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The Great Outdoors: Tools & Rules

When you’re camping (not the cushy kind where you have bathrooms, outhouses, or showers), things you do everyday like going to the bathroom are not quite so simple. In fact, there are rules about what to do when nature calls.

According to the US Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service, if you have to go number two (ok, that wasn’t their exact phrasing), you should dig a hole that’s six inches deep  to do your business in. When you’re done, you should fill the hole up with the dirt that you scooped out to dig the hole. The hole should also be at least 100 feet away from water, and any toilet paper used should be thrown away in a “proper waste container.”

For camping situations like this, a shovel can come in quite handy.


This shovel would be a great one to take along for a camping trip; even though it looks big in the picture, it’s actually quite small (20 inches total in length).

Now, that being said, I have a friend who is a man, over 30, and very outdoorsy. He has a Barbie sandbox shovel that he takes with him on camping trips. I repeat: man over 30. He really likes his shovel, and that’s great and all,  but if you want to look less like a five-year-old girl, I recommend buying this shovel.

Here’s another option for you:


This shovel folds up to take up less space. If you’re going backpacking, I recommend this shovel because you want all of your equipment to be very compact so you have enough room for everything you need.

Shovels can also help you do some chopping, and could be kept close to the fire for easy access in case the fire gets out of control.

These shovels and more can be purchased at Blade HQ