Before you hit the highway with your RV, make sure you check out this shopping list of essential RV Dollar Store Supplies! The dollar store has MANY practical and useful items that you will want to have, both inside your camper and at your campsite.
I am sure that you already have a long list of essential items to pack in your camper before each and every camping trip. We have a big list too! One of the things that I love the most about RV camping is that I can stuff our travel trailer full of useful items. One of the biggest advantages to having an RV for camping versus a tent is that you get to enjoy the great outdoors WITHOUT sacrificing some creature comforts. (Okay, okay, and let’s be honest – some downright extravagance at times.. like that Instant Pot or countertop ice maker you can’t live without!)
RV Camping Supply Shopping
So where are the stores that you always shop at before leaving town for a camping trip? We always go grocery shopping and then hit up either Walmart or the local camper dealer store for RV-specific essentials (seriously do NOT use regular toilet paper in an RV!!).
There is one more stop that we ALWAYS make before we leave home, and it might surprise you. We always stop at the dollar store before an RV camping trip!
RV Camping Dollar Store Supplies Shopping List
Here are our must-buy items from the dollar store for the RV, in no particular order!
Bottled Water – We typically bring our own bottled water for drinking and cooking when we camp. We use the water hookup at the campsite for showering and for the toilet and dish/hand washing. But for drinking, including coffee and ice making, we always use bottled water.
Collapsible Fabric Bins – These are handy for all kinds of organization in your RV! We keep some of these bins in overhead compartments and fill them with snacks and other supplies. We also use them in our various closets to hold small clothing items including socks, underwear and pajamas. I will typically pack the clothing bins in our house and then we just carry them out to the camper and set them in the closets. So easy!
Dampness/Moisture Eliminator – I cannot emphasize this enough: these things are an RV MUST HAVE! We have been using these in our camper since we bought it about 4 years ago. The interior of our travel trailer is bone dry and the smell has absolutely ZERO hint of that typical moisture smell that most older campers have. We change out these little units every few months. Highly, highly recommend them!
Dish Drainer – Grab a dish drainer so that you have a spot for your dishes to dry!
Dish towels and potholders – Always nice to keep a spare set of these in the camper. When I get them from the dollar store, they are so cheap, if anything happens to them or when they simply get yucky from using them, I toss them and buy new ones!
Plastic Storage Containers – I mean, what aren’t these handy for? We use them to store everything from first aid supplies to art supplies!
Herbs and Spices – Round out that kitchen cabinet with some herbs, spices and seasonings to use when cooking on the road!
Toiletries and other Health/Beauty must-haves – From hair elastics to toothpaste to q-tips, the dollar store has so many health, beauty and toiletry items. We always pick up spare toothbrushes as well.
Tools – You might have a toolbox specifically for your RV (and that’s awesome!). If you don’t, make sure you at least pick up the basics to take with you. At the dollar store you can find a screwdriver, wrench, hammer and more.
Camper flags, flag holders and garden decor – It can be a lot of fun to decorate your campsite! Pick up garden decorations like flags, flag holders and other items and dress up your campsite a bit.
Doormats – We put a doormat inside AND outside each camper door (our camper has two doors). This helps to cut down on the amount of dirt and sand that are inevitably dragged into the camper!
Dry Erase Board and Markers – Inside our camper, by the front door, we hung up a dry erase board. Every time we pull into a new campground, we note our campground location and campsite number, as well as contact numbers for the main office and local hospital on the board.
Glow Sticks – We use glow sticks to increase the visibility of the kids around the campsite after the sun goes down. The glow sticks make them much easier to spot!
Over the Door Hooks – Perfect for hanging up wet towels, sweatshirts and jackets, pocketbooks and backpacks, etc.
Basic Kitchen Utensils – Stock up your RV kitchen with all sorts of utensils and gadgets at the dollar store! From spatulas and slotted spoons to vegetable peelers and can openers – this is a great way to fill the kitchen on the cheap.
Disinfectant Wipes – Great for a quick bathroom wipedown or to clean up after an illness.
Matches/Lighter – If you plan on having a campfire during your camping adventure, make sure you pick up matches and/or a lighter at the dollar store.
Plastic Cups and Plates – We keep a set of plastic dishes in our camper year round. You may want to opt for plastic over glass because glass runs a greater risk of breaking as you drive. We even have a set of silicone wine glasses in our camper instead of traditional glass wine glasses.
Hangers – One of our favorite RV features is the ample closet space. Our travel trailer has 3 really decent sized closets! We keep a set of hangers in each closet.
Tablecloths – We always have a tablecloth in our camper. Actually, we have a reusable tablecloth in there. It’s a tad more eco-friendly than the disposable versions, but disposable is good to have in a pinch. Our campsites almost always come with a picnic table and that picnic table is almost always covered in pinecone needles, bird poop, etc. It’s nice to have a tablecloth in the camper to toss on the picnic table, rather than eat off of a dirty table.
Shower Caddy – If your RV has a shower inside of it, consider getting some sort of shower caddy to keep your essential toiletries close but off of the tub or shower floor.
Shower Curtain – And while we’re talking about RV showers, you can even find shower curtains and liners at the dollar store!
Toilet Paper Holder – If your camper didn’t come with one, grab a new one and install it.
Soap and Toothbrush Holders – A little organization really goes a long way in an RV! Maximize your living space with little caddies and holders like these.
Small Travel Bottles – If you don’t have a lot of tub space, consider these smaller toiletry bottles for your shampoo, conditioner and other soaps!
Basic First Aid Supplies – We always keep bandaids, first aid cream, bug bite cream, basic medicine, a thermometer, etc in our camper first aid kid.
Plastic Gloves – Your first thought might be to use these for washing the dishes. And while sure, that would work just fine, we keep a supply of these with the SEWER STUFF. That’s right – before you dump the dump, do yourself a favor and toss some gloves on your hands. Because well? Poop.
And there you have it!
Those are the 40 or so odd items that we like to pick up from the dollar store and keep in our RV. Many of them are items of sheer convenience, while some are definitely items of necessity. Do you have anything you would add to our list?
List of items – copy and paste this list into your notepad before you head to the store!
Cleaning Brushes and Sponges (including toilet and dish brushes)
Wooden and Plastic Clothespins
Collapsible Fabric Bins
Moisture Eliminator Packs
Plastic Storage Containers
Herbs and Spices
Toiletries/Health and Beauty Supplies
First Aid Supplies
Campsite Decor (flags, flag holders, etc)
Dry Erase Board and Markers
Basic Kitchen Utensils and Gadgets
Plastic Cups and Plates
Toilet Paper Holder
Soap and Toothbrush Holders
Small Travel Bottles (for shampoo, etc)
Flatware and Bakeware