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You have to adapt and adjust to rural life. These tips will help you, with some practical and mental based ideas. Much of rural living is about mental attitude, having to adjust to the mindset of a rural resident, can be as difficult as having to adjust to the practical aspects.
Try out some of these tips and see if you can make your rural transition a little easier. So get stuck into your new outdoor life, with security and uninvited guests taken care of in the takeout wasteland of your new life.
1 Get Stuck In
Get used to dirt. It gets everywhere, and mud is worse, it sticks to you. Gardening, animals and even walking to the local store can involve getting muddy. Learn to like it.
If you are preparing to move to a rural location or are already in one get your hands dirty as often as you can. Go barefoot in the dirt, stream or muddy patch. The sooner you learn to accept dirt is going to be part of your life, the sooner it can become therapeutic.
2 This Means Local Community As Well
Getting stuck in with your local community is a great way to adjust to rural living. Not only do you get to know the neighbors that you may later have to rely on, but you also show a willingness to be involved. Rural communities can be very tight-nit, and as we mentioned in this article they can feel unwelcome to strangers.
By getting involved with local events, meetings, clubs, and other community gatherings, you become part of the community faster. this can also help with the feeling of isolation many who first move to a rural area can feel.
Over half of your life many now are outdoors, you need to prepare for that. In this article we discussed dressing appropriately. Your clothing choices are a key factor in being both safe and comfortable in your new life. Layering has to be suitable for your climate and season.
Also, think about other aspects of spending so much time outdoors. Food, Water, and coffee may need a little extra thought each day if you know you are going to not be close to your house for extended periods. Toilet breaks can also catch out the unprepared so plan for how to handle these too.
Always plan to have access to twice as much water as you think you need
Wearing the right clothing is one of the ways you can help yourself adjust to rural living. Extended time outdoors is far more pleasant and enjoyable if you are comfortable. Layering is a great way to plan for multiple weather possibilities.
Depending on the climate and season you are in good quality waterproofs may be essential items to have with you. More arid areas cool breathable clothing may be your main concern. In any area, the sun can be a potential hazard so hats, sunglasses and suncream are always a good idea.
In a rural area services such as fire and police can be some distance away. Not only do you have to think about keeping your property secure. Many people will think about burglar alarms, secure locks, and security cameras or lights. But what about fire? This is an area that is often overlooked.
Good smoke alarms are essential, you need more than one. Place smoke alarms anywhere that you think has the potential to house a fire hazard. Shed, garage, and workshop are often places that are overlooked as potential locations for a fire to start.
Fire extinguishers in these locations are also essential. Make sure they are all tested and have working batteries where required.
Make certain you have all the details of your utilities in a secure easy to access location. Also make sure you have a plan to deal with if they stop working. Power lines can often be damaged by storms, so a backup generator may be a wise investment. As is keeping some good quality portable lighting close to hand.
Make certain that you have enough fuel or batteries and to keep a regular maintenance schedule on any items that need one (most things). Also make a list and plan for regular checks and maintenance on things such as fuel storage ie propane, and septic tank systems if you have one.
This can also include having enough firewood and fire lighting sources. Water is also a crucial system to have in this plan
7 Uninvited Guests
The little furry kinds and the multiple leg varieties, not the human ones. Rodents love warm cozy houses, especially when there are lots of enticing smells and titbits of food available. Make sure you have secure ways of storing food and keep a constant eye out for signs of rodent activity. You will find some. There are lots of them in cities, and many more in rural areas. You have a choice to learn to live with them and find ways to minimize the damage they can cause, or look at traps, chemicals or other means of deterrent.
Insect infestations can be far worse. Wasp nests are best dealt with by professional means. Woodworm and termites can cause huge structural damage so being vigilant for signs of activity and rapid treatment is the best option.
8 Invited guests
Invite your neighbors over as soon as you are comfortable with it. The sooner the better, they will all be curious about the new people in their community. A small social event is a great way to start introducing yourself to them.
It is also a great way to start to build your network of support. Many may have information and advice about your new home. Historical facts, known issues, and things that worked for the last owners can all be learned in an open and friendly way.
Neighbors in rural communities want to help, and this is a great way to adjust to rural living from the start.
9 Takeout Wasteland
One of the hardest things for a lot of people moving from an urban to a rural area is the lack of takeout. Cities sometimes appear to have a fast-food offering on every corner, with restaurants between them. In a Rural area, the nearest restaurant or cafe could be a two hour drive away.
Pizza delivery will possibly be none existent. You have to prepare for this mentally. It can be quite a shock to the system when you realize you cannot order a pizza as a quick meal option after working all day. The last tip offers a way to deal with this is a great way.
10 Build a pizza oven and grill outside as soon as you can.
One of the greatest perks of rural living and the best way to adjust to it is al fresco dining.
There is something almost primal about cooking and eating outdoors. Food tastes better, and the entire experience can be far more relaxing than cooking in the kitchen. Take any opportunity you can to both cook and eat outside.
Building a pizza oven and grill can not only be a great way to learn some basic construction skills, but it will also give you a new focal point to your life. once you have completed your pizza oven it is a great opportunity to follow tip 8 and invite your new local community over
These tips are just some of the basic ways you can start adjusting to rural living. Time is the greatest way to adjust. The longer you live in a rural environment the more you become part of it.
So with some simple planning for security and utilities, dealing with both invited and uninvited guests. Getting stuck in with local communities and takeout alternatives you will find yourself adjusting to rural living in no time
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