4 Web Sources to Help Keep You Safe Outdoors

Joshua Lockhart 10-10-2012

outdoor safetyThe outdoors can be a scary place (and this may be why many of you are cooped up inside reading MakeUseOf!). However, it can be pretty cool when you think about it. With gigantic mountains, beautiful oceans, and even stuff like the Aurora Borealis For The Scientific Spirit: 7 Websites For Science Questions & Answers The web is the Grand Oracle. It sees all and answers all. I wish we had the educational and self-learning edge it gives to today’s generation. In a snap, you can tap it to ask... Read More , you know that the world can be awesome. So why not get out there and enjoy it? Of course, I’m speaking for myself, too. I’m not exactly the bearded 6 of the Most Unusual Products on Vat19 We've briefly talked about Vat19 on MakeUseOf, so you may know a little about it already. Basically, the site sells very interesting items and gifts. On top of that, they make a video of each... Read More , axe-swinging lumberjack that I’d like to be.


Unlike me, if you find yourself on an adventure relating to the outdoors, it might be a good idea to get yourself prepared first. Below, I’ve compiled four outdoor safety websites for you to take a look at before you go exploring the unknown PokeMMO Turns Fire Red Into A Pokémon MMO [MUO Gaming] If you were a kid (or parent) in the '90s, you know Pokémon. Video games, movies, and perhaps most popularly with trading cards, Pokémon exploded onto the scene and every kid wanted to be a... Read More (or likely the known state parks…) These sites are great places for getting to know what you’re about to get into, but nothing beats learning like actual experience. The sites will help, but reading about it is never the same as actually doing it, right?

USDA Forest Service

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As a US government The Internet Isn't Really Free - Who Is Censoring It & Why In any free, democratic society, citizens take pride in the fact that they have free access to information. This is true in many countries, where citizens have won hard-fought battles for independence. It is something... Read More website, the USDA is meant for those of us here in the United States. However, I believe that some of the tips on this site could be useful regardless of where you have decided to venture off to. Admittedly, the word “outdoors” is very generalized, but I believe what most often comes to mind associated with this word is camping in the forest. Fortunately for you, that’s exactly what this site is all about. On here, you’ll mainly find tips for enjoying forestland (particularly in regions of the US).

Love The Outdoors

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Love The Outdoors is another site to aid you in camping, and it’s presented in a blog-like format. At first glance, the blog itself doesn’t look too showy. It’s simple, isn’t up to current web standards, and is reminiscent of early 2000s websites. However, the site has some valuable content, and I wouldn’t discredit it just because it isn’t pretty to look at. Imagine if we did that with people (we actually do, and that doesn’t always work well).


Simply put, Love The Outdoors is full of informational articles about outdoor recreation presented in a friendly-to-read format.

The Center For Disease Control & Prevention

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Another government website is actually a great source for outdoor info, and that would happen to be the United State’s Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s own. The site features a great deal of practical advice while out in the wilderness, and it might be a good source for reading up on what all is out there on your next trip.

As a note, I believe that the site could have provided a bit more info on their camping section (such as diseases from plants), but the information offered is still fairly valuable. One suggestion is to get vaccinated Beat Your Weird Phobia With These 8 Self-Help Psychology Websites Have you ever found yourself facing a huge spider in your house, frozen by a fear that set your heart racing and sweat penetrating your clothes? Have you ever hiked up a high mountain, walked... Read More before going out anywhere, and I believe this is fairly sound.


Plants For A Future

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Right off the bat, Plants For a Future is designed to be more of a plant information site, and it could be used for more than just camping or anything like that. However, the site offers a cornucopia of information related to edible plants and even medicinal plants. Furthermore, when browsing, you can search for habitats that are similar to the one you will be off to, and this could be quite beneficial. Although there are photos of each plant written about, there wasn’t much of an identification system. Even though this site is informational, please be careful about what you eat or use in emergencies.


These are only four websites for you to use in preparation for your outdoor adventure (or perhaps on your smartphone if you have service…) Be careful while out and about, and know it might be best to go along with someone who already knows this stuff. The Internet can only tell you so much.

What other outdoor safety websites do you use to prepare for the outdoors? What was your last camping trip like?


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  1. Yash Desai
    October 11, 2012 at 10:40 pm

    if only there was an app for all of these

  2. Ahmed Khalil
    October 10, 2012 at 9:56 am

    it is the time for camping, thanks for sharing these sites

    • Joshua Lockhart
      October 12, 2012 at 2:13 am

      I'd love to go camping. You should totally take me with you...

  3. Márcio Guerra
    October 10, 2012 at 3:06 am

    I was a scout when I was a kid, and now I can't go away from my computer, despite using computers for over 25 years... Need to go out more! Didn't expect to see here such kind of article, but hey, you are right!


    • Joshua Lockhart
      October 12, 2012 at 2:14 am

      Awesome! I like taking a lot of practical real-world stuff and using the online world to connect to it.

      • Márcio Guerra
        October 12, 2012 at 5:43 am

        Yes, the article was nice, but to me, or at least people outside USA, I think only half of those links will really make a difference, because, from what I sense, they are USA entities... Nonetheless, thank you again!