36 Dollar Tree Camping Hacks and Must Have Camping Supplies

Camping is a budget friendly way to spend time with your family over the summer. This is my Dollar Tree Haul for our Summer Camping Trip, as well as some Dollar Tree Camping Hacks. Make a list and keep it in budget! What are some Dollar Tree Must Haves or Hacks for your Family Camping Trip Supplies list?

36 Dollar Tree Camping Hacks & Camping Must Haves

1. Mesh Laundry Bags for Hang Drying Dishes or dirty clothes.
2. Solar Stake Lights for mood lighting around your tent.
3. Dustpan and Brush for cleaning dirt out of your tent.
4. Fy Swatters so the kiddos can chase down pesky flies in your tent.
5. Butterfly Nets
6. Glow Sticks to wrap around tent ties, for the kids, and to mark the pathway to your tent at night.
7. Baby Powder (if you’ll be near sand) to quickly brush off sandy feet, legs and hands.
8. Hydrocortisone Cream for those bug bites or poison ivy rashes.
9. Pool Floaties to double as air mattress or pillows.
10. Rain Ponchos
11. Flash Lights
12. Batteries
13. Sunscreen
14. Bug Spray or Bug Wrist Bands
15. Bubbles
16. Kites
17. Water Guns
18. Sun Glasses
19. Wet Ones
20. Band Aids
21. Colored Chalk
22. Sticky Rollers to check for ticks.
23. UNSCENTED Deodorant
24. Garbage Bags
25. Matches
26. Whistles to call the kiddos back to camp.
27. Battery Operated Tea Lights
28. Paper Plates and Cups
29. S’mores Ingredients: marshmallows, Chocolate, Graham Crackers.
30. Makeshift Emergency Potty: Shower Curtain, Rings, Rope and a Hula Hoop, with a 5 Gallon Bucket and a trash bag. (The last thing you want to do is be stuck crossing a campsite to a bathroom with a 5-year-old at 1am.)
31. Hand Sanitizer
32. Ivory Soap (if you’ll be bathing in a river or lake).
33. A Funnel for Mom to pee standing up (for greater privacy) during hikes.
34. Boxed Milk that doesn’t need to be refrigerated.
35. Baby Wipes – Lots of them!
36. Welcome Mat for outside your Tent to Help Keep Dirt Out.

Each Dollar Tree can be unique in the items they carry. Hopefully some of these Dollar Tree Camping Hacks and Must Have Items are stocked in yours.

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  1. Sarah Conklin on September 16, 2019 at 7:42 pm

    Here’s an idea for those glow sticks..make shift night lights! Use an empty cleaned out plastic milk jug filled with water and simply stick an activated glow stick in. You can use a half gallon of smaller sized jug for little ones so they can carry it around. It makes a nice ambiant light and no batteries required. Also cheap enough that you can make one for each kid, just use glow stick in their favorite color so they know it is theirs. It is also a neat ‘craft project’ because during the day you can let them decorate it with stickers or markers or whatever. Non toxic glow in the dark paint is awesome if you can find it for cheap!

  2. Hany Khan on September 16, 2019 at 7:43 pm

    your husband is so lucky to have such a kind and generous wife..

  3. Mark Neary on September 16, 2019 at 7:45 pm

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  4. The DIY Mommy on September 16, 2019 at 7:45 pm

    These are fabulous ideas!! Thank you!

  5. Missy Cheesehead on September 16, 2019 at 7:46 pm

    I am a virgin camper, this year will be my first year..,we bought a pop up. Anyway, first question why do people do dishes while camping? I get washing pots but why not use paper plates and plastics that can be recycled? Secondly, I’ve found the solar stakes at dollar tree are cute but aren’t very bright. The plain black ones sold at Walmart for $1 aren’t pretty but are a lot brighter. Just an FYI. Thanks for the video 😁

  6. Camilla McFarlin on September 16, 2019 at 7:48 pm

    i saw this video and was already going to dollar tree and camping the next day

  7. Janac Meena on September 16, 2019 at 7:49 pm

    Vid starts at 1:58

  8. Zzkewl gameplay on September 16, 2019 at 7:52 pm

    When she picked up the baby i thought she was going to say “and at dollar tree you can also buy babies!” 😂

  9. DubbelsOrNothing on September 16, 2019 at 7:55 pm

    I love when your kids join you in a video. They’re so adorable! I have two boys and two girls as well (: 5, 3, 2, & 2 months old.

  10. C.D. Mims on September 16, 2019 at 7:55 pm

    Brownies, are the young girls

  11. Rudy Lowery on September 16, 2019 at 8:00 pm

    dum girl flash ee bullshit not need

  12. Mindy's Money and More on September 16, 2019 at 8:00 pm

    Love the glow sticks for tent ties. Never heard of that before! Love it

  13. stevekim7d2 on September 16, 2019 at 8:00 pm

    Make sure you get the flashlights, you can never have enough…………..

  14. Cheryl Murray on September 16, 2019 at 8:01 pm

    Pretty little girl

  15. Leah Arroyo on September 16, 2019 at 8:02 pm


  16. April Carr on September 16, 2019 at 8:03 pm

    It’s Girl guides or Path finds er ohhhh the memories🤪😋😉

  17. Barbara Davison on September 16, 2019 at 8:07 pm

    If you camp near a creek, you can put drinks or fruit in those mesh bags to keep them cold. We also love the pop up mesh laundry baskets for clothes and countless other things that need to be contained. We also use lots of solar lights around the campsite for safety and fun. A great bug repellant is a mixture of witch hazel and peppermint oil in a spray bottle. Douse everyone liberally and it feels and smells so good! I work as a nurse at a camp every year and that spray is a huge hit! Love your channel!

  18. Cindy Bunys on September 16, 2019 at 8:09 pm

    How many kids do you have how many boys and girls

  19. Jessenia Tejada on September 16, 2019 at 8:09 pm

    I use those solar lights at all of my stakes around tents so everyone can see the guy lines clearly at night and also light up camp area for those late night potty breaks

  20. Sandy Dale and Casa Tikvah on September 16, 2019 at 8:10 pm

    How did the baby powder work????

  21. Rose .Godfrey on September 16, 2019 at 8:10 pm

    Lol – your daughter looks like a 1940s movie star – ala Marlena

  22. Hazel Davies on September 16, 2019 at 8:10 pm

    I love your video, personality and children. The bug swatters I once thought were unnecessary but last time I was camping I had a couple of wasps pestering me so I’m going to get swatters now. I think using the swatter to gently remove bees is a great idea too. Glowsticks, yes, I need those when camping in the woods to find my tent again. The fan – I also take a fan because it can get sooo hot in a tent, they are lifesavers. I like paperplates too. At a recent festival we used paper plates over the top of a tin plate so we had no washing up except for just wiping our crockery with a tissue and rinsing with kettle water; there were no washing up facilities so paper plates and bowls were a must. Love your suggestions and the ones on screen. Subscribed.

  23. Jullie Bratcher on September 16, 2019 at 8:10 pm

    The gold award is the girl scout equivalent please research before you say things in a video😡😡😡😡 I’m a gold award recipient life member girl scout and have been doing boy scouts for 9 years. I took massive offense. Also no fly swatter especially for bees, bees are endangered and kids need to be taught to calmly stand in place and wait for them to fly away. Garden lights take up too much space and aren’t as effective as a lantern. Pool noodles work much better for making gang lines (tent support lines) more viable and safer they are reusable so you only have to buy once and your not replacing them daily decreasing the amount of trash you have to deal with. While it’s great you do this with your family try only making videos that you fully know the subject matter.

  24. Mummy and me! Kim Taylor on September 16, 2019 at 8:13 pm

    We use the glow sticks for the kids AND the dogs. Tying one to the dogs collar allows us to see them when they bounce off into the darkness at night.

  25. erin clay on September 16, 2019 at 8:14 pm

    Mesh laundry bag is where it’s at

  26. Lucky Charm on September 16, 2019 at 8:14 pm

    I love some stuff from Dollar tree, Some are from youtube i never thought of

  27. Maria Fabian on September 16, 2019 at 8:14 pm

    i like video

  28. Tanvi Malik on September 16, 2019 at 8:15 pm

    thanks for the ideas.. love the battery operated lights and glow sticks!!! m going camping tomorrow will definitely pick these up from dt… thanks dear 🙂

  29. KK Smith on September 16, 2019 at 8:18 pm

    Bees don’t want to sting you! They are endangered please use those for flies not bees

  30. Sarah Conklin on September 16, 2019 at 8:18 pm

    OH and one thing we do is make our own fire starters. Cotton balls and petroleum jelly.Dip half the cotton ball in the petroleum jelly and toss them in a ziplock baggie. You can find all these at a Dollar Tree all year! You only need one or two, stick them in you fire pit and lite. Also stock up on aluminum foil and duct tape. aluminum foil for cooking..wrap you food in it or cover your grill, also wad it up and clean your grill off. duct tape for a multitude of things, a hole or tear in the tent, a make shift clothes line for drying towels, clothes ect. OH and dont forget baby wipes when you are buying baby powder! I always take baby wipes with me. They are great for cleaning faces and hands, especily after making s’mores LOL or for when you need a fast freshen up when hot and sweaty or first thing in the morning or whenever. OK sorry for the long post but those are a few little tips I have learned over the years that I always do when camping.

  31. EmpressJahmoonah Spears-Jackson on September 16, 2019 at 8:18 pm

    Please don’t kill the bees!!! Don’t teach your children to kill either!

  32. Sarah Hogg on September 16, 2019 at 8:19 pm

    Wait , they sell hydrocortisone cream on the shelves there? Here u only get it if u have pretty severe exma

  33. fredrik bergquist on September 16, 2019 at 8:19 pm

    The meshbag to dry dishes is ingenious, I will try to get one immediately!

  34. Ivy V on September 16, 2019 at 8:22 pm

    My hack is to wrap shoes in a used plastic grocery bag so clothes don’t get dirty

  35. Alexus A on September 16, 2019 at 8:24 pm

    When bees die it releases a pheromone that attracts more bees FYI lol

  36. kyle bowman on September 16, 2019 at 8:24 pm

    Baby powder causes cancer

  37. Pollywallydoodle Alltheday on September 16, 2019 at 8:24 pm

    Try baby corn starch instead of baby powder. Baby powder contains talc which contains lead.

  38. JJ WITH A J YT on September 16, 2019 at 8:24 pm

    Her: today we are going to be talking about money

    : goes to dollar tree

  39. Made in Michigan 67 on September 16, 2019 at 8:25 pm

    Lol!! I sure do hope your kids wont be swatting bees with the flyswatters??? I hope that you meant flies or mosquitos ? Lol!! But if you did mean to say "bees"? I hope you carry an EPI-PEN for stings and are camping close to a hospital incase of an allergic reaction?
    I know this video is old and I’m hoping you all had a wonderful camping trip or trips 😊

  40. Kelly Bunting on September 16, 2019 at 8:25 pm

    The ambassador level in girl scouts is equal to the boy scout level of eagle! From a former girl scout and leader!

  41. PokeVids on September 16, 2019 at 8:28 pm

    u have cute kids

  42. Mr. Allmighty Cornholio on September 16, 2019 at 8:31 pm

    Best way to kill bees with dollar tree stuff
    Spray Bottle + Dish Soap = $2

  43. Leianna Jones on September 16, 2019 at 8:33 pm

    Use deodorant for bug bites

  44. Chloe Harvey on September 16, 2019 at 8:33 pm

    U need to stay organized more u go to this then u talk about this

  45. Cross Family Circus on September 16, 2019 at 8:35 pm

    I heart you

    Great ideas, thank you!!!

  46. Pollywallydoodle Alltheday on September 16, 2019 at 8:37 pm

    Don’t kill bees or teach your kids to kill bees!!!

  47. Bethany Baker on September 16, 2019 at 8:37 pm

    So happy I’ve found you! and this playlist. Thank you!

  48. Kali Southpaw on September 16, 2019 at 8:38 pm

    Depending on where you are geographically, try the 99¢ only stores as well. They have lots of good stuff too.

  49. Debbie L Mitchell on September 16, 2019 at 8:40 pm

    Please do not bathe with soap in the rivers and lakes. If you must do so, at least use biodegradable soap not Ivory. Even biodegradable soap is not necessarily environmentally friendly. Many soaps also contain surfactants, which are often toxic to life in the lake, especially microorganisms and invertebrates. So if you must bathe in the river or lake, just use a washcloth & scrub. That’s the recommended procedure.

  50. Inthefuture on September 16, 2019 at 8:40 pm

    Good ideas, thanks!

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