Camping Axe


Everyone knows the importance of carrying a camping knife when they go camping. But a camp axe is an overlooked piece of kit. In a survival situation having both with you will put you in the best situation and you will find that the two compliment each other nicely.

There are some jobs that a knife can’t do effectively, not without endangering fingers and requiring a large amount of force and energy. A camping axe is an essential tool in several common survival scenarios. Here is how a camping axe could help you if you end up in a spot of trouble when in the bush.


Chopping shrubs and small trees to give yourself some good chunks of wood will be useful in building a big fire to catch a low-flying pilot’s attention. A camp axe is also a backup method of lighting the fire. Striking the metal blade against rocks or stones could help you get a flame big enough to start your fire. Admittedly, it is definitely not as easy as it sounds (I learnt that when I spend the best part of two hours trying) but in a survival situation, it might offer a glimmer of hope.


A knife is all good and well for defending yourself against a hungry croc, or an inquisitive dingo. However, you have to get scarily close to the beast to inflict much damage. The longer handle of a camp axe should mean that you can wield it with more power, from slightly further away, keeping a bit more distance between you and the predator.


Particularly in cooler climates, digging yourself into a dipped area can provide welcome shelter from the wind and help you stay alive. Digging can also come in handy when building a fire to keep it out of the wind and protect a young flame from the elements.


Many camping axes have a hammer-like tool on the other end, giving you two tools for the price of one. A hammer can come in handy for driving stakes into the ground to create a shelter. If you keep some nails in your survival kit (which you should), you can also use the hammer to drive nails into wood and construct yourself a shelter.

To be fully prepared when visiting the bush or anywhere off the beaten path, you should have both a sharp knife and axe in your possession. There is no substitute for either one and if you don’t have a camping axe, you should make that your next purchase as a matter of priority.


Do you know any more survival uses for a camping axe? Let us know and share your experiences in the comments section below.

Jake Taylor

Jake is a global traveller who has recently called Australia his home again. If he's not travelling, he is writing about it and his experience.