Hi everyone! I never knew how important a shovel was until I went on an outdoor trip with my 8th grade class many years ago – and had to use it for just about everything. Whether it’s for camping or survival, shovels can be lifesavers.
Though there are many predictions for the coming months, no one can accurately predict what the future holds. If you take a look back on some events that made news history, you can see that there are times when survival gear was needed and many people were left unprepared.
You don’t want to be one of those people when a survival situation happens to you. With that in mind, one of the tools that you’re going to need on hand is a shovel. This is one of the most versatile tools to have when you’re faced with SHTF situations.
You can use a shovel to dig a trench if needed. You can use one to dig holes so that you can hide supplies from people who like to steal what you need to survive. You can use a shovel to build a sanitation area.
A shovel is needed for times when you might get your vehicle stuck and need to dig it out – or when you’re building a fire. A good trench around a campfire can help keep it from getting out of control. If needed, you can also use a shovel as a weapon.
There are many different styles and brands that you can buy, but not all of them are suitable for survival needs. I want to show you five different shovel options that are best for survival gear.
Survival Shovel #1
The Gerber E-Tool Folding Spade, Serrated Edge makes the list because although it’s made of tough powder boron carbon steel, it’s also lightweight. The last thing you want to do is to have to bug out with a shovel that weighs you down.
On top of being lightweight, this shovel can be used in a variety of ways. It has a nylon handle that’s built to withstand both light and hard work. Plus, that handle has a wide, expansive opening which can be used for better leverage and gripping ability.
The shovel’s shaft is made of aluminum which lends both stability and strength to the life of the tool. It only weighs 2 pounds so you won’t even feel the weight of this shovel in your bug out bag or strapped to your backpack.
Thanks to the compact size of the shovel, it can get into areas that you simply don’t have room to use a full sized one. The serrated edge of the shovel works to break through the ground easy than smooth edge blade shovels.
That means you can get more accomplished in a less amount of time. When it comes to survival, every second counts. The toughness of the blade allows the shovel to not only easily bite through the ground, but it’s strong enough to also get through ice.
So it’s a great shovel for both warm and cold weather use. You can use it in the snow or on a hard packed ground. There’s a locking feature with this Gerber shovel. When you’re using it, this locking feature will prevent the tool from suddenly folding when you’re using it.
The serrated edge of the shovel makes it a great weapon if you need to kill a snake or cut away brush from your campsite.
Survival Shovel #2
The next shovel to make the list of best survival options is the FiveJoy Compact Military Folding Shovel. When it comes to being prepared in an emergency situation, this is definitely the tool you’ll want to have.
This shovel is a multi-tool. The weight is 1.3 pounds, which makes it a great choice to have with you. Plus, it’s folding – which makes it compact enough to tuck out of the way in your bug out bag or in your vehicle.
By having this shovel along, you’ll be prepared for any emergency. Plus, it’s compact enough so that you can attach it to your belt to have by your side when you’re hiking or on the go to get out of a SHTF situation.
The shovel is military grade, which means it’s durable and built to last. It’s constructed of carbon steel and aerospace grade aluminum. The handle is ergonomic, so it will be comfortable to use regardless of what kind of job you need to do.
It’s easy to handle with or without gloves. This shovel is so versatile that it can be used as a variety of tools. You can use it for its intended purpose as a shovel. But it can also be used as an ax or hoe.
It also has the ability to saw, thanks to the serrated cutting edge. You can use as a rescue knife or as a hammer or wire cutter. It also has a feature that can be used as a bottle opener and fire starter. It has a lock mechanism that easily allows you to change the function of the tool.
Survival Shovel #3
Another survival shovel choice is the Survival Shovel – Folding Shovel with Pick Axe, Saw, and Fire Starter for Hiking, Camping, Entrenching, and Backcountry. When it comes to survival, the more needs that you can meet with less tools, the better off you’ll be because it may come down to the wire where all you’ll have time to do is grab your bug out bag and go.
You want a shovel that can handle many functions so that you can eliminate having to bring a lot of heavy items with you. This shovel is built with heavy duty steel. It’s not going to buckle regardless of the tough job that you use it for.
It can dig your vehicle out of the mud or the snow. You can use it hit an object with or for building a trench. All you have to do is reposition the handle of the shovel to do that. It can function as a saw or a pick in addition to being used as a shovel.
It’s a folding tool, but has a locking piece that will prevent it from suddenly folding when you’re in the middle of using it. The handle is comfortable and leads to the fire starter tool. All you have to do is remove the handle to get to that part. It’s lightweight enough to easily fit into a backpack.
Survival Shovel #4
For a good, compact as well as lightweight design, check out the specs on the SOG Elite Entrenching Tool F19-N Folding Shovel, which is 26” in length. When you first take it out of the packaging, you simply unscrew the bolt to extend the shovel.
There’s a piece at the bottom of the handle that you’ll use to lock the blade portion in place. It comes with a nylon pouch that has a belt loop on the back of it so that you can carry it with you but it’s small enough to stick in a backpack if you need to put it there.
One of the best space saving survival tools is tucked away out of sight in the handle of the shovel. Unscrew the end of the handle and you’ll find a 7” saw blade. Put the blade on the end of the handle and use the cap from the handle as the piece that holds the blade in place. This shovel is a versatile tool that only weighs 24.5 ounces.
Survival Shovel #5
The BANG TI Super High Strength Military Folding Shovel is one that gives you a lot for your money. It’s a durable shovel that acts as a multifunctional tool. There’s a flashlight function that can give you a high, low, strobe or SOS light.
It can be used as wire cutter or as a screw driver with either a slotted or Philips head. The shovel can also be used as an ice ax for fishing, as a knife, a hoe, a saw, a hammer or as a can or bottle opener.
The handle of the shovel can be used as a storage area for small items you need to keep dry. The shovel is made of high carbon steel, which means it’s going to be up to whatever task you give it.