130+ Things You Can Do When You Turn 18

Completing 18 years is a special milestone for anyone. There are so many exciting things you can do at 18. For starters, you get to experience the world of grownups. You can keep living an adolescent’s life while enjoying additional privileges. Even though you may not be allowed to do everything an adult does right away, this age will undoubtedly prepare you for what comes next. After you turn 18, your life experiences will mold you into a more mature person to make better decisions for yourself. Keep reading our post to know what exciting things you can do. However, choose your adventures wisely!

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Things You Can Do When You Turn 18

Welcome to the world of adults. But what can you do when you turn 18? Here are some of the interesting and important things an 18-year-old is eligible to do.

  1. Donate blood
At 18 years, you are eligible to donate blood

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  1. Move out of the family home to be independent
  2. Join the military service
  3. Buy a pet for yourself
  1. Work at a bar
  2. Pawn your personal belongings
  3. Work for an additional number of hours
  4. Apply for a license to drive a truck
protip_icon Do remember
The age limit for acquiring a driving license varies for each state, but 18 years is the upper end of the age range in all states. So, this is the year you drive your first car or truck.
  1. Drive a cab
  2. Get a job during the school year
  3. Register as an organ donor
  4. Sign a contract
  5. Write your own will
  6. Avail medical care without a guardian
  7. Drive all night
  8. Purchase spray paint
  9. Buy a meat slicer
  10. Get voluntarily vaccinated
  11. Apply to see your original birth certificate (for those who are adopted)
  12. Run for state office (in certain states only)
  13. Go to college or sign yourself out of high school

You can follow your passion and pursue a degree in a subject you really love. Carson Teagarden, a fitness YouTuber who turned 18 in 2022, aspires to be a full-time creator. In order to achieve his dream, he says, “I want to learn more about fitness and get a Personal Training degree. Over the years, I have failed and have gotten hurt many times. If I had the knowledge, then I wouldn’t have failed so much in my fitness journey (i).”

  1. Cast vote
Cast your vote at 18

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  1. Open a bank account
  2. Get a credit card
  1. Buy or rent a car
  2. Buy a house
  3. Sue or get sued
  4. Lease an apartment
  5. File a legal suit
  6. Apply for a change of name
  7. Invest in the stock market
  8. Get a loan from a bank
  9. Open a PayPal account
  10. Serve as a jury member in federal court
  11. Sign a check
  12. Buy medicines
  13. Seek treatment at the ER by yourself
  14. Visit a casino and gamble (some tribal casinos only)
  15. Buy and consume tobacco products
  16. Get a driver’s license
  17. Access medical records
  18. Attend adult classes and workshops
  19. Volunteer
  20. Start a savings account
  21. Start looking at colleges
  22. Start your own business
  23. Apply as an intern at different companies
  24. Drop out of college
  25. Adopt a child
  26. Apply for a mortgage
  27. Get a ten-year passport
  28. Call service providers to upkeep house
  29. Become a notary public
  30. File for bankruptcy
  31. Buy a gun
  32. Get a pilot’s license
  33. Study abroad for a semester
  34. Consent to sex with another adult
  35. Buy sex toys
  36. Apply for higher qualifying jobs
  37. Take up responsibility to keep your personal documents safe
  38. Choose a new religion
  39. Donate to a local charity
  40. Apply for a gym membership
  41. Ride a horse
  42. Cut your hair
  43. Apply for government funding and benefits
  44. Set up an account for private pension
  45. Work as a freelancer
  46. Be a living donor
  47. Participate in medical research and studies
  48. Join organizations
  49. Join a political party
  50. Get a divorce
  51. Open a PayPal account
  52. Get insurance for yourself and your property

Fun Things To Do When You Turn 18

The list of what you can do at 18 is long and diverse. You do not have to restrict your ideas of having fun, as turning 18 opens the doors to several opportunities.

  1. Buy lottery tickets
  2. Get a tattoo
You can get a tattoo after turning18

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  1. Go skydiving
  2. Get married
  3. Book a hotel room
  4. Get a piercing
  5. Travel alone
  6. Work in other countries
  7. Be a realtor
  8. Watch R-rated movies
  9. Buy alcohol or drink responsibly in countries where 18 is the legal drinking age
  10. Do bungee-jumping
  11. Go to a concert
  12. Learn to code
  13. Buy fireworks
  14. Visit a club
  15. Book an Airbnb
  16. Apply for a license to ride a motorbike above 125 cc
  17. Start a YouTube channel
protip_icon Point to consider
If you long to share your expertise on a subject or show off your creativity, you can do it on YouTube without adult supervision.
  1. Get yourself a Costco card
You can get a Costco card at 18

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  1. Self-publish your own book
  2. Use a Lime or Bird ride-sharing scooter
  3. Book a cruise
  4. Go to a festival alone
  5. Take a flight alone
  6. Try adventure sports
  7. Participate in automobile races
  8. Throw a birthday bash
  9. Travel to a foreign country
  10. Attend a concert or festival
  11. Take a road trip
  12. Visit an amusement park
  13. Try a new hobby
  14. Start a bucket list
  15. Host a movie marathon
  16. Plan a fancy dinner
  17. Learn to mix cocktails
  18. Go to a comedy show
  19. Go hiking or camping
  20. Go to a sporting event
  21. Take a dance class
  22. Go ice skating or rollerblading
  23. Play lazer tag or go bowling
  24. Go to a karaoke bar
  25. Enter an adults-only store
  26. Bet on a racehorse
  27. Stay out all night
  28. Visit a strip club
  29. Host a house party
  30. Get a massage
  31. Drink internationally
  32. Link your property to Airbnb and host someone
  33. Take part in TV quiz shows
  34. Apply for a fishing license
  35. Put out your original music online

Points To Remember As A Responsible 18-Year-Old

If you have turned 18, you must be thrilled to enter a new and exciting phase of your life. To enjoy this phase, you have to be a responsible adult and use your newfound freedom in the right way. Here are some points you need to remember as a new adult.

  1. The first thing to keep in mind is that you are now legally responsible for every action of yours. If you violate a law, you will be liable to be tried as an adult and even land in jail.
  1. You will now have to pay taxes based on your income, state of residence, and other factors. You will also have to file tax returns every year dutifully.
  1. If you are a boy, you have to register with the National Selective Service within a month of turning 18. Failing to do so can incur you a fine of $250,000 or five years in prison (1).
At 18 years, boys have to register with the National Selective Service

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  1. You are fully responsible for any legal document that you sign. If you breach a contract, you can be charged as an adult in a court of law.
  1. Lastly, you need to update yourself and be aware of different state laws as what is legal in one state can be illegal in another.

Turning 18 is not always a joyful celebration for many. Some teens find it hard to swallow the harsh reality of turning 18 and the responsibilities that come with it. Zaida Ramos, a Portuguese business student, expresses this sentiment beautifully. She says, “On one hand, I am excited about turning 18 because I feel like my life is about to change and more things are about to happen quickly. I will enter college soon and start living a more independent life. On the other hand, this is a milestone I did not want to reach yet. It makes me feel like life until now has passed really quickly. College years will go by in a blink of an eye and then time will fly when I start working in a real job. I am afraid of having trouble achieving all my life aspirations and goals and not having enough time or opportunities to do all I want to do (ii).”

Nevertheless, it is important to remember that life is too short to worry about trivial matters. What you can do is live each day to the fullest and have a positive attitude towards all things in life.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Why is turning 18 so essential?

The 18th birthday is an important milestone as it opens doors to many new responsibilities, privileges, and opportunities. The decisions you make after gaining this freedom play an essential role in determining the course of your life.

2. Why did 18 become the age of adulthood?

The age of 21 as an entry to adulthood was changed to 18 during the Vietnam war. Because 18 was considered a suitable age for men to be drafted into wars, many demanded 18 to be the right age for granting voting rights. Moreover, after the age of 21 was initially set, there were plenty of advancements in public education; therefore, most countries decided on 18 as the age of adulthood.

3. Can my parents control me at 18?

In the eyes of the law, you are an adult the moment you turn 18. Since you are a young adult, you can make your own decisions. However, you are new to this phase and may need your parents’ help in different ways. If they are trying to suggest or restrict you, it is for your good and doesn’t mean they are controlling you.

4. Can I leave home when I’m 18 without my parents’ consent?

A young adult can legally leave home without their parent’s permission. However, it is better if you inform your parents, so they are not worried.

5. Can my parents check my phone at 18?

Ideally, your parents should not check your phone when you are an adult as you seek privacy, and might not be comfortable sharing your stuff with them.

Turning 18 is certainly a moment to commemorate since you are now officially old enough to engage in many activities. From opening a bank account and buying a car to running for state office, the things you can do at 18 seem endless. However, this newfound freedom comes with many responsibilities. For example, you are now completely responsible for any legal document you sign and owe income taxes to the state. Therefore, finding the right balance between freedom and restraint is key to ensuring your first step into adulthood.

Infographic: A Few Words Of Advice For The 18-year-olds

You’re finally 18 and practically an adult. You must have planned a lot of exciting things to do for this day and the years ahead. There may also be new responsibilities your elders have told you about. These mixed emotions can be overwhelming. So here are a few words of comfort and advice to ease the transition.

advice for the 18 year olds (infographic)

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Key Pointers

  • Understand what you can do and what you cannot when you are 18.
  • Enjoy life yet be responsible and be a good samaritan.

Personal Experience: Sources

i. I’m finally 18 years old;
https://youtu.be/4Wy2kn4l9ls?feature=shared
ii. On turning 18;
https://allibreathe.wordpress.com/2015/03/21/on-turning-18/

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1. Benefits & Repercussions; Selective Service System

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