Uses for a survival or camping hatchet or axe

survival shelter built with a camping hatchet or backpacking axe

A backpacking, camping & survival hatchet or axe can be a useful tool in the wild. But before you rush out and buy one, make sure that you get one that is right for your needs.

There are arrange of choices, each with their pros and cons that make them more or less suitable in different situations. It can be difficult to choose the right one. Check out this review of the best hatchets and axes for camping, backpacking and survival situations.

Here are some of the situations where a good hatchet or axe can be a really invaluable tool:

Making shelter

A camping hatchet can be used to chop down trees and shrubs that you can use to make a shelter and thus keep yourself dry and warm.


Make a fire

To make a fire you will need wood. A camping or survival axe or hatch is a great tool that will make cutting and splitting some wood for a fire quicker and easier. A fire is more than a way to keep warm. A fire can also be used for cooking any food that you have and keeping wild animals away during the night. It can also be used attract attention (with the smoke) if you are lost and people are searching for you. However, remember that in certain times when it is very hot and windy a fire can be a hazard and cause wildfires that can pose an extreme risk.



If you are camping or in a survival situation you need food. You can use a backpacking hatchet or axe as a weapon or to sharpen a stick into a hunting spear. The camping axe or hatchet can also be used to field dress the animals for food.


Self defence

The wilderness can have wild animals that are dangerous. Depending on where you are there can be wolves, bears, snakes and other deadly animals. Having a weapon to defend yourself could be the difference between life and death.


Digging in snow or ice

If you are in a snow area you can use the hatchet blade as a shovel instead of using your hands. This will keep your hands warmer and reduce the chance of you getting frost bite.


The next time you plan a outdoors adventure remember to be prepared and include a good camping axe or hatchet.


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