While traditional gear such as a tent, sleeping bag, or Swiss Army knife might top the list of what goes into your backpack for a trip into the wilderness, you should never underestimate the usefulness of the folding shovel. Though it is unlikely that you will need it for entrenching, its original intended purpose when introduced during the era of the Roman Legion, the folding shovel can prove indispensable in a pinch. Modern versions such as the Gerber Gorge folding shovel are crafted from durable materials such as lightweight carbon steel and are fully collapsible for easy transport, yet are strong enough to double as a hammer to pound tent stakes. Unless your Swiss Army knife is packing an awfully large spoon capable of digging a latrine, you will want make room for this versatile tool. Add in a folding shovel cover and you can pack on the fly without worrying about getting dirt all over your dried fruit and protein bars. On eBay, you can find convenient shipping options, and you can be sure that your folding shovel arrives in time for you to dig into your next excursion to the woods.Shop the extensive inventory of tools and camping shovels!