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Found some good travel things at the Dollar Tree

Recently I traveled to Germany and Austria for 3 weeks, and these things I found at the Dollar Tree were very helpful: (1) in the Kitchen section, I found a set of 2 Microfiber kitchen washcloths which I knew from experience would be great for shower washcloths (in Europe you seldom get a washcloth, just a towel.) Every night after use, I just gave it a good rinsing out, and a squeeze, and hung it up to dry. (2) I found a set of two 3-ounce squeeze bottles for hair conditioner (they sell a set of 4 bottles at another store for nearly $5! ) and (3) I found a medium sized laundry bag that weighed almost zero, in case I had to take something out of my suitcase for the weight limit. (4) I bought a beach ball to inflate as a foot rest - worked GREAT at 3/4 full, but I looked sorta stupid blowing it up.

And here's what I found at Walmart - you're going to laugh - in the bathroom mat aisle, I found a memory foam bathmat that was very small (maybe 14" x 24") and weighed literally 3 ounces, but when folded in half, it was a great soft seat cushion.

What have you found at the Dollar Store?

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These super cool plastic clothespegs that have little hanger part on them. Great for hanging sink washed undies and socks on, dont like the idea of laying that stuff over shower curtain rod to dry, they can be dirty!

Dollar Tree and Wal-Mart are great places for travel goods. I really like your bathmat cushion. I also like hardware stores for s-Biner clips and cordage, gorilla tape, etc.. I just wish I could travel with my Swiss army knife in carry on. I really like Swiss army knives for travel.

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At our Dollarama (as we call our dollar store in Canada) I got some of those GoToob type bottles (note - don't put goo tube - which is what I first called them - in your search bar - trust me...ugh...lol) for $1.50 or $2 for a set of two. These were the exact same ones I paid $12 for about 6 mos earlier at Winners and at MEC they charge $8-12 for one!

BTW - I used them on our last trip of two weeks and they held more than enough shampoo/conditioner (well, they would have if I'd put s+c in the bottles instead of shampoo in both bottles...lol - why is my conditioner so sudsy?!).

One thing our store sold as well - those little compressed towel things that are the size of a nickel (but thicker) and you just add a little water to make them expand. These take up very little room and are great to carry in your day bag in case you are feeling grimy and need to wipe your hands/face - they are actually quite thick and do a great job.

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Dollar Tree rules! Let's see, what have I found there for travel? Anti-bacterial towelettes, 3 packs of 30 for $1; hand sanitizer, carabiners in sets of 3, first aid kit, shower puffs, sham-wow's (incredibly similar to the original PackTowls, except the Dollar Tree brand is 2 for $1 and doesn't include hanging loops or a carrying case), microfiber lens cleaning cloths, laundry bags, zip lock bags (sometimes cheaper at the grocery store) ...

I love the idea of a beach ball as a foot rest.

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Toothpaste. Bigger than travel size smaller than regular size. Carry on compliant.

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Love Dollar Tree - better than Dollar Store! Carabiners, travel size toiletries, bungie cords, first aid items - just go and look - you never know what you "need"!

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I use mesh lingerie bags, to machine wash delicates as packing cubes as they are more flexible. I don't fill them, but putsome things in loosely. Works for me well on a tour when repacking frequently. I can never get things packed in the same small space I did originally!

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That is interesting. I've never been in a Dollar Store.

Poor darling. The joy you are missing with such limited horizons.

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a pair of one dollar flip flops to use as shower shoes, in the room at night, and down to breakfast in the morning.....maybe not the highest quality, but adequate for those purposes and could be left behind under the last bed....
I toured Italy with 3 other friends, for a dollar I bought a set of four plastic spoons, four knives, four forks for an emergency "picnic: that never happened.....no weight, a bit of bulk.....

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We get the washcloths that are little disks that then expand when wet. They have great savings on several items. I bought 7 day vitamin holders for $1 - yesterday I saw them at Walgreens for $6 !

Not for the trip, but I often buy the bag of gingersnaps and also popsicles.

Dollar tree is the best because everything is a dollar except for some candy which is less.

I used to buy gift bags there for $1 and then sell them at my store for $2 !

In Ravensburg, Germany in 2013, I came across a 'Everything is one Euro' store.

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Dollar Tree is great. :) And Stephen, in Japan there are 100 Yen stores everywhere. :) Same great idea.

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And someplace (Austria? Italy?) we found a 99¢ store to undercut the nearby €1 store.

But I still love Monoprix.

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I buy the travel soap containers at Dollar Tree to hold our delicate snacks. They are the perfect size to hold fig bars so they don't get all smashed up in our backpacks during the day.

I have also purchased the huge clips that clip your beach towels to the beach chair so your beach towels stay in place on windy days.

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Plastic ponchos. $1 each and they take up almost no space. I'd rather toss a couple of those in an outer pocket of the suitcase than carry an umbrella.

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Oh my-- my packing was under control until y'all listed so many good ideas about items from the $1 Tree. Major shopping coming up.

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Careful now. I picture my kids telling their friends after my death that they found a plastic bin in my closet full of things from the dollar store, like bath mats, beach balls, chip clips, magic washcloths, cheap flip flops, gorilla tape, a sham wow, and plastic spoons. They'll take it as a sign of my worsening mind. Maybe I should print out this thread to keep in my box.

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and for non-traditional uses of your "Buck Store" purchases consider these: I use the 7 day pill organizers for earrings and the covered soap dishes for laundry pods.

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Sounds like a lot of us don't need the over-priced travel stores. Don't know what I'd do without the Dollar Tree (for my money it's the best of the dollar stores).

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Dollar stores are also great if you are traveling with youngsters. Buy some coloring books, drawing paper,crayons or colored pencils, card games or small 'car' versions of board games, etc. and use them to create a treat bag (also know as I'm gonna go crazy if I can't find a way to amuse you bag). If the inexpensive games/cards, etc. get lost or left, you won't feel like you lost a fortune.

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I did not buy anything, but recently waited out a downpour in Lugano at a 2 Fr. shop. I was standing under the awning taking shelter when I figured out what the store was. Great fun whiling away the time till I could venture out. I recall there was something like a dollar store in Florence, too. I did buy something there, but I forget what, probably Pringles to which I am addicted when travelling.

Debbie

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I love the Daiso store. It carries things from Japan and most are $1.50. I love the rice crackers, all the storage options and the many other things I never knew I needed. Especially the fans. great for the hot flashes

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Have you been peeking in my room? How else would you know that my plastic bin of travel crap has been sitting on a dresser for the last month? It's overflowing and I keep adding to it. Thanks to this thread and my recent Dollar Tree visit, I've just added those little single use toothbrushes, and a squeezy baseball for the toddler in our upcoming trip.

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Carolyn, great tip on the toothpaste! I picked up a 3 oz. tube for our upcoming trip.

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Wow! These are all excellent ideas. Love the beachball idea. After a full day of walking, I need to elevate my legs.

My 2 cents: At the Tiger store in Haarlem, I found a cheap luggage strap. A good thing too. Going home my carryon was jammed and I was having visions it would pop open enroute or on the luggage carousel.

Sure wish I could go shopping right now, but stuck at office!