22 Brilliant Dollar Tree Items to Buy for Your Next Vacation

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All vacations should start at Dollar Tree.

Sometimes Dollar Tree can be a 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!


Dollar Tree vacation packing essentials:

1. Wrap shoes in shower caps.

dollar tree vacation hacks wrap shoes in shower caps hip2save

This little trick keeps the dirty bottom of shoes from rubbing up against your clean clothes. Six caps come in a $1 pack, so pass them around to the whole family!


2. Get double use out of mesh bags.

dollar store vacation tips mesh bags hip2save

These are great for compartmentalizing outfits in your suitcase and for toting around beach toys (without carrying around the sand). Get 3 mesh bags for just $1!


3. Use vacuum storage bags for bulky towels.

dollar tree vacation hacks vacuum bag storage hip2save

These vacuum bags are AWESOME and way cheaper than their competitors. Compress bulky beach towels or chunky sweaters (if you’re traveling somewhere cooler) to save space in your luggage.

A quick tipYou 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!


4. Pick up cheap mini travel bottles.

mini travel bottles from dollar tree

Use these TSA-friendly plastic bottles to store your full-size toiletries instead of purchasing mini-sized products – the price per ounce on those mini versions can be so high!


5. Use toothbrush holders for accessory storage.

dollar store vacation tips toothbrush holder

These are perfect for storing earbuds, charging cords, or any other slim electronic accessories you have.

Hip Tip: Straight from an ex-over-packer, these packing tips and hacks make filling your suitcase a breeze.


Dollar Tree travel must-haves:

6. Get more comfort (and sleep!) with earplugs.

dollar store vacation tips ear plugs

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.

dollar store vacation tips baby powder

This talc-free baby powder (in-stores) is so versatile – It can soak up sweat, refresh your roots, and helps brush sand right off of your skin!

Hip Tip: Baby powder is an essential ingredient to DIY Dry Shampoo and other great hacks for the beach.


8. Don’t forget gel insoles!

dollar store vacation items tips shoe 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/heel cushion, there’s really not much to lose and comfort to gain!


9. Baby-proof your hotel or rental home.

dollar tree vacation hacks outlet covers babyproofing

Socket to me: Bring along this inexpensive set of outlet covers (in-stores only) to baby-proof your living area while on vacation.

Just to noteif 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.

dollar store vacation tips rain poncho

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.

Hip Tip: See how Bryn saved $169 on her rental car!


Dollar Tree vacation goodies:

11. Stock up on cheap summer accessories.

sunglasses at dollar tree

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, dropped in the sand, or stepped on.


12. Pick up headphone splitters for shared devices.

audio splitter for shared devices

Do your kiddos (or you and your spouse) share a tablet or other electronic devices? Use a headphone jack splitter (in-store) to share the audio feed when watching movies or listening to music.


13. Pump up the tunes on the beach.

dollar tree mini portable speaker

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- in-stores only!


14. Keep refreshments cool without a bulky cooler.

dollar tree vacation hacks insulated bags

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 basic health and wellness supplies.

medicine from dollar tree

Any type of trip needs emergency supplies in case anything happens. There are plenty of travel-size hand sanitizers, antibacterial wipes, OTC medications, and bandages available at hand. There are also pre-made first-aid kits available.


16. Purchase a multi-compartment pill case for jewelry organization!

weekday pill organizer

It’s so easy to lose small jewelry, especially in your luggage. Use a pill case to organize earrings or bracelets to keep them from getting lost or misplaced.


17. Keep your necklaces tangle-free with a straw.

necklace in straw

I wish I knew about this hack before because it would’ve saved me a lot of time. 😄 All you need to do is unclasp a necklace, slip one end of your necklace through either open end of a straw, and then reclasp the necklace. This will keep all of your necklaces tangle-free!


18. Grab a clothespin or two for sanitary storage.

toothbrush on a clothespin

This DIY toothbrush holder is amazing because not only does it keep the toothbrush holder off the counter, but it’s also small and portable. Just stick it in your toiletry bag and you’re set.


19. Have dryer sheets on deck for fresher luggage!

person holding up an orange box of outdoor fresh scented bounce dryer sheets

If you’re like me, fresh-smelling clean clothes are essential! A good hack is to stick a couple of dryer sheets inside your luggage to keep your baggage and clothing from absorbing other unpleasant odors while you’re traveling or in between trips.


20. In-flight snacks are a must… and much less than at airport convenience stores!

snacks at dollar tree

If you want any type of food item, it’ll probably be five times more expensive at the airport. Dollar tree has a huge variety of snacks in mini-bags to satisfy your cravings when you’re waiting for your flight.


21. Slather on some inexpensive sunscreen.

Dollar Tree sunscreen

We all know how damaging the sun can be without protection. Just grab a sunscreen to go and take it with you to amusement parks, beaches, parks, and anywhere else. Your summer skin will thank you!

Looking for sunscreen for the kiddos? Check out this list of top-rated sunscreens!


22. Grab your glow sticks and light up the night!

glow sticks from dollar tree

Bringing your own glow sticks is a fantastic way to save money at Disney or any amusement park. The gift shops will charge an arm and a leg!


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Comments 13

  1. Dawn

    My daughter applied sunscreen several times during the day and ended up with bad sunburn, I recommend spending a little more to help prevent cancer. Dollar tree also sells drink powders to mix into water.

  2. Annie

    Thanks for all these good ideas.

    • Jennifer (Hip Sidekick)

      You are very welcome, Annie!

  3. Anabel

    Thanks for the tips. I didn’t know those space saver bags worked without a vacuum!

  4. Jen S

    I will definitely pick up space saver bags there before our next trip! My kiddos like to go clothes shopping while on vacation… and there is no extra room in their suitcases to begin with! 😣

    • Jennifer (Hip Sidekick)

      Awww, I’m sure these will help a lot!

    • CJ

      I thought my kids were the only ones who liked to do that. Some times I think I should just pack an empty suitcase and let them fill it at the outlets! 😊. The funny thing is a few years ago they built a big outlet center near our home, so we don’t NEED to go on vacation, but the kids still love to go on our traditional outlet (stick the suitcase) shopping day!

  5. GAmommyof4

    These tips are great! Even Genius!!! #Hip2SaveHacks

  6. Jennifer

    I have mesh pop up hampers from Dollar Tree. They fold down really small and keep our dirty laundry from being strewn all over the hotel room floor by my messy children!

  7. Liv

    I put several bottled water in the freezer overnight. It slowly melts while you’re out in the water. By the time you’re done playing, u got a nice, cold bottled water waiting 4 u 😁

  8. Mama2Nine

    I really like the sunscreen. I’ve used it for years and never a problem. Bought brand name bc my store was out and two children currently have sun poison.

    • riepenhoff

      I agree- we have used the sunscreen for many years and have never been burned!

  9. sharon

    The cooler bags are a must for vacation and long trips from the grocery store. Keeps foods cold and/or frozen!

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