If you plan to stay out in the backcountry for any length of time, then you will need a good shovel.
A shovel allows you to dig holes and cover things up. This is perfect for when you need to elevate yourself or if you want to bury your hot coals before moving on. It is important that we leave the outdoors as we found it so that it can be enjoyed for years to come.
A shovel also comes in handy when you are making a fire pit. Digging out a pit for the fire will keep it contained and help keep it from spreading.