we could see them in person, this is a pretty close second. Click here for more information on free online Broadway Musicals

3. Meditate!

Hands down one of the most helpful, life-changing habits I’ve made is meditating every morning. The benefits are endless and now is a great time to start! There are a lot of great apps you can use for guided meditations. If you’re serious about learning the theory behind it, I highly recommend reading Mindfulness by Dr. Danny Penman

  • Headspace, my favorite app for guided meditation, is now free during this time. 

4. Watch a Ted Talk (or a few)

Ted Talks are some of my favorite things to watch whenever I’m feeling down, needing inspiration/motivation, or simply to learn about a topic from someone who knows what they’re talking about. Unfortunately, they’re not on Netflix, but you can watch them here:

5. Teach English Online - Earn some money while you're at home!

English Teachers are in high demand right now and you can make up to $25 an hour teaching from home! There’s plenty of information out there on where to start and what companies to go with. A quick google search should send you in the right direction! 

6. "Go" to the Zoo, Aquarium, Museum, and more!

I feel like I hit the jackpot when discovering this site. Also known as “Virtual School Activities“, here’s a list of everything including things like the Milwaukee Zoo, Metropolitan Opera, National Gallery of Art, NASA Missions Operations Room, and more! Visit www.virtualschoolactivities.com for more or check out one of these:

7. Learn to Code

Arguably one of the most important and useful life skills to learn is coding! Whether you’re thinking of making it your profession or a hobby, this is one thing you’ll be glad you invest your time in. Check out www.freecodecamp.org for more resources!

8. Workout!

Follow along with your favorite fitness influencers or check out some of these workouts you can do at home! 15 Free Virtual Workouts and Popular Fitness Studios Free Livestreams

9. Go "Camping" in your Backyard

You don’t have to go far to enjoy the outdoors! If you’re lucky enough to have a backyard or access to your roof then you have the perfect place to set up camp! If not, you can always use your living room and be creative 🙂 All you really need is a tent

10. Get a Drone

Just because you can’t go outside, doesn’t mean your drone can’t! The drone we use actually has a range of 5km, so there’s plenty to explore 🙂 

Check out some of our best drone clips on Instagram @simplysantos and @tomstrickland – or see our entire List of Camera Gear here

11. Go Shopping! - Online

While you can’t get up and go to the stores in person, thankfully Amazon has just about everything you could possibly need and will get it to you fast. Now’s a perfect time to make use of a free 30-Day Amazon Prime Trial (make sure to cancel before the trial ends if you don’t want to commit!)

You can also get your Amazon Prime Membership at a discounted rate! Click here for more details!

12. Binge on Netflix

If you haven’t already seen Tiger King, Money Heist, or Ozark are you even social distancing? Or rewatch some of your favorite old shows (my personal favorite is House, anyone else?) 

**Psst: you can check out other country’s Netflix selection by using a VPN like Surfshark!

13. Create a New Habit

They say it takes 21 days to make a habit – what a perfect time to start!

14. Unleash your Creative Side and learn to Edit, Draw, Write, etc!

Being a creative myself, Skillshare is a great way to learn just about any new skill. They have courses from beginner to pro in Photo, Video, Graphic Design, Digital Marketing, and more! Click Here to get 2 FREE Months of Skillshare Premium. 

15. Play a Board-game

Remember sinking hours and hours into board games and the whimsical fun that came with it? Well, now is a great time to relive those childhood memories and start an activity the whole family can enjoy. 

Our personal favorite at the moment is ‘Exploding Kittens‘ or if you’re feeling a little more serious try what is arguably the best board-game of all time, “Settlers of Catan‘. 

16. Start a Blog!

With increased internet usage up, nows a great time to start a blog (or work on one you already have). Our friends over at Salt in Our Hair have an amazing guide on how to start your own blog

17. Sleep 🙂

There’s nothing wrong with catching up on years of poor sleep. You might find your skin looking better, your mood improving, or simply having more energy! If you’re not tired and lucky enough to be quarantined with your partner, you can always sleep together as well 😉

18. Step up your Skin Care Routine

While it seems we’ll all be doing our skin a favor by avoiding excessive sun exposure, make sure to moisturize, moisturize, moisturize! 

19. Learn Origami

You’ve got this! Find tutorials on YouTube or check out this site made for kids to start learning!

20. Free courses on Alison and Coursera

Check out thousands of free courses at alison.com and coursera.org. They have a course about everything and anything. Happy learning!

21. Online Harvard Courses

There’s a lot of prestigious universities offering free courses. Check out a few here:

22. Audiobooks

Audible has an amazing selection of Audiobooks. While you can get your first month free with an Amazon Prime membership, here are some other options for Audiobooks:

23. Adopt a Four-Legged Friend

This one lasts much longer than just the quarantine period, but what better time to train a pup or earn a dog’s trust than when you’re finally at home for long extended periods of time! Check with your local animal shelters for more options. 

24. Cook!

There are so many foods to try and make, along with countless resources on how to make them! My personal favorite place to find recipes is Pinterest, but here are some other resources that might be useful:

25. International Meal Nights

Feeling the urge to travel? Why not “pretend” you’re having dinner in Italy by making your Italian favorites and perhaps sipping on some Italian wine. Some of my favorite cuisines include Mexican, Moroccan, Italian, French, and Japanese. 

26. Create a new Bucket List

Now that we can’t do anything, what a great time to think of the things we want to do one day. Pin it to your wall and make yourself accountable, future you will thank you!

27. Video Games

Channel your inner middle-schooler (or now, no judgment) and relive the classics. Never again will you have so many ‘guilt-free’ time to sink into that new RPG.

28. Learn a new language (or try to)

Learning a new language takes time! While free apps like DuoLingo are great for being introduced to a language, I highly recommend LingQ for more advanced learning! 

With LingQ you can download interactive transcripts of your favorite TV shows and Audiobooks. We personally have watched Narcos and now Money Heist using this method and it makes learning Spanish so much more easy and fun!

29. Learn about the stock market

With the stock market going crazy at a time like this, what better time to learn about it?

My sister uses the app Acorn for easy trading. I personally got more interested in stocks after opening up my Charles Schwab brokerage account (which I did for their amazing travel perks and sign-up bonus).

31. Make Tik-Toks

Join the trend, we know you want to!

32. Virtual National Parks Visits!

33. Hogwarts Digital Escape Room

Yup! You read that right! Here’s the link, you’re welcome!

34. YouTube Concerts

As a 90’s baby, N’SYNC and Britney Spears will always have a place in my heart, and apparently a place online as well! Thankfully, YouTube has hundreds of recorded concerts so you can relive those memories (or create ones you wish you had!)

35. Make some money selling used items

In case you needed more reason to do some spring cleaning, there’s a good chance you have something at home that someone else is looking for! Facebook Marketplace or apps like OfferUp are great places to sell some secondhand love and make some extra cash. 

36. Paint by Number

While you might be imagining the Paint by Number assignments you were given in elementary school, you can now get Adult Paint by Number. The results are absolutely amazing and you’ll absolutely feel like the next Picasso after trying an Adult Paint by Number

37. Jigsaw Puzzles

A great way to pass the time (disclaimer: this will either be really fun and intriguing, or extremely frustrating). While I’m usually all for buying things second hand, nothing is worse than buying a 999 piece puzzle. Check out the best 1000 Piece Jigsaw Puzzles on Amazon. Need something more challenging? Try a 5000 piece jigsaw puzzle

Don’t have space for a giant puzzle? Get a Roll-Up Puzzle Mat that lets you put your puzzle away momentarily without ruining your progress!

38. Spring Clean and Declutter

  • Empty & Clean out your purse/wallet or bag
  • Declutter your wardrobe
  • Clean out the Spice Rack or Fridge
  • Make some space on your phone by backing up and deleting old photos, apps, etc

39. Virtual Happy Hours

No, it doesn’t count as drinking alone. Drink with friends virtually 🙂 

40. Learn to Make Pizza Dough or Bread

While the ingredients are simple, the outcome may not be. But you know what they say – practice makes perfect!

41. Garden

This seems to be a popular option considering how few seeds are left in the stores! But gardening is a great way to learn something new and pass the time! My favorite things to plant are things you can eat (tomatoes are quite easy), but the possibilities are endless!

42. BirdWatch

You’d be surprised how much nature is just outside your window. Not sure where to start? Consider getting a Backyard Bird Identification Book for your region. 

43. Up your Social Media

Been wanting to improve your Instagram, YouTube, Pinterest, or even LinkedIn? Now’s the perfect time to do a self-audit and finally make the changes you’ve been wanting to! 

44. Cross Stitch

I used to LOVE cross stitching because it’s the perfect amount of creativity with direction! It’ll leave you feeling accomplished, but also gives enough guidance where you probably won’t mess up. You can get an entire Cross Stitch Starter Kit with everything you need for only $32.99.

45. Netflix Watch Parties

Oh how I love technology. You can now get a link that syncs up everyone’s screen on Netflix to make it feel like you’re all really watching together!

Having trouble with Netflix parties for international friends? Use a VPN to make Netflix think you’re all in the same country! We use SurfShark and absolutely love it (especially great at times for our American-Australian long-distance relationship)

46. Learn to Knit

There’s a reason knitting is so popular with older generations.. it’s a great way to pass the time! It’s so rewarding as well when you can make something to dress up a child or dog (or plant). Getting a Beginner’s Knitting Starter Kit sets you up with everything you’ll need!

► Knitting not your thing? Crocheting is a great alternative! 

47. Make a long list of Things you're Grateful for

We know times can be tough right now and moods and general moral can be affected. Making a long list of things you’re grateful for is a great way to improve that. I recently made a list of 100. I struggled at about 20 but made myself get to 100 and it was one of the most rewarding things I’ve done in a very long time. 

48. Virtual Mimosa Brunch

Because it’s five o’clock somewhere right? A great alternative to a virtual happy hour if you’re eager to start a bit earlier.

49. Channel your inner DJ and create Playlists

Music is a great way to up your mood. Have a good playlist? Share it in the comments below!

50. Go on a walk or Explore local nature

This one is highly dependent on where you are, but if you are lucky enough to live near a coast or national park, or have hiking or biking trails nearby go ahead and use them! I’m lucky enough to be isolated in an area that has had 0 cases with very strict travel bans in effect, so we can still go to the beach and go out to sea on our boat. Get creative, but you can still get outside!

You can read this article to see what it’s like to spend a day in isolation here: Seeking Paradise in a Pandemic: Lockdown in Exmouth, Western Australia

Comments (1)

Love this, I think I will take up knitting! thanks for all the wonderful ideas.

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