20 Dollar Tree Items to Keep on Hand

It seems like each year seasonal storms become more frequent and more powerful. In addition, power outages (both from storms and general service issues) are common occurences in some places. Having a few simple items on hand from a dollar store, such as Dollar Tree, can be invaluable in an emergency. Here are some handy picks for $1.00 or less:

1. Lighters or Matches

2. Glow Sticks

3. Candles

4. Flashlights

5. Hand Sanitizer

6. First Aid Supplies

7. Over-the-Counter Medications

8. Sterno

9. Bottled Water

10. Paper Products (plates, bowls, napkins, cups…)

11. Playing Cards, Dice, Games, or Puzzle Books

12. Ready-to-Eat Foods, (like nuts, granola bars, crackers, pudding cups,….)

13. Shower Liners (great for emergency shelters, drop cloths, table covers, rain tarp, weed barriers, window sealing,…)

14. Duct Tape and Super Glue

15. Dental Care Supplies

16. Twine, Zip Ties and Bungee Cords

17. Foil Baking Pans

18. Instant Ice Packs/Hand Warmers

19. Backup Pet Supplies (if you have one)

20. Backup Baby Supplies (if you have one)


You can also find household items here such as: trash bags, hardware, cleaning supplies, knives, can openers and other utensils…again, the quality is not always high, but in a pinch, you’ll be grateful for them. Items like toilet paper, batteries, and most tools are better off bought elsewhere where the quality really needs to be higher. Sometimes, a little forethought can make life’s unexpected challenges a lot easier

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