A folding shovel can come in handy for a range of reasons - not least because they're compact yet fully functional, rugged and easy to store, and great for digging trenches and small to medium holes for posts or to clear ground prior to working in or around it.
Though they're often bought for use on camping trips and outdoor adventuring, they're just as useful to the average working man and are, in many ways, similar to an outdoor push broom or wheelbarrow - they're deceptively useful. The best collapsible shovels are made of tough stuff and will scrape, dig and scoop without any issue.
The five best folding shovels are featured below. Each one can be found on the best seller lists, they're all great value for money and, as hand tools go - largely inexpensive.