The dream of most people that live in the city is living in the woods, surrounded by nature. Because of the lifestyle and busy activities in the city such as traffic, crime, and the rat race, it is easy for someone to dream of a more serene and quiet life. This kind of life is very possible, but it will require a lot of sacrifices and proper planning.
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Forming a plan
1. Decide where and how you want to live
While planning you need to decide how deep into the wood you want to live. If you can take a short drive out of the urban sprawl, you can live in the wood and still enjoy the ambiance of the city.
You can still enjoy electricity in your place and use urban water. You can take a short drive to your place of work and still make a lot of money.
- With this kind of lifestyle, one is still tied to the system. This kind of life makes many people happy, while some still can’t find happiness in it. They want to totally move away from the city and move deep into the wood away from the city stress
- In North America, there are great places where you can stay in the wood in British Columbia, Montana, and the Pacific Northwest. While deciding where to stay in the wood, make sure you are near water. The location you choose depends on the kind of weather you want.
2. If you plan to live in the deeper part of the woods, you will need to plan your utilities.
Most of us take the convenience we have for granted. We can easily turn on our tap and water comes out. If you want to light up your house, just use the light switch. If it’s heat you want, the thermostat is there for you.
Paying for these things every month can be difficult and challenging, also installing solar panels is not something many people can afford. There is a cheap option which is the use of woods for heating, but the stress of cutting the wood and the time consumption are high. So you need to plan the utilities you will need, this will help you decide where you want to live.
- Do you want to live on the mountain or on the low land? Is the weather of the place okay throughout the year or there are fluctuations? Have you considered the rainfall and the possible hazards in the place? Have you looked into your work schedule?
3. Know the laws
Some areas you would like to live in might be owned publicly or privately. If you want to follow the legal process, you will have to buy a piece of land. There are some areas that allow seasonal camping, you can use the opportunity.
You can also decide to live with someone, though you might have some issues. You need to know the law of the area you are moving into.
4. Consider living in a community
If you really want to live in the deeper part of the woods, you will need a community. Not just to keep you sane, but to make it more feasible.
Moving very far away from the city often costs a lot of money – buying land, installing solar panels, digging a well, and acquiring construction materials. Staying in a community will keep you sane, even if it is just one person or two.
If you want areas that practice this, they include Dancing rabbit in Missouri, Twin Oaks in Virginia, Ecovillage in Arizona.
- If you are moving to the woods, make sure you don’t go alone. You might survive, but it is not a lifestyle anyone can endure for a long time. Human communication is needed to keep us sane.
5. Don’t burn your bridges
When you are planning to live in the woods, make sure you don’t cut connections with your people because you might need them later.
- Inform everyone that you care about and those that care about you of your plans. Explain to them why you are making the decision. Most of them might not buy the idea, but at least you have told them.
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Being Adequately Prepared
1. Give it a trial first
Before you permanently move to the woods, try out the lifestyle first, and see if you can cope.
- Earlier in this guide, we spoke about seasonal camping. This is the best opportunity to try it out, go there with your camping bed, tent, and fishing net. Find out how long you can stay happy with that kind of lifestyle and if you like it, come back to the city and prepare to go back.
2. Gather Supplies
If you are staying for a long period there, you need to take some basic things with you. Here are some things you need to carry along with you:
- Boots, long underwear, scarves, and hat
- Many tents and blanket
- Lantern, radio, whistle, and extra batteries
- First aid kit, drugs, antiseptics
You might also need some civilization amenities like:
- Camping stove
- Cups, plates, pots, and silverware
- Walkie-talkie and radio
- Books and any other form of entertainment
3. Learn about your areas, arm yourself, and learn some forest art
While moving into the woods, you might need to learn about the area you will stay in. Equip yourself with a map and compass to help you navigate your way easily.
Arm yourself with tools and weapons you can use to defend and protect yourself. Also, you can read books that talk about living in the woods.
Part 3 of 3
Not Just Surviving
1. Have a comfortable shelter
This is one of the most important things you need to decide if you want to live in a cabin or you would like to erect your own tent. Make sure you consider the one that will best suit you and the environment you find yourself in.
2. Master the survival skills
When you are going to the woods, you need to learn some skills for survival. They include:
- How to build a fire
- How to purify water
- How to fish
- How to use a solar oven
- How to hunt
3. Consider living near an urban area
It will be fine if you can stay in a place that is near an urban area; this can be helpful during emergencies.
4. Consider upgrading
Since you have decided to stay in the woods for a while, you might have to upgrade to make things easier for you. Though it might cost you money, you can install solar panels, septic tanks.
5. Have a craft
Staying all alone in the wood can be frustrating sometimes and you will need something to keep you busy. Having a craft you can engage yourself in will help you a lot.
These are some things you have to do if you are considering moving into the woods. Living in the woods is not an easy feat, but if you follow all these guidelines, you will be able to live successfully there.
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I must admit that even though the notion of staying in the woods is tempting at times, and it is great to escape for a few days at a time for some me time, I don’t know that I could do it full time. I think I enjoy my home comforts a little too much and having to purify your water or chopping wood each day so you can have a fire just seems like quite a lot of hard work, although I am sure it could also be rewarding.
I think it is best to move just outside of the city where you still have running water and internet, and you still get the feeling that you are living in nature, but when you need to you know that civilization is a few minutes away.
I can’t imagine living in the woods. However, the serene and quite life seems a good idea. I would like to live somewhere in the nature if I was making a full time income online. But I would never live in the deeper part of the woods. This is also seems like a cheap and simple life, which I like.
I would prefer mostly to live on the low land. Thank you for the suggestion of knowing the laws, I never thought of this. Living in a community is also a good idea. I think this would make it seem more safe, I mean psychologically. I would also like to have some small businesses around. Human communication is important.
Today, when we are accustomed to the comfort that development has brought, living in the wood is a challenge, especially for people who live in big cities and think about such a way of life.
I am lucky to come from a small country whose more than 50% of the area is forested, and I actually live a few meters away from the forest. In a comfortable home but surrounded by nature.
Your article is very realistic and transparent, what all you need to think about before someone decides to live in the woods. Great written!
Thank you so much for your kind words and nice appreciation about How to Live in a Wood. That’s great that you are already living in a place near to the forest. How lovely you are, and you are so lucky.
But those people like me living in the city always wishing how to live in a wood. And wish to experience the new environment and the freshness of the air from the forest itself and the surroundings. It really helps to rejuvenate, recharged oneself being.
This is a great guide on living in the woods. It can be tough to get everything set up when planning to move deep into the woods. It’s always good to have people help like you said, when you decide to do this kind of thing, you’ll always need some assistance starting. This will be a beneficial guide in helping someone who is deciding to go this route. Keep up the good work. You definitely put lots of value in your content!
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Hello there! This is a fascinating read! I always wanted to try living in the woods, and I really like the calm lifestyle (at least to be away from the city life for a little bit). But I think after growing up in places where electricity, water, and heat are provided, I may have been quite spoiled. Still, to be able to enjoy the experience sounds exciting and something worth trying. My biggest concern when attempting this was actually mentioned as part of your plan, which is to know the laws like whether the plot of land is publicly or privately. Thanks for this post!
Thank you so much for your visit to my site. And thank you for the interest in reading how to live in a wood. It’s good if you really want to try to live in a wood. It’s like your having an adventurous life.
Many years ago, I remembered a colleague who told me that he would never die starving if he were lost in a big forest (they are huge in Canada). One solution for those who live in a city would be to start living in a little city near the woods. The goal is to familiarize yourself with the changing of the rhythm. A big city and a little town do not share the same type of vibration. The difference can be unsettling if it’s your first visit. Then you can go deeper in the woods if you want to.
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Quiet an informative, and great article you have here. The information listed out applies to someone who wants to live in the woods and someone who wants to do the vice versa. Giving it a trial first might be a great idea because it gives you the experience before you actually move in permanently or maybe not to move in at all.
Thank you so much for visiting my website and reading my articles How to live in the woods. Thank that you found these beneficial ideas to live in a wood, very exciting! Thanks and good luck!
Nice post! I actually moved from the city to a rural area on 20 wooded acres. I was a little nervous at first, with not having neighbors right there like I have had all my life was a little nerve-racking. I ended up loving it here. I am not nervous about being here, and we do have neighbors but just not that close. I drive by their place when I leave our street. I am still getting used to the bugs in the house every once in a while. That freaks me out, but other than that, I love it here.
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You’re right; more and more people want life in nature. I’m one of those lucky ones who live in a spa surrounded by woods. It’s beautiful when you’re surrounded by greenery, clean air, and bird song. From time to time, you’re surprised by an insect, but you understand that it’s part of the nature surrounding you. You’ve opened up many different questions in this article; it’s certainly going to help those who are thinking about changing places of residence.
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How to live in the woods. Yes, I am also happy to read your comment. It seems you are so excited knowing all those things and thinking of living there for a while and enjoying the surrounding around the beauty of a calm place in the wood. Good luck! Thanks.