Best Camping Shovel and Trowel

A shovel or a trowel is a useful tool to have while camping.  A folding shovel can be used to level a site for a tent, create a fire pit, shovel coals, scoop dirt onto a camp fire to put it out or dig a latrine.  Some shovels also have sharpened and/or serrated edges that can be used to chop and saw brush.  Some more feature packed models can have the head at 90 degrees and have a pick to dig in tough ground or break up ice.

Top Picks

SOG Specialty Knives F08-N Entrenching Tool – Good value, serrated edge


Military Folding Shovel and Pick with Carrying Pouch – serrated edge, 90 degree head, pick


US GI Military Original Issue E-Tool Entrenching Shovel – very good quality, sharpened edge, serrated edge


A trowel is smaller than a shovel and is used for light digging and scooping.  If you are backing, this is a good choice because it is small and light.  It can be used to dig a hole, poo in the hole and cover it back up so no one steps in your mess.

Top Picks

Coghlan’s Backpackers Trowel – Best value, lightweight, plastic


UST U-Dig-It Stainless Steel Folding Shovel with Pouch – very good quality, stainless steel