They dig. They defend. They chop. They saw – well, theoretically at least. They can even be used to open bottles. Survival shovels and entrenching tool have been a military staple for centuries now, whether for digging fox holes or for close quarter combat in trenches. For the survivalist, prepper, bushcrafter and outdoor person, they fill a number of useful functions which not only make camp life more liveable but can also save your life when things go bad. Survival shovels and folding shovels mean you can dig your way out of blizzards, chop branches to cover your shelter, keep predators (of both the two and four legged varieties) at bay, and are a general all-purpose tool which you should have in your kit.
For any SHTF scenario, military shovels and their civilian counterparts would be an essential item to possess, especially when it comes to long-term camp living, sanitation or defense. Definitely an item for your bug out bag. In this video I show several different types and explain their pros and cons.
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Filmed with a Panasonic Lumix FZ300/FZ330 with a Polaroid UV lens