The Ultimate Geek Bucket List: 50 Things to Do Before You Die

November 21, 2022 by Martyna Stachowiak in News, Pop Culture


Part to-do list, part flight of fancy, but 100% geek-approved, here are 50 things any true geek should do, see, or experience in their lifetime.

OK, so you are a self-proclaimed geek and want to make the most of your life before you shuffle off this mortal coil and onto the next (Valhalla, anyone?). Or maybe you want to have some fun and do something truly memorable that will live on in the annals of geekdom forever. Whichever it is, we’ve compiled a list of 50 awesome things to tick off while you’re still around. From visiting science-fiction conventions and building robots to having STAY GEEK tattooed on your knuckles — these are 50 must-do items for geeks of all stripes and fandoms. PS feel free to throw your suggestions in the comments—we may just add them for posterity!

1. Become an expert in something random, like taxidermy or Slavic languages.

Slavic Pagan Gods Poster by Psychonautica
Slavic Pagan Gods Poster by Psychonautica

2. Convert a non-geek to your fandom of choice.

3. Finish coding that one project you’ve been working on for years and keep forgetting about.

4. Read all the sci-fi classics.

Neuromancer Poster by Design Turnpike
Neuromancer Poster by Design Turnpike

5. Create a podcast/Youtube channel/blog about your geeky obsessions and turn it into a successful business.

6. Dress up as your favorite character and go to a con. While there, only speak in character quotes.

7. Organize a high-tech scavenger hunt with friends.

Geocacher Geocache Posters by FavoritePlates 
Geocacher Geocache Posters by FavoritePlates 

8. Memorize the first 1,000 digits of pi and recite them at your local Pi Day celebration (March 14, you’re very welcome).

9. Have your blood tested for midi-chlorians, and refuse to believe the results.

Do You Have The Force? Poster via Star Wars Official Brand Shop
Do You Have The Force? Poster via Star Wars Official Brand Shop

10. Become a speedcuber.

11. Level to max in Dark Souls. Subsequently, tell others to git gud or die trying.

GAMEPAD WIZARD Poster by StonerPlates
GAMEPAD WIZARD Poster by StonerPlates

12. Visit the Large Hadron Collider.

13. Create your own board game.

Meeple Poster by Valentina Fabbri
Meeple Poster by Valentina Fabbri

14. Join your local chapter of the 501st Legion.

Freeze You Rebel Scum Poster via Star Wars Official Brand Shop
Freeze You Rebel Scum Poster via Star Wars Official Brand Shop

15. Go on a LARPing adventure in the woods.

16. Watch a meteor shower. If kryptonite is involved, run.

Meteor Shower Poster by Tobias Fonseca 
Meteor Shower Poster by Tobias Fonseca 

17. Appear as an extra in your favorite geeky TV show.

18. Sneak into Area 51 and live to tell the tale.

Alien Area 51 Poster by Simon Darren
Alien Area 51 Poster by Simon Darren 

19. Build your own robot. Then enter it into BattleBots, and watch it start a robot uprising.

Robot Invasion Poster by StonerPlates
Robot Invasion Poster by StonerPlates

20. Get a geeky tattoo, real or fake.

21. Dress as your favorite anime character and attend a cosplay rave.

Anime Manga Otaku Kawaii Poster by Sebastian Wünsche
Anime Manga Otaku Kawaii Poster by Sebastian Wünsche

22. Start a Displate collection.

23. Go to an MLG Tournament.

Stay Tactical Poster via Call of Duty Official Brand Shop
Stay Tactical Poster via Call of Duty Official Brand Shop

24. Figure out what Lost was actually about. Twin Peaks, too, while you’re at it.

25. Write your own D&D campaign. Make it so good it will make Critical Role look like child’s play.

You Can Certainly Poster by Dungeon Arsenal
You Can Certainly Poster by Dungeon Arsenal

26. Duel someone with lightsabers (if you run out of kyber crystal, just hit each other with pool noodles).

27. Start a petition to add an emoji of your favorite comic book character.

28. Play through all the side quests in your favorite open-world adventure game. 

IM Doing Side Quests Poster created by Mooon
IM Doing Side Quests Poster created by Mooon

29. Witness a rocket taking off. Bonus points if you’re flying it. 

30. Learn to speak Klingon.

Klingon Warship Poster via Star Trek Official Brand Shop
Klingon Warship Poster via Star Trek Official Brand Shop

31. Or Vulcan. Whichever gets you further in life.

Star Trek Minimalistic Poster via Star Trek Official Brand Shop 
Star Trek Minimalistic Poster via Star Trek Official Brand Shop 

32. Compete in a cosplay contest.

33. Have a movie marathon of all the films in your favorite franchise. Consequently, achieve outstanding bliss and/or exhaustion.

THE PURRINATOR Poster by StonerPlates
THE PURRINATOR Poster by StonerPlates

34. Check off all the Smithsonians.

Golden Ratio Movement Poster by taps lawrence 
Golden Ratio Movement Poster by taps lawrence 

35. Build your own personal geek cave.

Room Geek Poster by Lucas Galan
Room Geek Poster by Lucas Galan

36. Take a trip to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and pretend you are a wizard for a day.

Wizard Temple Poster by Getsousa Graphics in Print

37. Write a novel and release it online.

Types Of Books Poster by Valentina Fabbri
Types Of Books Poster by Valentina Fabbri 

38. Crochet a dragon egg (or a clutch if you’re feeling ambitious).

39. Attend a midnight screening of The Rocky Horror Picture Show (in costume, of course!).

40. Learn how to draw your favorite manga character.

La Lune Poster by Cherriuki
La Lune Poster by Cherriuki

41. Win an argument with a significant other using only Star Wars quotes.

Rule The Galaxy Poster
Rule The Galaxy Poster via Star Wars Official Brand Shop

42. Beat all the Cuphead bosses on hard mode.

Victory Poster via Cuphead Official Brand Shop
Victory Poster via Cuphead Official Brand Shop

43. Make a pilgrimage to Bletchley Park.

44. Start a book club for your favorite sci-fi/fantasy series.

45. Design and 3D print your own action figure.

Action Figure Poster via Marvel Official Brand Shop
Action Figure Poster via Marvel Official Brand Shop

46. Get at least one cyberware implant.

Mantis Blade Poster via Cyberpunk 2077 Official Brand Shop
Mantis Blade Poster via Cyberpunk 2077 Official Brand Shop

47. Go on the LOTR Hobbiton tour in New Zealand.

Matamata Poster by Fariedsfth
Matamata Poster by Fariedsfth

48. Brew your own butterbeer.

49. Get retweeted by your favorite geek celebrity.

Twitter Poster by Mvirsy
Twitter Poster by Mvirsy

50. Take a tour of NASA.

Formal NASA Poster via Nasa Official Brand Shop
Formal NASA Poster via Nasa Official Brand Shop

Over to You!

What are you passionate about? Whether it’s superheroes, tech gadgets, robotics, or anything else in the realm of geekdom, it’s worth having a bucket list of experiences and accomplishments to strive for. We hope you have fun ticking yours off! And if owning a Displate or two (who are we kidding, Displates are collectible!) helps you get there, make sure to check out our ever-growing catalog of geeky wall art to hang in your home. Happy bucket-listing!

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