Small Town to Big City: How to Survive a Move to the Urban Jungle

The move from a small town or village to a bustling metropolis can be a difficult transition. We asked around our office for some advice on surviving the hubbub of urban life.

Small Town to Big City: How to Survive a Move to the Urban Jungle

Before we even get started, congratulations! If you’re reading this, you’ve likely made the brave (albeit overwhelming) decision to move from your small hometown to a big, bustling city. Whether moving to an urban area was your childhood dream or just a spontaneous choice, the change can be jarring.

While researching the subject, we asked some fellow comprigo team members about their own experiences. Our headquarters is nestled in Cologne, Germany. This means that a lot of our writers have some great tips for moving to an area with a population of more than one million. We hope these tips help you live your new and exciting metropolitan lifestyle to the fullest!

No Backyard? No Problem!

No Backyard? No Problem!

View Deal
Walmart
plus shipping
Unknown
$59.00
View Deal
Walmart
plus shipping
Unknown
$60.99
View Deal
Macy's
plus shipping
4 to 14 Days
$69.99
View Deal

Hosting a cookout is the perfect way to get to know your neighbors or create a sense of camaraderie within your local community. Contrary to popular belief, you actually don’t need a backyard to host a barbecue. Gather up some chairs and pump up the music while you’re grilling some hot-dogs or burgers (or veggie burgers!) on this indoor grill. 

Reclaim your Good Night’s Sleep

Reclaim your Good Night’s Sleep

View Deal
Hayneedle
$5.99 Shipping
1 to 3 Days
$22.88
View Deal
Kohls
$8.95 Shipping
1 to 3 Days
$26.99
View Deal
JCPenney
free shipping
1 to 3 Days
$36.00
View Deal

People who come from a rural area might be used to the completely dark and quiet nights that often allow for a wonderful night’s sleep. Traffic, nightlife and 24-hour stores cause a lot of noise and light. This might make it difficult to sleep.

Blackout curtains are a great for people who need total darkness to fall asleep and have an apartment near an area with a lot of light pollution. If your neighborhood tends to be a bit loud, invest in a nice pair of earplugs to guarantee you get your beauty sleep.

Enjoy Urban Nature

Enjoy Urban Nature

View Deal
Macy's
plus shipping
4 to 14 Days
$62.99
View Deal
Hayneedle
plus shipping
1 to 3 Days
$94.99
View Deal

If you’re craving some beautiful nature, you probably won’t have to even leave the metropolis. Most cities have at least a couple of parks or nature trails. That is where you can get some fresh air and enjoy the environment.

Hosting a small picnic with new friends or work colleagues is a great way of socializing and getting some sunshine. If your park’s picnic tables are already full or if you find a nice green spot without any designated tables, just bring your own!


Prevent Theft

Prevent Theft

View Deal
CampSaver.com
free shipping
1 to 3 Days
$89.95
View Deal
Adorama
plus shipping
2+ Weeks
$139.95
View Deal
OpticsPlanet
plus shipping
1 to 3 Days
$139.95
View Deal

While you might know every resident, their cousins and their dogs in your small hometown, the city is full of people you’ve never met. This might even be your own reason for moving: you’d like to get to know more people and meet those from different cultures or countries.

A downside to this anonymity and high population is a higher rate of crime, specifically theft. Purchasing an anti-theft bag is a great way to make sure that your personal belongings stay safe from pickpockets.

Be an Eco-Friendly Traveler

Be an Eco-Friendly Traveler

View Deal
Sears
$6.25 Shipping
Unknown
$14.99
View Deal
FC Moto
$23.61 Shipping
Unknown
$15.85
View Deal
Walmart.com
$5.99 Shipping
1 to 3 Days
$21.99
View Deal

One of the greatest benefits of living urban are the transit opportunities. While public transit options such as buses, trains or trams are a great way of getting around, walking or riding a bike is also an ideal way to get from point A to point B.

Bike riding or walking is pollution free, a good form of exercise and an opportunity to see and experience more of your community and city’s street culture. Just be sure to keep your bike safe and lock it up!

Prepare for the Weather

Prepare for the Weather

View Deal
Shoes.com US
plus shipping
Unknown
$89.95
View Deal
Backcountry.com
plus shipping
1 to 3 Days
$89.95
View Deal

Many big cities such as New York City, London and Hamburg get plenty of rain. Avoid looking like an annoying tourist and bumping into everyone on the crowded sidewalk with a bulky umbrella. A better option to stay dry is to invest into a high-quality all-weather jacket with a sturdy hood.

Experience the Nightlife

Experience the Nightlife

View Deal
Walmart
plus shipping
Unknown
$12.96
View Deal
Sur La Table
plus shipping
4 to 14 Days
$15.96
View Deal
Amazon.com
$5.99 Shipping
Unknown
$17.99
View Deal

Country folks know: there is typically one pub or bar in your small town, and it’s probably the one that your parents, teachers, and boss already visit regularly. In any big city you’ll have a plethora of nightlife options. If you want to save some money on beverages or just be sure that your drink is safe, check out this awesome bangle which doubles as a flask. But just be sure to party safely! Take an Uber from the nightclub to get home quickly and safely. You’ll avoid getting lost at the wee hours of the night and won’t have to drive if you happen to be under the influence (but if you are, be sure to check out our tips ((insert link to Nils Hangover article)) on how to survive a hangover the morning after).

Keep Exploring the World

Keep Exploring the World

View Deal
Walmart.com
free shipping
1 to 3 Days
$24.99
View Deal
Walmart
$5.99 Shipping
Unknown
$27.99
View Deal
Amazon.com
plus shipping
Unknown
$36.65
View Deal

Those who long to escape the monotony of small-town life often choose to move permanently to a bigger city. However, the world has a lot more to offer than just one metropolis. There are hundreds of vibrant, lively cities to visit across the world. Chances are, if you’re already living urban, you’re located close to an airport, train station or highway, making travel opportunities easy. Record your travel memories in a blog or journal and create a comprehensive map of the cities you’ve seen by using this scratch-off world map poster. Who knows, maybe the next metropolitan you visit will be your new home in a few years. Happy traveling, city-slickers!