Your camping shovel is your best mate when you need to dig
yourself out of a hole, create an emergency toilet, or just build a fire pit. Regardless
of the sort of camping you do, a shovel comes in very handy. Most of the time
it’s a useful work-saving tool, other times it can be a life-saver.
Unbelievable! It didn’t take us long to realise it was an essential…especially as we strayed further from ‘civilisation’. So, of course, we bought one as soon as we could. Now we keep ours in the car at all times, because you never know when you’ll need it.
It depends on what you are using it for, and how much space you have available. Whatever shovel you buy, make sure it has:
Here are some options:
This is the kind we bought. They don’t take up much space and will do the trick in most situations. They are also a good size and weight for everyone in the family to use. You can buy these at army surplus or camping shops.
These are great if you do a fair bit of 4WDing, but they do take up a lot of space. The longer handle helps get right under your vehicle when you’re bogged. Most people we saw who had these secured them to their roof racks.
If you’ve got one you love and have the space, take it…saves you buying another bit of kit. The challenge is that it’s still bulky, but it doesn’t give you the reach of a long handled shovel.
Whatever type of camping shovel you choose, just make sure you don’t leave home without one. Our folding shovel was about $20 from a camping shop, and did everything we needed on the trip.
In case you need an extra incentive, here are just a few ways you're likely to use your camping shovel:
To get your vehicle or camper out of a bogged situation. You’d be amazed how much sand you can trap under your vehicle. A shovel is an essential 4WD recovery tool!