13 Things 18-Year-Olds Should Start Doing Now That'll Benefit Them Later In Life

What would you add to the list?

Becoming a full-fledged adult can be overwhelming, but with a little planning and foresight you may be able to able to navigate it better than most. Developing good habits early on ensures you'll be better prepared to deal with obstacles when they come your way — if they ever do at all. 

Early adulthood is a great time to experiment, try new things, and make mistakes. But it's also an excellent time to start investing in future you. 


So, what things should you start to do? 

Reddit user sapjastuff recently took to the social media site to find out by asking, "What are some things you would recommend an 18 year old start doing now that will benefit them on later in life?" The post has more than 3,800 responses in just a single day. From learning important life skills to practicing self-care, the thread is filled with excellent advice for all young adults to take to heart. 

Below are a few of our favorite responses. 

1. Practice self-discipline.

2. Take care of your body.

3. Make fake "car payments" to yourself to save up.

4. Nurture your friendships.

5. Start getting together the stuff you'll need when you live on your own.

6. Practice good dental hygiene.

7. Learn to cook.

8. "Wear sunscreen and moisturize."

9. Start building good credit.

10. Make time for your hobbies.

11. "Learn general car maintenance."

12. Start investing now.

13. Don't shy away from new experiences.

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