Dollar Tree Emergency Prep Supplies
A few weeks ago, I wrote this post about 72 Hour Kit ideas, and it was a hit right away.
Since we love the Dollar Tree around here, I wanted to put together a 72 Hour Emergency Kit made with Dollar Tree supplies.
I think a lot of people don’t realize how much variety they have at the Dollar Tree, and they often think that there is just junk.
‘Tis not so – read this post about the best products at the Dollar Tree to see what I mean.
Anyways, you can make a pretty good emergency kit with items from the Dollar Tree. We spent almost exactly $50 on all the items we are listing – however, many of them can be used for multiple kits. You will obviously want to check out our post about 72 Hour Emergency Kit ideas for some of the bigger items not available at the Dollar Tree, but I think this will be really helpful.
We actually put this in our basement to be used as a 72 hour kit, along with the ones we already had, so it’s something we do plan to use if we have to!
You can also signup below to receive a FREE printable 72 Hour Kit Checklist, along with some other amazing preparedness printables. I’ll talk more about that in a bit.
Most of these items can be bought online or in store. Online definitely makes it even more convenient! Many of them have to be bought in bulk, so this would be great for buying for an activity at church or with friends!
Dollar Tree 72 Hour Kit Ideas
Food and Eating
The Dollar Tree has TONS of food – I just bought a sampling of all the items pictured above. The key is to look for sustainable and non-perishable. Here are a few items we thought were helpful:
- Tinfoil containers for food
- Forks, Knives, Spoons (metal – they come in packs of four, I believe. You can get plastic utensils as well)
- Canned Fruit Cocktail
- Hard Candy (that won’t melt)
- Salted Peanuts
- Nature Valley Honey and Oats Granola Bar
- Tuna Fish
- Canned Chicken
- Individual cereal packages
- Individual peanut butter cups
- Vienna Sausage
- Chicken Salad with crackers
- Top Ramen
- Water (jugs and water bottles)
Personal and Medical Items
- Toilet Paper
- Hand sanitizer
- Baby Bath Pack – we loved this little kit, and it can be used for adults too. It has shampoo, lotion, and bubble bath.
- Travel toothpaste and toothbrush kit
- Flushable Moist Wipes
- Bars of Soap
- Feminine Supplies – they sell small packages of pads, panty liners, and tampons in a variety of brands
Equipment and Tools
- First Aid Kit
- Sewing Kit
- Nitrile Gloves
- Duct Tape
- Rain Poncho
- Plastic Tarp
- Long lasting emergency candles
- Disposable Filter Masks
- Tool set
- Storage bags
Obviously, this just scrapes the surface. I highly recommend perusing their store or online to make sure you get the best items for your family!
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Annette from Tips from a Typical Mom has a Family Evacuation Plan which includes things like Meeting locations, emergency contacts, shelters and evacuation routes, and other emergency numbers.
Katelyn from What’s up Fagans? has a Personal Document Protection printable, which is basically a simplified checklist to help you make sure your old photos, videos, audio files, journals, and other documents protected physically and digitally!
Carrie of A Mother’s Shadow has a great Dutch Oven Guide! In many emergencies, you may find yourself without power which can make cooking food difficult, unless you have something like a dutch oven which is easy to carry and to cook a wide variety of foods in.
Katie of Clarks Condensed has a very helpful 72 Hour Kit Checklist. Should you find yourself having to leave in a hurry, you and your family can simply grab your 72-Hour kits and head out the door, knowing that you’ll have the food, bedding, clothes, tools, medicine, toiletries, fuel, and personal documents you need.
Kristina from Mother’s Niche has an Emergency Car Kit printable so that you are never stranded helplessly on the side of the road, not knowing what to do, nor having the tools and supplies to help in this emergency.
Janine from Confessions of a Mommyaholic has a handy printable about teaching your children about emergencies and what they need to know before an emergency situation happens.
Camille of My Mommy Style has a handy Family Fire Safety Log where you can track your family’s readiness in case of a fire in your house, as well as make sure you are checking your smoke and CO detectors.
Herchel of Gym. Craft. Laundry. has practical hurricane tips for when things you need are sold out! As a Florida native, her prep hacks are genius!
Sarah of Thank You Honey has an easy Hurricane Checklist printable to help you make sure you have everything in place before a hurricane heads your way.
Lara from Overstuffed has a Password Keeper to help you keep track of your online passwords as a means to help you avoid being a victim of identity theft.
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Katie is a Colorado-native, BYU graduated, and most importantly, wife to one and mother to three beautiful boys. She is passionate about sharing her experiences with others – especially about pregnancy, breastfeeding, cooking, and crafts. She is currently training to be a Certified Lactation Educator. She loves spending time with her family and helping others find joy in family life.
This is just what I was looking for! I have a family of 4 and it’s difficult to drop $80 on a bug-out backpack so my husband and I decided to do our own thing. I never thought if the dollar tree, now I can get started!
CYNTHIA MURRILL says
I’m preparing to teach a short discussion on 72-hour kits. Thank you for the great resources!
Chelsea @ Life With My Littles says
I love this! I really need to get going on our 72 hour kits. Especially with all the bad things happening around the world!