47 Ways to Stay Busy During A Military Deployment

Ways for an Army wife to stay busy during a military deployment.  #militarylife #armywife #deployment #militaryspouse #tips



Whether  your spouses military deployment is 3 months or 15 months, we all know time can go slowly. Staying busy is key during a military deployment.

I’ve always had at least one kid during my husbands deployment so that helped me stay busy. I know when you’re having a down day it’s hard to come up with ideas to lift your spirits or stay busy so here’s a list to remind you.


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Amazing Ways For  An Army Wife To Stay Busy During A Military Deployment

Start a DIY project around the house. It can be a craft or a home improvement project.

Take a trip to the bookstore or library and grab a good book to read.

Invite a friend or someone you would like to get to know better to grab some coffee.

Grown up coloring pages are amazing as time killers.

Go for a walk.

Plan your dream vacation for after the deployment. You don’t actually have to take the vacation, sometimes just planning it is fun.

Netflix!!! Find a series to binge watch.

Ways for an Army wife to stay busy during a military deployment.


Make a goals list for the deployment and get started.

Write your spouse a real handwritten letter.

Plan out crazy, fun care packages. Themed care packages are fun for you and your spouse.

Get a manicure or pedicure.



Invite a friend over for a spa day.

Organize your closet and sort out clothes you don’t need anymore.

Experiment with hair and makeup.

Start a blog

Connect with old friends on Facebook, email or phone.

Take all those photographs and put them in an album or scrapbook.

Take a nap. Seriously this almost always makes me feel better.

Find a new recipe you want to try and grab the ingredients.

Get involved with your FRG. These spouses are a great support.

If you have kids have a kids movie night with popcorn and candy. Make a comfy bed in front of the TV and snuggle.

Learn to knit or crochet.

Make a super awesome deployment playlist.

Learn to coupon

Go see a movie or if you have kids take them to a movie.

Bowling is a classic.


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Hit the mall, even if it’s just to walk around and watch people.

Repaint your bedroom.

Rearrange your living room.

Change out the pictures in your picture frames.

If you have a dog take them for a walk. It will tire them out and be relaxing for you.

Keep a journal.

Get some friends together and go to a wine and painting night.

Find a new restaurant that you’ve been wanting to try and go.

If you have kids, do a craft with them. Pinterest is full of easy crafts for kids of all ages.

No kids? Find a craft for yourself.


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Make a list of all the movies you remember watching when you were younger and watch them again.

Reorganize your house. Seriously my house needs to be organized every couple of days.

Depending on the weather, go lay by a pool. Sun in moderation is good for you.

Volunteer at an animal shelter. Get your puppy snuggles.

Bust out the roller blades and take them for a spin. (ok I was born in the 80’s)

Join a book club.

Host a craft night. Invite all your friends and create together.

Go to a yoga class.

Learn a new language.

Explore around town weather by yourself or with friends.

Do whatever makes you happy…


Ways for an Army wife to stay busy during a military deployment.  #militarylife #armywife #deployment #militaryspouse #tips

Hopefully this list is helpful. The main idea is to stay busy and connected. Time flies when your having fun and before you know it you’ll be getting ready for your spouse to come home.


Written by: Devon

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  1. Allyson Olivia | 3rd May 18

    Thanks for sharing these ideas. I definitely need to learn how to coupon ?
    I’ll keep these in mind for the future.

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