Posted on July 27, 2018

26 Essential Camping Trip Dollar Store Supplies

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Camping Trip Dollar Store Supplies for Your Next Trip

Before you head out into the great outdoors for your next camping adventure, check out this shopping list of Camping Trip Dollar Store Supplies! The dollar store has MANY practical and useful items that you will want to have at your campsite.

Essential Camping Trip Dollar Store Supplies

Today I’m back with yet another installment of “wonderful things you can find at the dollar store before your next trip.” We have logged many family trips at this point and I can say that the vast majority of those trips find me prepping by shopping at the dollar store. The dollar store has so many practical and useful items for traveling – I always make sure I stop in for supplies before we leave town.

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Aluminum FoilWe love foil packet recipes when we go camping!  A particular favorite includes Banana S’mores!

Aluminum foil

Clothespins/ClotheslinePerfect for hanging up went towels and bathing suits.


Bottled WaterI’m a bit leery of drinking campground water, no matter where we’re staying. We always bring bottled water for drinking and cooking.

Crystal Geyser Spring Water

Dish Brush/SpongesPick some up for your trip, then toss before heading home so you don’t have to bring wet sponges with you.

dish brushes

Dish Soap 

palmolive soap

Dish PanNot just for washing dishes!  Place a dish pan next to your tent or camper door.  Fill it about 1/3 of the way with water.  Rinse dirt and sand off of feet before heading inside!

dish pan

Hand SoapBest way to keep clean if you have some running water!

Hand Sanitizer, Tissues, Wipes No running water?  Make sure you have some sanitizer and wipes on hand.

tissues sanitizer wipes

Door MatPlace a door mat just outside and just inside your tent or camper to catch extra dirt and sand on feet.

Door Mat

Paper Products Makes campground eating and drinking so much easier when you don’t have to worry about washing dishes!  Even better if your campground recycles paper waste.

dollar store paper products

Hair Ties – Always a good idea to have plenty of hair ties if you’re camping with anyone who has long hair.

Hair Ties

Garden Decor for Campsite Decorating – It can be a lot of fun to decorate your campsite!  Pick up garden decorations like flags, flag holders and other items and dress up your campsite a bit.

garden decorations

Tablecloth When you arrive at your campsite, you might find a less than clean picnic table.  Bring a cheap tablecloth to cover your table.

Plastic Tablecloths

Glow SticksNot just for fun after dark, glow sticks increase your kids’ visibility as well.  Keep track of them even after the sun goes down with glow sticks.

SternoKeep a pan of food hotter longer by using a can of Sterno (liquid fuel) under a chafing dish!

sterno liquid fuel

Dry Erase Board and Markers Dry erase boards are very helpful for noting your campground location and campsite number, as well as contact numbers for the main office and local hospital.

Camping Tip Dry Erase Board

ToolsWhether you’re pitching a tent or tinkering with something on the RV, having a set of basic tools in your camping gear is a smart idea.

dollar tree tools

Moisture Eliminator PackThese are an RV must-have.  They grab the humidity out of the air!


Travel Toiletry Bottles Small and easy-to-manage bottles with your shampoo and other soaps are convenient for campground bath house trips.

Travel Bottles

Toilet Paper –  Self explanatory.  Make sure if you are in an RV you get RV toilet paper.  Yes, it’s different than standard bath tissue and no, you probably won’t find it at the dollar store.

dollar store bath tissue

ToothbrushesPick up new toothbrushes before you head out of town and toss them when you get home.


Basic ToiletriesGreat idea to stock up on miscellaneous health and beauty products.

first aid dollar store

Cooking/Grilling UtensilsWe have a set of cheap utensils in the camper.  If they get ruined or dropped in a campfire, no big deal.

dollar tree utensils

MatchesIf you think you’ll be charcoal grilling or campfiring, matches and/or lighters are a must-pack.

Diamond Matches

Ziploc BagsNot just for food, these plastic bags double as wet bags!  Perfect for packing wet clothing in before you head home.

ziploc bags at dollar tree

Trash BagsAlways clean up your campsite and take your litter with you!  Almost all campgrounds have a dumpster or trash can area where you can leave your bagged trash as you head out.

Trash Bags

Printable List – just copy and paste in a blank document and print!

Aluminum Foil
Bottled Water
Dish Brush/Sponges
Dish Soap
Dish Pan
Hand Soap
Hand Sanitizer
Door Mat
Paper Products
Hair Ties
Garden Decor for Campsite Decorating
Glow Sticks
Dry Erase Board and Markers
Dehumidifier Pack
Travel Toiletry Bottles
Toilet Paper
Basic Toiletries
Cooking/Grilling Utensils
Ziploc Bags
Trash Bags

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26 Essential Camping Trip Dollar Store Supplies
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  • Reply Jeff Crawley April 5, 2019 at 1:23 pm

    So buy more plastic, use it once and dump it? Very environmentally friendly.

    • Reply mamacheaps April 5, 2019 at 1:44 pm

      Or leave your trash all over a campsite instead of collecting it into a trash bag. Pick your poison. Also, nothing on this list has to be single use. Common sense is to re-use and/or recycle as much as possible.

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