13 Signs You’re Having Trouble Getting Back into City Life

By Molly Herber

Jun 24, 2016

Spending days at a time in the outdoors is pretty darn awesome, but at some point, we all come back to the frontcountry. For some of us, it can be hard to make that transition happen.

Here are a few signs that you’re having trouble transitioning back to life in the city:

1. You still haven’t washed your clothes

Smelly Clothes

From Giphy.

2. You continue to sleep on your sleeping pad while indoors

3. You check in regularly with those around you about the status of their feet

4. You take constant note of the weather

Checking the weather

Photo from Cats Looking Out the Window at the Rain.

5. You keep your phone far, far away

6. You insist on cooking all meals on an open flame

Campfire Cooking

Photo by Josh Speiss.

7. You carry all of your trash with you—pack it in, pack it out

8. You keep your headlamp handy at all times

9. You look intently at people’s faces to check for signs of sunburn or frostbite


From Giphy.

10. You pause during conversations to change your socks

Feet and socks

Photo from the Sydney Morning Herald.

11. You can mentally locate each item of importance to you at all times

12. You storm proof other people’s belongings

13. You stare at photos, watch videos, and have already started planning your next adventure

Inspiring landscape

Photo by Samuel Zeller.

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Written By

Molly Herber

Molly is a NOLS instructor and writer. She loves the smell of her backpack and does her best writing before 7:00 am. When she's not scouting the next post for the NOLS Blog, she's running and climbing on rocks in Wyoming. Follow her on Instagram @mgherber

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