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This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at Cal Lutheran chapter.

With the summer of 2020 looking very different from what we all expected, we’ve all had to find other ways to safely spend time with our significant others and friend. While staying home is obviously the safest opinion, I have come up with just a few ideas for you to try out safely with your loved ones.


  • Drive in movies 

Drive in movies have definitely made a big come back! This has hand downs been my best find while being in quarantine. I feel it is super safe because you’re not getting out of your car and you’re not in contact with any one you did not come with. My new found love for drive in movies with most definitely be continuing even when things return to normal!


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  • Painting parties 

Even though creativity and art aren’t my personal strength I have found painting to be very therapeutic. This is probably the safest activity because it is incredibly easy to be more than six feet, be outside and to wear masks. It is something you can focus and get lost in which is perfect when things are closed and there is not much to do. My paintings of sunsets and birds are far from perfect but they were so much fun to make. 

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  • Park picnics 

Grabbing a few snacks or picking up a meal from your favorite local business and heading to a park or somewhere with lots of open space is an ideal lunch date. Going for dinner and watching the sunset is so peaceful. In uncertain times, I have found it helpful to really appreciate nature so sunset picnics have been extra special to me.


  • Beach hikes

During this time, getting some fresh air and sunshine has been my stress reliever. So I found myself go on lots of hikes. It’s the perfect combination of exercise and sight seeing. I am lucky enough to live in Southern California so the beach is not far. I got to explore all the hiking trails in the beautiful beach towns. I always felt safe because I rarely ran into other hikers but when I did we would keep our distance and put on our masks. I know not everyone is lucky enough to have a beach near them but that’s ok! You can still explore the hiking trials that are close to you. The point is to take a step back and get a breathe of fresh air. 


These are a few of the activities that I have felt safe doing with my loved ones. I hope these give you a few ideas to do with yours. 

Sophia Placencio

Cal Lutheran '22

Hi, my name Sophia Placencio and I am the HCCLU president! I am a senior at California Lutheran University majoring in Criminal Justice!