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18 Things to Do on Your 18th Birthday

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Now that you've finally turned 18, it's time to take advantage of some of the things you couldn't do as a kid... safely, of course!

Now that you've finally turned 18, it's time to take advantage of some of the things you couldn't do as a kid... safely, of course!

Happy Birthday!

Oh, the anticipation of turning 18! You're officially an adult. Now you can do all of the things you wanted to as a child. Adulthood always seemed so far away, but when the day finally hits, make sure to take advantage of it!

You could turn to a few friends for advice—the ones who have already turned 18 and know the drill. They would probably be happy to give you the big one-eight rundown, and perhaps take you around and show you what it means to be an adult. Sounds fun, doesn’t it?

Your 18th birthday should be spent doing things that you were not legally allowed to do the day before. I have made a list of 18 things to do on your 18th birthday. How can you possibly not think of something to do?

if you have friends that are already 18, ask them for advice on how to spend your big day.

if you have friends that are already 18, ask them for advice on how to spend your big day.

Things to Do on Your 18th Birthday

  1. Go skydiving: This will perhaps be the biggest adrenaline rush you will ever have in your life, but it is so worth it!
  2. Get a tattoo: Now your parents can’t say no! Well, they can, but you’re an adult now and can make grown-up decisions. Keep it classy!
  3. Visit an adult store: Okay, so maybe this isn't so classy, but going to an adult store with a friend can be fun! You’ll find many things to laugh at that you never even knew existed.
  4. Go to a dance club: Go to a real dance club, not like one of those teenage dance clubs that you can visit before you turn 18.
  5. Go on a road trip: Ever dreamt of traveling? Now is your chance! Spread your wings, you free birdy, you!
  6. Book a hotel: With friends, of course. You might need a credit or debit card to do this. Just try not to trash the place—they do charge extra for that.
  7. Apply for a credit card: Now that you’re 18, you should start working on building a good credit score. Your bank likely offers credit cards with low limits. Do not abuse the power of the credit card, or it will defeat the purpose!
  8. Try to buy a new car: You’ll likely need a cosigner and proof of income, so make sure it is a car that you can truly afford. This will also help you build your credit!
  9. Start looking for your own place: Now that you’re a free bird, it’s time to start thinking about moving out of mom and dad’s house.
  10. Stay out all night: Do it simply because you can! A lot of these things on this list will help you accomplish this one.
  11. Go camping: When isn’t camping fun? Celebrate the big 18 with a few other 18+ friends by chilling out around a bonfire and doing whatever it is that you 18-year-olds do.
  12. Buy an awesome outfit: Now that you’re an adult, you should buy an adult outfit to symbolize your new adult self. Look for an outfit that will work for interviews for that awesome adult job you’ll need to support your awesome adult life.
  13. Open an IRA account: It’s time to start saving for retirement. Look into retirement accounts and talk to your bank to see if they offer anything for retirement.
  14. Invest in stocks: Investing in the right stocks can help set your future up for you! Do your research and consult with a professional for help.
  15. Play the lotto: Play the lottery or buy a few scratch-offs. You can now and could not yesterday! Warning: Scratch-offs are addicting.
  16. Go on a cruise: If you already have a passport, awesome! If not, apply for one. A cruise is always a great way to celebrate!
  17. Thank your parents: They kept you alive long enough for you to make it to adulthood, and that alone deserves a big thanks!
  18. Vote: This is necessary. Do your research, cast your vote, and let your big 18-year-old voice be heard! It matters now.

Have a Happy Birthday!

So start your day early and do as many of these fun things as you can. I challenge you to go right down this list and see how far you can get. Sure, some of them might not be possible to do on the day of your birthday, but many of them are. It would be an epic 18th birthday, indeed.


Jayden on January 17, 2020:

These comments are moronic, barely any of this stuff is reckless. They even say "Book a hotel but don't trash the place." If a person has enough money to do something on their birthday, they have every right to do so.

Renee on January 04, 2020:

This list is for losers; get a real life

Sharon on December 18, 2019:

just because he/she is now an adult that does'nt mean he should be reckless

Redarts on November 30, 2019:

I agree with lcaurus below. This list includes some bad advice. Just because a person turns 18 doesn't mean they are actually emotionally, mentally or financially mature to do all of things on this list. Age is after all, only a number. . . . . .

Icarus on May 09, 2019:

This looks like a guide to making bad decisions full time.

Carla on September 17, 2018:

I have 0 idea what to do for my birthday any ideas?