It’s no secret that summer fun is going to look a little different this year. With the COVID-19 crisis making it unsafe to hang out with friends and family, go to concerts, or even visit the beach, it’s understandable to feel grief for the summer that would’ve been.
But the good news is that there are still summer activities you can do without breaking social distancing or self-quarantine rules. Here are a few ways you can safely soak up the sun this summer.
Go camping in your backyard
Some campsites across the U.S. have opened up, but if you’re worried about maintaining your distance from other people you can actually camp right in your own backyard. Many people like backyard camping because it’s not as time-consuming and you don’t need to worry about wild animals.
What’s more, with over 3 million cases of seasonal allergies a year in the US, you don’t need to guess whether your camping trip will activate an allergy attack. Just pitch a tent, snuggle up in your sleeping bag, and listen to those good ol’ crickets as you fall asleep.
Make s’mores in your kitchen
It’s true that nothing beats an old-fashioned summer bonfire. But if you’re not fortunate enough to have a fire pit in your backyard, you can still make a classic summer treat right in your own home: s’ mores. You can either heat up the marshmallows and chocolate in the microwave, in the oven , or even roast your marshmallows over your burner if you have a gas stove.
Send letters to friends
Can you remember the last time you sent a handwritten letter? Now that we’re staying inside more than ever, chances are you’re spending time online more than ever, too. Search engine and email use are the two most popular internet activities worldwide right now.
Consider taking a break from your screens to write to your friends and family on paper. Get crafty with it and have fun! Use stickers and other scrapbook materials you’ve been waiting for a special occasion to use. Your friends will be happy to get something in their mailbox that isn’t a cable bill.
Exchange summer gift boxes
If your friends or family members live further away from you, consider exchanging summer gift boxes that express what summer is like in your cities. Consumers typically spend an average of $1,700 annually, and gift boxes can be a great way for you to indulge in retail therapy with a sense of sentimentality.
For instance, if your city has a flower festival every summer that’s been canceled due to the pandemic, consider sending your friend a candle with that flower’s scent along with other festival goodies like cinnamon roasted almonds and kettle corn.
Have a water gunfight
Water guns are a great way to indulge in a classic summer activity without making actual contact with the people you’re playing with. You can even make makeshift goalposts along your yard to make sure you don’t come within six feet of each other. Just make sure that the water guns you use have some serious range.
Summer might not look the same during the COVID-19 crisis, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still have plenty of summer fun. Think of different ways you can participate in summer activities while maintaining social distancing or self-quarantining rules.