This is what happens when you and your friends separate: Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF nbc.com For even five minutes. Here's how to make the most of your time apart. 1. Set a specific time every week for Snapchat updates. View this image on Imgur No matter where you are or what you're doing at 9pm Thursday night, you take a pic. 2. Use Rabbit to watch ~your stories~ at the same time. rabb.it / Via lifehacker.com You can even live chat while doing it! 3. Use a countdown jar to keep track of the days before you see each other. woojr.com For bonus points, use a delicious treat. Find out more here. 4. Celebrating a new job or birthday? Send a little packet of confetti to throw in the air. catbirdnyc.com Get this assortment at Catbird. 5. Use a site like wavelength.fm to listen to the same music together. wavelength.fm 500 mile apart dance party? It's happening. 6. Set aside #throwbackThursdays for actual letter or postcard-writing time. etsy.com While actual post still exists. Get these adorable cards on Etsy.Bonus: postcard stamps only cost 35 cents! 7. Surf the web together using Same Surf. samesurf.com So you can plan your "accidentally" matching fall outfits. 8. Go head-to-head on any Sporcle quiz by hitting the "challenge" button. sporcle.com Like this "Can you name the costume each cat is dressed up as?" quiz. 9. Start a book club over Skype or Google Hangouts as an excuse to talk every week. View this photo on Instagram instagram.com Or as an excuse to drink wine. 10. Make matching state mugs for impromptu coffee dates. snhblog.com Learn how to make them here. 11. Send creative care packages filled with goodies and (printed!) photos. View this photo on Instagram instagram.com 12. Send a postcard pillow as a you substitute for cuddle times. etsy.com Check this one out on Etsy. 13. Use Miranda to get organized with friends who live in different time zones. miranda-app.com It'll even show you where it's day and night. 14. Try the app Glympse to send your location to buds. glympse.com It's also a great way to make sure your friends get home safely! 15. Turn major food events into a reason to chat. View this photo on Instagram instagram.com The unveiling of the s'mores frappuccino is no joke, guys. 16. Plan meet-up spots exactly half way between the two of you. View this photo on Instagram instagram.com The weirder, the better. #ROADTRIP 17. Or you can buy a pair of pants that magically fits and send them back and forth to each other. Warner Bros. As only the best friends do. And [as always], Skype, call, and obsessively like each other's Instagrams. Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Warner Bros. Television Distribution Cuz that's how we do.