Before you say, “I shoulda, you really should get yourself a probe and shovel. These ones from DaKine are nice because the probe is made out of lightweight aluminum alloy, folds into segments, and is color-coded for simplified depth analysis, and the shovel has an ultra-long extendable handle for better leverage.

DaKine Outtabounds Probe, $75
DaKine D Handle Shovel, $55