12 Types of Emergency Supplies At The Dollar Store

emergency supplies from the dollar store on a table

Something like emergency preparedness seems so overwhelming and expensive to get started.

You have to buy all of these things, figure out where you are going to keep them, and then rotate them out if you don’t actually have an emergency.

I used to think this way too. I thought you had to spend thousands of dollars to get your family prepared for emergencies.

And while there are some expensive things that would be nice to have in an emergency, many of the things you need to store you can find at your local dollar store.


Dollar store? Are you kidding me? Nope. Let me take you on a tour of my local Dollar Tree:

glow sticks at the dollar store

12 Types of Emergency Items You Can Find at the Dollar Store:


You can find many food items at the dollar store. Canned food, prepackaged food, snacks, candy and other things to put into your 72 hour kit. It won’t be healthy or organic, but it will do when you are hungry or stressed.


Bottles of water in all different sizes can be found at the dollar store for your 72 hour kit and water storage. You can also find refillable water bottles for your family.

Kitchen Items

You can find paper plates, cutlery, can openers, foil and other kitchen supplies for your 72 hour kit and food storage.

Lighting Alternatives

There are matches, lighters, candles, flash lights, glow sticks and other light sources for your 72 hour kit and extended emergency storage.

Cleaning Supplies

You will find trash bags, cleaning solutions, soaps, wet wipes and other essentials there.

First Aid

There was a whole wall full of first aid supplies there, including bandages, ointments, medicines and pain relievers.

first aid supplies at the dollar store

Gardening Supplies

During the spring, they have garden tools, seeds, containers and other things you could use to start a survival garden.

Kids Entertainment

You will find toys, books and puzzles to keep kids entertained during an emergency situation.


Although they aren’t the highest quality, they did have several different sizes of batteries for cheap.


They have gardening gloves, latex or nitrile gloves and work gloves for cheap.

Personal Hygiene

Almost everything you could think of for personal hygiene, they have it: shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, soap, feminine products, etc.

Survival Tools

They have duct tape, zip ties, hammer, screw driver, rope and many other things you might need in an emergency.

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This is a great list! How encouraging to know you can get many of your survival needs at the dollar store!

And since I know many of you live in a small town like I do, this is more available because almost everyone has a Dollar Tree or Family Dollar close by.

Of course, you get what you pay for. So if you can spend more on these items, they will be better quality and last longer.

But I don’t want money to be a hinderance for you to get prepared. So if you need to save money, buying things at the dollar store is a great alternative.

What kinds of emergency supplies do you buy at the dollar store? Let us know in the comments below. And if this post was helpful, please share! Thanks!

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