Yep, you read that right, the Dollar Store! There are so many useful items that you can pick up here before your trip to save yourself time, money, and stress later on.
Here are my top suggestions:
Small Toys, Puzzles, and Games: I think it’s great to stock up on small toys and games before your trip. Things like coloring books, mazes, or action figures can be a lifesaver on plane or car trips for bored children. These items also come in handy to keep children busy in the hotel room while you are still getting backpacks and other items together before you head out to the parks. If you are on a tight budget, you can purchase “souvenirs” before your trip at the dollar store and give these to your children throughout the day. This will help to avoid meltdowns at other gift shop you pass through.
Snacks Galore: Most dollar stores have a huge selection of candy and snacks. Choose snacks that won’t melt or spill in your luggage (pretzels, gold fish, sour patch kids, and skittles) and avoid mid-day hanger meltdowns later on.
Zip-lock Bags: I always bring a box of resalable bags with me to Disney. They come in handy for leftover snacks in the park, keeping my electronics dry on rides like Kali River Rapids, and are good for keeping pins and vinylmations all in one place in my bag.
Mesh Laundry Bags: These take up little to no space in your suitcase and are great to use in your hotel room so you can separate your dirty clothes from your clean clothes without having massive piles all over the floor. You can use one for towels provided by the resort, and one for your own clothes. Or bring one for each family member. With this system, you’ll never have to guess, or worse, resort to the smell test, to decide if something has already been worn.
Glow Sticks: Before every nighttime parade, there will be Cast Members walking around selling glow sticks, glow necklaces, glow wands, glow crowns, glow swords, glow…you get the picture. Save yourself a ton of money and pick up some glow sticks at the dollar store before you leave home!
Toiletries: The dollar store usually has a pretty large selection of toiletry items such as soap, shampoo, loofas. Don’t forget to stock up on hand sanitizer too!
What are your favorite items to stock up on before your Disney vacation? Share your secrets in the comment box!
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