Today, it’s all about the prepping items you can buy from The Dollar Tree. Fortunately, Dollar Tree or your local Dollar store has a large number of items that every prepper needs to consider buying as they build up their prepping inventory.
We’ll all face some challenging times, no matter where we live. Whether it’s to replace expired or depleted inventory, or to beef up our supply of survival items, Dollar stores are a great option to buy things at a discount. They are particularly good sources of personal hygiene items like deodorant, toothbrushes and toothpaste, shampoo, and hand soap.
You can also find things to replenish your first aid supplies, plastic utensils, and some of the best items needed for that bug-out bag.
Check out these prepping items you can buy from the Dollar Tree.
Shop at the Dollar Tree for Prepping Items
Not only do they have a great selection of medicines and pain relief, but also items that you can use for your family’s shelter. Not bad, considering it will only cost you a dollar for many items. Check out our list of prepping items that you will find the next time you head into the Dollar Tree.
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Having pain medication is probably one of the most important items to have that’s on our list. Say you have a sprained ankle, a throbbing toothache, or an obnoxious headache that won’t go away.
Without it, you’ll have to suffer through the pain. Dollar Tree has several different kinds for you to choose from. Make sure you stockpile amounts you can use since waste often accompanies bulk purchases. You can also use these items to barter with to get something else your family desperately needs.
The Dollar Tree also has a handful of other medicines you will most certainly need.
Allergy medicine, antibiotic ointments for cuts and scrapes, cold and cough medicine, as well as stomach relief medicines, can be purchased for a dollar each.
Again, doctors and medicine are going to be impossible to come by in a significant emergency or survival situation. Having a large inventory to be able to barter with might prove priceless.
You can also find all kinds of bandages and bandaids, including elastic bandages and medical tape, that can help slow any blood flow and cover those cuts and scrapes.
While these first-aid kits that the Dollar Tree has are not extensive in providing all the essentials, they do have various bandages and moist wipes to help clean any wounds. Sorry, you’ll have to get your complete first-aid kit elsewhere.
Toothpaste and Toothbrushes
Are you like me and love to have clean teeth? Rita reminded me to add these, thank you, Rita! Here’s the deal, I have a few bags full of items ready for those who may need to move in with me after evacuating their homes for whatever reason. I bet you can picture how happy those people would be if we handed them a bag with a new toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, soap, razor, hand sanitizer, and a brush, or comb.
Toilet Paper and Paper Towels
You can never have too many rolls of paper towels or toilet paper, right? Thanks to Monica for the reminder that the Dollar Tree sells these as well.
Other Paper Products
Debbie reminded me about paper plates, cups, foil, foil trays, and silverware or plastic utensils. We can use all of these to stock up for emergencies.
At the Dollar Tree, you will find an 8-ounce size hand sanitizer and soap for a dollar to help keep germs and bacteria under control.
We aren’t going to lie, these flashlights are cheap and won’t light your path as well as a good flashlight might. But they’re inexpensive enough that you can buy several of them to hold your family over during most emergencies.
This is another item that you could use to barter with. There’s sure to be more than one family that’s left in the dark.
You can even purchase emergency candles there that are supposed to last for up to 80 hours. Make sure that you get the biggest ones you can find. Candles might not be your first choice of light after a crisis, but they will most certainly come in handy.
I saw a bunch of candles at the Dollar Tree near me. I’m not fond of candles, but I also have a lot of solar lanterns and lights. We must have light so whatever works, do it. For these candles, you’ll also need matches or lighters to get them started.
A handful of glow sticks are not only good for lighting up the night, but they’ll also keep your children’s attention for a long time. And trust us, your children will already be wanting access to any electronics or video games.
They only have one childhood, and we need to help make the best of it through the worst of circumstances. They need to have some normalcy in their lives.
You can never have too many cleaning supplies, right? I realize I’m a cleaning freak in some ways, but after a disaster, I have to be prepared with a lot of cleaning supplies.
Here’s the deal, if we are living in filth after a disaster we are more apt to get sick with more diseases than we have seen in the US in many years. So, we must be prepared to clean everything, everywhere.
Now, this could be bathroom floors that have overflowed, sewer lines that have backed up in the bathtub, shower, kitchen sink, bathroom sinks, and toilets. I’ve lived through a few floods, I know what can happen and it’s not pretty or clean.
Having fresh clean drinking water will be harder to come by after a crisis. You can use bleach not only for cleaning but also for purifying your drinking water. You need 1/4 teaspoon of bleach per gallon of water to store it or to use for drinking. To be safe I would then boil the water for cooking or drinking, if possible. This bleach needs to be the kind without scents to be safe for potable use.
Please let the water sit for at least 30 minutes to be safe. I prefer using a Water Preserver for water storage because it lasts 5 years before it needs to be rotated.
So in other words, you want to make sure you stock up a huge supply of it to make sure your family doesn’t get sick from any contaminated water. I mainly stock bleach (the maximum I can use in 9-12 months) for sewage cleanup or any other major bacteria treatment.
These batteries were a little hit and miss today when I stopped at the Dollar Tree near me. They didn’t have a lot of sizes, but the price was right for the ones they did have. Remember, you can always check back next time for the sizes you need.
Trash bags have many purposes besides throwing out your garbage. They can be used as rain ponchos, cover for your family’s shelter, and also help with throwing out human waste.
Putting a trash bag over a large bucket while using the facility will be much better than relieving yourself over a hole in the ground.
How do you plan on changing out that trash bag that’s serving as a toilet? You certainly don’t want to deal with messy jobs without disposable latex gloves. You’re going to need a reasonable supply of them to get you through most emergencies.
You probably aren’t going to have access to a shower to freshen up. Baby wipes can at least give you a little more comfort that your family’s hygiene isn’t being ignored completely.
The Dollar Tree has clothes hangers, dusters, and brooms that you can find for a dollar. You can even get laundry detergent and dish detergent for a buck. That’s cheap! You can get almost all of your cleaning supplies here.
Microfiber towels are much better than using paper towels. They work on spills and wiping up messes. Many people use them while working on their automobiles.
While showers might not work during natural disasters, shower curtains will be useful. Use them to keep your family out from under the elements.
In their party section, Dollar Tree has tablecloths that can also serve as a cover for your next camping location, away from the rain.
You can also use it to throw over a dirty area for a place to have your family sit or eat. Try to find the ones that are better quality not paper thin and prone to tear easily.
Nuts and Sunflower Seeds
Stock up on snacks such as sunflower seeds and nuts for a great protein snack.
While the Dollar Tree doesn’t have the best selection of canned meats, they do have mackerel, tuna, Manwich, and white chicken that provide extra protein for your family. Several of these canned meats will only cost you 50 cents.
The store might also have other things you can snack on, like peanut butter, crackers, and protein bars.
Having even the common flu or diarrhea during this time can be extremely dangerous. Your body can become dehydrated and not retain the fluids that you need to survive. Sports drinks have electrolytes that can help you get the minerals that your body needs.
Prepping for a disaster is going to cost you, no question about it. But there are numerous items that you will pay only a dollar for at Dollar Tree will not only keep your costs down but also prove vital when a disaster hits.
If you’re a faithful Dollar Tree customer, what other items have you discovered that will be necessary to have during the darkest season of your life? Let me know the prepping items you can buy from the Dollar Tree in a city near you so I can share those ideas with my readers. May God bless this world, Linda