26 June 2024

From City Lights to Starry Nights: Preparing for Country Living

So, you’ve decided to swap the city smog for the country fog.

Welcome to the countryside! Here’s a guide to help you navigate this big move; some key points to consider, and how to make the most of your new rural adventure. 


Driving: Time and Bad Weather

Country living often means longer drives to work, school, and shopping. Bad weather can make rural roads tricky to navigate. But don’t forget; this also means you have lots of time to get caught up on your favourite music and podcasts!


Get a reliable car suited for rough weather.

Keep an emergency kit in your car.

Know alternative routes for when main roads are blocked.



Planning for Shopping and Errands

With fewer stores nearby, you might need to plan shopping trips carefully.


Get organized: know what you’ll need and when. Or, keep a list of items you run out of. 

Consider bulk buying if possible.

Plan ahead to do all your errands at once. 



Fewer Services

In rural areas, services like garbage pickup, mail delivery, and fire departments may be less frequent or farther away.


Look into your local waste disposal and recycling options.

Consider using a PO box for reliable mail delivery.

Equip your home with fire safety gear and have an emergency plan.



Preparing for Power Outages

Power outages can be more common, and if you have a well, no power means no running water.


Invest in a backup generator.

Stock up on bottled water and non-perishable foods, it can take longer to restore power in rural areas.

Keep a good supply of flashlights and extra batteries.



Changes for Kids

Kids might be further from friends and have fewer extracurricular options nearby.


Encourage participation in local clubs and activities.

Plan visits to friends in the city and host friends at home. Be prepared to do more driving. 

Explore new hobbies and outdoor activities.



Pets: More Freedom, More Risks

Dogs will love the space but might face more risks from wildlife and rough terrain.


Supervise pets outside. Coyotes, snakes, and adventure await. 

Regularly check for ticks, burrs and injuries.

Install a sturdy fence to keep pets safe.



Embracing the Change

Despite the challenges, country living offers many rewards. Here’s how to make the most of it:

Stay Connected: Use technology to keep in touch with friends and family.

Get Involved Locally: Attend local events, join clubs, and volunteer.

Enjoy the Outdoors: Enjoy time spent outside for physical and mental well-being.

Plan Ahead: Be proactive in planning for daily needs and emergencies.



Moving from the city to the country is a grand adventure that can bring tranquility and simplicity to your life. With a bit of preparation and an open mind, you can fully embrace the beauty and peace of rural living. It’s worth it!