All vacations should start at Dollar Tree.
Sometimes Dollar Tree can be hit or miss, but you’ll be pleasantly surprised at all the fantastic items in the store that are perfect for summer vacations! From packing to planning to playing, check out my favorite finds that are all just a buck!
1. Wrap shoes in shower caps.
This little trick keeps the dirty bottom of shoes from rubbing up against your clean clothes. Eight caps come in a pack, so pass them around to the whole family!
2. Get double use out of mesh bags.
These are great for compartmentalizing outfits in your suitcase and for toting around beach toys (without carrying around the sand). Grab a 3-pack for $1!
3. Use vacuum storage bags for bulky towels.
These vacuum bags are AWESOME and way cheaper than their competitors. Compress bulky towels or chunky sweaters (if you’re traveling somewhere cooler) to save space in your luggage.
A quick tip – You don’t need a vacuum to compress the air! Simply take off the white cap, roll the contents (I flipped mine over after rolling one side to not block where the air comes out), and the air will flow out through the one-way valve. Easy peasy!
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4. Pick up cheap mini travel bottles.
Use these TSA-friendly plastic bottles to store your full-size toiletries instead of purchasing mini products – the price per ounce on those mini versions can be so high!
5. Use toothbrush holders for accessory storage.
These are perfect for storing earbuds, charging cords, or any other slim electronic accessories you have.
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6. Get more comfort (and sleep!) with earplugs.
In addition to blocking out unwelcomed snoring, you can avoid air pressure discomfort on the airplane by popping in some earplugs before takeoff and keeping them in until you land.
7. Bring along baby powder to the beach.
This talc-free baby powder is so versatile – It can soak up sweat, refresh your roots, and it helps brush sand right off of your skin!
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8. Don’t forget gel insoles!
As someone who recently traveled and managed to walk 12 miles on the first day of vacation, I urge you to pick up a pair of these. They will keep your feet happy while sightseeing or navigating huge airports. And at just a buck per insole, there’s really not much to lose and comfort to gain!
9. Baby-proof your hotel or rental home.
Socket to me: Bring along this inexpensive set of outlet covers to baby-proof your living area while on vacation.
Just to note – if you have a preferred brand of outlet covers, stick with what has worked for your family before relying on a set you’re not used to. You could also test these out before bringing them along. I will say, even as an adult, I’ve had a pretty tough time pulling these out of the outlets.
10. Stash a rain poncho in your luggage… just in case.
Boy Scouts always pack this essential item, and so should you! These come in handy when you end up dealing with unexpected inclement weather. Getting rained on (and then drip-drying) isn’t the nicest way to spend time on vacation.
11. Stock up on cheap summer accessories.
There are a TON of cute flip-flops and sunglasses for the whole family at Dollar Tree, along with beach and pool toys! Plus, at $1 a pop, you won’t mind if they accidentally get left behind, or dropped in the sand and stepped on.
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12. Pick up headphone splitters for shared devices.
Do your kiddos (or you and your spouse) share a tablet or other electronic devices? Use a headphone jack splitter to share the audio feed when watching movies or listening to music.
13. Pump up the tunes on the beach.
You’re probably not taking your expensive Bluetooth speaker out for sunny days in the sand (or even on vacation, for that matter). Grab this cheap portable one instead!
14. Keep refreshments cool without a bulky cooler.
Instead of lugging around a cooler on your beach vacation or on a long road trip, these insulated bags pack flat and can be tossed out before you return home.
15. Save money on Disney-branded toys and supplies.
Heading to Disney? Pick up Disney products at Dollar Tree to use during the trip instead of shelling out for similar (and way more expensive) ones while you’re at the resort. Need ideas? Check out the 40+ Disney items you may spot at your local Dollar tree!
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16. Take cool photos with a clip-on lens.
No need to bring along an expensive camera (unless photography is your thing) with this wide-angle clip-on lens for your smartphone camera.
Written by Emily for Hip2Save. Emily lives in Buffalo, NY where she spends her time drinking lots of coffee, scouring the internet for deals, and tackling DIY projects. She’s a big believer of self-care and living the fullest life possible, all while saving money of course.