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10 Things Wives Can Do When Their Husbands Are Out of Town

Updated on March 19, 2018
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Karen Hellier is a freelance writer and eBay entrepreneur. She lives happily in the mountains of North Georgia with her husband and her dog.


In case you thought that this article will be about how to be naughty when your husband isn’t around, I am sorry to disappoint you. This is for wives who are left behind when their husbands have to travel without them for work. Although you may miss him, it’s best to keep busy and that way you won’t have to dwell on the missing him part so much. Here are ten suggestions that will help the time go by quicker till you can be with your sweetheart again

1) Have a girl’s night out. If you usually have a busy schedule with not much time to yourself, now’s the time to get together with those friends you haven’t seen in awhile. Make plans to go to breakfast, lunch or dinner with a group of friends, or maybe just one friend. Being with close friends is a good chance to experience a special kind of bonding woman to woman that we often don’t have time to do because of busy schedules that include spending time with husbands.

2) Have a girl’s night in. If you are short on funds, invite your girlfriend’s over instead of going out. Chip in for a pizza, have a bottle of wine or Pepsi and get a chance to relax and catch up on everyone’s lives.

3) Have a crafting day or evening. Do you always wish you had more time to work on crafts? Spend a day with your crafting materials all spread out around you and this is one time you won’t have to worry about picking everything up in an hour or two. If you are fortunate enough to be able to do this on a Saturday you can maybe keep your crafting supplies set up on the dining room table, or in the TV room overnight and have the whole weekend to work on it.

4) Sleep late. If you love to sleep late, but hubby’s up and at ‘em at dawn and unintentionally wakes you up earlier than you would like to be woken up, now’s your chance to enjoy the quiet and sleep in.

5) Have a pampering night. This is the perfect time to take that relaxing bubble bath, do your nails, dye your hair, use that facial mask, etc. without anyone needing to come in to use the bathroom, or knock on the door and ask where the batteries are.

6) Eat all your favorite foods without having to take anyone else’s likes and dislikes into consideration. If you love mushroom pizza, but he will only eat plain or pepperoni, now’s your chance to have it for dinner, and have the leftovers all to yourself the next day.

7) Watch all of your favorite TV shows…back to back. Do you love reality TV and he’s more of a sports or news fan? Do you love, “Say Yes to the Dress, ” and he rolls his eyes and asks you to watch Bill O’Reilly with him? While he’s away, enjoy some marathons of your favorite TV shows. Or rent some chick flicks to watch, nd you won’t even have to feel silly when the tears start rolling down your cheeks. No one will be there to see them except maybe your dog, and the dog won’t tell! You can even combine this with number 3 so you can craft WHILE watching all your favorite chick flicks.

8) Sleep in the middle of the bed! You won't have to worry about waking anyone else up, or pushing him out of bed by sleeping too close if you're the only one in it. Park yourself in the middle and enjoy.

9) Spend as much time as you want on the computer. Do you love Facebook but don’t have time to sit around chatting with friends online when hubby’s home? Do you enjoy playing computer games that he thinks are silly. Take advantage of this time you have to yourself and spend a few extra blissful hours surfing the net or playing games.

10) Write your husband a love letter and leave it in a place he’s bound to find it when he returns. Tell him how much you missed him, and mention some things that reminded you of him while he was away. Or you could also write some love notes and hide them around the house. When he does get home and finds them, he will know just how much you missed him and it will make him feel loved and appreciated.

If you have children, you may have to do some of these at night after they go to bed, or get a relative or babysitter to help you out. The important thing is to keep busy and do things that interest you, so you don’t miss your husband too much. Or can appreciate him that much more when he comes home after getting rested and relaxed while he's away.

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    • Karen Hellier profile imageAUTHOR

      Karen Hellier 

      6 years ago from Georgia

      Virginia Allain

      Sorry to hear that! Once in a while it's nice and adds a little variety to life.

    • Virginia Allain profile image

      Virginia Allain 

      6 years ago from Central Florida

      Great topic. Since we're retired, I seldom have time all to my self. It's a luxury when it happens.

    • Karen Hellier profile imageAUTHOR

      Karen Hellier 

      7 years ago from Georgia


      Aw, thanks for leaving that comment. It really works to make my husband feel loved when he finds the letter or notes!

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      JP Carlos 

      7 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

      I think #10 is really sweet. :)

    • Karen Hellier profile imageAUTHOR

      Karen Hellier 

      8 years ago from Georgia

      Deborah Brooks,

      I know what you mean about missing him. The other stuff fills in till he gets back...and then we have a nice reunion ( wink wink) and tell each other about all we did when we were apart!

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 

      8 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      great hub.. thank you.. love to be on the computer and write and sleep in the middle of the bed and go to the spa.. still miss the rascal though..lo

      'nice to meet you.. blessings on this Mothers Day


    • TCurtis Moore profile image

      TCurtis Moore 

      8 years ago

      It worked out both ways. She worked during the day and I worked nights. No baby sitters. Try to sleeping when they are awake. They slept when she did, but it all worked out.

    • Karen Hellier profile imageAUTHOR

      Karen Hellier 

      8 years ago from Georgia

      Wow TCurtisMoore,

      5 kids must have kept her quite busy. She must have been exhausted by the time you returned!

    • TCurtis Moore profile image

      TCurtis Moore 

      8 years ago

      When this situation would happen in my marriage. I would give my wife tips. Like do something with the kids that you wouldn't have done through the week. One reason is because we never had a babysitter. This kept things from being like a normal week day. Sometimes we would arrange for the kids to stay at their friends homes, and she would spend time with a friend or one of the kids that couldn't stay over. We have 5 children. If you stay busy it's not as bad.

    • Karen Hellier profile imageAUTHOR

      Karen Hellier 

      8 years ago from Georgia


      Ha're so right that I do have experience with this, unfortunately!!! Hopefully it will give them some alternatives that they had never thought of. Thank you very much for your insightful comment!

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      Mary Craig 

      8 years ago from New York

      Written by a woman who has experience! Beautifully done with lots of good suggestions. Some women can go wild when left alone so your suggestions might be just the thing to reign them in ;)

      Voted up, useful, and interesting.

    • Karen Hellier profile imageAUTHOR

      Karen Hellier 

      8 years ago from Georgia

      Kevin Peter,

      Aw, thanks for saying you loved the hub. That was nice to hear. Yes, planning a date night as a surprise when he comes back is a great way to show off the changes too. Fun for both husband and wife!

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      Kevin Peter 

      8 years ago from Global Citizen

      Nice ideas. I loved the pampering night ideas. It is both useful and gives much self confidence. Once your husband is back he would be surprised at the changes in you. I loved the hub.

    • Karen Hellier profile imageAUTHOR

      Karen Hellier 

      8 years ago from Georgia


      Number 8 came to me this morning as my husband has been away all week, and I found myself waking up in the middle of the bed. It was quite comfortable indeed!

    • Karen Hellier profile imageAUTHOR

      Karen Hellier 

      8 years ago from Georgia


      Well, this hub would fit for a boyfriend as well. Thanks for sharing.

    • Karen Hellier profile imageAUTHOR

      Karen Hellier 

      8 years ago from Georgia

      Seafarer Mama,

      Oooh, what a good idea for the return. Hope you don't mind if I borrow it???

    • Karen Hellier profile imageAUTHOR

      Karen Hellier 

      8 years ago from Georgia


      My hubby has been gone all week...hence the ideas for this hub! LOL. We haven't been married all that long so right now I would prefer to go with him, but I do so enjoy it when he comes home from the trips I can't go on.

    • Karen Hellier profile imageAUTHOR

      Karen Hellier 

      8 years ago from Georgia


      I'm sure many a wife would agree with you on this comment.

    • Karen Hellier profile imageAUTHOR

      Karen Hellier 

      8 years ago from Georgia

      Gosh, those food issues have got to be challenging for you. Thanks for the votes and the sharing. And I am with you on the 25 hubs. My husband is away this week. Have you noticed I have been publishing more hubs this week??? LOL...we have the same idea!

    • Karen Hellier profile imageAUTHOR

      Karen Hellier 

      8 years ago from Georgia


      Yes, I have a lot of choices and can only do so many when my husband is away. But he travels a lot without me so what I don't get to one time, I can get to the next time. I would rather have him home though, or be able to go with him which I am starting to do more and more.

    • FlourishAnyway profile image


      8 years ago from USA

      Great list! Usually my only problem is choosing which activity. Everyone needs a little time to themselves to regroup.

    • hawaiianodysseus profile image

      Hawaiian Odysseus 

      8 years ago from Southeast Washington state

      Very cool, Karen, as Dave Ramsey would say! I like your ideas. I'm a closet omnivore in a vegetarian, no gluten household, so I would go bananas getting a bucket of chicken and soda pop and watching Hannibal and Bates Motel and all the reality shows having to do with lockers and auctions. Then again, I might just tap out 25 hubs. LOL! Voted up and across and shared!


    • Perpeptua profile image


      8 years ago

      Certainly watch tv programmes whilst he doesn't hog the remote control

    • Jane51 profile image


      8 years ago from Uk

      My hubby has just left and I am looking forward to doing lots of the things on your list. I have got used to him being away on business and I actually enjoy the time he is away and look forward to him coming back! I can so relate to this hub Thanks!

    • Seafarer Mama profile image

      Karen A Szklany 

      8 years ago from New England

      Fun hub. There's lots for me to do when he's away, and more time to enjoy the longer days of summer on our front porch, and we usually watch a steamy movie together when he returns. :0)

    • Kathryn Stratford profile image


      8 years ago from Windsor, Connecticut

      I'm not married at the moment, but these are some very good ideas for things to do when hubby is out of town! I love being around my boyfriend, but when he is gone, it is nice to do things to enjoy my time alone. There are so many things to do to occupy yourself when you're alone.

      I'm sharing this!

    • rose-the planner profile image

      rose-the planner 

      8 years ago from Toronto, Ontario-Canada

      Once again, a great hub! I especially liked #8 sleeping in the middle of the bed, lol. Thanks for sharing.


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